In bareback riding, there are five gold buckles represented. Will Lowe, from Canyon, Texas has earned three and Bobby Mote who is tied for first place coming in, has two. Mote, from Culver, Ore., is tied with Jared Smith who recently competed at the College National Finals Rodeo. Smith was on the Ranger College men’s team and is now making his home at Ranger, Texas.
In the steer wrestling, reigning world champion Jason Miller, from Lance Creek, Wyo., is at the top of the leader board. Matt Sherwood won the team roping title in 2006 in the heading category. The Arizona resident qualified here in first place roping with Randon Adams, from Logandale, Nev. Also, Oregonians, Mike and Brandon Beers will compete. Mike, the father is a former world champ.
In saddle bronc riding, the field will be highlighted by Billy Etbauer from Edmond, Okla., and Chad Ferley, from Oelrichs, S.D. Etbauer has five titles to his credit and Ferley was the 2006titlist.
Monty Lewis, from Hereford, Texas, missed last year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, but isn’t likely to do that again. He qualified here in third place. The 2004 world champion is hoping to add to his earnings here.
In barrel racing, Mary Burger from Pauls Valley, Okla., is in the lead. She won the world title in 2006 riding the American Quarter Horse Association horse of the year, Rare Fred. The field is rounded out by two-time champion Sherry Cervi from Marana, Ariz.
There are two champs qualified in bull riding and they are tied for fourth place. Wesley Silcox from Payson, Utah and B.J. Schumacher from Hillsboro, Wis., had scores of 87 points. Silcox is the reigning champ and Schumacher won the title in 2006.
Rodeo action gets underway at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Every event will have a champion crowned and will receive a very prestigious pair of Reno Rodeo championship spurs.
The following are unofficial results from the Reno Rodeo
Bareback riding: 1-3; Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., on Flying Five Rodeo’s Classic Times, Royce Ford, Briggsdale, Colo., on Flying Five’s Little Iron and Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash., on Big Bend Rodeo’s Front Page, 84 points. 4, Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 83.
Steer wrestling: 1, Chancey Larson, Manhattan, Kan., 5.0 seconds. 2/3, Jon Ragatz, Cassville, Wis., and Ronnie Fields, Oklahoma City, 5.4. 3, Chad Edgmon, Fallon, Nev., 6.6.
Team roping: (two times) 1, Colter Todd, Marana, Ariz., and Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 4.0 seconds. 2, Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn., and Cory Petska, Lexington, Okla., 14.8.
Saddle bronc riding: 1, Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont., 86. 2/3, Rusty Allen, Eagle Mountain, Utah, and Joe Heguy, Elko, Nev., 77. 4/5, Ryan MacKenzie, Jordan Valley, Ore., and Jess Jones, Spring Creek, Nev., 74.
Tie-down roping: (three times) 1, Joseph Parsons, Marana, Ariz., 15.9. 2, Neil Howard, Fallon, Nev., 19.6. 3, Brad Goodrich, Hermiston, Ore., 21.8.
Barrel racing: 1, Allie Hamner, Williams, Calif., 17.40. 2, Pat Spratt, Lysite, Wyo., 17.52. 3, Nellie Williams, Cottonwood, Calif., 17.66. 4, Marvel Murphy – Selvester, Fallon, Nev., 17.74.
Bull riding: (one ride) 1, Matt Clemons, Okeechobee, Fla., 7.8.
The following are current leaders ---
Bareback riding --
Second round winners: 1, Jarrod Smith, Ranger, Texas, 89 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Shady Lady, $3,407. 2-4: Royce Ford, Briggsdale, Colo.; Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash.; and Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore.; 84, $1,930. 5-7; Tim Shirley, Conifer, Colo.; Jessy Davis, Payson, Utah; and Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas; 83, $606. 8-10; Chris Harris, Itasca, Texas; Steven Dent, Mullin, Neb.; and Tom McFarland, Wickenburg, Ariz.; 114.
On two: 1/2. Smith and Mote, 170. 3, Lowe, 165. 4-6; Shirley; Harris; and Ford;164. 7, 7, Gray, 163. 8/9, Dent, and Kaycee Feild, Mullen, Neb.; 162. 10/11, Jason Havens, Prineville, Ore., and Cody DeMers, Kimberly, Idaho, 160. 12, Josi Young, Kimberly, Idaho, 159.
Steer Wrestling --
Second round winners: 1. Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo., 3.5 seconds, $4,670. 2, Jule Hazen, Protection, Kan., 3.8, $4,061. 3, Cash Myers, Athens, Texas, 4.0, $3,452. 4, Luke Branquinho, 4.1, $2,843. 5/6, Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., and Beau Franzen, Sidney, Mont., 4.3, $1,929. 7, Shawn Mills, Greeley, Colo., 4.4, $1,015. 8-12; Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D.; John Franzen, Riverton, Wyo.; Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo.; Ross Eickoff, Grass Range, Mont.; and Stockton Graves, Newkirk, Okla.; 4.5, $81.
On two: 1. Miller, 7.7. 2, Stockton Graves, Newkirk, Okla., 8.3. 3, Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo., 8.3. 4, Cash Myers, Athens, Texas, 9.0. 5, Beau Franzen, Sidney, Mont., 9.3. 6, Brad McGilchrist, Wheatland, Calif., 9.6. 7/8, B.J.Campbell, Benton City, Wash., and Ken Lewis, La Junta, Colo., 9.7. 9, Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., 9.8. 10, Ross Eickoff, Fallon, Nev., 10.1. 2, Cody Glover, Tucson, Ariz., 10.2. 12, Sterling Lambert, Fallon, Nev., 10.4.
