If you missed the second day of competition at the PRCA Rodeo on Sunday, boy did you miss a show?
Not only was the weather fantastic, Sunday’s events also drew some of the sport’s top names to Greeley to qualify for the finals and boost their bank accounts.
In bareback riding, the eight-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier and last-minute attendance at the Stampede Tilden Hooper proved why the competition shouldn’t take him for granted. Hooper, 34, known for his head of flowing, loose, brunette locks, competed against Fearless and posted a score of 84.50.
Another last-minute addition to the lineup, Tim O’Connell, 30, of Zwingle, Iowa, posted an 81.5 score on Empty Pockets.
Hopper and O’Connell traveled from Reno to attend Sunday’s Stampede events. The two competed in the finals of the Reno Rodeo on Saturday, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively.
The bulldogs, or bull wrestlers, also put on some amazing performances at the Stampede Arena.
Justin Shaffer, 28, of Hallsville, Texas, blew his fellow steer wrestlers out of the water with a score of 4.9 seconds. Kyler Dick, 23, of Oakley, Utah, finished second with a score of 5.2, followed by Walt Arnold, 23, of Coleman, Texas, with a score of 5.5.
Team roping proved close as the duo of Quinn Kesler and Caleb Hendrix worked well together for a 4.9 second score. Brothers Kellan Johnson and Carson Johnson, and Tanner James and Max Kuttler, scored 5.0 seconds.
While the Johnson brothers had one of the best scores of the day, the Smith boys — Britt Smith, Clay Smith and Jake Smith of Broken Bow, Oklahoma — failed to make a qualifying score.
The real excitement of the day came at the saddle bronze riding with a performance by the famous rodeo family, The Wrights.
Spencer, Ryder, Statler, Jesse and Stetson Wright each took turns in the saddle to bring some of the highest scores to date to the Stampede rodeo.
However, it was Stetson Wright, 22, riding Holy Water who achieved the highest score for the family with 86 points.
Not to be outdone, Hardy Braden of Welch, Oklahoma was hot on his heels with a score of 85.5 on Four Acres. From the right out of the chute, Four Acres offered Braden an amazing ride that included bucking and hopping until the buzzer.
It was another lucky day for Stetson on Sunday at the tethered roping event. Stetson Vest, 36, of Childress, Texas, was the fastest of the day at 8.8 seconds. Grover’s Owen Wahlert got the second best score of the day with 9.0 seconds.
The mutton busting competition proved to be one of the most unique rides of the day, with the winner, a 6-year-old boy, scoring 91 while riding his sheep backwards. With his little boots snuggled around the sheep’s neck, the young man managed to hold on while the sheep sprinted all the way across the arena. Dale Brisby, the self-proclaimed “world’s best bull rider who always hits 90 on every ride,” should beware – he could face competition in the future.
The ladies were also on fire during the break away event as Aspen Miller of Santa Fe, NM showed off her skill and speed with a score of 3.3 seconds. Kirsty Stewart of Riverton, Wyo., finished in 4.4 seconds.
It was also a battle of barrel racers with Paige Jones, Wayne, Oklahoma rounding the barrels in a staggering 16.73 seconds. Colorado’s CJ Vondette of Rifle and Katie Drosihn of Fort Collins tied with a score of 17.36 seconds.
Two-time competitor Stetson Wright dominated the bullriding event to close out the day’s rodeo.
Riding Fake Friend, Wright demonstrated his technical prowess in the sport with a score of 86.5. Wright is leading the event about JaCauy Hale.
PRCA rodeo action resumes Monday at 7:00 p.m. with more athletes attempting to make it to the finals scheduled for Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
For more information on the 100th Greeley Stampede, visit www.greeleystampede.org.
https://www.greeleytribune.com/2022/06/27/day-2-of-the-prca-rodeo-attracts-the-wright-clan-tilden-hooper-and-more-to-the-100th-greeley-stampede/ Day 2 of the PRCA Rodeo brings the Wright clan, Tilden Hooper and more to the 100th Greeley Stampede