DENVER, Colorado – Canadian bareback riders Luke Creasy and Kody Lamb sit number one and two after today’s matinee performance of the National Western Stock Show Rodeo at the Denver Coliseum.
Kody Lamb, 2013 Canadian novice bareback riding champ, was 77 on Calgary Stampede’s Labyrinth this afternoon and 79 last night, he sits second in the first round and third in the second round for second in the average at 156 on two.
Lamb is making the best of his first full year of ProRodeo after winning his first PRCA rodeo the other day in Laffayette, Louisiana, last Saturday.
“I knew I had a good one out there. (Baby Doll of Stace Smith’s) It’s a good thing I had a good one out there cause my travelling partners didn’t pan out.” Lamb said of his partners who either turned out or were at the Colorado vs. The World Event here in Denver at the time.
12 hours each way didn’t phase him as his 80 point score added over $900 to his bank account. A couple of fellow Canadian Bareback Riders from Quebec, one even being Spur Lacasse, son of 2004 Canadian Champion and Hall of Famer Roger Lacasse, were there to help him on.
“At least I knew somebody out there.” Said Lamb.
With all the big rodeos coming up for the tall and long-haired Sherwood Park cowboy, a shot at the Denver Short Go could earn him a big check.
“It’d be a kinda a dream come true right there making something like that in my rookie year.” Said Lamb. “I had a pretty good year last year. It was either really good or really bad. It’s just good to get some momentum up early in the year and hopefully I can carry that through till the end.”
Lamb is a College National Finalist who studies in Hobbs, NM and has his sights set high for 2014.
“I’d like to be Rookie of the Year in the PRCA and CPRA and make the CFR in the open.” Said Lamb. “The NFR for this year is kinda in the back of my mind but I’m just playing it one horse at a time.”
An 83 last night to currently lead round one together with an 80 today on Burns Rodeo’s War Wagon puts Luke Creasy in the overall Bareback Riding lead. He’s also first in the first round and second in the second round. That puts him in at 163 points on two head.
The Calgary Stampede’s Navajo Warrior was impressive this afternoon bucking off Jake Wright who put up a big effort on him. Wright won 4 of the 10 rounds at last month’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo finishing just short of his first World Title. A couple more seconds would have made the difference in a round win today.
Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series contestant Markus Mariluch took a commanding lead in round two shortly after today’s performance. You see, his re-ride bull was run up after the rodeo in front of a small crowd who had remained. Those who stayed saw the highest score of the PRCA rodeo thus far as Mariluch was 88 points on the right spinning bull.
In tonight’s third performance of the rodeo we will see Logan Hodson in both the Saddle Bronc and Bareback. Tomorrow, Luke Butterfield, Clay Elliot and Straws Milan show up for their shot at the Colorado money.
There are performances tonight at 7:30pm and tomorrow at 11:00am along with 1:30 and 7:30pm continuing on to the top twelve contestant Short Go on the 26th at 2:00pm.