Las Vegas, NV: As it’s said probably too much already, “You couldn’t have scripted it any better.” Lindsay Sears, our lone Canadian competing at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo won the round tonight with a 13.69 second time. She edged out Carlee Pierce, who’s now ahead of her by only about $400 in the World Title Race. It hasn’t been the week Sears has hope for though.
“It was one of those weeks where I was having trouble getting around those barrels.” She told. “Martha’s been working good all week I just had to wait it out and not get antsy about it and it worked out tonight.”
Worked out it did, to the tune of $18,257 to move her total up to $49,324 on the week. To add to that even more, it was on Canadian Night. Going one step further, as last year’s World Champion, her picture was even on tonight’s ticket!
“That’s huge. I was super excited. I didn’t expect to win it by any means. I just kind of wanted to go out there and win a check. The goal every night is just to win some money. It’s a huge night for us as canadians and I’m very, very proud.” Sears said, grateful of the support and success.
When asked about Martha, Lindsay had lots to say. “She’s been good all week. She came into the finals strong and she’s just gotten better. The ground’s a little bit different this year. It’s good but it’s got a little bit more give to it. I was having trouble leaving the barrels. We changed a few things with her back shoes the last two go-rounds, and it made a difference. She got her confidence back, and she felt like Martha.”
Hitting barrels may cost Lindsay a lot of money in the average. She’s not sweating it now at this point in the week. “You tip barrels all year. It’s nothing new. It’s one of those deals, if you’re not turning them tight enough to tip one, you’re not going to win anything anyway. So it’s a chance you’ve got to take. Sometimes you get lucky and get around them, and sometimes you don’t.”
With two rounds to go. Lindsay Sears is yet in the running to win her third World Championship. It may be a longer shot, but it’s still very real with $36,514 left in the two rounds and $46,821 to win the average. Sears trails leader Mary Walker by $36,762 after tonight. Lindsay is however 7th in the average, over 14 seconds behind leader Kaley Bass. That could prove to be the kicker, but Sears isn’t out of it yet.
“There’s still two rounds left and a lot of money left. A lot of things can happen in two rounds.” She finished.
A few words from Lindsay on the round win.
Tyrell Smith may not claim Canada as his home today since he and his family reside in Cascade, MT but he was born, like Carlee Pierce in Red Deer, AB. “We lived in Rimbey until ’97 or ’98 and then moved to Kipling, SK.” Smith told after other interviews. “We moved to Cascade, MT in 2001.”
Tyrell’s rodeo career started in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association along with the Canadian Cowboys Association. He’s got some family there in Canada still too that will be happy for his win tonight. His Dad John was even the 1988 Canadian Champion in the Saddle Bronc Riding.
After focusing this year on making the NFR, the CFR is on his radar for next season. “I think it’d be pretty cool to get one of those buckles.” There haven’t been many if any father and son Canadian Champions in the Saddle Bronc Riding. It could happen in the next few years.
Tyrell’s mount for the night was Cool Runnings of Carr Pro Rodeo also has Canadian connections. Dale Woodward sold the ten year old black gelding to Pete Carr back when the horse was 4 or 5. Dale bought the horse from Wayne Vold as a two year old.
Harvey Northcott Rodeo’s Get Smart was the only horse to throw his rider to the ground. Unfortunately for Jesse Wright, it was him. Some days are sure diamonds while some are dust in this sport. Get Smart was also awarded the Wrangler Award as the top Saddle Bronc Horse of the Night. Wade Sundell didn’t place in the round but he did get another score and now sites third in the average. He or Cody DeMoss still have a very real chance at the title for that reason. Demoss is the only bronc rider to have rode all eight horses.
Justin McDaniel was 80 on the Kesler Rodeo Horse Mile Away to finish in a split of sixth. American Trip of the Outlawbuckers Rodeo Company jerked on Casey Colletti’s arm enough that he didn’t ride him well. 69.5 points was the result there however American Trip and the Outlawbuckers Rodeo Compny were given the Wrangler Award as the top Bareback Horse of the Night.
Bareback: 1. Kaycee Field on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Kate’s Hot Sister, 87 points, $18,257; 2. Will Lowe, 85, $14,429; 3. JR Vezain, 82, $10,895; 4. Bobby Mote, 81, $7,656; 5. Jessy Davis, 80.5, $4,712; 6. (tie) Steven Dent and Justin McDaniel, 80, $1,473.
Steer wrestling: 1. Wade Sumpter and KC Jones, 3.4 seconds, $16,343; 3. Bray Armes, 3.6, $10,895; 4. Todd Suhn, 3.7, $7,656; 5. (tie) Matt Reeves and Dean Gorsuch, 4.3, $3,828.
Team roping: 1. Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 3.9 seconds, $18,257; 2. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 4.3, $14,429; 3. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 4.6, $10,895; 4. Brock Hanson/Ryan Motes, 4.9, $7,656; 5. Chad Master/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 5.3, $4,712; 6. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 7.7, $2,945.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Tyrell Smith, 84 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Runnings, $18,257; 2. Cody Wright, 82.5, $14,429; 3. (tie) Cody DeMoss, Cody Taton and Jake Wright, 81.5, $7,754; 6. Isaac Diaz, 79.5, $2,945.
Tie-down roping: 1. Bradley Bynum, 7.2 seconds, $18.257; 2. Matt Shiozawa, 7.3, $14,429; 3. Clint Robinson, 7.9, $10,895; 4. Tuf Cooper, 8.2, $7,656; 5. Justin Maass, 8.4, $42; 6. Shane Hanchey, 8.8, $2,945.
Barrel racing: 1. Lindsay Sears, 13.69 seconds, $18.257; 2. Carlee Pierce, 13.76, $14,429; 3. Kelli Tolbert, 13.83, $10,895; 4. Lisa Lockhart, 13.86, $7,656; 5. Trula Churchill, 13.91, $4,712; 6. Brittany Pozzi, 13.92, $2,945.
Bull riding: 1. Shane Proctor on Lancaster & Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Cowboy Coffee, 83.5, $18,257; 2. Clayton Savage, 82,.5, $14,429; no other qualified rides.
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