Larsen and Thurston in the lead at “The Dad”

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The first performance of the 120th annual Cheyenne Frontier Days kicked off with some outstanding bareback and bull rides.

Orin Larsen from Inglis, Manitoba, has worked his way up through the ranks of rodeo to become one of the best in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. The two-time college champion qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last December and finished his season in 12th place.

That motivated him to make it back to Las Vegas again and finish the 2016 season in a higher position. Larsen, who is currently third in the world standings, helped his cause on Saturday at Frontier Park when he had an 87-point ride. The horse he got on, Black Tie, owned by Sankey Pro Rodeo and Larsen had met up prior to Cheyenne’s competition.

Last April at the Logandale, Nev., rodeo Larsen rode Black Tie for 83 points in the final round where he earned the championship. All of the competition here features two full rounds before the finals on July 31. Larsen will ride again here Sunday and is matched up with another horse from Sankey’s named 9 Moons. The horse has a reputation for solid scores, so Larsen could easily be among the top 12 that advance to the finals.

Orin Larsen, from Inglis, Manitoba, took the early lead in the bareback riding with this 87-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s horse named Black Tie. — CFD photo by Dan Hubbell.


Thurston has impressive saddle bronc ride at Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – July 25, 2016 – Zeke Thurston had a lot to smile about after the third performance of the 120th annual Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

Thurston, from Big Valley, Alberta, took the lead in the first round of saddle bronc riding with an impressive 84-point ride on Hi Lo Pro Rodeo’s horse named LuLu. Thurston is following in the footsteps of his father, Skeeter Thurston, who was the rookie saddle bronc riding champion here in 1982. Zeke Thurston qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) last year and is on pace for another trip to Las Vegas next December.

He finished last season in 11th place and is hoping to improve that position this year. Like any other cowboy, getting to the NFR and earning a gold buckle is his ultimate goal. He is currently ranked 10th in the world standings and needs to remain among the top 15 through the end of September to earn his second NFR qualification.

Thurston is coming off of one of the biggest wins of his career in his home country. Just over a week ago, he won the Calgary Stampede Rodeo and the $100,000 bonus that goes with it. Remarkably, this is the second time he has earned that title and while it doesn’t count towards the world standings, it certainly counts in his bank account.

At 22, Thurston is in the early stages of his career. He is traveling with Taos Muncy, who won this rodeo in 2007 when he was just 20 years old. That same year, he went on to win his first of two world titles. Muncy, from Corona, N.M., was also successful here on Monday with a 77.5-point ride.

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Canadian Zeke Thurston moved to the lead in the first round of saddle bronc riding at the 120th annual Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo with an 84-point ride on Hi Lo Pro Rodeo’s LuLu. — CFD photo by Dan Hubbell.

There is not a hotter saddle bronc rider in the business right now than Zeke Thurston, from Big Valley, Alberta. He took the lead in the first round on Monday with an 84, came back on Tuesday and scored 87 points on Salt River Rodeo’s Smoke Ring. He now has a total of 171 points on two head, 10 points ahead of the man in second place, Sam Kelts, from Millarville, Alberta, who also rode here on Monday and Tuesday.

CHEYENNE, Wyo., July 26, 2016 — The following are leaders at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 87 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo’s Black Tie. 2, Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., 84. 3, Grant Denny, Minden, Nev., 83. 4, J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 82.5. 5, Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, 81.5. 6, (tie) Wyatt Bloom, Bend, Ore., and Craig Wisehart, Kersey, Colo., 80. 8, (tie) Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., and Troy Vaira, Richey, Mont., 78. (second round) 1, Aus, 84.5 points on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Blind Date. 2, Larsen, 82 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo’s 9 Moons. 2, Grant Denny, 81. 3, (tie) Cody Kiser, Carson City, Nev., Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D., Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., and Justin Pollmiller, Weatherford, Okla., 78. 7, (tie) Champion, Kody Lamb, Sherwood Park, Alberta; Connor Hamilton, Weatherford, Okla., and R.C. Landingham, Hat Creek, Calif., 77. (total on two) 1, Larsen, 169. 2, Grant Denny, 164. 3, Aus, 162.5. 4, Wyatt Denny, 160. 5, Champion, 158.5. 6, J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 155.5. 7, Wyatt Bloom, Bend Ore., 154. 8, Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 153.

