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Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo: Final round recap

OKLAHOMA CITY – Bobby Mote and Classic Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex have a lot in common.

Both are tremendous athletes. Mote is one of the elite bareback riders in rodeo who owns four Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world championships. Big Tex is one of the elite bareback riding horses that has collaborated on some of the highest marked rides in the sport.

Oh, and they’re both the reigning world champions in their categories, Mote holding the 2010 gold buckle and Big Tex wearing the 2010 halter. On April 3, the two matched moves for 90 points to split the final round victory at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo at Jim Norick Arena – Kaycee Feild scored 90 on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Night – but Mote earned the victory because of his semifinal round-winning 85-point ride on Carr’s Big Lights.

“He’s an awesome horse, a big horse that fits my style,” said Mote, a nine-time DNCFR qualifier who won his first national circuit championship in the event’s inaugural run in Oklahoma City. “There’s nothing better than when you come down to the final-four rounds, and you know you’ve got to go after it because of what’s going on.

“I crave getting in that position.”

He must. After Feild posted his score to take the lead in the championship round, Mote and Big Tex danced across the arena to match the score – Mote knew he had to be 90 or better to claim the elusive championship. Still, Feild, the son of six-time world champion Lewis Feild, walked away from Jim Norick Arena with $17,961 in earnings over four days; Mote was second best among bareback riders with $13,354.

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Jesse Wright of Milford, UT, earned the biggest check of the weekend while winning the saddle bronc riding for the second consecutive year. Wright banked $19,195. His biggest check came in the final round, when he rode the 2010 saddle bronc horse of the year, Vold Rodeo’s Painted Valley, for 83 points, just a point better than 2007 world champion Taos Muncy of Corona, NM.

“I wanted a work truck, so now I can get one,” said Wright, referring to the $20,000 voucher event champions earned with their winning weekend. “I hope I can keep the momentum going. Hopefully, I can make the finals again this year. That’s the plan, anyway.”

Tie-down roper Tyson Durfey has four qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and owns two Canadian Finals Rodeo titles. He wanted to add the DNCFR title to his trophy case.

“This event has always been important to me,” said Durfey of Colbert, WA. “Growing up in Missouri, Billy Huber was a legend in that area. Even my brother and my dad went to the circuit finals, so growing up, everybody that I looked up to was going to the circuit finals.”

Other event winners were steer wrestler Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, OR (3.6 seconds); team ropers Ross Lowry, Summerville, GA and Stephen Britnell, Maryville, TN (10.5 seconds); barrel racer Tana Renick, Kingston, OK (15.30 seconds); and bull rider Allen Helmuth, Ellensburg, WA, whose 71 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Big D in the semifinal round held up for the national title after all the bull riders failed to make a qualified ride in the finals. Seth Murphy, from South Heart, ND, won the all-around title with $3,702 in steer wrestling and tie-down roping competition.

The Columbia River Circuit won the team championship for the first time since 1991 with total earnings of $80,811.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Bobby Mote and Classic Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex have a lot in common.

Both are tremendous athletes. Mote is one of the elite bareback riders in rodeo who owns four Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world championships. Big Tex is one of the elite bareback riding horses that has collaborated on some of the highest marked rides in the sport.

Oh, and they’re both the reigning world champions in their categories, Mote holding the 2010 gold buckle and Big Tex wearing the 2010 halter. On April 3, the two matched moves for 90 points to split the final round victory at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo at Jim Norick Arena – Kaycee Feild scored 90 on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Night – but Mote earned the victory because of his semifinal round-winning 85-point ride on Carr’s Big Lights.

“He’s an awesome horse, a big horse that fits my style,” said Mote, a nine-time DNCFR qualifier who won his first national circuit championship in the event’s inaugural run in Oklahoma City. “There’s nothing better than when you come down to the final-four rounds, and you know you’ve got to go after it because of what’s going on.

“I crave getting in that position.”

He must. After Feild posted his score to take the lead in the championship round, Mote and Big Tex danced across the arena to match the score – Mote knew he had to be 90 or better to claim the elusive championship. Still, Feild, the son of six-time world champion Lewis Feild, walked away from Jim Norick Arena with $17,961 in earnings over four days; Mote was second best among bareback riders with $13,354.

