Keeping Rodeo Weird with Fallon Taylor

WEIRD; suggesting something supernatural; unearthly. Baby Flo is supernatural bursting with talent as is her jockey Fallon Taylor, but unearthly just doesn’t fit, dynamic seems to sum up this cowgirl and her talented string of horses.

Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 12.28.26 PM.pngFallon Taylor is #KeepingRodeoWeird, and she is proud to be standing at the front of line preaching to all to embrace their uniqueness.

The tie-dye Queen of rodeo, Fallon has been embracing the social media platforms for over six years to enable her to connect with her fans. Starting on youtube, Fallon said,” I gave free virtual lessons, the feedback was that they appreciated that I was honest and didn’t come off ‘plastic’ with my teaching methods.”

From that point onwards, Fallon then took her videos on the road with her. Looking back she said, ”When I started down the road I wanted to keep all the hard times from the people that had been with me from the beginning. I wish I could go back and show them how hard it was at times so they would know that they’re the key to their success, sticking it out.”

As Fallon is one of the biggest names in rodeo, there is always that wonder as to who these athletes are and if they are genuine in all aspects of their lives.

Fallon is one of those athletes that is as honest and compassionate, funny and unique in her daily lives as she is seen on TV and at the rodeo.

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Just like any professional athlete, it can be daunting to put your full self out there to your fans. Triumphs and failures, hard times and good, is a difficult task to be open about to the fans of the sport, not just your fans.

Fallon said,” I am so tired of seeing interviews where we aren’t honest about our ups and downs. It makes it so hard on us as athletes, to not be able to talk about the slumps. The tough parts, and when we do, we are actually aiding in helping someone that we’ve never even met feel less alone in whatever struggle they’re going through, so by being vulnerable, I can help someone else. “

A testament to the western lifestyle, helping your fellow man to inspire and ignite their passion through the journey she has taken.

Fallon as unique as her name has embraced the culture of the west, being the that solid foundation of the sport of rodeo. This same passion, embracing the strengths of a cowgirl to speak about controversial topics on the public platform is nothing short of amazing.

“I was bullied as a kid in elementary school and I am very different in a community that is very traditional. So life in the rodeo world hasn’t always been easy for me. I think that tons of people are now growing up to watch this sport and need to know that if they didn’t grow up on a ranch or with horses and develop a passion for our industry that there IS a spot for them.”

Reiterating that of Trevor Brazile when he had said that his ultimate goal is to leave the sport better than it was when he began.

Like any of the ERA’s athletes, Fallon is at the top of her game because she also believes in a better sport that should be inspiring to any person of any walk of life.

Sometimes that means that she will face criticism by speaking her thoughts and campaigning for something better.

She explains why it is important to her to be that good role model even if it sometimes means she receives on the shorter end of the stick.

“I feel like pioneers are the ones with the arrows in their back, why not me. I am not trying to be a ‘martyr’ for a bigger cause but as my visibility and popularity have grown it could have been easy to steer away from the hard subjects, and that isn’t why I share my life with my followers. I share to help them grow to this point. When I am old and grey, I want to be in the stands cheering on the pioneer of the next generation.”

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out” – Dr. Suess

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So comes the ‘Fallon Taylor’ line of Troxel helmets. Why t in, embrace your weird and have Fallon ride with you every step of your journey.

As her latest line of signature helmets continue to gain ground through social media, most people will be unaware that the actual line release was back in December of 2015.

Pre-orders had boomed during the 2015 WNFR that Troxel sold out completely. Fallon wanted to make sure that people understood the important issue of Brain Injury and one way to tackle that is to ensure that a helmet to suit all personalities was available to purchase.

Facts on Brain Injury, which surrounds the ‘tabou’ discussion of any cowboy or cowgirl wearing a helmet are still stuck in the corner. Making facts and information available, creating the conversation good and bad opening the information line of education on an issue that is crucial in any high-risk sport.

Most recently Fallon kicked it up a notch and sported a mohawk on top of her helmet. #WhatTheHelmet is what rang throughout social media, taking the helmet fashion to new heights she sported the mohawk during the 2015 WNFR.

Fallon told us the unique story of how she came to wear that helmet. She said,” A young lady wrote me a letter and gave it [mohawk] to me at an appearance. The young lady wrote of how I helped her feel like she could express herself and be a part of this rodeo industry and be successful. She gifted me the mohawk, and I thought it would be so so special to have her see it in the arena. I am pretty sure it made her year.” As great a story as that is, Fallon didn’t stop there. She continued to say, ”As recent as yesterday being called a classless piece of trash for wearing a mohawk at the WNFR, so I know that everything meets resistance, but the backstory was too awesome to worry about criticism from small minded people not willing to change the world for the better.”