Steer Wrestling: (first round) 1, Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 5.9 seconds. 2, Will Stovall, Roberts, Mont., 7.1. 3, J.D. Struxness, Appleton, Minn., 8.9. 4, Josh Boka, Dillon, Mont., 9.6. 5, Forest Sainsbury, Camp Crook, S.D., 9.7. 6, Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 9.9. 7, Chason Floyd, Buffalo, S.D., 10.9. 8, Ty Lang, Montrose, Colo., 11.1. (second round) 1, Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., 8.2. 2, Struxness, 8.7. 3, Cody Kroul, Solon, Iowa, 9.6. 4, Riley Butler, Blackfoot, Idaho, 10.3. 5, Weston Taylor, Perryton, Texas, 10.8. 6, Blair Jones, Colby, Kan., 11.0. 7, (tie) Cody Kabral, Hilo, Hawaii, and Cameron Morman, Glenullin, N.D., 11.1. (total on two) 1, Bugenig, 17.2. 2, Struxness, 17.6. 3, Parrott, 22.3. 4, Floyd, 22.6. 5, Sainsbury, 22.9. 6, Scott Guenthner, Consort, Alberta, 24.3.  7, Kroul, 24.4. 8, Justin Simon, Florence, Ariz., 25.2.

Tie-Down Roping: (first round) 1, Chase Williams, Stephenville, Texas, 10.3 seconds. 2, Billy Hamilton, Stigler, Okla., 11.0. 3, (tie) Boe Brown, Valentine, Neb.; Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas; and Tyler Thiel, Belle Fourche, S.D., 11.1 each. 6, Jayce Johnson, Hempstead, Texas, 11.3. 7, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbock, Idaho, 11.4. 8, Cody Quaney, Cheney, Kan., 11.6. (second round) 1, Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., 10.3. 2, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 11.0. 3, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbock, Idaho, 11.4. 4, Marcos Costa, Childress, Texas, 11.9. 5, Stephen McLauchlin, Rockwall, Texas, 12.2. 6, Blake Ash, Aurora, Mo., 29.7. 7, Kyle Lucas, Carstairs, Alberta, 12.6. 8, Lane Jeffrey, Wilburton, Okla., 12.9. (total on two) 1, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbock, Idaho, 22.8. 2, Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 24.9. 3, Lucas, 25.2. 4, Josh Jennings, Glendale, Utah, 26.1. 5, Quay Howard, Canyon, Texas, 26.3. 6, (tie) Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., and Brice Ingo, Boone, Colo., 26.4. 8, Boe Brown, Valentine, Neb., 26.5. 

Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 84 points on Hi Lo Pro Rodeo’s Lulu. 2, Samuel Kelts, Millarville, Alberta, 82. 3, Ben Londo, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 81. 4, Tyrell J. Smith, Great Falls, Mont., 80. 5, (tie) Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., and Andy Clarys, Riverton, Wyo., 78. 7, Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 77.5. 8, Justin Caylor, Sulphur Springs, Texas, 77.(second round) 1, Thurston, 87 points on Salt River Rodeo’s Smoke Ring. 2, Dawson Jandreau, Kennebec, S.D., 84. 3, (tie) Ryan Mackenzie, Homedale, Idaho; Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., and Tyrell J. Smith, 80. 6, Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah, 79.5. 7, Kelts, 79. 8, (tie) Londo and Schmidt 78.5.(total on two) 1, Thurston, 171. 2, Kelts, 161. 3, Tyrell J. Smith, 160. 4, Londo, 157.5. 5, Schmidt, 156.5, 6, Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 155. 7, Jandreau, 155. 8, Boore, 154.5.

Rookie Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Rhett Fox, Redig, S.D., 73 points. 2, McKoy Hugh Christiansen, Emery, Utah, 70. 3, Clay Stremler, Fallon, Nev., 68. 4, Triston Eklund, Valentine, Neb., 67. 5, (tie) Tanner Lockhart, Lewis, Colo., and Nick Chew, Maybell, Colo., 60. (second round) 1, Shayde Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla., 76 points. 2, Josh Davison, Miles City, Mont., 76.5. 3, Jeff Cover, Ashby, Neb., 65.5. 4, William Bagley, Baker, Mont., 65. 5, Clay Stremler, 64. 6, McKoy Hugh Christiansen, Emery, Utah, 59. (total on two) 1. Stremler, 132. 2, Christiansen, 129. 3, Lockhart, 114. (on one) 4, Davison, 76.5. 5, Etbauer, 76. 6, Fox, 73.

