Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Old West riders take their chances

Steers show some smarts in Hailey arena

Express Staff Writer

Tanner Stanger of Murtaugh was one of the more successful bulldoggers during the Days of the Old West rodeo. Here, he landed a 6.6-second time, good for second place and $506.88. Photo by Willy Cook

     Bulldogging was no bargain for cowboys during the 67th annual Days of the Old West Rodeo sponsored by the Sawtooth Rangers Riding Club July 2-4 at Hailey Rodeo Park.

     There were some genius steers out there giving bulldoggers fits. They would stop, flat-footed, smart as whips, just as the cowboys rode up behind them and flew off their horses.

     Advantage steers—as the cowboys got plenty of air, catapulted and chewed dirt.

     Red Eye Rodeo Co. steers zigged and the cowboys would zag. There were no qualified times Thursday night, and only three bulldoggers broke seven seconds for the entire rodeo.

     Those are the chances you take. Fair to say, the spectators had a grand time watching the dilemma of competitors and whooping it up in the stands.       And the McMillan Family Trick Riders consisting of young people ages 9-17 were a huge hit during the halftime entertainment.

     But there were some success stories. Battle Mountain, Nev. bullrider Cameron Craig collected the top payday, $1,132 for his first-place 73-point ride. Eight calf ropers ranged between 9.3 and 10.4 seconds for their money rides.

     The three-day Hailey rodeo finished with a $33,872 payout among its 12 classes.

     Here are the winners and participants of the pre-rodeo entertainment events, sponsored by the Sawtooth Rangers.

     · July 2 mutton bustin’—Blue Ribbon winners: Will Swink, Tairyn Lovell, Ryan Carpenter, Rick Vigueria, Gage Stokes, Patrick Hebert, Xander Bowton, Samson Gabe, Bailey Hymas and Shanna Hymas. The first-place trophy winner was Tripp Lovell.

     · July 3 mutton bustin’—Blue Ribbon winners: Jette Ward, Will Swink, Parker Swink, Jack Staley, Molly Whitaker, Caleb Rosser, Soren Harris, Abigale Karren and Oscar Mullen. The first-place trophy winner was Alexis Nachtman with an amazing 90-point ride.

     · July 4 Hometown Bullriders—Participants were Casey McGehee, Gaje Moates, Kyle Clark, Gus Conrad, Elijah Lindley, Riley Beck, Salvador Contreras, Bob Mollineaux, Reed Burdge and Greg Lindbloom.  There were no qualified rides.

     In the Miss Days of the Old West contest, the overall high point winner and Senior Queen was Kelli Ball, 16, of Rexburg. Cara Malone, 16, of Jerome was named Teen Queen. Emma Flolo, 13, of Hailey was Junior Queen and Kacie Flolo, 9, of Hailey was judged the new PeeWee Queen.

     Freestyle horsemanship winner was Cara Malone and Kailyn Bobbitt, 10, of Caldwell won Congeniality.

     Heading up the Rangers were President Bud Amend, Vice President Casey McGehee, Treasurer Julie Flolo and Secretary Madeline Amend. Directors are Jim Pierce, Bob Lewis, Brad Taylor, Bill Bobbitt, Garth Van Horn and Michelle Bobbitt.

     The summer rodeo circuit is due to return to Hailey Rodeo Grounds over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-31, for the IMPRA 18/40 season finals.

     In these results, 12 classes in the Idaho Cowboys Association (ICA)/Intermountain Pro Rodeo Association (ImPRA) event are ranked in order from the biggest payout, on down.

     · Team roping ($6,240 total payout, header listed first, then heeler): 1—Rob Webb and Dan Webb, 4.5 seconds for $717.60 each side. 2—John Schutte and Ira Walker, 7.8 seconds for $624.00 each side. 3—Tyler Bell and Ben Tibbitts, 8.0 seconds for $530.40 each side. 4—Dave Temple and Tio Simmons, 11.7 seconds for $436.80 each side. 5—Tyler Christensen and Kyle Van Biezen, 12.1 seconds for $343.20 each side. 6—Lonnie Smith and Don Jones, 13.8 seconds for $249.60 each side. 7—Rantz Hanchey and Heath Clark, 14.3 seconds for $156.00 each side. 8—Brett Sheehan and Jared Parke, 15.6 seconds for $62.40 each side.

     Fees $75 per man, 38 teams, $800 added money ($400 each side).