That reflection of sportsmanship is just another rhinestone sparkling in her hat that makes her shine ever so bright. Sportsmanship is important to Fallon; she is seen talking about the importance of it all the time.

What drives that importance to advocate the need for integrity, honesty and fairness for all? Fallon explained,” I want to change the generations coming up.”

“At a rodeo this week I wasn’t spoken to by any of my fellow competitors and I decided to time it, see how long it took for someone to tell the ‘weirdo’ in tie dye “Hello”; after 10 minutes one brave soul finally spoke to me…while I am typically the first to say hello to my peers I wanted to see

how far away from changing this stigma was, and we still need some work on the professional level. So starting with the youngest generation, it will hopefully help everyone feel welcome years from now.”

Thoughtful and inspiring, Fallon never allows the negative to have an adverse impact on her. She takes the positive from the negative. With her out of the box thinking, she has begun to create momentum with her fans, also with her fellow competitors.

Fallon always bright, decked out in all shades of tie-dye can be seen so easily through the crowd of solid colors. Though she is a role-model for thousands, who is her role-model.

Written with excitement, Fallon wrote one name, one name twelve times, that name Fred Whitfield.

Fred an accomplished athlete himself and also a trailblazer in his own right. It makes sense that Fallon should look to him as a role-model to emulate.

Fred (for those unaware) is cemented in the history books of rodeo as the first African-American to win an all-around title in the history of the PRCA. He has been inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, Cheyenne Frontiers Day Hall of Fame and honored into the National Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. It’s easy to see why Fallon looks up to Fred, all inspiring on his own, unique and owns it. Something Fallon has most certainly taken notice of and seen the benefits of being as inspirational as Fred.

Fallon said,” I feel like I am just a chick who has some momentum. There are heroes out there doing amazing things. Maybe you think what I do is amazing; I probably believe that you are a LOT cooler than me. First responders, teachers, military personnel, stay at home moms, basketball coaches, accountants, you are doing some amazing things, and you can make your job as cool as mine. Inspire everyone around you, be bold about it, ask questions, and change whatever you are doing to be the best it can be.”

Fallon is one cowgirl that has changed the way in how you perceive people. No matter the lifestyle, culture or religion you come from she advocates that there is a spot in the sport for anyone with the passion.

Standing toe to toe with those that may mock, Fallon is also seen standing side by side with any and all competitors and fans alike. The tie-dye Queen of rodeo continuously raises the bar, stepping outside the square to build the sport to a better platform.

Her ultimate dream is one of inspiration and determination. She said, “I hope that I have blazed a tie dye trail that makes the sport more visible, dreams seem more attainable, empower young girls to take charge of their destiny and high five me when they do it.”

Like that of what Robin Williams said,” You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

Fallon Taylor sparkles where ever she rides and leaves her sparkle with those who need it.

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Champions Crowned at the Inaugural Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) World Championship in Dallas

Champions Crowned at the Inaugural Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) World Championship in Dallas
American Airlines Center hosts one of the most incredible all-star rodeo competitions, featuring 87 of the sport’s top athletes and, now, 143 World Championships

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DALLAS (Nov. 13, 2016) – The world’s premier professional rodeo athletes and animals that represent the new Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) tour brought the year-long competition to a thrilling end today at the American Airlines Center, crowning 16 final event and overall champions and handing out more than $1,000,000 in cash purse prizes.

“What started out as a fresh idea between a few cowboys on how we could advance and better the sport of rodeo turned into a dream-come-true this weekend in Dallas,” said ERA interim President Bobby Mote. “We couldn’t be happier with how the ERA World Championship turned out over three days at the American Airlines Center.

“Rodeo is a big part of Texas’ great heritage and boy did the ERA deliver to our fans at the event and tuning in worldwide on FOX Sports 2 TV, SiriusXM Rural Radio and FloSports.com.”

Saluting the newly-crowned champions of the ERA’s inaugural season, Mote tipped his hat to winners Chandler Bownds (Bull Riding), Bray Armes (Steer Wrestling), Clay Tryan & Jade Corkill (Team Roping), Cort Scheer (Saddle Bronc Riding), Lisa Lockhart (Barrel Racing), Shane Hanchey (Tie-Down Roping) and Steven Dent (Bareback Riding).

