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Schuster wins barrel racing title

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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When barrel racer Tiany Schuster competed at the recent Texas Circuit Finals in Waco, the North Texas cowgirl thrived on being consistent.

The Krum native finished second in each of the three rounds. The strong finishes gave her the overall title.

“Two plus two plus two equals one,” Schuster said.

When Schuster said “equals one,” she meant her three runner-up finishes enabled her to finish No. 1 in the aggregate/average title at the Dec. 28-30 rodeo.

Pro rodeo titles often are based on an aggregate score after competitors have competed in multiple rounds. Although Schuster never won a round at the Texas event, she finished with the best aggregate time overall of 47.78 seconds. Taci Bettis finished second with a 47.84.

Schuster won the Texas event after competing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas for the first time. During the 2017 NFR, which was Dec. 7-16, Schuster earned $34,961. She finished third in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s barrel racing world title race after earning $285,339 throughout 2017.

After competing at the Las Vegas championships, Schuster said it was refreshing to return to Texas and excel at the Circuit Finals.

“‘It was nice to be back home,” she said.

Schuster clinched the title aboard her dependable horse named Show Mance. She earned $7,501 throughout the Waco championships.

In addition to snaring the barrel racing average/aggregate title, Schuster also clinched the circuit’s money earnings title for the entire year. Pro rodeo’s Texas Circuit is among 12 geographic regions that determines champions each year.

As the result of finishing as the circuit’s champion barrel racer, Schuster advanced to the 2018 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, which is scheduled for April 5-8 in Kissimmee, Fla.

Schuster is entered in two rodeos during the 2018 Fort Worth Stock Show. She is scheduled to compete in the Fort Worth Super Shootout on Jan. 18. She’s also signed up to ride in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association show, slated to start Friday.

Last year, Schuster finished third in the barrel racing title race at Fort Worth’s traditional PRCA/WPRA rodeo, which in turn helped her earn her first NFR back number. In 2016, she finished fifth in the title race in Fort Worth.

BRAZILE ROPING TOUGH

During the past weekend, many of the top competitors on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association circuit saddled up for the traditional Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo in Odessa.

In steer roping, 23-time world champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur clinched the title with a three-run time of 30.7. He pocketed $5,718.

Defending PRCA world champion tie-down roper Marcos Costa, a Brazilian who lives in Childress, clinched the tie-down roping title after turning in a time of 8.5 seconds. Costa earned $4,286 as he attempts to earn a fourth consecutive trip to the NFR.

Taylor Langdon, a former Texas Tech star from Aubrey, clinched the barrel racing title after turning in a 14.95. Langdon left the West Texas rodeo with $5,557.

Other Odessa rodeo winners include all-around cowboy Clay Smith ($5,471, team roping and steer roping); bareback rider Evan Jayne (84 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Movie Madness); team ropers Jake Cooper/Logan Medlin (8.5 seconds on two head); saddle bronc riders Brody Cress (86 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Painted Flower) and Heith DeMoss (86 points on JK Rodeo’s Stepper); bull rider J.W. Harris (88.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Pill Pusher) and steer wrestler Tom Lewis (8.1 seconds on two runs).

The 2018 Odessa rodeo offered competitors $231,955 in prize money.

The world’s top pros also have been in Denver during the past weekend to compete in the National Western Stock Show Rodeo. The Denver rodeo will conclude on Sunday, Jan. 21, with a final round.

Costa could qualify for the Denver rodeo’s finale after turning in a two-run time of 16.3 during the prelims (7.7 in Round 1 and 8.6 in Round 2).

The world’s top pros also are scheduled to compete in the Fort Worth Stock Show Friday (Jan. 19) through Saturday, Feb. 3.

PBR UPDATE

The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) is celebrating its 25th anniversary season throughout the year. On the Jan. 5-7 weekend, PBR officials conducted the season’s first show of the Built Ford Tough Series at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Gage Gay of Staley, N.C., clinched the title. Valdiron de Oliveira finished second.

During the past weekend, the PBR tour stopped in Chicago. Cooper Davis, the 2016 champion, picked up the victory. Claudio Montanha Jr. finished runner-up.

After the first two tour stops of the regular season, Davis is ranked No. 1 in the world title race with 780 points. Gay is second with 700. Montanha is third with 590.

The PBR stops in Oklahoma City this weekend. Performances are scheduled for Saturday (6:45 p.m.) and Sunday (1:45 p.m.) at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The tour also stops in Arlington on Feb. 24 at AT&T Stadium. The 2018 PBR World Finals is Nov. 7-11 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

DENVER PBR SHOW

At a PBR show last week in Denver, Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, a Brazilian who lives in Boyd, came to the National Western Stock Show on a mission to ride bulls and earn a big paycheck.

At 38, he is one of the oldest riders competing. He showed fans in the Denver Coliseum that he meant business, clinching the title at the Jan. 9-10 rodeo with a three-ride aggregate score of 249.5 to win $20,344.

The Denver Chute-Out was a stop on the PBR’s Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour. It was a big win for de Oliveira. He competed in the first round in Denver on Jan. 9 and was successful with a 76.5-point ride. It didn’t get him any money but gave him an opportunity to ride again on Jan 10.

In the second round, he had a better result, scoring 86.5 points to place fourth. That advanced him to the 15-man finals where he finished third with another 86.5. He got on Talbert Bucking Bulls’ Juma in the finals. His score of 86.5 was enough to earn the overall title.

NEW PRCA CEO

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has named George Taylor as its chief executive officer.

Taylor is a former executive with Caterpillar, where he was most recently a company officer and vice president with responsibility for the Marketing and Digital Division. Taylor takes over for Karl Stressman, who retired as PRCA commissioner after nine years at the helm. Taylor will begin his job as PRCA’s CEO on Jan. 22.

DEATH OF A LEGEND

Wilbur Plaugher, a former world class steer wrestler and renowned rodeo clown, passed away Jan. 2 in Sanger, Calif., according to prorodeo.com. He was 95. He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1990.

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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