After winning last year’s steer wrestling world championship, Jason Miller has not exactly had the success he had hoped for.
The Lance Creek, Wyoming cowboy’s season has started rather slowly and he currently sits in 18th place in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Crusher World Standings. Miller has a huge opportunity to improve his position thanks in part to his performance here at the fourth performance.
Miller had his second run here during Monday night and stopped the clock in 3.5 seconds. He also leads the over-all standings with a total of 7.7 seconds on two runs.
“Anytime you can do well right before the Fourth, a guy can really get on a roll and start winning everywhere,” Miller said. The Fourth of July run in rodeo is traditionally known as cowboy Christmas because there are so many rodeo’s going on. Many contestants have used momentum from a Reno Rodeo win to go on and qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR). Miller, who is a two-time Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo champion and loves big outdoor rodeos hopes to be the next one.
Jared Smith took the lead in bareback riding after an 89-point effort on Big Bend Rodeo’s Shady Lady. He has a total of 170 points on two head and will be looking to be back here on Saturday night to compete in the finals.
Smith makes his home in Ranger, Texas, where he is attending Ranger College. Originally from Florida, he is an all-around talent that was competing at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., last week.
Saddle bronc rider Jeff Willert from Belvidere, S.D., broke his leg during the 2007 NFR. He just recently returned to competition and in spite of a no score here on Sunday he is likely to get a pay check. Willert rode his second horse here at the fourth performance to take the lead in the round with an 87-point ride. While he has no shot at qualifying for the finals, the 2005 world champion was excited about his ride on Big Bend Rodeo’s Spring Rose on Monday.
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Bareback riding: 1.Jared Smith, Ranger Texas, 89 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Shady Lady. 2/3, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., and Chris Harris, Itasca, Texas, 82. 4, Caleb Bennett, Morgan, Utah, 73.
Steer wrestling: 1, Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo., 3.5 seconds. 2, Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 5.1. 3/4, Zack Cobb, Pampa, Texas, and Zane Hankel, Tryon, Neb., 5.2.
Team roping: 1, Speed Williams, DeLeon, Texas, and Allen Bach, Weatherford, Texas, 5.5. 2, Jay Adams, Logandale, Nev., and Cody Hintz, Spring Creek, Nev., 6.4. 3, Chuck Doebler, Victoria, Texas, and Hollis Harris, Agua Dulce, Texas, 7.7. 4, Garrett Smith, Hollywood, Calif., and Matthew Hussman, Topaz, Calif., 8.2.
Saddle bronc riding: 1, Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D., 87 points on Spring Rose. 2, Scott Keogh, Queensland, Australia, 84. 3, Cody Taton, Newell, S.D., 82. 4, Isaac Diaz, Davie, Fla., 78.
Tie-down roping: 1. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbock, Idaho, 9.7 seconds. 2, Jake Hannum, Ogden, Utah, 10.4. 3, Jesse Childers, Cameron, Texas, 12.0. 4, Jason Vohs, Las Vegas, Nev., 12.4.
Barrel racing: 1. Tammy Key-Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas, 17.19. 2, Jody Hale, Echo, Ore., 17.35. 3, Jackie Jatzlau, Giddings, Texas, 17.51. 4, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 17.76.
Bull riding: 1. Fred Boettcher, Rice Lake, Wis., 90 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s Fire Water. 2, B.J. Schumacher, Hillsboro, Wis., 87. 3, Zack Oakes, Elk, Wash., 80.
The following are current leaders ---
Bareback riding --
First round: 1, Tyson Thompson, Merrill, Ore., 83 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Baxter Black. 2, Chris Harris, Itasca, Texas, 82. 3-5; Tim Shirley, Conifer, Colo.; Caleb Bennett, Morgan, Utah; and Jared Smith, Ranger, Texas; 81.
Second round: 1. Smith, 89 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Shady Lady. 2, Shirley, 83. 3, Kelly Timberman, Mills, Wyo., 78. 3/4, Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla., and Forest Bramwell, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 77.
On two: 1. Smith, 170. 2/3, Shirley, and Harris,164. 4, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 162.
Steer Wrestling --
Second round: 1. Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo., 3.5 seconds. 2, Jule Hazen, Protection, Kan., 3.8. 3, Luke Branquinho, 4.1. 4, Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., 4.3.
On two: 1. Miller, 7.7. 2, Stockton Graves, Newkirk, Okla., 8.3. 3, Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo., 8.3. 4, Beau Franzen, Sidney, Mont., 9.3.
First round: 1. Speed William, Deleon, Texas, and Allen Bach, Weatherford, Texas, 5.5 seconds. 2, Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M. and Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 6.3. 3-5; Jake Stanley, Hermiston, Ore., and Marty Becker, Edmonton, Alberta; Colby Schneemann, Big Lake, Texas, and Tommy Zuniga, Centerville, Texas; and Jay Adams, Logandale, Nev., and Cody Hintz, Spring Creek, Nev.; 6.4.
Saddle bronc riding--
First round: 1, Anthony Bello, Oakley, Utah, 86 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Hill Top. 2, Justin Arnold, Santa Margarita, Calif., 85. 3/4, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., and Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., 81.
Second round: 1, Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D., 87 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Spring Rose. 2, Bobby Griswold, Geary, Okla., 85. 3, Scott Keogh, Queensland, Australia, 84. 4-6; Cody Horwedel, Shandon, Calif.; Anthony Bello, Oakley, Utah; and Cody Taton, Newell, S.D., 82.
On two: 1. Bello, 168. 2/3, Keogh and Taton, 160.. 4, Isaac Diaz, Davie, Fla., 154.
First round: 1, Cade Swor, Chico, Texas, 9.1 seconds. 2, Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas, 9.4. 3, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbock, Idaho, 9.7. 4, Kass Kayser, Ellensburg, Wash., 9.8.
Second round: 1, Mary Burger, Pauls Valley, Okla., 16.98 seconds. 2, Andrea Clark, Brock, Texas, 17.03. 3, Tammy Key-Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas, 17.19. 4, Jana Jarreau, Greenwell Springs, La, 17.21.
On two: 1. Burger, 34.02. 2, Key-Fischer, 34.54. 3, Clark, 34.64. 4. Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore., 34.73.
First round: 1/2, Sonny Murphy, Tremonton, Utah, on Flying U Rodeo’s Pretty Boy Floyd, and Fred Boettcher, Rice Lake, Wis., on Flying Five Rodeo’s Fire Water. 3/4, Wesley Silcox, Payson, Utah, and B.J. Schumacher, Hillsboro, Wis., 87.