Sunday’s Round 3 competition results and overall ERA World Championship results:
Bull Riding
Friday’s bull riding winner Bownds (Lubbock, Texas) put up the best number again on Sunday, posting up perfectly on a right-handed spin by the bull they call “Spotted Canyon,” and rocking a score of 86.5 at the buzzer. Bownds’ second gold belt buckle of the weekend topped Oregon’s Cannon Cravens by two points (84.5).

Said Bownds on his Sunday win and overall title: “It feels great to get this title. I had a tough bull in the second round, Bushwacked, and he bucked me off pretty quick and sored me up a bit. But I came back today got another round win on a bull who was just good right there in the gate and around to the right and lucky enough to get the round win.”

  • Bull Riding Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      • 1st Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, TX, Spotted Canyon, 86.5
      • 2nd Cannon Cravens, Porum, OK, Frosty Whiril, 84.5
      • 3rd Neil Holmes, Houston, TX, Ruff Em Up Truck, 80.5
  • Bull Riding Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, TX, 3350
      •  2nd Cody Campbell, Summerville, OR, 3025
      • 3rd Beau Hill, Columbia Falls, MT, 2600

Steer Wrestling
Getting out of the gate a bit slow, times in the four-second range and a couple no scores with the steers early on were disrupted by the night’s No. 1 effort  when Louisiana’s Casey Martin shot out to a quick and clean 3.58 second run. Two other ERA athletes put up sub-four second efforts on the floor of the American Airlines Center, the 2nd place of 3.76 coming from the newly crowned ERA Steer Wrestling Champion Armes.

Said Martin: “It feels great, especially since I didn’t place in the first two rounds. So to get it done and get my steer down it feels great to win the round – and run the fastest time of the rodeo. It lets me know I’ve still got it.” 

Added Armes on his overall championship: “Unbelievable. It’s been a dream all year long. I’ve just worked hard at it and thanks to everybody that has always supported me. I feel very blessed.”

  • Steer Wrestling Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Casey Martin, Sulpher, LA, 3.58
      • 2nd Bray Armes, Pilot Point, TX, 3.76
      • 3rd Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, AL, 3.92
  • Steer Wrestling Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Bray Armes, Pilot Point, TX, 3850
      • 2nd Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, AL, 3675
      • 3rd Stockton Graves, Alva, OK, 3087.5
Team Roping
Disrupting the overall team roping champions’ potential sweep of the ERA World Championship in Dallas, Turtle Powell (Stephenville, Texas) and Jhett Johnson (Casper, Wyo.) teamed up to head & heel the night’s only sub-four second time, clocking a lightning quick 3.6 seconds for the double gold ERA belt buckles. In the 2016 ERA World Championship season the largest margin of victory in the roping events – 800 points – came courtesy of the team of Tryan (Montana) and Corkill (Nevada) as the two grabbed two of three wins in Dallas to secure the overall title.
 
Said Powell: “Well it felt good. We struggled the first two rounds and I struggled and didn’t rope very well. We were talking about it earlier and we always win something, so it was nice to win tonight … nice to win one of those buckles.”

Added Corkill on the overall title: It’s really cool because there are certain things that only happen once and getting to be the first one, you only have one shot at that so to get it done is something that will be special to us forever.”
  • Team Roping Round 3 Event Results:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      •   1st Powell/Johnson, Stephenville, TX/Casper, WY, 3.6
      •   2nd Tsinigine/Motes, Fort McDowell, AZ/Weatherford, TX, 4.38
      •   3rd Proctor/Long, Pryor, OK/Coffeyville, KS, 4.4
  •         Team Roping Event World Standings:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      •   1st Tryan/Corkill, Plentywood, MT/Fallon, NV, 4650
      •   2nd Begay/O’Brien Cooper, Winslow, AZ/Gardnerville, NV, 3850
      •   3rd Driggers/Nogueira, Albany, GA/Scottsdale, AZ, 3175
Saddle Bronc Riding
Two big scores in saddle bronc highlighted the season’s final event in the popular, high flying discipline. And in the end the overall champ (Scheer) was edged out by Iowa’s Wade Sundell, 87-point ride. Sundell, riding the horse they call “Out West,” would secure his 2nd place overall position in the ERA season standing with the win, though was still well back of Scheer for the overall title (1,000 points). Canada’s Zeke Thurston would place 3rd overall in the standings, the only Canadian to make the ERA’s overall podium in in the opening season.

