Reigning World Champion Shane Proctor hasn’t been looking at dollar totals or his place in the standings. His single goal entering the Fourth of July run known as “Cowboy Christmas” was “to get myself up into the Top 15.” It took him a single night on the familiar dirt of Stampede Park to check that goal off his list.
Proctor, of Troutman, NC, repeated as champion of the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls event with a total score of 171.5 points on two head and earned $10,675 to move to 14th in the world standings. Cody Samora, the only other contestant with two qualified rides, was second with 156 points.
Proctor finished fourth in the long round on Robinson Pro Rodeo’s Speck T and came back to tie for second in the finals with an 86.5-point ride aboard Robinson’s Lil Shyster, a bull raised by Bart Futrell, about 15 miles from Proctor’s home in North Carolina.
“Lil Shyster bucked me off in the short round at Okeechobee (FL),” Proctor said, “so I knew I was going to going to have to come with my ‘A game’ for the finals.”
Proctor broke his left arm in the 10th round of the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and missed a few months at the start of the season.
He’s been having trouble building much momentum up to this point and entered the week in 32nd place in the world standings with earnings of $19,038.
“I’ve had moments like the 88-point ride at Tucson (good for second place) and the 91 in (winning) Sisters, OR,” Proctor said, “but I’ve never felt confident. It helps to come back to a place like this that feels so familiar and comfortable.”
He went to Northwest College in Powell, WY, just 24 miles away, and he worked building cabins in the area. It’s always felt like a second home.
His success at Stampede Park should only enhance that feeling.
Proctor is the first two-time champion at the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls tour stop. The last two champions here – J.W. Harris in 2010 and Proctor last year – earned gold buckles at the end of the year.
“That’s a good streak to keep going,” Proctor said. “There’s a lot of year left and the main thing is to get back into the Top 15 so I have a chance.”
First MN bull rider
It’s been 29 years since a Minnesota bull rider last qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, a drought Brett Stall seems determined to end almost entirely on the strength of his Xtreme Bulls Tour successes.
Stall, of Detroit Lakes, MN, won the first round of the Greeley (CO) Xtreme Bulls Division 2 event on June 27 with his 86-point ride on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Hot Tamale, and that stood up for the overall win when the bulls went 12-0 in the final round.
That was Stall’s second win in Xtreme Bulls competition this year – he also won in Rapid City, SD – to go with a second-place result at the Fort Mojave, AZ tour stop. He is fourth in the Xtreme Bulls standings with $24,437, which represents more than half of his season total of $40,499.
The win at the Island Grove arena pushed him ahead of Ardie Maier into sixth place in the world standings. A good run through the Fourth of July week known as Cowboy Christmas could just about assure his place in Las Vegas where he would be the first Minnesota bull rider to make it since Paul Wiederholt in 1983.
Cody Rostockyj was second in Greeley with an 85-point score in the first round and Nate Perry was third with an 81. F