Stockyards Championship Rodeo
Historic Cowtown Coliseum hosted one of the richest rodeos in its long illustrious history last wee with the Semi-Finals for The American taking place Tuesday through Friday. With a near $1 million pay-out several cowboys and cowgirls left Fort Worth with their Wranglers stuffed with cash.
Kelsey Lutjen from Casa Grande, Ariz., was the biggest winner, earning $56,09090 in the barrel racing but Timber Moore from Aubrey followed closely behind, winning $51,000 in the tie-down roping. Timber Moore started his rodeo career in Cowtown Coliseum as just a youngster competing in the breakaway roping. More literally dominated the tie-down roping tying calves in 6.81-seconds, 6.96 and 7.08.
Rowdy Parrott from Mamou, LA. won $21,168 in the steer wrestling while Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp won $26,000 in the team roping. In the roughstock events, Tilden Hooper from Weatherford won the bareback riding and $5,219. Claudio Marceline de Montanah JR. from Brazil won the bull riding and $12,000, and Canadian cowboy Clay Elliott won almost $5,000 in the saddle bronc riding.
Saturday night Stockyards Championship Rodeo rolled back into Cowtown Coliseum, and cowboys and cowgirls continued to cash in. Jorge Galindo and Ezzio Jaquez were the biggest winners collecting $550.44 each winning the team roping with a 5.41. Shaylee Hindman from Peaster came in a close second in terms of winnings with $512.86 in the barrel racing with a 13.95-second performance.
Hanna Wallace from Tolar had an impressive run in the breakaway with a 1.74, winning $378.82. Ryan Franks from Campbell stopped his calf in 10.18 to win the tie-down roping and $279.74.
Garrett Parker from Valley View is one of those rare cowboys these days that works both ends of the arena, competing in the tie-down roping and the ranch bronc riding. It paid off for him winning the ranch bronc riding with 74 points and $270.72. There were no qualified rides in the saddle bronc riding, and this Saturday will feature $225.60 in added money.
Taylor Toves from Stephenville had the only qualified ride with 81.5 points on Captain Crunch. Toves is in a dead heat with Gatesville's Keenan Isbell for the season championship. They each have $800 in earnings so far in 2017, but that is all subject to change with $8,000 in prize money on the line during this Saturday night's February bull riding finals.
We get back to our normal Stockyards Championship Rodeo every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. this weekend. Bull riders need to keep in mind that this Saturday will be the February bull riding finals with $8,000 in prize money on the line. But you have to get qualified by competing at least three times during the month, and you are running out of time.
To enter the Stockyards Championship Rodeo, text 254-371-7343 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Each night is a separate rodeo and Saturday night is sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association and the United Professional Rodeo Association. The Pawnee Bill Wild West Show is everySaturday at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Also, coming up this Sunday will be the Wild West Promotions Barrel Racing at 11 a.m. For more information on all of the Cowtown Coliseum events, visit www.StockyardsRodeo.com.
We want to thank some of our great sponsors who make the Stockyards Championship Rodeo possible every Friday and Saturday, such as C&S Trailers, Cattlemens Steakhouse, and Roger Williams Chrysler–Dodge–Jeep in Weatherford.