HOUSTON, Texas — Canada’s Clint Laye won the bareback riding title at RodeoHouston on Saturday night at NRG Stadium.
Laye, of Cadogan, Alberta now residing in Pocatello, Idaho, rode Jr. Bonner from Three Hills Rodeo for 89 points to leave Texas with $57,250 in earnings. He’s not done in Houston yet either with a shot at another $25,000 in Sunday’s Super Shootout.
It was heartbreak for fellow East-central Alberta Cowboy Scott Guenthner of Provost. Guenthner missed the title by one tenth of a second with a time of 5.1, finishing second to Montana’s Timmy Sparing at 5.0. Despite the second-place finish the 2017 Wrangler NFR Qualifier left Houston with a check that tallies $26,000 USD.
Manitoba’s Orin Larsen finish fourth in the bareback riding after a score of 80 points in the final four. Larsen added $5,500 in earnings on Saturday to leave RodeoHouston with $9,250.
2016 PRCA World Champion Zeke Thurston was the fourth Canadian to make the final four and then matched up with a Canadian bucking horse once there. Thurston would finish fourth after an 86 on Stampede Warrior from the Calgary Stampede to finish at $12,875 for his work on seven bucking horses.
Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler leave Houston with $5,750 each in earnings. They roped their steer in a time of 7.0 seconds in the Championship but would miss the cut off at 5.2.
Curtis Cassidy went out in the Championship with a no-time but added $2,500 to his total from the Super Series and Semifinals to end the rodeo at $8,500.
Five Canadians are represented in Sunday’s Super Shootout, the final day of RodeoHouston for 2018. They are: Clint Laye for Fort Worth, Zeke Thurston for Rodeo Austin, Layton Green for the Calgary Stampede, Scott Guenthner for Cheyenne Frontier Days and Cody Cassidy, also for the Calgary Stampede,