Crisp air and pleasant temperatures greeted fans to the second performance of the 86th Annual Reno Rodeo. You couldn't tell it was a Monday night as the crowd arrived ready and willing to do their part to make this performance one of the most exciting.
The Reno Rodeo Drill Team brought in the colors after a precision display of their skills. Grand Entry flew in with all its pomp and grandeur, and announcer Bob Tallman giving a rousing speech in honor of our military men and women and what it means to be an American. The national anthem was respectfully sung by Deanna Ashby.
With the prayer said, and the opening festivities out of the way, it was time for rodeo in a style that only Nevada can bring, wild, wooly, and western!
Stock contractor Cotton Rosser of Flying U Rodeo provided some great stock and 7-time Pro Rodeo Clown of the Year
, Flint Rasmussen provided all the laughs that the fans could handle.
Bareback riders started off strong with the whole field posting qualified rides. Davey Shields Jr. (83 points on Runaround Too
) edged out Cimmaron Gerke (on Lady Red Hawk
) and Cody DeMers (on Baxter Black
) who split 2nd with 80 points.
Royce Ford (Hudson, CO.) who is currently #1 in the Jack Daniel World Standings said about this particular string of bareback horses, "Averaging 78 or 79 points is about right."
Ford scored a 74 on I See Red
in the round.
Mostly clean runs for the big boys of rodeo. Jason Lahr (Emporia, KS.) took the night with a blazing 4.6 run. Gabe Ledoux (Kaplan, LA.) scored a 5.4 for second and Roger Anderson (Kenai, AK.) took third with a respectable 5.6.
With over half the field scoring No Times and one team caught in a crossfire, you think that it would be easy to jump into the lead. Not so, these cattle seemed to have the numbers of the team ropers.
But someone has to win, so the family team of Jay and Ryon Tittel (Pueblo, CO.) split a 7.3 second time with Derrek Hee (Nipomo, CA.) and Ryan Eaton (Tehachapi, CA.) for a first place finish in the round. Casey Minton (Witter Springs, CA.) and Mike George (Oakdale, CA.) turned in a time of 11.4 for the next place finish.
A rough night for a few bronc riders didn't stop a couple of Kaycee, Wyoming boys from taking home 1st place honors in the round. Bryce Miller (on Floodwaters
) and Mo Forbes (on Gold Cal
) both scored an 81. Next spot was also a tie between Cody DeMers (on Bar Tip
) and David Howard (on Cinnabar Kate
) with scores of 78.
My well trained eye told me that the Wrangler ProRodeo Officials were being a bit too lazy tonight. Of course they are the experts but the crowd agreed with me, however no amount of good natured booing could change the scores (go figure?).
After the broncs, a little fun was brought all the way from Hawaii with this unique event. Double Mugging is often a staple at certain Cotton Rosser events and is always a crowd pleaser.
First place was Jake Hannum (Ogden, UT.) with a 10.3. Second place saw Cade Swor (Winnie, TX.) make a 12.1 run. The top three was rounded out with Justin Maass (Giddings, TX.) scoring a 13.9.
A good 17.27 run for Laurie Sutton (Aledo, TX.) held up for first in the round. Rachael Myllimaki (Arlee, MT.) was nipping at her heels and turned in a blazing 17.29 seconds sprint around the barrels. The next spot was split between Paula Seay (Lake Butler, FL.), and Holly Foster (Atascadero, CA.) both with a 17.31.
Only two riders made it to the whistle on this exceptionally rank pen of young bulls. Ardie Maier, (Timberlake, S.D.) scored 83 points on Water World
, and Trent Cormier (Houma, LA.) onboard Raging Water
placed with a 75.
The Reno Rodeo is part of the PRCA Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour and is the first stop in that series. Contestants will compete in two rounds of competition (Bull Riders compete in one) before the Final or Tour Round on Saturday. The top 12 total scores and times in each event will compete in the Final Tour Round.
Rodeo action continues tomorrow with Tuesdays Performance (Read it Now!)
and through the rest of the week.