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Bowers splits bareback riding win at Marwayne

MARWAYNE, Alberta – This was a match-up bareback rider Kyle Bowers wanted, and he wasn't disappointed with the outcome.

The Drayton Valley, Alberta, cowboy had an 84.5-point ride on Calgary Stampede's Shadow Warrior to tie George Gillespie IV for the win at the June 5-7 Lea Park Rodeo.

Gillespie IV recorded his ride on Franklin Rodeo's Red Poodle June 6, and Bowers made his first-place-tying ride June 7.

"I had been on (Shadow Warrior) a couple of times, and I think I've been 85 once, and 84.5 points on him twice now," said Bowers, who qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2004 and 2005.

“I knew what I was getting on when I got there, and I knew if I rode him well, I would have a good chance of winning first. I had a little bobble in the beginning, and that probably cost me first place all by myself …Kyle Bowers, bareback rider

"I rode him at Armstrong, British Columbia, last year, and I was 84.5. Two summers ago, I got on him at the Ponoka Stampede in the top-10 round and was 85 and made the final four. That horse really bucks out of there. He's one of those Grated Coconut stud colts and he leaves there hard – kind of like Grated Coconut did. After the third jump he felt so good, he had so much air and bucked so good after that."

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Grated Coconut was a six-time PRCA Bareback Riding Horse of the Year. Bowers collected $2,617 for splitting the win with Gillespie.

"(Shadow Warrior) gives a guy enough time to catch back up to him, and once I caught up, it felt good," Bowers said. "He made a nice little circle around to the left, and it was a lot of fun. I definitely thought I was going to have a chance to win once I made it to eight seconds."

Bowers knew the horse's tendencies from riding him several times before Marwayne.

"I knew what I was getting on when I got there, and knew if I rode him well, I would have a good chance of winning first," he said. "I had a little bobble in the beginning, and that probably cost me first place all by myself, but splitting first is just as good as finishing first, as far as I'm concerned."

Bowers, 38, finished 25th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings a year ago, and has no plans of retiring any time soon.

He also won the title at the June 5-7 Rocky ProRodeo in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, with an 87.5-point trip on Outlaw Buckers' Open Range, earning another $1,442.

With the wins, Bowers moved from 49th to 35th in the June 8 world standings.

"What keeps me doing this is making good rides on good horses," Bowers said. "I've been doing this a long time now, and as long as I keep craving it, I'm going to keep doing it."

The other winners at the $110,600 rodeo were steer wrestler Baillie Milan (8.8 seconds on two head), team ropers Roland McFadden and Tyrel Flewelling (13.7 seconds on two head), saddle bronc riders Tyrel Larsen (84.5 points on Calgary Stampede's Shoshone Mountain) and Chet Johnson (84.5 points on Calgary Stampede's Turbo Rocket), tie-down roper Jake Hannum (15.7 seconds on two head), barrel racer Lisa Zachoda (16.120 seconds) and bull rider Wesley Silcox (85 points on Franklin Rodeo's Shark Bait).

After more than three months with Neal Wood at the top, there's a new leader in the steer roping world standings. Vin Fisher Jr. earned $1,323 at the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, N.M., to overtake Wood for the top spot, with a total of $36,135. Wood has only been to six rodeos so far this season, and earned $30,707 of his $34,943 by winning the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. Wood had led the standings since March 2.

Brothers good at sharing: Nevada bareback riders Wyatt and Grant Denny took turns posting wins on the PRCA trail this weekend. Wyatt, a 19-year-old rookie, won the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, N.M., with an 86-point ride on Cervi Championship Rodeo's Pinball Wizard, and finished third at the Flint Hills Rodeo in Strong City, Kan. He now leads Devan Riley by $1,016 in the rookie standings. His older-by-2½-years brother, Grant, won in Strong City and was second in Clovis, with a pair of 81-point rides. Both brothers also won checks at the Elizabeth (Colo.) Stampede.

That same U.S. Highway 60 commute also proved profitable for the Badlands Circuit team roping pair of Paul David Tierney and Levi Tyan. They won in Clovis with a time of 4.2 seconds, and also won in Strong City in 4.9. They had earlier titles in Brookings, S.D., and Lincoln, Neb., so that comes to four wins in four states so far this season. The fastest team-roping time of the weekend was turned in by JoJo LeMond and Dakota Kirchenschlager, who had a 3.6-second run to win the second round at the Wild Wild West ProRodeo in Silver City, N.M. It marked the second week in a row that LeMond and Kirchenschlager had been 3.6, equal to the 13th fastest time in the sport's history.

Steer wrestler Jace Melvin of Tarleton State University had a nice tune-up for this month's College National Finals Rodeo with a win at the Wild Wild West ProRodeo in Silver City, N.M. (10.7 seconds on two head). Parlayed with his tie for second place in Clovis, N.M., Melvin had total earnings of $2,703.

Kyle Whitaker, 38, won the tie-down roping at the American Heroes PRCA Rodeo in Hawley, Minn., but perhaps more importantly, he finished second in the saddle bronc riding there, moving him to within $213 of being the first cowboy to become eligible for the 2015 Linderman Award, emblematic of excellence at both ends of the arena. Whitaker, who has won the award a record six times, but not since 2011, has already surpassed the $1,000 benchmark in both steer wrestling and tie-down roping.

Oregon's R.C. Landingham, who missed qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo by one spot in each of the last two seasons, is working very hard to make sure he gets over the hump in 2015. He won the bareback riding title at the Wild Wild West Pro Rodeo in Silver City, N.M., shared the win at the Glenville (Calif.) Round-Up and finished fourth at the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, N.M., to move up to 20th in the world standings.

–PRCA

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