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PRCA Weekly Press Release - Sep. 27, 2010

By Courtesy of PRCA
Posted Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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Spreadborough spreads himself thin, makes it pay off with trip to Las Vegas

OMAHA, Neb. – It was what Sam Spreadborough called “a ridiculously long week,” and at the end of it, the Australian-born saddle bronc rider was convinced he had not done enough after going to six rodeos in seven days to qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“I thought I needed to win at San Bernadino (Calif.), and I only finished third,” Spreadborough said. “I had been figuring the numbers along with Rusty Allen and Bradley Harter, and we all figured I was 16th or 17th. I got back to the (Ontario, Calif.) airport and flew to Albuquerque to pick up my truck, certain that I didn’t make it.”

Then he got The Call. A friend in Kentucky had been checking www.prorodeo.com and working the phones and came up with the right (albeit still unofficial) number Monday morning. Spreadborough was 15th, just $428 ahead of Jesse Wright for the final berth in the 52nd Wrangler NFR Dec. 2-11.

That last day, that last ride, was just enough to make him the third Australian saddle bronc rider this decade to qualify for Vegas, joining Glen O’Neill and Anthony Bello.

“Right now, it is still pretty surreal,” Spreadborough said. “I knew I needed to make more than $4,000 to have a chance (he was 18th at the start of the week). I just needed to switch my mind off and ride broncs; otherwise, I felt like it wasn’t going to happen. I had pretty good horses everywhere I went, and I was able to keep my mind on the job. Now, all I can do is wait to make sure … until it becomes official.”

Spreadborough finished second by one point to Scott Miller at Albuquerque for $3,264 (“that helped a bunch”), tied for second at Amarillo ($1,516) and El Paso ($1,263), then got that third-place result at the Sheriff’s PRCA Rodeo in San Bernadino worth $1,043.

“I never won a rodeo, but I was pretty consistent all week, and that paid off,” Spreadborough said.
There’s no argument that he worked for every bit of it. Spreadborough started his week in Albuquerque, then stopped at his home in Snyder, Texas, before driving to Texarkana, Ark., with a friend for the Four States Fair Rodeo (a 74 put him out of the money).

He got dropped off in Weatherford, Texas, so he could pick up his truck at Harter’s house, and then drove to El Paso, Amarillo and back to Albuquerque. From there, he took a flight to Ontario Airport, rented a car with fellow saddle bronc rider Cody Martin and barrel racer Sydni Blanchard to drive the 90 miles to Poway, Calif. (a 72 missed the cutoff for a check), and then on to San Bernadino.

“This sure is a relief,” Spreadborough said. “I didn’t know if this would be possible after I broke my right leg in Weatherford this June. Monica Omney performed surgery the next day in Fort Worth to insert a rod from my knee to my ankle.

“I was on one crutch within 10 days, off crutches all together in 14 days and back competing in five weeks. Everybody said that coming back that quickly would be pushing it, but it looks like I pushed it just enough. I worked out at (alma mater) Western Texas College (in Snyder), and athletic trainer Trint Palmer helped me a lot.”

Spreadborough was one of four competitors to make it into the Wrangler NFR field on the final weekend of the regular season, but the only one who did not benefit from being qualified into the $750,000 Justin Boots Championships in Omaha, Neb.

• Trent Creager of Stillwater, Okla., won the four-man final in Omaha and had total earnings of $23,195 at the Qwest Center to bump fellow Oklahoman Hunter Herrin out of the NFR field for the first time in five years.

• Team roping header Keven Daniel of Franklin, Tenn., won $6,512 at Omaha and also paired with Caleb Twisselman to win additional checks at Albuquerque and El Paso to force out Riley Minor of Ellensburg, Wash., for the first time since 2007.

• Wyoming roughstock cowboy Seth Glause made it back to the NFR after a year’s hiatus by finishing third at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque and earning additional checks in Omaha and El Paso. He moved into 14th place ahead of Cody Whitney and finished $1,332 ahead of Jarrod Craig, who had held the coveted 15th spot at the start of the week.

Under the heading of too little, too late: Tie-down roper Adam Gray, of Seymour, Texas, saddle bronc rider Jesse Bail, of Camp Crook, S.D., and the team roping pair of David Key of Caldwell, Idaho, and Matt Garza of Mesquite, N.M., each won checks at five rodeos last week, but all fell short of making the Top 15. Bail and Gray came the closest, each finishing in 19th place in their event.


San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo to add steer roping in 2011
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, which will light up the AT&T Center Feb. 3-20, will feature every Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event for the first time in 2011, including steer roping. San Antonio is the first indoor rodeo of its size to have every PRCA event.

