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MISSOURI MAN CASHES IN AT AMERICAN ROYAL ON FINAL DAY OF HIS ROOKIE SEASON
KANSAS CITY, Mo. â€“ John Mincey and his family moved to southeastern Missouri just seven years ago because they wanted to live in cowboy country.
Now heâ€™s a professional rodeo cowboy, and he loves it. On Saturday night, he rode Stace Smith Pro Rodeoâ€™s Black Velvet for 81 points to place fourth in bull riding, pocketing $869 in the process. That was well worth the 275-mile drive from his home in West Plains, Mo.
â€śWhen I seen that I had that big olâ€™ thing drawn,â€ť he said of Black Velvet, â€śI was scared to death. But if you breathe and let it all hang out, God will be with you, so you just stick it on them.â€ť
It worked out quite well for the 20-year-old cowboy, who moved to West Plains seven years ago from southern Louisiana. Now a rookie in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Mincey is chasing his dreams on the rodeo trail.
â€śI finished the season strong, and I feel like I did everything I can this year, so Iâ€™m happy with it,â€ť he said.
Mincey is one of five contestants in the final performance of the 2014 American Royal who earned money by finishing among the leaders. Saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell, a six-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Boxholm, Iowa, paved the way with an 85-point ride on Three Hills Rodeoâ€™s Big Jet, finishing in a first-place tie with two-time world champion Taos Muncy.
Bronc rider Tyler Corrington, a three-time NFR qualifier from Hastings, Minn., placed fourth with an 83 on Stace Smith Pro Rodeosâ€™ Hammer Cocked. Bareback rider Casey Breuer of Mandan, N.D., finished in a tie for fourth place with a 78-point ride on Three Hills Rodeoâ€™s Heaven On Earth, and barrel racer Laura Kennedy rounded the cloverleaf pattern in 14.35 seconds to finish sixth.
For Kennedy, it was important to finish well at the final rodeo of the season, which also counts toward the Great Lakes Circuit, the ProRodeo region made up of events across the Midwest, including Missouri.
â€śThis is very good for me, because I would love to win the circuit again this year,â€ť said Kennedy, who won the regional title a year ago.
The Quitman, Ark., cowgirl had success on her horse, Lexus, before he was injured. On July 7, she purchased Tall Boy and has found quite a gem in the 7-year-old sorrel.
â€śTall Boy is a very nice horse,â€ť she said. â€śHeâ€™s been very good to me. Iâ€™ve had him almost three months, and Iâ€™ve won $22,000 on him. Heâ€™s very athletic, easy-going and wants to please.â€ť
She certainly was pleased Saturday night.
American Royal Rodeo
Kansas City, Mo.
Bareback riding: 1. (tie) Justin McDaniel, on Smith, Harper & Morganâ€™s Proud Mary, and Ryan Gray, on Stace Smith Pro Rodeoâ€™s Rosana, and Jared Keylon, on Three Hills Rodeoâ€™s Black Diamond, 80 points, $1,588 each; 4. (tie) Orin Larsen, Casey Breuer and Tyler Waltz, 78, $522 each; 7. Tilden Hooper, 77, $272; 8. Jessy Davis, 76, $204.
Steer wrestling leaders: 1. Stewart Gulager, 3.6 seconds, $2,530; 2. (tie) Cooper Shofner, Tom Lewis, Sean Santucci and Bray Armes, 3.9, $1,705 each; 6. (tie) Wade Steffen and Jon Ragatz, 4.0, $715 each; 8. (tie) Matt Koch and Tanner Brunner, 4.2, $110 each.
Team roping leaders: 1. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 4.2 seconds, $2,545; 2. Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 4.6, $2,277; 3. (tie) Ryan Von Ahn/J.W. Beck, Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill and Trevor Brazile/Travis Graves, 4.7, $1,741 each; 6. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Martin Jucero, 4.8, $1,206; 7. Tom Richards/Cesar de la Cruz, 5.1, $938; 8. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 5.3, $670; 9. (tie) Nathan McWhorter/Cole Davison and Chad Masters/Clay Oâ€™Brien Cooper, $268 each.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Taos Muncy, on Three Hills Rodeoâ€™s Melancoly Baby, and Wade Sundell, on Three Hills Rodeoâ€™s Big Jet, 85 points, $1,983 each; 3. Dustin Flundra, 84, $1,272; 4. Tyler Corrington, 83, $823; 5. Sterling Crawley, 82, $524; 6. (tie) Bradley Harter, Sam Spreadborough and CoBurn Bradshaw, 81, $299.
Tie-down roping leaders: 1. (tie) Adam Gray and Cody Ohl, 7.9 seconds, $1,900 each; 3. Clint Cooper, 8.2, $1,502; 4. (tie) Timber Moore, Ryle Smith and Clint Robinson, 8.3, $972 each; 7. Blair Burk, 8.4, $442; 8. Marcos Costa, 8.5, $177.
