Rhen Richard and Jeremy Buhler Take Home Rodeo Houston Championship

EDMONTON, AB (March 20th, 2023) – Rhen Richard and Jeremy Buhler were the team to watch during the Houston Rodeo and the team who walked away with $50,000 each in the final round on Sunday. Battling it out in the 10 round, they placed third with a 5.8 second run which advanced them into the four round. Once they headed into the finals shootout, they were a stellar 5.5 seconds, earning them the Houston Rodeo championship title. In total, the pair earned themselves close to $60,000 from this rodeo. The team made $55,750 each, sitting them comfortably in the number one spot of the world standings!

In the saddle bronc riding, Canadians Ben Anderson and Zeke Thurston tied for second in the championship round, and then third and fourth in the finals shootout. Anderson and Thurston were both 88-points in the ten round, which advanced them to the final four. Once in the final shootout, Anderson earned a score of 83-points to finish third overall, walking away with 10k and $26,000 overall. Right behind him, Thurston placed himself in fourth place overall after garnering an 81-point ride and walked away with $5,500 and $21,000 total. 

Back down to the timed-event end, Alberta cowboy Beau Cooper was incredibly close to walking away with the $50,000. In fact, he should have walked away with the championship and Rodeo Houston is now faced with an issue. Cooper advanced into the finals shootout after being 8.5 seconds in the 10 round. Once he was in the shootout he was 8.5 seconds again, but according to the judges he had broken the barrier resulting in a 10 second penalty and a fourth place finish overall. Anyone who watched the finals from home could clearly see the barrier malfunction, meaning Cooper should have been an 8.5, with no penalty, and $50,000 richer. It is still unsaid what Houston Rodeo will be doing about this mishap but we all know who should have won in the tie-down roping last night..

The winners, courtesy of the PRCA, are as follows:

“Other winners at the $1,950,030 rodeo were bareback rider Leighton Berry (90 points on Calgary Stampede’s Yippee Kibitz); steer wrestler Dalton Massey (4.5 seconds); team ropers Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler (5.5 seconds); saddle bronc rider Sage Newman (90 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Womanizer); breakaway roper Hali Williams (3.6 seconds); barrel racer Jordon Briggs (14.73 seconds); and bull rider Ky Hamilton (90.5 points on The Cervi Brothers’ Dim Tricks)”.



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