AUSTIN, TEXAS- World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) today announced that in light of COVID-19 restrictions in the state of Washington, the Puget Sound Showdown will be replaced with a one-day $300,000 rodeo in Guthrie, OK at the Lazy E Arena on August 15. The “Stampede At The E” will be coupled with the renowned Bullnanza on May 14, creating a weekend of premier western sports action.
 
The Stampede At The E will be preceded by timed event and rough stock qualifier August 11-14 which will raise the week’s total payout upwards of $600,000. The top eight athletes in each discipline from the qualifier will earn a spot in the Saturday night Stampede At The E main event.

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By just seven hundredths of a second over six steers, professional team ropers Kal Fuller of Bozeman, Montana, and Reagan Ward of Purcell, Oklahoma, won the richest event of their sport and split a first-place paycheck worth a record $150,000 at the 43rd Annual Bob Feist Invitational. The event is part of Wrangler BFI Week presented by Yeti, held for the first time inside the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, since its usual venue in Reno, Nevada, was shut down due to the pandemic.
“Words can’t describe this,” said Ward, who won in virtually his hometown, riding a horse he bought from world champion Kollin Von Ahn. “My header is pretty phenomenal. I’ve never met a 20-year-old that can do the stuff he can do. Most people can’t even do what he can do.”

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Jordan Lovins of Canadian, Texas, had never been to the Bob Feist Invitational. But when he heard that Wrangler BFI Week, presented by Yeti, moved to his neighboring Oklahoma from Reno, Nevada, he “was all over it.”
Lovins, 17, hauled his steers to his local fairgrounds to practice under BFI-like dimensions and found someone with fresh steers so he could practice on a herd similar to the hard-running set of BFI Week. He capitalized by winning first and second – switching ends – for $15,900 in the third annual Hooey Junior BFI.

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Boosted by two first-half rides from its leaders, PBR veteran Ryan Dirteater (Hulbert, Oklahoma) and Team Captain Matt Triplett (Columbia Falls, Montana), Team Lucas Oil rode to its first victory of PBR’s new team tournament, the Monster Energy Team Challenge, presented by U.S. Border Patrol. Blanking Team Cat 171.25-0, Team Lucas Oil climbed the Division B standings for the second-straight day. Dirteater got the day started for Team Lucas Oil aboard Pistol (Cottonwood Bucking Bulls, LLC), reaching the 8-second whistle for 84.25 points. That was followed up by Triplett, riding with a right knee MCL sprain sustained Saturday night, conquering Comfortably Numb (Cottonwood Bucking Bulls, LLC) for 87-points. The bulls took over in the second-half blanking all six riders, highlighted by Hurricane Party (Stockyards/Pritchett Ranch/Melton Bull Co) dispatching Triplett in 3.46 seconds for a 46-point bull score, the highest of the weekend. With the win, Team Lucas Oil closes out the weekend 1-2, while Team Cat drops to 0-3, riding only two bulls over their divisions first three days of play in the event.

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A Vintage Smoke blew into the Jim Norick Coliseum during the Level 4 Open Finals of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby presented by Markel. At the reins was his trainer, Jason Vanlandingham. The newly crowned NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider and the flashy black stallion had already made their mark on the reining industry by winning two of the three largest reining events: the 2018 NRHA Futurity and the 2019 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC). The only accolade missing from A Vintage Smoke’s resume? An NRHA Derby presented by Markel Championship.

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Battling injuries after Challenge Night 7, with Team Captain Marco Eguchi (Poa, Brail) questionable after re-aggravating a pre-existing groin injury, Team Pendleton Whisky was able to secure victory in a tight battle to start of Challenge Night 8 of PBR’s Monster Energy Team Challenge, presented by U.S. Border Patrol, at South Point Arena in Las Vegas. Matching up with undefeated Team Boot Barn inside the Let ‘Er Buck Saloon, Team Pendleton Whisky struck first when Eguchi conquered Red Bones (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Kathy Boone/Joe Beaver) for 87.25 points, the only qualified ride of the first half of Game 22.

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Indy Roper was all smiles as she exited the Jim Norick Coliseum Arena on Friday evening, June 19, after her first run in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby presented by Markel Non Pro Finals.

She knew her performance on Spooks Show Time was good, and when the score, a 222.5, was announced, the cheers were resounding. However, Roper had drawn number 2 in the Level 4 Non Pro Finals, meaning she had to sweat through 31 additional runs before she was declared the victor.

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Day one of competition for Division B of PBR’s Monster Energy Team Challenge, presented by U.S. Border Patrol, began with a narrow victory on the final ride of the game for Team Pendleton Whisky, edging Team South Point 166.5-158. Battling blow for blow with Team South Point and the return of its captain Cody Nance (Paris, Tennessee), Lucas Divino (Nova Crixas Goias, Brazil) came in clutch for Pendleton.

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WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance) and PBR (Professional Bull Riders) today announced payout details regarding the November 3-7 Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC) along with open entry dates and athlete package opportunities.

Contestants competing in four disciplines—breakaway roping, barrel racing, and team roping (heading and heeling) will compete for their piece of a historical $750,000 purse. Athletes in each discipline will compete for $136,000 in the main event, with each discipline champion walking away with a minimum of $60,000 each.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2020 14:32

Remembering Air Support (2015-2020)

Dane Braun was not sure exactly what he was getting himself into when he decided to purchase a 9-month-old son of former World Champion contender Air Time four-plus years ago.
Braun was hopeful he would be getting one hell of a bucking son of a gun that could become the foundation for his family bucking bull business with his sons, Cole and Blake. And it would not take long before he started seeing 501 Air Support displaying some of his father’s genetic prowess.
However, what the Brauns and their partner, Bryce Cooper, also began to realize over the years was that Air Support actually had a softer side when he wasn’t busy destroying the best bull riders in the world.

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