Said Sundell: “It’s a good three days here it’s exciting to come out on top the last day and just ride against all these great guys. And it’s been an honor to beat them all (he said with a laugh).”

Scheer on his overall championship: “Unbelievable, you know? You watch all of your idols walk around with gold buckles all the time so it’ll be pretty cool to finally get to wear one.”
  •         Saddle Bronc Riding Round 3 Event Results:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      •   1st Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, Out West, 87
      •   2nd Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, Bitter Robin, 86
      •   3rd Ty Kirkland, Lufkin, TX, Lunatic From Hell, 84.5
  •         Saddle Bronc Riding Event World Standings:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      •   1st Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, 4862.5
      •   2nd Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, 3875
      •   3rd Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, Canada, 3337.
Barrel Racing
If there was a surprise underdog story of the 2016 ERA World Championship it had to be Texan and ERA Last Chance Qualifier, Kassie Mowry’s 1st/1st/1stsweep of the three barrel racing events. Mowry was unstoppable, topping everything from numerous legends in the sport to a couple young girls that weigh about half as much as the senior competitors. Mowry and Sunday’s runner up, Ashley Schafer (Yoder, Wyo.), both rode their horses to sub-13 second times – Mowry’s 12.793 topping Schafer’s 12.994 by a mere two tenths of a second.

Said Mowry: “I am just beyond ecstatic. I really had no idea that he (Mowry’s horse “Firewatermakehappy”) would come out like he did – I just thought this would be a really good learning experience. I am just thrilled that he is taking it in and getting stronger even at the end … just thrilled.”

Added Lockhart on her overall title: “Oh it is amazing, and it is a sigh of relief. I knew it was going to be close. We were just too long today and I really worried about it, but I thought it is what it is and if we are, great, and if not kudos to whoever did.”
  • Barrel Racing Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Kassie Mowry, Dublin, TX, 12.793
      • 2nd Ashley Schafer, Yoder, WY, 12.994
      • 3rd Callie Duperier, Boerne, TX, 13
  • Barrel Racing Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, 4025
      • 2nd Kassidy Denison, Tohatchi, NM, 3562.5
      • 3rd Kassie Mowry, Dublin, TX, 2992
Tie-Down Roping
Bit of poetic justice for the overall champ Hanchey on Sunday as the Louisianan stepped ‘er up and topped the field, putting an exclamation point on his title with a 1st place event finish on Sunday. Saving the best for last, Hanchey would top on of the sport’s all-time greats, Cody Ohl (3rd) and runner-up Cooper Martin with a time of 7.05 seconds.
Said Hanchey on both is Sunday win and overall title: “Well, I came into this round kind of behind the eight-ball. I knew I needed to win first or second in the round after the way it kind of unfolded. I was lucky enough to go last so I knew what I needed to do and it all kind of just fell into place, both the event win today and the overall ERA tie-down (roping) championship.”
  • Tie-Down Roping Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Shane Hanchey, Sulpher, LA, 7.05
      • 2nd Cooper Martin, Alma, KS, 7.21
      • 3rd Cody Ohl, Hico, TX, 7.38*
      • 3rd Marty Yates, Stephenville, TX 7.38*
  • Tie-Down Roping Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Shane Hanchey, Sulpher, LA, 3650
      • 2nd Caleb Smidt, Bellville, TX, 3425
      • 3rd Marty Yates, Stephenville, TX, 3325

Bareback Riding
Like the grand finale of a fireworks display, Sunday’s bareback riding competition didn’t disappoint as the fans were brought to their feet not only by the podium trio of Dent (1st), Oregon’s Bobby Mote (2nd) Utah’s Kaycee Feild (3rd), but also by the final retirement run of longtime great rodeo star Ryan Gray. Dent’s 86-point run on the bucking horse they dubbed “Smack Daddy” was the weekend’s second-highest score, and easily the day’s top scoring bareback ride.

Said Dent on both his event win and overall title: “I was just trying to stay calm and get a good seat before I nodded, things just worked out well after that. And on the title, it feels great. Just competing against the best guys in the world everyday just makes you better, and I’m humbled and feel blessed to be able to beat those guys. It’s unbelievable.”

