Kruse Wins Fourth Round Of Saddle Bronc At National Finals

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Jesse Kruse won the fourth round of saddle bronc riding at the National Finals Rodeo on Sunday night to increase his lead in the world standings, scoring 90 points on Hell's Half Acre.

Kruse, from Great Falls, Mont., leads the world standings with $148,576, followed by Heith DeMoss of Heflin, La., at $113,928. Kruse's 90 was the best score in the first four rounds in the 10-round finale.

"It feels great to win a round after all the trouble I had in the first three rounds," Kruse said. "It sure makes my injury feel a lot better. I'm just a little dinged up; my left foot. ... I could have ended up breaking it again."

In tie-down roping, six-time world champion Cody Ohl of Hico, Texas, won with a 6.6-second run, just a tenth of a second off of his event record.

"I was to the point where I was roping really good the first three rounds, but I hadn't won anything," Ohl said. "But my confidence was still high. I just didn't have any luck on the ground. Everything just happened perfect tonight."

Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, who had an 11.9-second run to fail to place in the top six, leads the standings with $137,339, followed by Clint Robinson of Spanish Fork, Utah, at $129,697.

In bull riding, Bobby Welsh of Gillette, Wyo., won with an 89.5 on Silent Image, while B.J. Schumacher of Hillsboro, Wis., was second with an 89 on Smilin Bill.

Welsh, the lone rider to cover all four of his bulls, leads the aggregate race with 315 points, but he trails world leader and defending champion J.W. Harris of May, Texas, by $85,838 in the world standings.

Harris missed the third and fourth rounds and is questionable for the remainder of the NFR because of a spiral fracture of his right (riding) hand. He was injured when Bring It bucked him off in the second round.

In bareback riding, Royce Ford of Briggsdale, Colo., posted the highest score so far in the first four rounds, an 87 on Peaches and Cream.

Clint Cannon of Waller, Texas, who set a PRCA record for most regular-season money won in any event with $233,504, did not place
among the top six for a third straight round. He has earned a total of $235,899 this season.

Kaycee Feild of Elk Ridge, Utah, the average leader with 342 points on four head, was second Sunday with an 86.5 on Wildflower.

In steer wrestling, Lee Graves of Calgary, Alberta, moved back into the world standings lead with his victory in 3.4 seconds. Graves leads with $148,656, followed by Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, Calif, at $136,327.

In team roping, the duos of header Travis Tryan of Billings, Mont., and heeler Michael Jones of Stephenville, Texas, and header Nick Sartain of Yukon, Okla., and heeler Kollin VonAhn of Durant, Okla., tied for first with 3.7-second runs.

Tryan and Jones, who won the third round in 3.8 seconds, moved into second place in the aggregate race with a time of 19.6 over four rounds.

World heeler leader Jade Corkill of Fallon, Nev., who didn't record a time during round four, stayed in the lead with $121,942, but header Luke Brown of Rock Hill, S.C., took over the lead from Corkill's header, Chad Masters of Clarksville, Tenn., with $133,086 compared to $130,513 for Masters.

In barrel racing, Cassie Moseley of Farwell, Texas, won with a time of 13.72 seconds, while defending world champ Lindsay Sears of Nanton, Alberta, placed second in 13.76 and took over the aggregate lead.

Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, Texas, had won a rodeo-best $44,231 in three rounds, but she was passed by Sears, who has earned $45,337 over four rounds.

Pozzi, who didn't place with a time of 14.06, leads the standings with $200,095, followed by Sears at $186,554.

In all-around, Brazile topped the standings with $295,775. Robinson was second with $181,915, followed by Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo., at $170,336.


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