Young Canadian Having Success at National Western
DENVER, Colo. --- A novice bareback rider from Ponoka, Alberta has had the most success at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo so far.
Jake Vold is in the lead in the first and second rounds and commands the over-all standings. During the first performance he got on a Canadian Horse, Rum Flavored owned by the Calgary Stampede for 83 points. He got on another horse owned by the Kesler Rodeo Company that has operations in Montana and Canada during the second performance for 86.
That ride on the young gelding named Journal Keeper nearly assures Vold a trip back to Denver to compete in the final round on Jan. 23. Last year, the 12th place spot and last final round qualifier had a total score of 156 points. While that is not a sure measure, the fact that Vold has a total of 169 points here this year has him making travel plans to be back here.
In Sunday night’s steer wrestling, former National Western champion and native Coloradoan Kyle Hughes had the fastest time at a 4.4. Hughes is coming off of his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification and certainly would like to be back in Las Vegas next December to compete in rodeo’s championship event.
Hughes has a total time of 10.5 seconds on two runs and based on previous rodeos will be on the bubble to be back here for the finals. The over-all standings are currently being led by Cody Cassidy from Donalda, Alberta who has a total of 10.0. Curtis Cassidy, also from Donalda and Cody’s older brother is in third with 10.9.
The Professional Bull Riders make their first appearance at the National Western on Monday night. The Denver Chute Out will feature three nights of competition with 90 bull riders vying for the championship.
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association action returns on Thursday.
DENVER, Colo. --- The following are results from the second performances of the National Western Stock Show Rodeo, Sunday, January 9, 2011.
Second Performance --
Bareback Riding: 1,Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, 86 points on Calgary Stampede’s Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Journal Keeper. 2, Jason Havens, Prineville, Ore., 80. 3, Matt Lait, Stavely, Alberta, 78. 4, Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., 77.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Kyle Hughes, Olney Springs, Colo., 4.4. 2, Chancey Larson, Manhattan, Kan., 5.0. 3, Straws Milatah, Okla., 5.2. 4, Kyle Hughes, Olney Springs, Colo., 6.1.
Team Roping: (three qualified times) 1, Lee Hagler, Fort Lupton, colo., and J.W. Borrego, Pueblo West, Colo., 6.6. 2, Bobby boyd, DVM, Midland, Texas and Tim Abbott, Midland, Texas, 7.7. 3, Jason Handy, Scobey, Mont., and chase Gauger, Bozeman, Mont., 11.3.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Wace Snook, Hulett, Wyo., 76 points on Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Castawa. 4, Will Smith, Marshall, Mo., 58.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Brent Walden, Stockbridge, Ga., 7.5 seconds. 2, Ryan Watkins, Dublin, Texas, 7.7. 3, Jeremiah Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 8.3. 4, Jordan Weaver, Cleburne, Texas, 13.2.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Angie Meadors, Blanchard, Okla., 15.09 seconds. 2, Jane Melby, Backus, Minn., 15.27. 3, Tana Renick, Kingston, Okla., 15.35. 4, Lindsay Karp, Missoula, Mont., 15.43.
Bull Riding: (one qualified ride) 1, Clay Hindman, Belvidere, S.D., 75 points on David Bailey Rodeo’s Vitalix Jobu.