Stellar Six Canadians in Final Round of Rodeo Austin
Story courtesy of the Cowboy Channel
(March 25th, 2023) – After three nights of Playoff Semifinals, the Finals of Rodeo Austin are packed with the best in each event. So far, Rodeo Austin has paid out over $500,000 and tonight, that will increase when we crown champions.
Rookie Keenan Hayes has matched up with National Finals bucking horse of Beutler and Son Rodeo’s, Black Kat. Fellow rookie Kade Sonnier rode the horse for 87 points in San Antonio. Leighton Berry is looking to a big ride on Nutrena’s Tic Tac to help further his lead in the PRCA World Standings.
|Sam Petersen||South Suds|
|Chad Rutherford||Nuterna’s Rolling Stone|
|Kody Lamb||Greeley Hat Works MVP|
|Rocker Steiner||Bad Influence|
|Cooper Cooke||Nutrena’s Boomerang|
|Garrett Shadbolt||Ghost Town|
|Keenan Hayes||Black Kat|
|Leighton Berry||Nutrena’s Tic Tac|
Kyle Irwin’s 3.5-second run tied for the fastest run of the rodeo and cinched him this spot in the Finals where the Alabama cowboy has a clean slate to go for the win. Joshua Hefner’s 3.6 was a close second while RodeoHouston Champion, Dalton Massey, is gunning for another Texas Swing win.
The team roping roster is full of NFR teams but there are three that are not. J.C. and L.J. Yeahquo won the Long Round with a 4.2-second run. The clean slate in the Semifinals paid off for Payden Emmett and Lucas Falconer as they finished sixth to earn a spot in the Finals while Cash Duty and Sid Sporer are looking to have another round of success at one of the winter rodeos.
|Clay Smith||Jake Long|
|Tanner Tomlinson||Patrick Smith|
|JC Yeahquo||LJ Yeahquo|
|Jeff Flenniken||Tyler Worley|
|Aaron Tsinigine||Kyle Lockett|
|Payden Emmett||Lucas Falconer|
|Cash Duty||Sid Sporer|
|Luke Brown||Hunter Koch|
SADDLE BRONC RIDING
The Canadian bronc riders Dawson Hay and Zeke Thurston have two great matchups. Hay has drawn Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Greeley Hat Works Foul Motion and Thurston’s draw is Andrews Rodeo’s American Hat’s Positive Times. Wyatt Casper covered the Andrews Rodeo bronc for 88 points in San Antonio.
|Wyatt Casper||Fight Night|
|Damian Brennan||Game Changer|
|Tanner Butner||Hammer Stone|
|Ryder Wright||Shiver Me Timbers|
|Q Taylor||Nutrena’s Wound Up|
|Dawson Hay||Greeley Hat Works Foul Motion|
|Zeke Thurston||American Hat’s Positive Times|
Veterans of the rodeo game Tuf Cooper and Hunter Herrin are among the eight calf ropers backing into the box. Herrin’s 7.7 in the Semifinals tied to split the win with Cory Solomon and also tied to be the second fastest time of the rodeo.
Hali Williams has a huge wave of momentum coming into the Final Round of Rodeo Austin. She roped smart during her Semifinals Round to earn a spot in the Finals where she has a clean slate. World Champions Sawyer Gilbert and Martha Angelone are also out.
Jordon Briggs and Rollo capitalized on Night No. 3 of Semifinals to make the fastest run of the rodeo with a 14.78 while Jessica Routier’s 14.93 is the second fastest and it came aboard her NFR mare, Missy. Amanda Welsh is on the comeback trail with her equine partner, Firefly, and that battled through the Semifinals to be the No. 4 team coming back.
|Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi|
Josh Frost has matched up with Andrews Rodeo’s Casper. Tyler Bingham split the win in the Long Round on this bull with an 86-point ride. Trey Holston’s draw is Beutler’s Moody Muley who bucked Jeff Bertus off in the Long Round.
|Jace Trosclair||Wild Onion|
|Riggen Shippey||Deal Me In|
|Kase Hitt||Record Rack’s Trans Am|
|Trey Holston||Moody Muley|
|Zach Miles||Ol’ Son|
|Tyler Bingham||Record Rack’s Overpass|