There was no doubt that the PRCA cowboys and cowgirls had their work cut out for them if they hoped to take home a check from the 38th annual Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo after Friday night’s second performance at Lone Star Arena.
Despite heavy thunderstorms, fans filled the stands for Friday’s performance to watch a variety of heated contests.
The tie-down calf roping proved to be the toughest. An 8.0 time by Jeff Davis leads the average before Saturday’s performance. PRCA All-Around Champion Trevor Brazile wowed the crowd with an 8.6, but was stuck at fourth place in the average, just behind another NFR qualifier, Blair Burk, who split second with Skooter Bell — both tying their calves in 8.5 seconds. Stephenville resident and state representative Sid Miller was unable to make a qualified run.
For anyone who wanted to collect a check in steer wrestling, cowboys would have to beat a 5.4 run by Jake Pollock on Friday night. Glen Clark was the closest behind Pollock with a 5.7 time for second place.
Team roping would prove to be anyone’s contest with the team of Luke Brown and York Gill turning ends for a 4.9 time, hanging on to a razor-thin one-tenth of a second lead ahead of Gibbs Keeton and Mickey Gomez, who had a 5.0. NFR qualifiers David Key and Kory Koontz were sitting at fourth place with a 5.4 time.
The Erath County Team Roping Contest was held Saturday morning at Lone Star Arena with the top 10 qualifiers representing the county’s best returning for competition in Saturday night’s performance.
Matt Crumpler maintained his lead in the average for bareback riding with a 69 score on
Joy Stick from Frontier’s bucking stock string. The saddle bronc riding, the “classic” event in rodeo, gave Billy Turner a chance to with a score of 79 points aboard OKC, which was leading the average before Saturday night. A 74 score turned in by Seth Seidel held second place.
The girls who ride fast horses put their money where their mouth was on Friday night when Terra Bynum ran past the timer with a 16.01 time, fast enough to drop then-current average leader Lacy Hollabaugh of Stephenville to third place with a 16.32.
Just what the crowd waits for — the thrill of winning and the agony of defeat — was on display in bull riding. Judges and fans alike were given a good show Friday night with Trey Traweek on Frontier’s SkyWalker toughing it out for an 87 point ride, which also led the average.
Results from both Saturday night and final standings for all events including Erath County team roping winners and mutton busting winners will be featured in Monday’s edition of the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, as competition was not complete at press time.
Saturday night’s performance had several local PRCA contestants scheduled to compete including Kaila-Mussell Goulet of Stephenville and Johnny Pollock from Dublin in saddle bronc riding; Brian Montgomery of Stephenville, John Rodriguez of Dublin and Vincent Genz of Lipan in steer wrestling; C.R. Moore, Brant Burrus, Nick Pernokas all of Stephenville in tie-down calf roping; Matt Crumpler of Stephenville in bareback riding; Cole Bigbee from Stephenville and David Motes from Tolar in team roping; Lauren Riley and Judy Quinn, both of Dublin, and Amanda Porter of Stephenville in barrel racing.