  • Bareback Riding Round 2 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      • 1st Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, Smack Daddy, 86
      • 2nd Bobby Mote, Culver, OR, Rodeo Beyond, 84
      • 3rd Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, UT, Painted Brush, 83.5
  • Bareback Riding Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, 4337.5
      • 2nd Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, UT, 3837.5
      • 3rd Austin Foss, Terrebonne, OR, 3300


Mote would wrap up the much talked about 2016 ERA tour and highly successful World Championship in Dallas by saying, “This wasn’t just the end of our first ever ERA season, but the beginning of something bigger in the sport of professional rodeo. Ten or 20 years from now we’ll be looking back at this moment realizing this is where it all started.”

For more information about the 2016 ERA World Championship and the ERA Premier Tour, including the announcement of the upcoming 2017 tour dates, please visit www.erarodeo.com.

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ERA World Championship Rodeo Scores Big at the American Airline Center on Saturday – Sunday’s finale set for 2 p.m.

ERA World Championship Rodeo Scores Big at the American Airline Center on Saturday – Sunday’s finale set for 2 p.m.
Campbell wins the bulls; Graves is best steer wrestler, Tryan & Corkill again top team roping; Johnson captures saddle bronc; Qualifier Mowry wins barrel racing again, Yates sets record in tie-down win and Foss is Saturday’s champ in bareback riding

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DALLAS (Nov. 12, 2016) – The penultimate round of the inaugural 2016 Elite Rodeo Athlete (ERA) World Championship played out in front of a full house at American Airlines Center last night as athletes and animal athletes, celebrating the great Texas heritage of rodeo, brought the crowd to their feet in pursuit of the $1,000,000 ERA purse.

Sunday’s ERA World Championship final, set for 2 p.m. tomorrow at the American Airlines Center, will decide the best-of-the-best in the all-star field of rodeo stars, featuring 87 of the sport’s top athletes and, collectively, 135 World Championships – with eight more to be added to that list on Sunday.

“The support of Dallas’ rodeo fans tonight was incredible. And that was most evident in the action on the floor as the fans’ enthusiasm elevated the performances of both athletes and animals alike,” said Bobby Mote, ERA Interim President and Bareback Riding Athlete. “And if tonight’s event at the American Airlines Center was any indication, we’re in for a good ‘ol Texas roof raiser tomorrow!”

Fans again packed the American Airlines Center some 90 minutes prior to the 7 p.m. start of the competition, mingling with the athletes on the rodeo floor, snapping selfies and scoring autographs – a fan-friendly event exclusive to ERA rodeo.

Competition results:
Bull riding
Overall, the bulls – with names like “Bushwacked,” “Wolf of Wall Street” and “Alabama High Test” – won the war, auguring in ten of 13 cowboys into the bright red Texas dirt. But of the three eight-second survivors, Oregon’s Cody Campbell won the battle with his bull dubbed “Comfortably Numb,” and was crowned the ERA World Championship Saturday night bull riding champion.

Said Campbell: “Last night I came up a little short, I had a really good bull, but I let him throw me off and I shouldn’t have, so I was coming in tonight with a vengeance. I wasn’t gonna let that happen again and had a really good bull, got him rode and feel great about winning the round at the first ERA Championship, so that’s pretty awesome.”

  • Bull Riding Round 2 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      • 1st Cody Campbell, Summerville, OR, Alligator Arms, 82
      • 2nd Jory Markiss, Redmond, OR, Sniper, 81.5
      • 3rd Beau Hill, Columbia Falls, MT, War Party, 72
  • Bull Riding Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Cody Campbell, Summerville, OR,2125
      • 2nd Beau Hill, Columbia Falls, MT, 2000
      • 3rd Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, TX,1850

Steer Wrestling
The stocked field of ERA Steer Wrestlers squared off again on the floor of the American Airlines Center and it was Oklahoma’s Stockton Graves taking top honors on Saturday night, bulldogging and then throwing his steer to the ground in a lightning-quick 3.76 seconds – just two/tenths of a second ahead of 2nd place Kyle Irwin (Alabama). More importantly, with the win Stockton moved ahead of Bray Armes (Pilot Point) into 1st place in the overall steer wrestling standings with one round remaining.

Said Graves: “You know, we are making history right here and to be a part of it is an honor, and then to do good and have success is just that much more on top. So it’s really exciting and, like I said, it’s just an honor to be here.”