     · Breakaway roping ($4,488 payout): 1 (tie)—Jill Lufkin, 2.7 seconds for $964.92 and Kayla Bland, 2.7 seconds for $964.92. 3—Kara Avery, 2.8 seconds for $762.96. 4 (tie)—Kayla Mulick, 2.9 seconds for $561.00 and Cathy Morgan, 2.9 seconds for $561.00. 6—Codi Anne Christensen, 3.0 seconds for $359.04. 7—Bandee Tubbs, 3.1 seconds for $224.40. 8—Mary Frances Small, 3.2 seconds for $89.76.

     Fee $75, 53 riders and $700 added money.

     · Barrel racing ($3,840 payout): 1—Jennifer Kalafatic, 15.998 seconds for $883.20. 2—Rainy Robinson, 16.269 seconds for $768.00. 3—Hope Jordan, 16.274 seconds for $652.80. 4—Jessie Telford, 16.312 seconds for $537.60. 5—LaDawn Bayes, 16.320 seconds for $422.40. 6—Kyna Schrader, 16.403 seconds for $307.20. 7—Kelsey Lutjen, 16.495 seconds for $192.00. 8—Jessie Damnerman, 16.598 seconds for $76.80.

     Fee $75, 44 riders, $700 added money.

     · No. 10 team roping ($3,264 payout): 1—Chase Hansen and Ryan Opie, 24.1 seconds, $979.20 each side. 2—Bryer Jones and Chance Bott, 29.5 seconds, $652.80 each side.

     Entry $75 per man, 18 teams, $700 added money ($350 per side).

     · Tie down roping ($3,120 payout): 1—Cody Craig, 9.3 seconds for $717.60. 2—Brady Brower, 9.6 seconds for $624.00. 3—Paul Cope, 9.8 seconds for $530.40. 4—Ryan Lickley, 10.1 seconds for $436.80. 5—Taylor Santos, 10.3 seconds for $343.20. 6 (tie)—Lane Santos, 10.4 seconds for $156.00, Wyatt Williams, 10.4 seconds for $156.00 and Jared Arave, 10.4 seconds for $156.00.

     Entry $75, with 34 calf ropers, $700 added money.

     · Saddle bronc ($2,328 payout): 1—Mitch Randall, 78 points for $675.12. 2—Blaine Mathews, 76 points for $558.72. 3—Justyn Trujillo, 72 points for $442.32. 4—Jerad McFarland, 69 points for $325.92. 5 (tie)—Hawkins Boyce, 62 points for $162.96 and Cameron Craig, 62 points for $162.96.

     Fee $75, with 19 riders and $1,000 added money.

     · Bullriding ($2,264 payout including $80 day money): 1—Cameron Craig, 73 points for $1,132.00. 2—Ryan Kesl, 64 points for $679.20. 3—Cain Smith, 60 points for $452.80.

     Entry $75, 17 riders, $1,000 added money.

     · Steer wrestling ($2,112 payout): 1—Aaron Skinner, 6.1 seconds for $612.48. 2—Tanner Stanger, 6.6 seconds for $506.88. 3—Tyrel Skinner, 7.0 seconds for $401.28. 4—Riley Butler, 15.2 seconds for $295.68. 5—Jeff Bowden, 15.5 seconds for $190.08. 6—Justin Keppner, 15.8 seconds for $105.60.

     Fee $75, with 20 bulldoggers and $700 added money.

     · Stock saddle bronc ($1,968 payout): 1—Cody Allred, 70 points for $688.80. 2 (tie)—Derral Thomas, 68 points for $452.64 and Gus King, 68 points for $452.64. 4—William Sutfin, 63 points for $236.16. 5 (tie)—Tegan Nevarez, 58 points for $68.88 and Stephen Hopkins, 58 points for $68.88.

     Fee $75, 14 riders and $1,000 added money.

     · Bareback bronc ($1,896 payout): 1—Jesse Nelson, 81 points for $663.60. 2—Chase Crason, 79 points for $511.92. 3—Cache Hill, 72 points for $360.24. 4—Zac Hutchinson, 71 points for $227.52. 5—J2 Bridges, 69 points for $132.72.

     Fee $75, with 13 riders and $1,000 added money.

     · 18-40 tie down roping ($1,464 payout): 1—Ryan Stroud, 11.3 seconds for $585.60. 2—Jake Worthen, 11.4 seconds for $439.20. 3—Coy Surrett, 14.4 seconds for $292.80. 4—Cody Craig, 19.9 seconds for $146.40.

     Entry $75, with 11 calf ropers, $700 added money.

     · 18-40 steer wrestling ($888 payout): 1—Coy Surrett, 22.5 seconds for $888.00.

     Entry $75, with 3 bulldoggers, $700 added money.

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