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We’ve had two days of competition at the Will Rogers Stampede, and we’ve seen possibly the second fastest barrel racing run in the 67-year history of the Claremore, Okla., rodeo â€“ Wrangler NationalÂ Finals Rodeo qualifier Christy Loflin posted a time of 16.99 seconds on Thursday morning; reserve world champion Carlee Pierce posted a 16.96 in 2011 to set the arena record.
Pierce is in Claremore and will run tonight. She is the two-time reigning Will Rogers Stampede champion.
We’ve had a lot of fast runs in the timed events, and we’re just kickstarting this Carr Pro Rodeo/Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo production. Tonight, Bill Tutor will get his chance to ride the great horse Dirty Jacket, the runner-up reserve world champion bareback horse in 2012. We’ll also see a lot of great NFR-caliber animals perform over final two performances, set for 7:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
But you can get a glimpse of the goings-on in the behind-the-scenes photos from the first two days. Click on the photo below, and you’ll see them.
CLAREMORE, Okla. â€“ The Will Rogers Stampede has been a major stop in the Prairie Circuit in the four decades the ProRodeo circuit system has been in place.
On Friday night at Will Rogers Round Up Club Arena, the circuitâ€™s stars shined brightly. Bareback rider Caine Riddle of Vernon, Texas; saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell of Coleman, Okla.; and steer wrestler Shane Henderson of Winfield, Kan., all to the leads in their respective events on the opening night of Claremoreâ€™s rodeo. Theyâ€™ll have to wait out the results from the remaining two performances, set for 7:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
â€śThey changed stock contractors this year, and it gives everybody a bit more of a chance to win,â€ť said Riddle, the No. 19 cowboy in the world standings who won the Will Rogers Stampede in 2011. â€śI drew at the top of the herd, and I rode good and felt good.â€ť
Riddle scored 81 points Carr Pro Rodeoâ€™s Outa Sight, an 8-year-old paint mare that has been selected to perform twice at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
â€śThis is a good rodeo,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™ve been here six or seven times and have been successful at it.â€ť
Riddle is joined by Henderson as a former Claremore champion â€“ in fact, Henderson has earned the bulldogging title twice. He grappled his steer to the ground in 4.2 seconds and is five-tenths of a second faster than the second-place cowboy, Matt Reeves of Cross Plains, Texas.
â€śThis is one of the better circuit rodeos we have,â€ť said Henderson, a four-time Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo qualifier. â€śThe money always helps. Thatâ€™s a big bonus. Itâ€™s a really good goal to get to our circuit finals, and this is a big stepping stone to get to that.
â€śI think weâ€™ve got the best cowboys and cowgirls in ProRodeo in our circuit.â€ť
That includes Sundell, an Iowa-born cowboy who is competing in the Oklahoma-Kansas-Nebraska region for the first time in his career. He rode Carr Pro Rodeoâ€™s Social Call for 83 points.
â€śPete (Carr) said he was just a young horse and that I needed to give him some reign,â€ť said Sundell, who has finished in the top five in the world standings each of the past three years. â€śIt worked out good; Iâ€™m winning first, so I canâ€™t complain.
Fridayâ€™s ride marked the first time in Sundellâ€™s career that he had ridden in Claremore. In addition to winning the elusive world title, he hopes to qualify for the Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo.
â€śEvery time I nod my head, Iâ€™m trying to be 90 or nothing,â€ť Sundell said. â€śI just need to stay healthy, and this is the best Iâ€™ve felt in a long time. Everybody better look out, because Iâ€™m coming from the back door.â€ť
Will Rogers Stampede
Leaders through first performance
Bareback riding: 1. Caine Riddle, 81 points on Carr Pro Rodeoâ€™s Outa Sight; 2. (tie) Tyler Pasour and Luke Creasy, 75; no other qualified rides.
Steer wrestling: 1. Shane Henderson, 4.2 seconds; 2. Matt Reeves, 4.7; 3. Royce Johnson, 4.9; 4. (tie) Teddy Johnson and Jason Thomas, 5.3; 6. (tie) Alan Frierson, Ryan Swayze and Tommy Cook, 5.4.
Tie-down roping: 1. Trent Creager, 8.6 seconds; 2. Jared Kempker, 9.5; 3. (tie) Blake Deckard and Jerome Schneeberger, 9.9; 5. Jeff Miller, 10.5; 6. Cody McCartney, 10.7; 7. Colby Dorsey, 11.2; 8. Scotty Shelton, 11.5.
Saddle bronc riding 1. Wade Sundell, 83 points on Carr Pro Rodeoâ€™s Social Call; 2. Lance Wilson, 78; 3. Alan Frierson, 77; 4. Cody Goertzen, 74; 5. Blane Stacy, 72; 6. Clayton Zibell, 71.
Team roping: 1. A.J. Horton/Kyle Horton, 4.8 seconds; 2. Coleman Proctor/Jett Hillman, 5.2; 3. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 5.4; 4. (tie) Joe Macoubrie/Dawson McMaster and Mike Bacon/Joseph Harrison, 5.8; 6. Casey Hicks/Cody Heflin, 5.9; 7. Gavin Foster/Derrick Jantzen, 6.1; 8. Spencer Griffith/Jacob Griffith, 6.2.
Steer roping: First round: 1. J. Paul Williams, 10.6 seconds, $888; 2. Joe Wells, 10.7, $735; 3. Jay Sellers, 10.8, $582; 4. Trevor Brazile, 11.4, $429; 5. J.P. Wickett, 12.2, $276; 6. Chuck Thomson, 12.8, $153. Second round 1. Bryce Davis, 9.8 seconds, $888; 2. J. Tom Fisher, 11.3, $735; 3. Landon McClaugherty, 12.7, $582; 4. Rocky Patterson, 13.6, $429; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., 13.7, $276; 6. Pecos Bill McNiel, 13.8, $153. Third round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 9.7 seconds; 2. Cody Lee, 10.8, 3. Jake DeGeer, 11.0; 4. Chuck Thomson, 11.2; 5. Chet Herren, 11.6; 6. Vin Fisher Jr., 12.7; 7. Landon McClaugherty, 13.0; 8. C.A. Lauer, 13.1. Average leaders: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 39.3 seconds on three runs; 2. Cody Lee, 41.2; 3. (tie) Rocky Patterson and J.P. Wickett, 43.2; 5. C.A. Lauer, 45.7; 6. Landon McClaugherty, 46.6; 7. Justin McKee, 70.7; 8. Trevor Brazile, 21.1 on two runs.
Barrel racing: 1. Christy Loflin, 16.99 seconds; 2. Cheyenne Kelly, 17.27; 3. (tie) Shelley Morgan and Gretchen Benbenek, 17.41; 4. 5. Sandi Brandi, 17.42; 6. Alexia Mehrle, 17.49; 7. Sally Young, 17.50; 8. Michele McLeod, 17.53; 9. Reann Zancanella, 17.56; Â 10. Tana Poppino, 17.57.+
Bull riding: 1. Guthrie Murray, 79 points on Pete Carrâ€™s Classic Pro Rodeoâ€™s Southern Fried; no other qualified rides.