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Columbia River Circuit makes history at 25th DNCFR

OKLAHOMA CITY – Four for four. The Columbia River Circuit had contestants qualified in four finals on April 3 and won all four en route to securing its first team championship at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo since 1991.

It was the first time in the 25-year history of the DNCFR that one circuit had won four finals. The Mountain States (2004) and Texas (1993) circuits each had four titles in a single year, but each of those included an all-around award.

Four-time World Champion Bobby Mote led the assault by winning the bareback riding on a tiebreaker over Kaycee Feild, with Columbia River teammate Brian Bain finishing third. Next came a 1-2 finish in the steer wrestling, with Trevor Knowles and Casey McMillen, and wins by tie-down roper Tyson Durfey and bull rider Allen Helmuth.

“There wasn’t much talk (about the team title) prior to the final day,” Knowles said, “but then I watched Bobby win, and while I was being interviewed next to the arena, Tyson came by and I asked him, ‘Did you win, too?’ That gave us three. It was about then we thought we might have a chance.

“The three of us (Mote, Knowles and Durfey) were sitting in the Ram truck later trying to remember who from our circuit was in the remaining finals. You go head-to-head all year long, so it’s kind of nice to have the chance to be part of a team atmosphere and root for your teammates a little. I’m pretty tickled that we did so well.”

Knowles made the point that the win total could easily have climbed to five. Columbia River team ropers Charly Crawford and Russell Cardoza – who qualified for last year’s Wrangler NFR – had their steer go down in the corner during the semifinals to put them out of contention.

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The Columbia River Circuit received an $8,000 bonus check for the win, which was divided equally among the team’s 16 members.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Four for four. The Columbia River Circuit had contestants qualified in four finals on April 3 and won all four en route to securing its first team championship at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo since 1991.

It was the first time in the 25-year history of the DNCFR that one circuit had won four finals. The Mountain States (2004) and Texas (1993) circuits each had four titles in a single year, but each of those included an all-around award.

Four-time World Champion Bobby Mote led the assault by winning the bareback riding on a tiebreaker over Kaycee Feild, with Columbia River teammate Brian Bain finishing third. Next came a 1-2 finish in the steer wrestling, with Trevor Knowles and Casey McMillen, and wins by tie-down roper Tyson Durfey and bull rider Allen Helmuth.

“There wasn’t much talk (about the team title) prior to the final day,” Knowles said, “but then I watched Bobby win, and while I was being interviewed next to the arena, Tyson came by and I asked him, ‘Did you win, too?’ That gave us three. It was about then we thought we might have a chance.

“The three of us (Mote, Knowles and Durfey) were sitting in the Ram truck later trying to remember who from our circuit was in the remaining finals. You go head-to-head all year long, so it’s kind of nice to have the chance to be part of a team atmosphere and root for your teammates a little. I’m pretty tickled that we did so well.”

Knowles made the point that the win total could easily have climbed to five. Columbia River team ropers Charly Crawford and Russell Cardoza – who qualified for last year’s Wrangler NFR – had their steer go down in the corner during the semifinals to put them out of contention.

The Columbia River Circuit received an $8,000 bonus check for the win, which was divided equally among the team’s 16 members.

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