Ropers Sports News | January-February 2023

PAGE 14 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2023 Les Oswald Performance Horses Oakdale, CA (209) 603-9710 AQHA World Champion and NRCHA Open Futurity Finalist Specializing in Cow Horses & Rope Horses Training, Lessons and Sales Roping & Cow Horse Lessons Available Saddle Bronc Rider Reed Neely Snares RAM CA Circuit Finals Title Courtesy ProRodeo.com RED BLUFF, CALIF. – Challenges create problems. In rodeo, desperation lurks as funds shrink from the gypsy lifestyle of crisscrossing the country and defining days in eight-second increments. Reed Neely admits he rides his best when he’s broke. He has spent the past few years balancing life as a college student at Fresno (Calif.) State and professional saddle bronc rider, refusing to flinch in the face of adversity. “Now is the slow time of year when we don’t have many rodeos to make money,” Neely said, then cracked. “And Jeff Bezos of Amazon gets a hold of my credit card.” On Dec. 31, the 24-yearold found himself in a familiar place – determined to deliver – and success followed suit. Neely captured the saddle bronc title at the RAM California Circuit Finals Rodeo in Red Bluff, posting 242.5 points on three head, besting secondplace finisher Bailey Small (219). This rodeo brings out the best in Neely. He has won at Red Bluff four consecutive years, either in the all-around or average, and this weekend featured a trademark performance. He scored 78 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s Jaugernaut, netting $1,974 for his top first-round performance. He followed with his best ride, posting an 86.5-point score on Rosser Rodeo’s Yeti Rambler to win the second round for another $1,974. “This is a fun one. I love it here, and the horses were great,” Neely said. “I have ridden Jaugernaut before and he’s a sweet hopper. And I rode Yeti Rambler at the Cal Poly rodeo on the beach. He bucked his behind off then, and was just as good this time, so springy.” There is a comfort to this event for Neely, which is five hours north from his home. He stays with a family friend Chuck Morris. “He rodeoed with my dad (Jeff, a bareback rider). He’s an amateur stock contractor and I have gotten on his horses for years,” Neely said. “He really shaped me into the bronc rider I am.” A year ago, Neely, a Sanger, Calif., native, won this event with 228 points on three head, rallying to win the average. This time, there was no need for a comeback as Neely demonstrated consistency gleaned from hours of practice. Neely, who became a PRCA card member in 2022, honed his craft with a combination of pro and college experience. He finished fourth in 2021 and eighth in 2022 at the College National Finals Rodeo representing the Bulldogs rodeo team. He graduated with his degree in agricultural communication and, as he is traveling with Lefty Holman and Brody Cress this season, remains focused on taking his career to the next level, perhaps even to the NFR. “Now, instead of studying books, I am studying horses, writing down every detail and watching video,” Neely said. “And I am working out with Lefty and Brody. We get along great because we are gym freaks. It’s all about maximizing our potential this season.” California Circuit Finals Reed Neely captured the saddle bronc title at the RAM California Circuit Finals Rodeo in Red Bluff, posting 242.5 points on three head. – Crystal Amen Photo Cathy Cagliari won or placed in all three rounds on her way to the breakaway roping title. Her three head were roped in 9.2 seconds. The action took place at the RAM California Circuit Finals Rodeo in Red Bluff. – Crystal Amen Photo Rodeo, Red Bluff, Calif., Dec. 29-31 Bareback riding: First round: 1. Clayton Biglow, 85.5 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Floodway, $1,862; 2. R.C. Landingham, 84, $1,396; 3. Jacek Frost, 81.5, $931; 4. Lucas Samaniego, 69, $465. Second round: 1. Clayton Biglow, 86 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Carmelita, $1,862; 2. R.C. Landingham, 83, $1,396; 3. Jacek Frost, 82, $931; 4. Zack Brown, 77, $465. Third round: 1. Jacek Frost, 87 points on Flying U Rodeo’s Lil Red Hawk, $1,862; 2. Clayton Biglow, 85, $1,396; 3. R.C. Landingham, 81, $931; 4. Zack Brown, 79, $465. Average: 1. Clayton Biglow, 256.5 points on three head, $2,792; 2. Jacek Frost, 250.5, $2,094; 3. R.C. Landingham, 248, $1,396; 4. Zack Brown, 224, $698. Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Tucker Allen, 4.2 seconds, $1,993; 2. Levi Rudd, 4.3, $1,495; 3. Dillon Hushour, 4.5, $997; 4. Stan Branco, 4.6, $498. Second round: 1. Tucker Allen, 3.7 seconds, $1,993; 2. (tie) Stan Branco and Dakota Eldridge, 4.0, $1,246 each; 4. Bryar Byrne, 4.3, $498. Third round: 1. (tie) Dillon Hushour and Levi Rudd, 3.9 seconds, $1,744 each; 3. (tie) Tucker Allen and Owen Redfeairn, 4.4, $747 each. Average: 1. Tucker Allen, 12.3 seconds on three head, $2,990; 2. Levi Rudd, 13.2, $2,242; 3. Stan Branco, 14.0, $1,495; 4. Bryar Byrne, 14.8, $747. Team roping: First round: 1. D.J. Parker/Kyle Lockett, 5.0 seconds, $1,993 each; 2. (tie) Doyle Hoskins/Stoney Boy Joseph and Tanner James/Wyatt Cox, 5.1, $1,246 each; 4. Tanner Kent/Joseph Shawnego, 6.5, $498. Second round: 1. Andy Holcomb/C.J. DeForest Jr., 4.8 seconds, $1,993 each; 2. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 5.2, $1,495; 3. Doyle Hoskins/Stoney Boy Joseph, 5.5, $997; 4. Marcus Battaglia/Jason Johe, 5.6, $498. Third round: 1. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.0 seconds, $1,993 each; 2. Tanner James/Wyatt Cox, 4.2, $1,495; 3. Blake Hirdes/Wyatt Hansen, 4.9, $997; 4. Lane Lowry/Jake Bourdet, 5.2, $498. Average: 1. Dan Williams Jr./Todd Hampton, 20.7 seconds on three head, $2,990 each; 2. Tanner Kent/Joseph Shawnego, 23.8, $2,242; 3. Lane Lowry/Jake Bourdet, 24.2, $1,495; 4. D.J. Parker/Kyle Lockett, 26.7, $747. Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Reed Neely, 78 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Jaugernaut, $1,974; 2. Bailey Small, 72, $1,481; 3. Caden Grisedale, 71, $987; 4. Roman Reyes, 68, $494. Second round: 1. Reed Neely, 86.5 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Yeti Rambler, $1,974; 2. Q McWhorter, 84.5, $1,481; 3. Ethan Lemmons, 76, $987; 4. (tie) Caden Grisedale and Bailey Small, 74, $247 each. Third round: 1. Q McWhorter, 87 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Openheimer Air, $1,974; 2. Reed Neely, 78, $1,481; 3. Justin Lawrence, 75, $987; 4. Roman Reyes, 74, $494. Average: 1. Reed Neely, 242.5 points on three head, $2,962; 2. Bailey Small, 219, $2,221; 3. Caden Grisedale, 214, $1,481; 4. Q McWhorter, 171.5 on two head, $740. Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Edwin Boltares, 11.5 seconds, $1,993; 2. Brush Minton, 12.4, $1,495; 3. (tie) Lane Karney and J.D. McCuistion, 13.4, $747 each. Second round: 1. Tyler Forsberg, 8.7 seconds, $1,993; 2. Brush Minton, 9.1, $1,495; 3. Colton Farquer, 10.5, $997; 4. J.D. McCuistion, 11.0, $498. Third round: 1. Taylor Santos, 8.6 seconds, $1,993; 2. Brush Minton, 9.1, $1,495; 3. Edwin Boltares, 9.4, $997; 4. Colton Farquer, 9.7, $498. Average: 1. Brush Minton, 30.6 seconds on three head, $2,990; 2. Edwin Boltares, 32.6, $2,242; 3. Colton Farquer, 36.1, $1,495; 4. J.D. McCuistion, 38.7, $747. Barrel racing: First round: 1. (t ie) Tonia Forsberg and Meghann McNulty, 13.67 seconds, $1,744 each; 3. Nellie Miller, 13.75, $997; 4. Kristi Youngblood, 13.90, $498. Second round: 1. Madison Camozzi, 13.56 seconds, $1,993; 2. Katie Pascoe, 13.72, $1,495; 3. (tie) Nellie Miller and Kathy Petska, 13.76, $747 each. Third round: 1. Meghann McNulty, 13.47 seconds, $1,993; 2. Nellie Miller, 13.66, $1,495; 3. Kristi Youngblood, 13.70, $997; 4. Payton Schoeppach, 13.71, $498. Average: 1. Nellie Miller, 41.17 seconds on three head, $2,990; 2. Payton Schoeppach, 41.82, $2,242; 3. Meghann McNulty, 45.57, $1,495; 4. Madison Camozzi, 45.92, $747. Bull riding: First round: 1. Jesse Flores, 79.5 points on Flying U Rodeo’s Typhoon Mike, $1,993; 2. Conner McClure, 79, $1,495; 3. Colby Demo, 78.5, $997; 4. Justin Lane Rowell, 76, $498. Second round: 1. Cody Russell, 83.5 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Diamond Dust, $4,983; no other qualified rides. Third round leaders: No qualified rides. Average: 1. Cody Russell, 83.5 points on one head, $2,990; 2. Jesse Flores, 79.5, $2,242; 3. Conner McClure, 79, $1,495; 4. Colby Demo, 78.5, $747. Breakaway roping: Fi rst round: 1. Cathy Cagliari, 2.9 seconds, $1,091; 2. Liz Hirdes, 3.0, $903; 3. Jaden Cowan, 3.5, $714; 4. Gianna O’Day, 3.7, $526; 5. Whitlee Burgess, 3.9, $338; 6. Karri Jones, 4.5, $188. Second round: 1. Hanna Hundsdorfer, 2.6 seconds, $1,091; 2. Toni Miller, 2.9, $903; 3. Jaden Cowan, 3.0, $714; 4. Cathy Cagliari, 3.2, $526; 5. Karri Jones, 3.4, $338; 6. Gianna O’Day, 3.6, $188. Third round: 1. Fallon Ruffoni, 2.7 seconds, $1,091; 2. Whitlee Burgess, 2.8, $903; 3. Liz Hirdes, 2.9, $714; 4. (tie) Cathy Cagliari and Hanna Hundsdorfer, 3.1, $432 each; 6. Alea Cunningham, 4.1, $188. Average: 1. Cathy Cagliari, 9.2 seconds on three head, $1,636; 2. Whitlee Burgess, 10.6, $1,354; 3. Karri Jones, 12.5, $1,072; 4. Hanna Hundsdorfer, 5.7 on two head, $790; 5. Liz Hirdes, 5.9, $508; 6. Jaden Cowan, 6.5, $282.

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