Second round winners: 1, Colter Todd, Marana, Ariz., and Cesar de la Cruz, 4.0, $5,221. 2-4; Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, and Patrick Smith, Midland, Texas; Turtle Powell, Alpine, Texas, and Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.; and Matt Funk, Hermison, Ore., and Bucky Campbell, Benton City, Wash.; 4.8, $3,859. 5, Brian Winn, Annabelle, Utah and Brian Roundy, Richfield, Utah, 5.3, $2,497. 6, Toby Tramell, Snyder, Texas and Jody Pinkert, Lubbock, Texas, 5.4, $1,816. 8, Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., and Boogie Ray, Mabank, Texas, 5.6, $454.
On two: 1, Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz., and Randon Adams, Logandale, Nev., 11.6. 2, Jake Cooper and Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 11.8. 3, Ty Blasingame, Olney Springs, Colo., and Ryon Tittel, Pueblo, Colo., 11.9. 4, Nick Sartain, Pilot Point, Texas, and Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, 12.0. 5, Jay Adams, Logandale, Nev., and Cody Hintz, Spring Creek, Nev., 12.3. 6, Matt Funk, Hermiston, Ore., and Bucky Campbell, Benton City, Wash., 12.4. 7, Brad Hamilton, Pollock, Texas, and Mickey Gomez, Holland, Texas, 12.6. 8, Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore., and Mike Beers, Post, Ore., 12.7. 9, Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., and Boogie Ray, Mabank, Texas, 12.8. 10/11; Colby Schneemann, Big Lake, Texas, and Tommy Zuniga, Centerville, Texas; and Jake Stanley, Hermiston, Ore., and Marty Becker, Edmonton, Alberta; 13.1. 12, Pat Boyle, Simi Valley, Calif., and Mike George, Oakdale, Calif., 13.4.
Saddle bronc riding--
Second round winners: 1, Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D., 87 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Spring Rose, $3,496. 2, Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont., 86, $2,680. 3, Bobby Griswold, Geary, Okla., 85, $1981. 4-6; Scott Keogh, Queensland, Australia; Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D.; and Jake Hayworth, St. Anthony, Idaho; 84, $893. 7-9; Anthony Bello, Oakley, Utah; Cody Herwedel, Shandon, Calif.; and Cody Taton, Newell, S.D., 82, $272.
On two: 1/2. Hayworth, and Kruse, 169. 3, Bello, 168. 4, Ferley, 165. 5-7; Etbauer; Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D.; and J.J. Elshere, Quinn, S.D.; 163. 8-10; Keogh; Taton; and Rusty Allen, Eagle Mountain, Utah; 160. 11, Griswold, 159. 12, Matt Hebbert, Hyannis, Neb., 157.
Second round winners: 1-3; Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.; Michael Otero, Foley, Ala.; and Tyson Durfey; Colbert, Wash; 8.1 seconds, $3,850. 4, Cole Bailey, Okmulgee, Okla., 8.4, $2,695. 5/6, Cash Myers, Athens, Texas, and Jerrad hofstetter, Portales, N.M., 8.6, $1,829. 7, Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 8.7, $963. 8, Wes Lockard, Susanville, Calif., 8.8, $385.
On two: 1/2, Peek, and Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 18.5. 3, Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas, 18.9. 4, Tim Pharr, Resaca, Ga., 19.1. 5-7; Jabe Herring, Huntsville, Texas; and Chris Wooten, Dos Palos, Calif.; and Doug Pharr, Victoria, Texas; 19.7. 8, Jake Hannum, Ogden, Utah, 19.8. 9, Jerome Schneeberger, Ponca City, Okla., 19.9. 10/11, Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, and Blair Burk, Durant, Okla., 20.2. 12, Cash Myers, Athens, Texas, 20.3.
Second round winners: 1, Mary Burger, Pauls Valley, Okla., 16.98 seconds, $2,990. 2, Andrea Clark, Brock, Texas, 17.03, $2,563. 3, Tiffany Fox, Fox, Okla., 17.10, $2,136. 4, Tracee Young, Delta, Utah, 17.14, $1,851. 5, Tammy Key-Fischer, Ledbetter, Texas, 17.19, $1,424. 6, Jana Jarreau, Greenwell Springs, La., 17.21, $1,139. 7, Jetta McCormick, West Weber, Utah, 17.25, $854. 8, Jill Moody, Letcher, S.D., 17.27, $570. 9, Vauna Walker, Pingree, Idaho, 17.28, $427. 10, Sheena Robbins, Fresno, Calif., 17.30, $285.
On two: 1. Burger, 34.02. 2, Jill Moody, Letcher, S.D., 34.50. 3, Key-Fischer, 34.54. 4, Clark, 34.64. 5/6. Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore., and Sheena Robbins, Fresno, Calif., 34.73. 7, Jetta McCormick, West Weber, Utah,, 34.79. 8, Jody Hale, Echo, Ore., 34.83. 9, Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M., 34.90. 10/11, Brittany Hofstetter, Portales, N.M., and Megan McLeod, Star, Idaho, 34.92. 12, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 34.99.
First round winners and final qualifiers: 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, $5,568. 4/5, Wesley Silcox, Payson, Utah, and B.J. Schumacher, Hillsboro, Wis., 87, $2,147. 6, Jay Morrow, Wayland, Iowa, 86, $1,193. 7, Charlie Barker, Terrebonne, Ore., 84, $954. 8, Shawn Proctor, Tooele, Utah, 83, $716. 9, Josh Verburg, Fresno, Calif., 82. 10, Casey Baize, San Angelo, Texas, 81. 11, Zack Oakes, Elk, Wash., 80.