Jesse Wright of Milford, UT, earned the biggest check of the weekend while winning the saddle bronc riding for the second consecutive year. Wright banked $19,195. His biggest check came in the final round, when he rode the 2010 saddle bronc horse of the year, Vold Rodeo’s Painted Valley, for 83 points, just a point better than 2007 world champion Taos Muncy of Corona, NM.

“I wanted a work truck, so now I can get one,” said Wright, referring to the $20,000 voucher event champions earned with their winning weekend. “I hope I can keep the momentum going. Hopefully, I can make the finals again this year. That’s the plan, anyway.”

Tie-down roper Tyson Durfey has four qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and owns two Canadian Finals Rodeo titles. He wanted to add the DNCFR title to his trophy case.

“This event has always been important to me,” said Durfey of Colbert, WA. “Growing up in Missouri, Billy Huber was a legend in that area. Even my brother and my dad went to the circuit finals, so growing up, everybody that I looked up to was going to the circuit finals.”

Other event winners were steer wrestler Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, OR (3.6 seconds); team ropers Ross Lowry, Summerville, GA and Stephen Britnell, Maryville, TN (10.5 seconds); barrel racer Tana Renick, Kingston, OK (15.30 seconds); and bull rider Allen Helmuth, Ellensburg, WA, whose 71 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Big D in the semifinal round held up for the national title after all the bull riders failed to make a qualified ride in the finals. Seth Murphy, from South Heart, ND, won the all-around title with $3,702 in steer wrestling and tie-down roping competition.

The Columbia River Circuit won the team championship for the first time since 1991 with total earnings of $80,811.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Bobby Mote and Classic Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex have a lot in common.

Both are tremendous athletes. Mote is one of the elite bareback riders in rodeo who owns four Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world championships. Big Tex is one of the elite bareback riding horses that has collaborated on some of the highest marked rides in the sport.

Oh, and they’re both the reigning world champions in their categories, Mote holding the 2010 gold buckle and Big Tex wearing the 2010 halter. On April 3, the two matched moves for 90 points to split the final round victory at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo at Jim Norick Arena – Kaycee Feild scored 90 on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Night – but Mote earned the victory because of his semifinal round-winning 85-point ride on Carr’s Big Lights.

“He’s an awesome horse, a big horse that fits my style,” said Mote, a nine-time DNCFR qualifier who won his first national circuit championship in the event’s inaugural run in Oklahoma City. “There’s nothing better than when you come down to the final-four rounds, and you know you’ve got to go after it because of what’s going on.

“I crave getting in that position.”

He must. After Feild posted his score to take the lead in the championship round, Mote and Big Tex danced across the arena to match the score – Mote knew he had to be 90 or better to claim the elusive championship. Still, Feild, the son of six-time world champion Lewis Feild, walked away from Jim Norick Arena with $17,961 in earnings over four days; Mote was second best among bareback riders with $13,354.

Jesse Wright of Milford, UT, earned the biggest check of the weekend while winning the saddle bronc riding for the second consecutive year. Wright banked $19,195. His biggest check came in the final round, when he rode the 2010 saddle bronc horse of the year, Vold Rodeo’s Painted Valley, for 83 points, just a point better than 2007 world champion Taos Muncy of Corona, NM.

“I wanted a work truck, so now I can get one,” said Wright, referring to the $20,000 voucher event champions earned with their winning weekend. “I hope I can keep the momentum going. Hopefully, I can make the finals again this year. That’s the plan, anyway.”

Tie-down roper Tyson Durfey has four qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and owns two Canadian Finals Rodeo titles. He wanted to add the DNCFR title to his trophy case.

“This event has always been important to me,” said Durfey of Colbert, WA. “Growing up in Missouri, Billy Huber was a legend in that area. Even my brother and my dad went to the circuit finals, so growing up, everybody that I looked up to was going to the circuit finals.”

Other event winners were steer wrestler Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, OR (3.6 seconds); team ropers Ross Lowry, Summerville, GA and Stephen Britnell, Maryville, TN (10.5 seconds); barrel racer Tana Renick, Kingston, OK (15.30 seconds); and bull rider Allen Helmuth, Ellensburg, WA, whose 71 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Big D in the semifinal round held up for the national title after all the bull riders failed to make a qualified ride in the finals. Seth Murphy, from South Heart, ND, won the all-around title with $3,702 in steer wrestling and tie-down roping competition.

The Columbia River Circuit won the team championship for the first time since 1991 with total earnings of $80,811.

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