Indoor rodeo season closes in Austin

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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During the past weekend, many of the world’s top competitors saddled up for Rodeo Austin.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association show offered competitors $523,204.

It was a cash cow for 2016 PRCA tie-down roping champion Tyson Durfey of Weatherford. He finished No. 1 in the Austin rodeo’s tie-down roping title race and earned $19,121.

During the final round, Durfey clinched the title with a time of 9.4 seconds. Five-time NFR qualifier Clint Cooper of Decatur finished second with a 9.8.

According to, the other Rodeo Austin winners were bareback rider Caleb Bennett (87 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Black Kat); steer wrestlers Cole Edge and Josh Garner (4.0 seconds each); team ropers Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher (4.8 seconds); saddle bronc rider Clay Elliott (89.5 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Wound Up); barrel racer Lisa Lockhart (14.97 seconds); and bull rider Sage Kimzey (90 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Rug Rat).


On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, Eduardo Aparecido, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, clinched the title at last weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Glendale, Ariz.

When the title was at stake in the final round on Saturday night, Aparecido turned in a score of 90.75 aboard a bovine named Stunt Man Ray (owned by Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls). The Brazilian cowboy earned 590 world title race points in the victory, moving him from No. 8 to No. 5 in the world standings. He collected a $38,700 paycheck.


The 2018 Houston Livestock Show Rodeo concluded its 20-day run March 18 with a single performance rodeo called the Super Shootout. The Shootout rodeo featured five events – bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing.

Each event winner received $25,000. They included barrel racer Nellie Williams-Miller, bareback rider J.R. Vezain, bull rider Sage Kimzey, steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack and saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss.


  • Tuf Cooper, who has residences in Decatur and Weatherford, recently surpassed the milestone mark of $2 million in lifetime earnings on the PRCA circuit. Cooper, the 2017 PRCA world all-around champion, currently is ranked No. 1 in the 2018 world all-around standings.
  • The National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes is March 29 through April 22 at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.
  • The 26th Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge is April 7 at Fort Worth’s Cowtown Coliseum.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades.

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