Team Roping: (first round) 1, Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 7.2. 2, (tie) Casey Adams, Ault, Colo., and Riley Pedro, Honolulu, Hawaii; Rowdy Rieken, Arp, Texas and Wesley Johnson, Log Cabin, La.; Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz., and Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.; Turner Harris and Ross Carson, Killdeer, N.D., 9.3. 6, Calvin Brevik, Durango, Colo., and Cullen Teller, Pierce, Colo., 9.4. 7, Casey Tew, Billings, Mont., and John Robertson, Polson, Mont., 9.8. 8, Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., and Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 10.1. (second round) 1, J.B. Lord and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D., 8.2. 2, (tie) Pate Norell, Delta, Colo., and Joe Roderick, Loma, Colo., and Nathan McWhorter, Telephone, Texas, and Dustin Davis, Terrell, Texas, 9.0. 4, Jason Thorstenson, Rapid City, S.D., and Paul Griemsman, Piedmont, S.D., 9.3. 5, Casey Tew, Billings, Mont., and John Robertson, Polson, Mont., 9.8. 6, Wade, and Kirchenschlager, 10.0. 7, Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta, and Jeremy Buhler, Abbottsford, B.C., 10.2. 8, Cole Dorenkamp, Lamar, Colo., and Josh Fillmore, Penrose, Colo., 10.4. (total on two) 1, Wade and Kirchenschlager, 17.2. 2, Tew and Robertson, 19.6. 3, McWhorter and Davis, 19.7. 4, Brevik and Teller, 19.9. 5, Dorenkamp and Fillmore, 22.3. 6, Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D., and Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D., 23.2. 7, J.B. Lord and Levi Lord, 23.8. 8, (tie) Caleb Mitchell, Mason, Texas, and Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb., and Tanner Patzke, Klamath Falls, Ore., and Sid Sporer, Cody, Wyo., 25.9.

Barrel Racing: (second round) 1, Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 17.16 seconds. 2, Kathy Korell-Rach, Loveland, Colo., 17.29. 3, Tyra Kane, Dublin, Texas, 17.46. 4, (tie) Kelly Kennedy-Joseph, Berthoud, Colo., and Romany Gordon, Kaufman, Texas, 17.60. 5, Sara Rose McDonald, Brunswick, Ga., 17.64. 6, (tie) Jeni Cerise, Eckert, Colo., and Sharon Harrell, Wickenburg, Ariz., 17.66. 8, (tie) Molly Childers, Mead, Okla., and Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 17.72. (total on two) 1, Bean, 35.39. 2, Lockhart, 35.43. 3, Kane, 35.57. 4, Korell-Rach, 35.58. 5, (tie) Kennedy-Joseph and Cayla Melby, 35.61. 7, McDonald, 35.62. 8, Jane Melby, Burneyville, Okla., 35.67.

Bull Riding: (first round) 1, Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., 87 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Captain Crunch. 2, Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa, 86.5. 3, Freeman Yoder, Zearing, Iowa, 84.5. 4, Dallee Mason, Weiser, Idaho, 83. 5, (tie) Jeff Bertus, Avon, S.D., Lon Danley, Tularosa, N.M., and Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho, 81. 6, (tie) Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho, and Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 80. (second round) (one ride) 1, Roscoe Jarboe, New Plymouth, Idaho, 85 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Crossfire. 2, (tie) Kurtis Turner, Washington, Utah, and Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo., 80.5. 4, Rocky McDonald, Colonia Juarez, Mexico, 79.5. 5, Jordan Hansen, Okotoks, Alberta, 78. 6, David Hudson, Grand Saline, Texas, 75.5. 7, Yoder, 75. 8, Wallace, 73.5. (total on two) 1, Jarboe, 165. 2, Wallace, 160.5. 3, Yoder, 159.5. 4, Tyler Smith, 158.5. 5, Hansen, 153.5. (on one) 6, Reiste, 86.5. 7, Mason, 83. 8, (tie) Bertus, Danley and Portenier, 81.

Wild Horse Race: 1, Hansen Hauling, $573. 2, Joe Even, $430. 3, Davis Dental, $286. (overall money leaders) 1, Team Krak-A-Latch, $1002. 2, Jason Smith, $716. 3, Hansen Hauling, $573. 4, (tie) Joe Even and Cowboy’s Dream, $430.

 

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