“In honor of the PRCA’s 75th anniversary, we wanted to have every event the PRCA offers,” said San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Executive Director and CEO Keith Martin, who also serves as Chairman of the PRCA Board. “And we always like to do everything we can think of to help the contestants here in San Antonio.”

The steer roping will feature the same $131,000 added money as each of the other events ($262,000 for headers and heelers in the team roping). And contestants pay no entry fees or stock charge in San Antonio.

The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo has been named PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo Committee of the Year five years running, and recently stepped up as a sponsor of the 2010 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, which will run Nov. 5-6 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla.

After his dramatic win in the steer roping at the centennial Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up, Cody Ohl said that the main reason he entered there – ending a decade away from steer roping – was that, “I knew San Antonio had added steer roping for 2011, and they’re paying the same amount of money as they do for the other events.

“It’s not very good business to not catch there when they’re adding that kind of money. Next year, I’ll go at it a little harder and try to make the finals (NFSR) too.”

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “That’s a Triple Crown for me. I’ve dreamed about it, and it happened. I’ve always known it was possible.”

— ProRodeo Hall of Fame roper Roy Cooper on his three tie-down roping sons, Clint, Clif and Tuf, all qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in the same year.

Wholesale lead changes on season’s final weekend: Thanks largely to the $750,000 purse offered at the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha, Neb., there were four lead changes in the world standings over the Sept. 23-25 weekend, the biggest turnover since RodeoHouston back in March. Curtis Cassidy overtook Todd Suhn at the top of the steer wrestling world standings with $110,473. It is believed to be the first time two brothers have both led the steer wrestling world standings in the same year; younger brother Cody Cassidy had led the standings for several months after winning Houston.

Team ropers Clay Tryan and Travis Graves not only took over the lead in their respective heading and heeling categories, but they also broke regular-season earnings records. Tryan finished the regular year with $146,608 and Graves with $147,653. Saddle bronc rider Bradley Harter will go to his fifth Wrangler NFR as the earnings leader for the first time, having moved past Wade Sundell with a win at Omaha for total earnings of $106,808. Bull rider Wesley Silcox ended Shawn Hogg’s six-month hold on the standings lead, pushing his season total to $137,392 on the strength of a $30,000 weekend in Omaha.

Patterson comes up short of steer roping record: Despite winning the three-head average in Amarillo, Texas, Sept. 22, reigning World Champion Rocky Patterson fell short of breaking the regular-season earnings record in steer roping. Patterson finished with a total of $83,801, just $4,126 behind the record Guy Allen set in 1998. Patterson remains in strong position to break the overall single-season earnings record of $99,132 that Allen set that same year. In last season’s Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, Patterson won more than $30,000.

Brazile watch: With earnings of $19,680 in tie-down roping at the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha, Neb., Trevor Brazile broke his own regular-season record for all-around earnings. His total of $268,344 is more than $6,000 better than the record of $262,078 he set last year. No reserve world champion has ever earned more than $261,692 in a full season (Josh Peek, 2007), including money earned at the Wrangler NFR. The record would have been even higher except that Brazile did not designate the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque, N.M., to be counted as one of his 70 official rodeos in the all-around category. His $5,387 there was counted in his tie-down roping standings (he now leads second-place Tuf Cooper by more than $35,000), but not in the all-around standings. Brazile is qualified for the Wrangler NFR in team roping and tie-down roping; he is also in second entering the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping.

Injury update: Wrangler NFR-qualified Bull rider Ardie Maier suffered a concussion Sept. 22 in Texarkana, Ark., along with a strained shoulder. Maier also re-aggravated a wrist injury in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 24 … Rusty Allen has a severe abdominal muscle tear, and fellow saddle bronc riders Wade Sundell and Shawn Stroh are competing with pelvis sprains … Seth Glause’s sprained his left ankle Sept. 23 in Omaha; X-rays showed no fracture, and he competed through the week to qualify for the Wrangler NFR.

Next Up (2011 rodeos)
Sept. 30 Southwest District Livestock Show & Rodeo, Hope, Ark., begins
Sept. 30 Dodge Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo, Las Cruces, N.M., begins
Oct. 1 Kern County Fair Rodeo, Bakersfield, Calif., begins
Oct. 1 Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo, Rosenberg, Texas, begins
Oct. 2 San Dimas (Calif.) Western Days Rodeo begins

Rodeo News and Notes
San Antonio to be inducted into Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, the five-time and reigning PRCA Indoor Rodeo of the Year, has been selected as a 2011 inductee into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in the category of top rodeo. The induction ceremony is scheduled for April 8-9 in Fort Worth, and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and the other inductees will be the first class to be inaugurated at the new Hall of Fame location in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Founded in 1975 by Johnny Boren and a group of Belton, Texas, businessmen, the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame has been dedicated to the sport of rodeo and the recognition of Texas’ contribution to the sport. Boren, manager of the Texas Circuit, was a Ford automobile dealer in Belton.

