Stephenville’s professional cowboys and cowgirls maintained the reputation of the professional rodeo community after claiming checks at the 38th annual Cowboy Capital of the World ProRodeo, which finished up its third and final performance Saturday night at the Lone Star Arena.
A packed house was on hand to see local talent put the final spin on competition in close contests. The tie-down calf roping, which had been close during all rounds of competition, ended with Jeff Davis of Fort Worth taking home a check for $1,143 with an 8.1 time.
Blair Burk and Skooter Bell tied for second place with an 8.5 time, winning $847 apiece. Keeping it in the family was Graham resident Todd Danley, the brother of Stephenville Chamber of Commerce CEO July Danley. He finished sixth with a time of 9.0.
Rough stock cowboys had their work cut out for them, but after two rounds of Frontier Rodeo Company’s stock, Matt Crumpler won both rounds and the average after a 76-point ride aboard Frontier’s Joy Stick. Crumpler took home a $540 check.
Saturday night’s saddle bronc riding brought veteran local favorite rough stock cowboy Johnny Pollock of Dublin to town for a picture perfect ride on Bobby Sox that earned a score of 74. Pollock split second with Seth Seidel, with both winning $437.
That wasn’t the end of the Pollock family, though, as Johnny’s brother, Jake, won a $1,007 check with a fast 5.4 time in steer wrestling.
Team roping paid well for the tandem that may have travelled the farthest to the Cowboy Capital. Luke Brown of Huntersville, N.C., and York Gill of Memphis, Tenn., turned both ends for a 4.9 time and a matching $1,423 checks.
When the barrel racers hit Lone Star Arena, it’s anyone’s game and you had better have a fast horse under you. The women of professional rodeo like to run at Lone Star due to excellent “ground,” and it was a hard-fought race Saturday.
Terra Bynum of Colorado City smoked the competition with a time of 16.01, winning a $917.70 check. That time knocked locals Lacy Hollabaugh to fourth (16.32), and Laurie Jones to sixth (16.36).
The PRCA event order usually saves the thrills and spills between man and beast - also known as bull riding - for night’s end. Trey Traweek’s 87-point performance on Sky Walker Thursday held the lead all weekend and won the cowboy the day money for Thursday as well as the overall rodeo for a total of $905.