  • Steer Wrestling Round 2 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Stockton Graves, Alva, OK, 3.76
      • 2nd Sean Mulligan, Coleman, OK, 3.94
      • 3rd Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, AL, 3.99
  • Steer Wrestling Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Stockton Graves, Alva, OK, 2787.5
      • 2nd Bray Armes, Pilot Point, TX, 2600
      • 3rd Tyler Pearson, Independence, LA, 2475

Team Roping
For the second straight night on the floor of the American Airlines Center the duo of Clay Tryan (Montana) and Jade Corkill (Nevada) took top honors in the team roping, topping the 2nd place team of Chad Masters and Travis Graves by a couple tenths, 3.94 second to 4.07. Lots of quick times made up for Friday’s jitters as many teams scored in the four-second range. Tryan and Corkhill extended their lead in the overall ERA World Championship point chase, taking a substantial lead into Sunday’s final.

Said Corkill: “It’s just the same as every time, we have to do our job on every steer we run. So I try not to really worry about what else is going on. I know I have to catch to win and that’s what we are trying to do.”

  • Team Roping Round 2 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Tryan/Corkill, Plentywood, MT/Fallon, NV, 3.94
      • 2nd Masters/Graves, Clarksville, TN/Jay, OK, 4.07
      • 3rd Driggers/Nogueira, Albany, GA/Scottsdale, AZ, 4.20
  • Team Roping Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Tryan/Corkill, Plentywood, MT/Fallon, NV, 3550
      • 2nd Begay/O’Brien Cooper, Winslow, AZ/Gardnerville, NV, 2800
      • 3rd Driggers/Nogueira, Albany, GA/Scottsdale, AZ, 2575

Saddle Bronc
Wyoming’s Chet Johnson, aboard the horse they call (Bond) “James Bond,” flashed spurs from the time the gate ripped all the way to the eight-second buzzer, wowing both the fans and judges alike and being rewarded with Saturday’s top saddle bronc score of 85.0. Following Johnson in 2nd place at 84 points was Wade Sundell and then World Championship race leader, Cort Scheer came in third with an 82.5. 

Said Johnson: “I had a terrible regular season, didn’t ride very good to come into the finals and (I) kind get redemption for my rest of the season tonight. It’s feeling pretty good and to win against these guys it’s a heck of an accomplishment. For Sunday I’ve just do the same thing try to go after that round cause that’s my only hope and you know you gotta go for first. These guys aren’t going to sit on their heels you know, so you gotta be aggressive and just give it your all.”

  • Saddle Bronc Riding Round 2 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      • 1st Chet Johnson, Douglas, WY, James Bond, 85
      • 2nd Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, Lunatic Nation, 84
      • 3rd  Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, Lunatic, 82.5
  • Saddle Bronc Riding Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, 3562.5
      • 2nd Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, Canada, 3037.5
      • 3rd Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, 2725

Barrel Racing
ERA Last Chance Qualifier, Kassie Mowry (Dublin) did it again, rocketing out of the chute and past the world’s best barrel racers – capturing 1st place for the second night in a row at the American Airlines Center. Mowry’s 13.028 edged overall ERA season point leader Lisa Lockhart, who raced to a 13.106 time.

Said Mowry: “I guess nobody is more surprised than I am. I tried so hard to qualify through  Mesquite (qualifying round) and it’s just that my horse is young and new to rodeo. He kind of had an ‘Oops’ on one of my runs, and I made it back through the jackpot in Dallas. I’m just surprised that he is doing so well with this big crowd and all this stuff going on. I never would have expected it, but I know he is capable of running the times, so I am just so proud of him to be handling this.”

  • Barrel Racing Round 2 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Kassie Mowry, Dublin, TX, 13.028
      • 2nd Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, 13.106
      • 3rd Kassidy Denison, Tohatchi, NM, 13.132
  • Barrel Racing Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, 3425
      • 2nd Fallon Taylor, Collinsville, TX, 2637.5
      • 3rd Kassidy Denison, Tohatchi, NM, 2512.5

Tie-Down Roping
Straight out of Stephenville, Marty Yates brought the Dallas crowd to its feet in the American Airlines Center with an ERA tour record 6.67 second effort in tie-down roping (topping Tuf Cooper’s previous record of 6.84 at the Days of 47 Rodeo in Utah). Just 22 years old and roping with his heroes on the ERA tour, Yates has come into his own and will be a formidable opponent for years to come in the sport. Shane Hanchey was able to hold onto the overall ERA season lead, but barely. In one of the closest races on the tour, Hanchey, Caleb Smidt and Tuf Cooper all have an equal shot at the title tomorrow.

Said Yates: “You know I just came over here to Dallas this week to do as best as I could and it’s turned out to be good. I’ve had luck in both rounds so we’ll just go at ‘em again tomorrow and see how it all turns out.”

