Ropers Sports News | January-February 2023

PAGE 40 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2023 ACTRA Members Only ACTRA Rules & Numbers CASH ONLY! — CASH ONLY — • ACTRA Members Only • ACTRA Rules & Numbers Eric Cozzitorto (209) 777-2910 Late Entries, call/text Andee @ (209) 585-5698 Sunday at Turlock Horsemen’s Club Turlock, CA 1506 S. Tegner Rd. 95380 2 X 8.25” Jan/Feb2023 Weather Permitting (Daylight Savings Day) FOOD ON SITE Sundays January 15 & 29, February 5, 12, 19 & 26 SU at 9:30, Rope at 10:30 #5.5 Hdcp Pick 1, Draw 1 or Draw All.. 3 for $30 35% Cattle/Office Charge #5.5 Pick Or Draw ($7 Cattle/Office) ...........2 for $14 #4.5 Pick Or Draw ($7 Cattle/Office) ...........2 for $14 Weather Permitting Presented by Thorson’s Arena Saturdays, January 28, February 11, March 11 & April 8 San Martin, CA 2005 Hayes Ln., 95046 SU at 9:45, Rope at 10:45 #8 Hdcp. Pick 1, Draw 1, or Draw All ...... 3 for $40 #6.5 Hdcp. Pick 1, Draw 1 or Draw All .... 3 for $40 35% Cattle Charge Save The Dates! • THREE RIVERS,CA APRIL 27-30 • CODY J.ANTHENIEN Memorial Roping MAY 20 & 21 • Diamond Bar, Ceres, CA ★★ Be ready for FRIDAY NIGHTS this year! Stetson Wright Caps Epic Season With AllAround And Bull Riding Titles At Wrangler NFR Stetson Wright is rewriting the record books by setting a single season earnings record of $927,940 on his way to his bull riding and all-around titles. – PRCA ProRodeo Photo by Click Thompson LAS VEGAS – Stetson Wright capped his Wrangler NFR season for the ages Saturday night. Wright set the single-season PRCA earnings record ($927,940), all-around singleseason record ($758,829), bull riding single-season record at $592,144 and bull riding earnings at the NFR at $271,545, counting ground money before 17,788 spectators at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Teton Ridge. “This year has been the best and the hardest year I have had in the PRCA,” said Wright, 23. “It started off really hot, moving to No. 1 in the world in broncs and bulls. And it kind of didn’t slow down from that point on. But I had a few injuries where I had to have surgery, sit out and miss some rodeos. When you are missing stuff like that, you don’t feel like you are doing your best. I had to learn a lot of patience. I had to trust everything my mom and dad said when I needed to sit out. I learned that if you wait and get healthy, you will do a lot better.” The Milford, Utah cowboy now has seven career world championships – four in allaround (2019-22); two in bulls (2020 and 2022) and saddle bronc riding (2021). Wright also placed in 15 out of the combined 20 rounds he competed in saddle bronc riding (seven) and bull riding (eight) at the Thomas & Mack Center. Wright finished fourth in the saddle bronc riding PRCA | RAM World Standings with $335,797. “I didn’t think it was,” said Wright when asked about winning more than $900,00 in one season. “I feel like I have shocked myself a lot this year. It came with patience and trusting that everything would be all right. That was what this year was about.” Wright was quick to point out he has no plans of taking his foot off the gas pedal. “I love breaking my own records because that means I did better than I did the year before,” Wright said. “That’s my goal to be better. I feel like what I have done this year, I feel like I can do even better if I stay healthy and don’t miss anything. I really feel like I can do better and break more records.” Tie-down roper Caleb Smidt collects fourth world and average titles Caleb Smidt doubled his pleasure at the 2022 Wrangler NFR. The Bellville, Texas, cowboy won his fourth world title and fourth NFR average honor. Smidt, a model of consistency, earned a PRCA tie-down roping single-season record $374,737. He also earned an NFR tie-down roping record of $225,221. “It’s unbelievable. Just what I have accomplished is beyond my imagination,” Smidt said. “My belief in God and the horse I have, and my family pushed me to be better every day. It’s a tough sport to even do this. To leave your family in the summer to make it here is hard, and it’s a long 10 days here. It’s an unbelievable blessing to do this. And to have the success I have had and great See WRIGHT/WRANGLER NFR On Page 42 The Jeff and Jake Walker Memorial Fast Time of the Day winners were Cody and Dalton Pearce. They won Best Ever Pads that were sponsored by Best Ever. Colt Mora makes the presentation. and Dan Engler, 24.73, $1,190. 2. Cody Wiseman and Tucker Donlon, 26.62, $715. 3. Ella Bramson, 27,01, $475. #11.5: 3 for $50 1st go: 1. Francisco Cruz and Cutter Machado, 6.14, $160. 2. Jake Twisselman and Try White, 6.15, $105. Average: 1. Cody Mora and Marcus Maldonado, 21.65, $1,190. 2. Drew Tilton and Tanner Patino, 23.35, $715. 3. Ty Shintaku and Blaize Twisselman, 23.50, $475. #13.5: 3 for $50 1st go: 1. Cody Mora and Cutter Machado, 5.50, $160. 2n. Mike Morrison and Mark Scobie, $105. Average:1. Danny Leslie and Tucker Donlon, 16.95, $1,190. 2. Cody Mora and Cutter Machado, 17.24, $715. 3. Francisco Cruz and Mark Scobie, Jr., 17.42, $475. 1. Juan Ramirez and Cutter Machado, 18.68, $992. 2. Juan Ramirez and Jake Bourdet, 19.60, $595. 3. Ryan Bettencourt and Jake Bourdet, 20.06, $397. OPEN: 3 for $50 1st go: 1. Cutter Machado and Danny Leslie, 4.72, $160. 2. Cutter Machado and Dalton Pearce, 4.80, $105. Average: 1. Cody Mora and Dalton Pearce, 15.87, $1,190. 2. Brayden Schmidt and Dalton Pearce, 15.97, $715. 3. Cutter Machado and Dalton Pearce, 16.49, $475. SLO Pioneer Day... From Page 36 Tucker Donlon and Danny Leslie won the #13.5 Roping.

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