Top pros compete in Reno

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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The top competitors on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association circuit congregated in Reno, Nev. over the weekend.

The Reno Rodeo is traditionally the first major summer pro rodeo, and this year’s event offered $492,004 in prize money.

Tyson Durfey of Weatherford, the 2016 PRCA champion tie-down roper, lassoed $13,004.

Durfey turned in an 8.6 in the final round to clinch the average title with a three-run time of 25.5. Durfey is ranked No. 1 in the PRCA’s 2018 world tie-down roping title race.

In steer wrestling, two-time world champion Hunter Cure of Holliday clinched the title with a 13.6 on three runs. Other winners were all-around cowboy Jordan Ketscher ($2,491, tie-down roping and team roping); bareback rider Tim O’Connell (251 points on three head); team ropers Aaron Tsinigine/Trey Yates (18.1 seconds on three head); saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss (252 points on three head); barrel racer Nellie Miller (51.74 seconds on three runs); and bull rider Jeff Askey (175 points on two head).

The sport’s top competitors also worked weekend rodeos in Western Canada. Five-time NFR qualifier Cory Solomon clinched the tie-down roping title at the Wainwright Stampede in Wainwright, Alberta. The Prairie View cowboy won with a total time of 26.6 seconds on three head, earning $5,541.

Other winners at the Wainwright Stampede were bareback rider Clint Laye (172.5 points on two head); steer wrestlers Jesse Brown, Jacob Talley and Scott Guenthner (14.6 seconds on three head each); team ropers Tristen Woolsey and Denver Johnson (17.1 seconds on three head); saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (168 points on two head); barrel racer Shelby Spielman (34.760 seconds on two runs); and bull rider Cody Coverchuk (173 points on two head).

At the Sundre Pro Rodeo in Sundre, Alberta, Trevor Brazile, a 23-time world champion who lives in Decatur, tied for first in tie-down roping with a 7.5. Brazile also won the tie-down roping title at the Guy Weadick Days Rodeo in High River, Alberta, with a 9.3. Brazile finished seventh in tie-down roping at the Wainwright rodeo.

Many of the world’s top competitors were in Santa Fe, N.M., last weekend to compete in the Rodeo de Santa Fe.

Caleb Smidt, the 2015 world champion, won the tie-down roping title after turning in a two-run time of 18.1 seconds. Three-time NFR qualifier Jake Brown clinched the bareback riding title with a score of 87.5 points. CoBurn Bradshaw, a three-time NFR qualifier, clinched the saddle bronc riding title with an 87.


Maci Berry of Weatherford clinched the 2017-2018 break-away roping title in the Texas High School Rodeo Association. Berry clinched the state title after winning the short final round at the THSRA Finals Rodeo in Abilene June 16 with a 2.28

Sheridan Clark of Weatherford clinched the 2017-2018 TSHSRA’s girls cutting title after finishing the year with 62.5 points. She won the short go-round with a score of 147 en route to winning the state title.

Berry and Clark advance to the National High School Finals Rodeo, which is scheduled for July 15-21 in Rock Springs, Wyo.


Team roping partners Chris Francis and Cade Passig of Las Vegas, N.M., each earned $61,000 after clinching the team roping title at the 41st annual Bob Feist Invitational June 18 in Reno, Nev. The duo won with a six-run time of 43.34 seconds.

Bubba Buckaloo and Tyler Worley finished second with a 43.79 and each cowboy earned $46,500. Clay Smith and Paul Eaves finished third with a 44.98 ($25,750 each).


Bear Pascoe, a former NFL tight end who played for the New York Giants when the team won the 2011 Super Bowl, and his partner, Steve Simons, clinched the title at the Reno Million June 19 in Reno, Nev. The duo clinched the title after turning in a two-run time of 34.21 seconds. They each earned $47,610.

Pascoe also is a prize winning steer wrestler. In December, he clinched the bulldogging title at the PRCA’s Permit Members Challenge in Las Vegas.

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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