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 PetersenSouth Suds
Chad RutherfordNuterna’s Rolling Stone
Kody LambGreeley Hat Works MVP
Rocker SteinerBad Influence
Cooper CookeNutrena’s Boomerang
Garrett ShadboltGhost Town
Keenan HayesBlack Kat
Leighton BerryNutrena’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.

Stan Branco
Landris White
Dalton Massey
Levi Rudd
Mike McGinn
Stephen Culling
Joshua Hefner
Kyle Irwin


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 SmithJake Long
Tanner TomlinsonPatrick Smith
JC YeahquoLJ Yeahquo
Jeff FlennikenTyler Worley
Aaron TsinigineKyle Lockett
Payden EmmettLucas Falconer
Cash DutySid Sporer
Luke BrownHunter Koch


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 CasperFight Night
Damian BrennanGame Changer
Tanner ButnerHammer Stone
Ryder WrightShiver Me Timbers
Q TaylorNutrena’s Wound Up
Dawson HayGreeley Hat Works Foul Motion
Stetson WrightBrutus
Zeke ThurstonAmerican 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.

Bo Pickett
Beau Cooper
Clint Singleton
Tuf Cooper
Dylan Hancock
Riley Webb
Hunter Herrin
Cory Solomon


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.

Sawyer Gilbert
Lynn Smith
Hali Williams
Heather McLaughlin
Sarah Angelone
Martha Angelone
Brooke Rogers
Joey Williams


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.

Amanda Welsh
Rachelle Riggers
BryAnna Haluptzok
Jessica Routier
Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi
Presley Smith
Stephanie Fryar
Jordon Briggs


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 TrosclairWild Onion
Mazinho JeremiasBonfire
Riggen ShippeyDeal Me In
Kase HittRecord Rack’s Trans Am
Trey HolstonMoody Muley
Zach MilesOl’ Son
Tyler BinghamRecord Rack’s Overpass
Josh FrostCasper



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