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Being bullish: Oklahoma pair assume lead in BED event

Published 6/9/2012 in Beef Empire Days-Sports

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

Friday was a good night to be from Oklahoma, as the 2012 Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo produced another set of top performances on the second of three nights of competition at the Finney County Fairgrounds Arena.

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Brad Nading/Telegram Nick Becker, Garden City, pulls his rope tight as he works as the header on a run in the team roping during Friday night’s performance of the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo at the Finney County Fairgrounds Arena.

Brad Nading/Telegram Nick Becker, Garden City, pulls his rope tight as he works as the header on a run in the team roping during Friday night’s performance of the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo at the Finney County Fairgrounds Arena.

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Brad Nading/Telegram Kyle Jackson, Garden City, loses his hat as he rides Flaxy Lady on Friday in the bareback competition during the night performance of the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo at the Finney County Fairgrounds Arena.

Brad Nading/Telegram Kyle Jackson, Garden City, loses his hat as he rides Flaxy Lady on Friday in the bareback competition during the night performance of the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo at the Finney County Fairgrounds Arena.

It was especially good for Austin Ambrose of Fletcher, Okla., and Trevor Kastner of Ardmore, Okla., who garnered 82-point rides on Hell Cat and Fighting Sioux in the bull riding competition to finish with a share of the lead heading into tonight's third and final night of the BED Rodeo.

For Ambrose, the ride proved to be every bit as one could imagine with a bull named Hell Cat.

"It felt really good," Ambrose said of the ride that was judged at the end of eight seconds. "The bull kinda beat me around the corner a little bit and my caught back wasn't so good. But heck, he was just a good one to have."

Ambrose said he was just fortunate to hang on for the 8-second ride and move into a share of the lead with Kastner, the No. 11-ranked bull rider in the PRCA current world standings.

"I was just lucky enough to get him rode," Ambrose said. "He kinda smoothed out a little bit. I had a really good seat on him. I gave him a couple of my shots. The hard part was getting off."

Kastner, on the other hand, continued his strong performance of the 2012 season with a solid ride on Fighting Sioux, another one of the young, up-and-coming bulls of the Korkow Rodeos stock producers.

"Solid, solid," Kastner said. "Pretty tough one to stay on, but I was able to stay with him right to the last second. Just glad to get a good ride in."

Nebraskan Buck Moon moved into a tie for third with first-night co-leaders Josh Koschel of Nunn, Colo., and Danny Schlobohm of LaMonte, Mo., with a score of 81 points.

Two Freedon, Okla., women took over the top spots in the ladies breakaway roping to knock out first-night leaders Ginalee Tierney of Broken Bow, Neb., and Brittany Young of Buffalo, Okla., both of whom had times of 3.1 seconds.

Megan Swayze recorded a time of 2.8 seconds while fellow Freedom resident Randus London was clocked in 2.9 seconds.

Clint Cannon of Waller, Texas, was the lone rider in the bareback to move into the top eight when he scored an 82-point ride on Inky. Travis Sheets of Hyannis, Neb., was able to register an 81-point ride on River Rat in the saddle bronc event and now shares second place with Jeremy Ray Malancon of Huntsville, Texas, while Tyrell Smith of Great Falls, Mont., continues to lead with 82 points. Jared Keylon of Uniontown, Kan., retained his lead in the bareback with 86 points.

In the ladies barrel race, there was no change in the top 12 positions as Shada Brazile retained her lead from Wednesday morning's run in the slack when she posted a time of 17.27 seconds. It will take a time of 17.71 seconds or faster to move into the money positions when tonight's final group of barrel racers compete.

The Steer Wrestling event saw Kyle Callaway of Gillette, Wyo., gain the third spot with a time of 4.0 seconds while Justin Weichel of Cordell, Okla., moved into a tie for eighth place in the tie down roping competition.

Team roping proved to be a good night for three sets of partners. Erich Rogers of Round Rock, Ariz., and Korty Koontz of Sudan, Texas, registered a time of 4.9 seconds to assume third place while Matt Sherwood of Pima, Ariz., and Daylan Frost of Show Low, Ariz., were right behind in fourth place with a time of 4.0 seconds. Jeremy Wiebener of Alva, Okla., and Darin Suit of Ames, Okla., moved into a tie for seventh place with a 5.7 clocking. They share that spot with Landon McClaugherty of Tilden, Texas, and Larry Hammons of San Antonio.

For Lakin High School graduate and Holcomb resident Dalton Davis, Friday's ride in the Saddle Bronc event ended with disappointment as he just missed the 8-second count while atop Mrs. Z, a colt from one of Korkow's top saddle broncs, Queenie.

"I'm just trying to hit as many rodeos as I can," said Davis, who is in his rookie season as a bronc rider. "I'm just trying to make the circuit (Prairie) finals. It's my first year of pro rodeoing."

Davis, who was a state wrestling medalist whiel at Lakin High School, said Mrs. Z was a pretty good horse to be atop as he made his first local appearance as a professional in front of many family members and friends.

"He was real good, but they said I blew a stirrup just before the whistle," Davis said of the split-second timing. "I didn't think I did, but you can't argue with them. I'm just trying to learn the ropes, get my name out there."

And while the ride had some added pressure with competing at home, Davis said he was just trying to find his way as a professional.

"So far, nights like tonight, it's not too fun if you're that close," he said. "If I'm able to ride broncs, be healthy, I'm just thankful. I felt a little bit more pressure. I really wanted to ride."

Davis will hit the road once again next week, heading to rodeos in Santa Fe and Clovis, N.M., as well as one in Weatherford, Texas.

Final night action of the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. One of the featured rides tonight will be when No. 1-ranked bull rider Cody Teel of Kountze, Texas, rides Magnum Force, one of the Korkow NFR bulls.

See results in Scoreboard, Page D2.

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