The board for the Hall of Fame judges each category of potential inductees on that event or association’s dedication to supporting the sport of rodeo, the Western lifestyle of the cowboy and cowgirl and the ability to share with the community.

Previous winners of the award include the San Angelo Roping Fiesta (2010), West of Texas Fair & Rodeo (Abilene, 2009) and the Gladewater Texas Rodeo (2008).

Notes from along the rodeo trail …
During the Sept. 18 benefit for Ramona, Calif., rodeo figure Vanessa Aspin, steer wrestler Matt Deskovick volunteered to have his hair shaved into a Mohawk and dyed pink. Pledges associated with Deskovick’s selfless gesture brought an additional $525 to the cause, and it seemed to bring him luck. Deskovick won the Sheriff’s PRCA Rodeo in San Bernadino, Calif., and finished second at the Poway (Calif.) Rodeo for weekend earnings of $3,092 ... Team roper Bobby Harris, a former world champion and a qualifier for his 12th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, married Colleen Leisinger Sept. 20 … Roy Rogers’ golden palomino horse, Trigger, and his German shepherd, Bullet, preserved through taxidermy, were on display in the grand hallway of the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb., during the Justin Boots Championships. Patrick Gottsch, founder and president of RFD-TV, purchased Trigger and Bullet at auction, and he appeared Sept. 23 with Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle and Beth Greiner, president of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation, to cut the ribbon on the display at the Qwest Center. The Ak-Sar-Ben River City Rodeo display will kick off the “Trigger & Bullet Happy Trails Tour,” Gottsch said. RFD-TV will sponsor the tour of 48 states. It will coincide with what would have been the 100th birthday of Rogers. He died in 1998 … This year’s Othello (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo was dedicated to the memory of local man Al Shibley. At the opening of the annual event, Shibley’s son walked his horse around with another horse on a lead rope. The second horse wore an empty saddle, a tribute to Shibley, who passed away Sept. 16. “He loved ag, and he was friends with many of the people in the rodeo association,” said rodeo announcer Steve KenyonCorbin Carpenter, the young cowboy who was left paralyzed two years ago when he was stepped on by a bull while competing at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington, N.M., was killed late Sept. 22 near his home in Jonesville, La., in a single-vehicle crash. Carpenter was pronounced dead on the scene when the truck in which he was a passenger ran off the road in Catahoula Parish, state police reported. The driver of the 2004 Chevrolet pickup, 18-year-old Brandon Smart of Harrisonburg, La., suffered moderate injuries. Alcohol use was a suspected factor in the crash, police said, and it’s unknown if Smart or Carpenter were wearing seat belts. Charges are pending, and the investigation continues, according to state police … Former PRCA member John Wigley died Sept. 10 at his ranch in Caroline, Alberta. He was 52. Wigley, a native Australian, competed in every rodeo event – at both ends of the arena – over a 20-year career in rodeo, but had his greatest success as a steer wrestler … A benefit bull riding event for PRCA member Wade Payne in his hometown of Beaver, Okla., Sept. 10 raised more than $20,000 to help defray the cost of his treatment for testicular cancer. He is now reportedly cancer free … Florida Monthly magazine named the Davie Pro Rodeo in Broward County – a PRCA rodeo since its inception in 1986 – as Florida’s Best Rodeo over the Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo and the Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee. Troy Weekley, a member of the PRCA Board of Directors, is the rodeo chairman at Davie … Work began on construction of the new Days of ’76 Museum in Deadwood, S.D., Sept. 20. The city is paying the bulk of the $3.4 million project and will own the rights to the land where the museum is being built. The project is expected to last a year … With good weather for the first time in three years, the West Texas Fair & Rodeo in Abilene enjoyed a 38-percent jump in revenue, an increase of $113,000 … Mark Nov. 7 on your calendar, and then go to the store and load in a supply of your favorite snack foods. ESPN Classic is running a six-hour PRCA rodeo marathon that day, starting at 2 p.m. ET, which will feature the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo, Cody (Wyo.) Rodeo, Kitsap County Fair & Stampede (Bremerton, Wash.), Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, Justin Boots Playoffs (Puyallup, Wash.) and the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.).

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