  • Tie-Down Roping Round 2 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Marty Yates, Stephenville, TX, 6.67
      • 2nd Cody Ohl, Hico, TX, 7.44
      • 3rd Cooper Martin, Alma, KS, 7.45
  • Tie-Down Roping Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Shane Hanchey, Sulpher, LA, 2600
      • 2nd Caleb Smidt, Bellville, TX, 2475
      • 3rd Tuf Cooper, Decatur, TX, 2225

Bareback Riding
Drawing the horse “Shady Lounge,” Oregon’s Austin Foss topped out on a thrilling field of bareback riding athletes and animal athletes to complete Saturday’s competition. Foss’ score of 86.5, coupled with Steven Dent’s 2ndplace finish, created a bottleneck at the top of the overall ERA series point chase as Dent and Kaycee Feild both have 2837.5 points, with Bobby Mote close behind in 3rd with 2500.

Said Foss: “Feels pretty good coming out here and competing with all of the best guys in the world and to have that in your mind and be on top is probably one of the best feelings a guy can have. And also it’s not just always them we are competing against, it’s that animal. And tonight that animal was a good one. It’s not every day you get an animal like that, so you’ve gotta capitalize on it.”

  • Bareback Riding Round 2 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      • 1st Austin Foss, Terrebonne, OR, Shady Lounge, 86.5
      • 2nd Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, Lizard Back, 85
      • 3rd Will Lowe, Canyon, TX, 82.5
  • Bareback Riding Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, 2837.5
      • 2nd Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, UT, 2837.5
      • 3rd Bobby Mote, Culver, OR, 2500

 
Tickets for the three-day competition start at $31 and can be purchased online at www.Tickemaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000, at the American Airlines Center Box Office or Ticketmaster kiosks located inside Fiesta Foods, Macy’s, Walmart, and the Shops at Willow Bend Mall. Tickets subject to additional fees. The final competition begins at at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.
For more information about the 2016 ERA World Championship and the ERA Premier Tour, visit www.erarodeo.com.

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Athletes and Animal Athletes Shine at Opening Night of ERA Rodeo World Championship at American Airlines Center

Athletes and Animal Athletes Shine at Opening Night of ERA Rodeo World Championship at American Airlines Center 

Bownds best the bulls; Armes’ No.1 steer wrestler; Tryan & Corkill top team roping; Scheer wins saddle bronc riding; Mowry upsets the best in barrel racing; Smidt wins tie-down roping and Stevenson is Friday’s champ in bareback riding

 era wc friday logo-9856.jpgThe million dollar inaugural Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) World Championship – America’s new professional rodeo tour, featuring 87 of the sport’s top athletes and, collectively, 135 World Championships – opened three nights of action on the American Airlines Center floor on Friday.

Top bull riders, steer wrestlers, team ropers, saddle and bareback bronc riders, barrel racers and tie-down ropers all descended upon the Big D this weekend to decide – on two million pounds of dirt packed on top of the Mavs’ & Stars’ hallowed playing surfaces – the season-long, 11 tour stops of rodeo across the western U.S. in one action-packed weekend of competition.

“A heck of night of competition – with two more to go,” said Bobby Mote, Interim President of ERA and Bareback Riding Athlete. “Dallas has such a storied history of rodeo and the ERA’s extremely pleased to bring the World Championship back to town.”

Fans poured into the American Airlines Center some 90 minutes prior to the 7 p.m. start of the competition, mingling with the athletes on the rodeo floor, snapping selfies and scoring autographs – a fan-friendly event exclusive to ERA rodeo.

Competition results:

Bull riding

Drawing the bull “Doc Mosely” out of the fourth starting spot, Lubbock’s Chandler Bownds, was able to put up an early top score – that would stick through the 15-rider field. The round one win gave Bownds enough points to move into the lead of the ERA World Championship standings.

Said Bownds: “Good bull, Doc Mosely. Started out left, went around right. Not the best get-off, but made it out safely. Felt good to be out here in front of this great crowd at the American Airlines Center.”

Place, NameHometownStockScore

1st Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas, Doc Mosley, 85

2nd Zack Oakes, Tolar, Texas, King Buck, 83.5

3rd Cannon Cravens,Porum, Okla., Delco, 79.5

Steer Wrestling

The defensive linemen of ERA’s rodeo tour, the steers didn’t stand a chance on Friday night on the floor of the American Airlines Center. Local Texan Bray Armes (Pilot Point) threw his steer the fastest, bringing the several hundred pound steer onto his back in just under four seconds (3.97). Armes would be the only contestant to crack the four-second barrier of the evening, garnering the event win.

