Published 6/10/2012 in Beef Empire Days-Sports
By ADAM HOLT
For the most part, if you were in the lead in an event heading into the third and final day of the 26th Annual Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo, you stayed there after competition concluded Saturday night at the Finney County Fairgrounds Arena.
Brad Nading/TelegramTrevor Cox, Scott City, works on turning a steer to the ground on a run in Saturday night's Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo steer wrestling at the Finney County Fairgrounds Arena. His wife, Cacee, competed in the ladies barrel racing event.
Brad Nading/TelegramJeston Mead, Ashland, works on staying on Playboy in the bull riding event Saturday during the final evening performance of the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo at the Finney County Fairgrounds Arena.
But only for the most part.
Garden City's Shelley Meier won the ladies breakaway roping with a time of 2.5 seconds, one of only two competitors to take a lead on the final night. Meier beat out Megan Swayze of Freedom, Okla., who had posted a time of 2.8 seconds on Friday night.
"My horse wasn't settin' real good in the box, but I saw a start on the calf and went out and roped him," Meier said. "He was a real nice calf, though. I drew a good calf to win it on, so that helped. Some of those calves were going left tonight, and he went straight, so that helped a lot."
Meier spends less time roping these days and more time being a mother, so to get a win in what may be her only competition of the year was extra special.
"I mostly haul my kids now, so this is about my one rodeo a year anymore," Meier said with a laugh.
Kelley Slavin of Ashland recorded a time of 3.4 seconds to grab a tie for sixth, the only other change in the breakaway roping standings.
Kelly Yates of Pueblo, Colo., was the only other cowboy or cowgirl to take over the top spot in an event on Saturday, running a 17.22 in ladies barrel racing, to unseat Shada Brazile of Decatur, Texas, who had held the lead since Wednesday morning's slack with a time of 17.27. Kaley Bass of Davenport, Fla., ran a 17.42 to take fourth and was the only other barrel racer to enter the top 12 on Saturday. Yates and Bass pushed Angie Meadors, Blanchard Okla., Lana Brown, Eads, Colo., and Morgan Figueroa, Bandera, Texas, out of the money.
On the men's side, there weren't a whole lot of changes in the standings after Saturday's competition.
Jared Keylon, of Uniontown held on to his lead in bareback riding, having scored an 86 earlier in the week. Three cowboys managed to edge into the top eight on Saturday, as No. 15-ranked Chris Harris of Itasca, Texas, finished sixth with an 81-point ride on Free Sample, and Steven Dent tied for seventh with Caine Riddle, both posting 79-point rides. The No. 5-ranked Dent had a relatively routine ride on Arabella, but No. 16-ranked Riddle's first bronc, Camilla, came out poorly, allowing Riddle a re-ride.
"I knew I was going to get a re-ride real fast," Riddle said after his re-ride. "That horse must have had a bad day or something. The (new) horse I got on, actually my travel partner (top-ranked Wes Stevenson) didn't show up, and that was the one he was supposed to have. So he was pretty fun to get on."
Riddle, of Vernon, Texas, then got to ride Flashcard Champ to a 79 and earn a payout.
While it sometimes might be a risk to take the re-ride, Riddle said he wasn't nervous at all.
"When you get a re-ride, it just makes you kind of mad, ready to get on another one," he said. "Shoot, nobody wants to drive âï-- I drove from Texas today --âï nobody wants to drive, get on like that and not have an opportunity like the rest of the guys."
Bryce Miller of Nelson, Neb., scored an 80 on Wasabi in saddle bronc riding to tie Sterling Crawley of College Station, Texas, for fourth place. Tyrell Smith of Great Falls, Mont., held on to win the event with a score of 82. Clay Schaeffer of Dickinson, N.D., Troy Crowser of Whitewood, S.D., and Chuck Schmidt of Keldron, S.D., all posted scores of 77 Saturday to tie for seventh.
Austin Ambrose and Trevor Kastner, both Oklahoma natives, stayed atop the bull riding standings, having scored 82s on Friday night. Corey Navarre of Weatherford, Okla., was the only cowboy to enter the top eight from Saturday's competition, riding Indian Outlaw to a 74.
The bull riding event lost a touch of its luster, as top-ranked bull rider Cody Teel, who was scheduled to ride Magnum Force, pulled out to participate in another event in Sisters, Ore.
The last ride of the night went to Tyler Stegman of Greensburg, who drew Bad Habit, a bull who had never been ridden a full 8 seconds in more than 20 outs (rides). Stegman was bucked off almost immediately. A disappointed Stegman said afterward that as a rider, you can't pay attention to reputations. He added there's only one difference between a bull like Bad Habit and any other bull.
"His name. That's about it," Stegman said. "They're all bulls; they were all cows' calves."
The steer wrestling standings stayed the same after Saturday, with Chancey Larson of Manhattan winning the $2,141.30 payout. Likewise, there was no change in tie down roping, won by Jayce Johnson of Hemingford, Neb., or team roping, won by Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., and Cody Doescher, of Oklahoma City.
More than $108,000 in prize money was distributed over the course of the four days of competition.
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