Smaller rodeos draw big talent

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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This time of the year, PRCA rodeos in smaller Texas towns attract world class competitors.

They are between competing in the larger winter and summer rodeos. Former Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers often show up at rodeos in rural Texas.

That was the case last weekend at Texas rodeos in Bridgeport, Mineral Wells and Crockett.

At the Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo in Bridgeport, defending world champion Tyler Pearson, a Mississippi cowboy, finished second in steer wrestling after turning in a time of 4.3 seconds. Jacobs Crawley, the 2015 world champion from Boerne, clinched the saddle bronc riding title with a score of 86. Crawley currently is ranked No. 1 in the PRCA’s 2018 saddle bronc riding world title race.

Sage Kimzey, a four-time PRCA bull riding champion from Strong City, Okla., clinched the title at the Bridgeport rodeo with an 89 on Rifleman. Kimzey also tied for first at the Crockett Lions Club PRCA rodeo with an 84 on a bovine named No. 5. If that wasn’t enough, Kimzey finished fourth at the Mineral Wells Rodeo with an 85.5.

Kimzey currently has a commanding lead in the PRCA’s 2018 bull riding title race.

Former National Finals qualifiers Clay Smith, of Broken Bow, Okla., and Paul Eaves, of Lonedell, Mo., clinched the team roping title at the Mineral Wells Rodeo after turning in a blistering time of 3.7 seconds. Tiany Schuster, a 2017 National Finals qualifier from Krum, clinched the barrel racing title at the Crockett rodeo with a 15.59. The other winners at Bridgeport were bareback riders Zach Hibler and Jamie Howlett, who each earned 82s, steer wrestler Tanner Brunner (4.0 seconds), team ropers Cory Clark and B.J. Dugger (4.3 seconds), tie-down roper Ty Harris (7.4 seconds) and barrel racer Emily Miller (15.57 seconds).

Fans can expect to see world class competitors on the card this weekend at PRCA/WPRA shows in Vernon, Jacksonville and Killeen. The Santa Rosa Roundup Rodeo in Vernon is scheduled for May 16-19. Each performance begins at 7:30 p.m.


Professional Bull Riders officials announced they will absorb the production of the Championship Bull Riding tour’s 2018 finale on July 24 in Cheyenne, Wyo. PBR officials said they also will conduct a show that features PBR riders at the Cheyenne Frontier Days on July 23. They will compare the results of the two shows and pay the top finishers.

PBR officials announced they will be involved with the 2018 Calgary Stampede in Alberta and the 2018 Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo in Salt Lake City (a World Champions Rodeo Alliance show that will offer a $1 million purse).

PBR officials said CBS Sports1 will broadcast the final rounds of the Calgary and Salt Lake City rodeos.


Tuf Cooper, who lives in the Decatur area, was ranked No. 1 in last week’s PRCA 2018 world all-around standings with $103,012. Decatur’s Trevor Brazile is second with $51,947.


The 45th Windy Ryon Memorial Roping, which will feature world class competitors, is scheduled for May 25-27 in north Fort Worth. Team roping is scheduled for May 25, break-away roping, tie-down roping May 26 and steer roping May 27. For information, visit

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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