Saddle bronc rider Billy Etbauer started his season off right winning the Houston Rodeo and $60,000.
He jumped to the top of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Crusher World Standings and has remained there since the March rodeo. Etbauer has over $78,000 in earnings so far this year and is hoping to add to that at the Reno Rodeo.
After his first ride here on Tuesday night, he is likely to do just that. He rode the Flying Five Rodeo horse named Spring Blues for 89 points and is currently leading the first round of competition. Spring Blues is an eight-year-old mare raised by the Hutsell family from Ritzeville, Wash. Her sire is Spring Break, a full brother to Spring Fling, one of the most decorated bucking horses in the PRCA.
“We like her,” Don Hutsell said. “She’s bred to be a good one. You never know for sure what a horse is going to turn out like. We did well here tonight.”
Etbauer has his second competition here during the sixth performance on Wednesday. He is hoping for another successful ride to advance to Saturday night’s finals.
Another contestant that is keeping his momentum going is Kaycee Feild from Elk Ridge, Utah. Feild is coming off of a win at the College National Finals Rodeo in bareback riding. He competed there in Casper, Wyo., last week and left with the national title as a student at Utah Valley State College.
After a couple of days at home, he made the trip to Reno to get on Release Me from Big Bend Rodeo. An 83-point effort put him in a tie for first place in the first round. Tyson Thompson from Merrill, Ore., also has an 83.
Feild is currently 21st in the world standings. Over the summer he won’t have to worry about college classes so can focus on rodeo. A win here would certainly improve his position and help him keep his momentum going into the very lucrative Fourth of July where there are over 30 rodeos with huge amounts of prize money available.
Clayton Foltyn from El Campo, Texas, competed in the Xtreme Bulls event here last Thursday and left with over $13,000. He came back to compete at the rodeo Tuesday and did well again. He scored 90 points to tie for first place in bull riding. The bull riding is the only event with just one round of competition here. Foltyn will now be planning his trip back here Saturday night for the finals and increase his Reno prize money even more.
Attendance at the Tuesday night performance was near capacity at 8,129. Tickets for Friday and Saturday night are nearly sold out.
The following are unofficial results from the Reno Rodeo
Bareback riding: 1.Kaycee Field, Elk Ridge, Utah, 83 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Release Me. 2, Josi Young, Kimberly, Idaho, 81. 3, Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D., 76. 4-6; Zac Compton, Hermiston, Ore.; Dusty LaValley, Crooked Creek, Alberta; and Matt Lait, Stavely, Alberta; 75.
Steer wrestling: 1, Cash Myers, Athens, Texas, 4.0. 2, Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., 4.5. 3, Clay Cowan, Highmore, S.D., 5.3. 4, Caleb Ray, Ironside, Ore., 5.8.
Team roping: (two times) 1, Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore., and Mike Beers, Post, Ore., 6.2 seconds. 2, Chance Johnson, Bishop, Calif., and John Cahbes, Los Alamos, Calif., 8.8.
Saddle bronc riding: 1, Billy Etbauer, Edmond, Okla., 89 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s Spring Blues. 2, Jake Hayworth, St. Anthony, Idaho, 85. 3/4, J.J. Elshere, Quinn, S.D., and Jesse Bail, Camp Corrk, S.D., 84.
Tie-down roping: (three times) 1, Cash Myers, Athens, Texas, 8.6 seconds. 2, Adam Gray, Semour, Texas, 12.0. 3, Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla., 19.3.
Barrel racing: 1, Tiffany Fox, Fox, Okla., 17.10 seconds. 2, Brittany Pozzi-Pharr, Victoria, Texas, 17.50. 3, Teressa Peck, Lehi, Utah, 17.81. 4, Alicia Sandoval, Bloomfield, N.M., 17.89.
Bull riding: (three rides) 1, Clayton Foltyn, El Campo, Texas, 90 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s 310. 2, Chance Smart, Philadelphia, Miss., 77. 3, Brody Hambloin, Roy, Utah, 68.
The following are current leaders ---
Bareback riding --
First round: 1/2, Tyson Thompson, Merrill, Ore., on Rosser Rodeo’s Baxter Black and Kaycee Feild, Elk Ridge, Utah, on Big Bend Rodeo’s Release Me, 83 points. 3, Chris Harris, Itasca, Texas, 82. 4-7; Tim Shirley, Conifer, Colo.; Caleb Bennett, Morgan, Utah; Jared Smith, Ranger, Texas; and Josi Young, Kimberly, Idaho; 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, Clay Cowan, Highmore, S.D., 4.0. 4, Luke Branquinho, 4.1.
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. Jojo Lemond, Andrews, Texas, and Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, 4.9 seconds, $5,221. 2, Ty Blasingame, Olney Springs, Colo., and Ryon Tittel, Pueblo, Colo., 5.0, $4,540. 3, Speed William, Deleon, Texas, and Allen Bach, Weatherford, Texas, 5.5, 3,859. 4, Chance Johnson, Bishop, Calif., and John Chavez, Los Alamos, Calif., 5.6, $3,178. 5, Nick Sartain, Pilot Point, Texas, and Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, 5.7, $2,497. 6, David Key, Caldwell, Texas and Kory koontz, Sudan, Texas, 5.8, $1,816. 7/8, Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz., and Randon Adams, Logandale, Nev.; and Brad Hamilton, Pollock, Texas, and Mickey Gomez, Holland, Texas, 5.9, $795.
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. 3/4, Scott Keogh, Queensland, Australia, and Ferley, 84.
On two: 1. Bello, 168. 2, Ferley, 165. 3/4, Keogh and Cody Taton, Newell, S.D.; 160. 4, Isaac Diaz, Davie, Fla., 154.
First round: 1, Adam Gray, Semour, Texas, 8.2 seconds, $4,428. 2, Chris Wooten, Dos Palos, Calif., 8.9, $3,850. 3-5; Cade Swor, Chico, Texas; Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga.; and Barry Burk, Hermiston, Ore.; 9.1, $2,695. 6-8; Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas; Blair Burk, Durant, Okla.; and Casey Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif.; 9.4, $963.
Second round: 1, Mary Burger, Pauls Valley, Okla., 16.98 seconds. 2, Andrea Clark, Brock, Texas, 17.03. 3, Tiffany Fox, Fox, Okla., 17.10. 4, Tammy Key-Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas, 17.19.
On two: 1. Burger, 34.02. 2, Key-Fischer, 34.54. 3, Clark, 34.64. 4. Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore., 34.73.
First round: 1-3; Sonny Murphy, Tremonton, Utah, on Flying U Rodeo’s Pretty Boy Floyd; Fred Boettcher, Rice Lake, Wis., on Flying Five Rodeo’s Fire Water; and Clayton Foltyn, El Campo, Texas, on Flying Five Rodeo’s 310, 90 points. 4/5, Wesley Silcox, Payson, Utah, and B.J. Schumacher, Hillsboro, Wis., 87.