Barrel racing leaders: 1. (tie) Polly Hagey and Michele McLeod, 14.24 seconds, $2,090 each; 3. (tie) Tana Poppino, Kimmie Wall and Shelley Morgan, 14.34, $1,356 each; 6. Laura Kennedy, 14.35, $791; 7. Fallon Taylor, 14.37, $565; 8. Sara Rose McDonald, 14.38, $452; 9. (tie) Taylor Langdon and Mary Walker, 14.39, $367 each; 11. Shelly Anzick, 14.40, $282; 12. (tie)Samantha Lynne and Ann Scott, 14.41, $113 each.
Bull riding: 1. Denton Fugate, 87 points on Smith, Harper & Morganâ€™s Midnigh, $2,369; 2. Ty Wallace, 85, $1,816; 3. Jordan Wacey Spears, 83, $1,342; 4. John Mincey, 81, $869; 5. Brett Stall, 78, $553; 7. (tie) Beau Hill and Jeff Askey, 76, $355 each; 7. Jesse Fischer, 75, $237.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. â€“ The final week of the ProRodeo season has provided Sterling Crawley with the opportunity to live out his inner NASCAR.
A saddle bronc rider, Crawley is a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Stephenville, Texas, who is in a race to make his third straight appearance in the sportâ€™s grand finale. Only the top 15 cowboys on the money list at the end of the regular season earn the right to compete in Las Vegas this coming December.
Crawley is 17th and needs to earn at least $4,000 to hit that magic number. On Friday night, the Texan took the lead at the American Royal PRCA Rodeo with an 82-point ride on Stace Smith Pro Rodeoâ€™s Hickok. That should be good enough for a nice payday in Kansas City, but it wonâ€™t be enough to catch the pack.
â€śWeâ€™re going as hard as we can and not letting off the gas until the last day,â€ť he said.
The final day of the regular season is Sunday. Time is running out, and Crawley has thousands of miles to go before heâ€™s done. He competed in Omaha, Neb., on Thursday, then arrived in Kansas City. He rides in Stephenville, Texas, on Saturday night, then in San Bernadino, Calif., on Sunday.
Heâ€™ll have plenty to think about along the way in reliving Fridayâ€™s ride on Hickok.
â€śI was really excited to have him, because the last time we met up, it was really good,â€ť Crawley said. â€śI was excited to draw him again, especially with the end of the season drawing near and me being kind of back a little.
â€śI need everything I can get.â€ť
Itâ€™s just another phase for a cowboy who travels the rodeo trail with his brother, Jacobs, who already has secured his fourth trip to the NFR. They are following their passions.
â€śI rodeo because itâ€™s something you love as much as anything,â€ť Sterling Crawley said. â€śThereâ€™s no place weâ€™d rather be on a Saturday night than at an arena and getting on bucking horses. Youâ€™re with your friends, youâ€™re doing what you love and youâ€™re bettering yourself every time. Why not do that as often as possible.â€ť
American Royal Rodeo
Kansas City, Mo.
Bareback riding: 1. Justin McDaniel, on Smith, Harper & Morganâ€™s Proud Mary, and Ryan Gray, on Stace Smith Pro Rodeoâ€™s Rosana, 80 points; 3. Tilden Hooper, 77; 4. Jessy Davis, 76; 5. Steven Dent, 74; 6. Anthony Thomas, 70; 7. Blade Elliott, 61; no other qualified rides.
Steer wrestling leaders: 1. Stewart Gulager, 3.6 seconds; 2. (tie) Cooper Shofner, Tom Lewis, Sean Santucci and Bray Armes, 3.9; 6. Matt Koch, 4.2; 7. (tie) Blake Mindemann and Kyle Irwin, 4.4.
Team roping leaders: 1. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 4.2 seconds; 2. Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 4.6; 3. (tie) Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill and Trevor Brazile/Travis Graves, 4.7; 5. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Martin Jucero, 4.8; 6. Tom Richards/Cesar de la Cruz, 5.1; 7. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 5.3; 8. (tie) Nathan McWhorter/Cole Davison and Chad Masters/Clay Oâ€™Brien Cooper, 5.4.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Sterling Crawley, 82 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeoâ€™s Hickok; 2. (tie) Bradley Harter and Sam Spreadborough, 81; 4. Jacobs Crawley, 80; 5. Isaac Diaz, 76; 6. Kyle Whitaker, 65; no other qualified rides.
Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Cody Ohl, 7.9 seconds; 2. Clint Cooper, 8.2; 3. (tie) Timber Moore, Ryle Smith and Clint Robinson, 8.3; 6. Blair Burk, 8.4; 7. Marcos Costa, 8.5; 8. Tyson Durfey, 8.9.
Barrel racing leaders: 1. (tie) Polly Hagey and Michele McLeod, 14.24 seconds; 3. (tie) Tana Poppino, Kimmie Wall and Shelley Morgan, 14.34; 6. Fallon Taylor, 14.37; 7. Sara Rose McDonald, 14.38; 8. (tie) Taylor Langdon and Mary Walker, 14.39; 10. Shelly Anzick, 14.40.
Bull riding: 1. Ty Wallace, 85 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeoâ€™s Miami Heat; 2. Jordan Wacey Spears, 83; 3. Bret Stall, 78; 4. (tie) Beau Hill and jeff Askey, 76; 6. Tyler Stoltz, 69; no other qualified rides.