Said Armes: “Everybody bulldogged great tonight. I just had a good start and did my job after that.”

Place, NameHometownStockScore

1st Bray Armes, Pilot Point, Texas, 3.97 seconds

2nd Hunter Cure, Holiday, Texas, 4.16

3rd Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 4.21

Team Roping

The duo of Clay Tryan (Plentywood, Mont.) and Jade Corkill (Fallon, Nev.) were consistent and fast – two qualities fans have come to expect in the ERA team roping. Their time of 4.05 seconds was well out in front of second place, and pushed them ahead of Derrick Begay and Clay O’Brien Cooper who were winning the championship race coming into the night.

Said Corkill: “I thought we made a good run, but I wasn’t sure if it’d be good enough for first, but I guess it was better than I thought.

Team Roping

Place, NameHometownStockScore

1st Tryan/Corkill, Plentywood, Mont./Fallon, Nev., 4.05 seconds

2nd Driggers/Nogueira, Albany, Ga./Scottsdale, Ariz., 4.48

3rd Begay/Cooper, Winslow, Ariz./Gardenerville, Nev., 4.63

Saddle Bronc

Nebraska’s Cort Scheer, aboard the horse “Good Times,” put up an exciting 85.5 score that was well out in front of the rest of the competition. Scheer’s ride went nearly the length of the arena and gave the crowd a great show with his classic riding style.

Said Scheer: “The place was electric tonight. Lots of good spur runs. Definitely had a good time and pleased I was able to win here at the first ERA World Championship at the American Airlines Center.”

Place, NameHometownStockScore

1st Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., Good Times, 85.5

2nd Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., Shining Mountain, 82

3rd Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, Can., Show Biz, 82

Barrel Racing

Dublin’s Kassie Mowry qualified for the ERA World Championship this past Wednesday through a Last Chance Qualifier competition that took place at Fair Park in Dallas. The qualifying competition progressed the top two barrel racers, giving them a chance to compete against the best in the world. Mowry showed up as an underdog, but quickly made her mark. She drew the No. 1 starting spot and set the pace for the night with a time of 12.91 seconds. Mowry’s time would hold up as the only sub 13-second run, gaining her the win in the highly-talented field.

Said Mowry: “Everything happened just so fast. I was just trying to stay in the middle of my horse and let him do his job.”

Place, NameHometownStockScore

1st Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas, 12.91

2nd Fallon Taylor, Collinsville, Texas, 13.05

3rd Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 13.06

Tie-Down Roping

Texan Caleb Smidt was the only cowboy to break the seven-second barrier on Friday, putting together an impressive run at just 6.95 seconds. The win gave him enough points to shorten Shane Hanchey’s sizable lead down to just 225 points. With two more round of competition at 650 points per round, the tie-down roping points race just got real interesting.

Said Smidt: “I had a great run, had a good calf and my horse was awesome. Definitely looking forward to tomorrow night here in Dallas.”

Tie-Down Roping

Place, NameHometownStockScore

1st Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, 6.95

2nd Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 7.23

3rd  Cimmaron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas, 7.27

Bareback Bronc

One of the discipline’s all-time greats, Wes Stevenson (Kaufman), went for a wild one on his horse “Dairy Day,” scoring an 82.5 for the win over Kaycee Feild and Ryan Gray (who announced his retirement from the sport following this Sunday’s ERA World Championship finale).

Said Stevenson: “I felt things went well. Dairy Day comes from a great breeder and great family. Horses like that help cowboys show off really well. You know what they say, you’re only as good as the one you dance with.”

Place, NameHometownStockScore

1st Wes Stevenson, Kaufman, Texas, Dairy Day, 82.5

2nd Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, Pin Ball Girl, 81.0*

2nd Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash., Lunatic Clown, 81.0*

*Tie

Tickets for the three-day competition start at $31 and can be purchased online at www.Tickemaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000, at the American Airlines Center Box Office or Ticketmaster kiosks located inside Fiesta Foods, Macy’s, Walmart, and the Shops at Willow Bend Mall. Tickets subject to additional fees. The competition begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.

For more information about the 2016 ERA World Championship and the ERA Premier Tour, visit www.erarodeo.com. Fans can catch the action live on FloSports.com’s www.FloRodeo.com.

 

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