PRCA Rodeo enjoys run of success
One record broken and a 21-year run of success have Terry Starnes and the PRCA Rodeo looking ahead to 2016.
Justin Shaffer set a new arena record of 3.3 seconds in the steer wrestling event. For his efforts, he took home first place and $1,254 in prize money.
“The Colorado Springs, Colorado, office of the PRCA called the new record to our attention,” Starnes said.
This past weekend, the PRCA Rodeo arrived in the Somervell County Expo Center, and left an indelible mark on the community.
The Expo Center was filled to near capacity on Friday, and Saturday night was a near sellout, as spectators filled the arena to watch the seven sanctioned events that included bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding.
Taking home first place in the events were Taylor Price in bareback riding; Shaffer in steer wrestling; the team of Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp in team roping; Tyrell Smith in saddle bronc riding; Cimarron Boardman in tie-down roping; Natalie Bland in barrel racing; and Cody Rostockyj in bull riding.
Eli Lord took home the all-around cowboy honors.
“I thought the turnout was excellent on both nights,” Starnes said. “I really feel like Friday night, since we cut back to two performances, I think Friday night was really a good mesh between the typical Thursday performance and typical Friday performance. I think we got everything in there for those two performances in one night.
“Saturday night takes care of itself. It was close to a sellout. Saturday night is going to be pretty close to a sellout every year. The weather hadn’t been the greatest the last couple of weeks, and I think the weather helped us. People were ready to get out and do something.”
Starnes was pleased with the level of support the event garnered from the local community.
“I really think we probably stepped up a notch all the way through,” Starnes said. "Another record we had this year was the total number of contestants with 459 total. I think it will increase with the caliber of livestock we have here with Andrews Rodeo Company. They have a really good following, and when you get that you are going to have more players.”
While the dust is just settling on the 2015 PRCA Rodeo, Starnes is already looking at the 2016 event.
“I started planning 2016 about two months ago,” Starnes said with a hearty laugh. “It is so much easier to start making notes on the things you want to change or improve or do away with while you are putting one of these events together for next year. I just jot down notes, and when we start having meetings at the end of the summer for next year, well, you already started the battle then.”
All-around cowboy: Eli Lord, $108, steer wrestling and team roping.
Bareback riding: 1. Taylor Price, 84 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Phantom, $767; 2. (tie) Devan Reilly and Shane O’Connell, 78, $479 each; 4. Jamie Howlett, 76, $192.
Steer wrestling: 1. Justin Shaffer, 3.3 seconds, $1,254; 2. Cooper Shofner, 3.9, $1,038; 3. Orrin Fontenot, 4.2, $822; 4. Mitchell Gardner, 4.4, $605; 5. Cody Kroul, 4.5, $389; 6. (tie) Jared Thompson and Eli Lord, 4.6, $108 each.
Team roping: 1. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 5.7 seconds, $1,997 each; 2. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 6.0, $1,663; 3. Manny Egusquiza Jr./Monty Joe Petska, 6.1, $1,308; 4. (tie) Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenschlager and Colby Lovell/Brock Hanson, 6.3, $792 each; 6. (tie) Charly Crawford/Shay Carroll and Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 6.4, $172 each.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Tyrell Smith, 84 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Whiskey Jack, $978; 2. Dylan Henson, 83, $733; 3. Sterling Crawley, 80, $489; 4. Spencer Wright, 79, $244.
Tie-down roping: 1. Cimarron Boardman, 8.5 seconds, $1,077; 2. EJ Roberts, 8.8 $891; 3. (tie) Catfish Brown and Cory Solomon, 9.3, $613 each; 5. Don Coffell, 9.4, $344; 6. Michael Akins, 9.5, $186.
Barrel racing: 1. Natalie Bland, 14.82 seconds, $1,735; 2. Shea-Lynn Leach, 14.83, $1,487; 3. Jackie Ganter, 14.98, $1,239; 4. (tie) Michele McLeod and Kelly Allen, 14.99, $950 each; 6. Shelby Janssen, 15.14, $661; 7. Lisa Thornton, 15.15, $496; 8. Emily Efurd, 15.16, $331; 9. Tillar Murray, 15.19, $248; 10. (tie) CJ Vondette and Abby Pursifull, 15.20, $83 each.
Bull riding: 1. Cody Rostockyj, 84 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Crime Spree, $1,053; 2. Bayle Worden, 82, $790; 3. Caleb Sanderson, 81, $526; 4. Justin Hendrix, 79, $263.
Total payoff: $39,664. Stock contractor: Andrews Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Missy Swartz. Officials: Gary Case and Carl Burkholder. Timers: Missy Swartz and Shawna Ray. Announcer: Terry Starnes. Specialty act: Rudy Burns. Bullfighters: Weston Rutkowski and Scotty Spencer. Clown/barrelman: Rudy Burns. Flankman: James Andrews. Pickup men: Garrett Poston and Tyler Grimsley.
Brent Addleman is managing editor of the Glen Rose Reporter. He can be reached at 254-897-2282 or email to email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @GRR_Editor.