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Etbauer takes early lead in Kansas City saddle bronc riding

KANSAS CITY, MO – Billy Etbauer’s record run of 21 consecutive Wrangler NFR qualifications ended in 2010. His competitive drive? Not so much.

Etbauer, who turns 48 in January, has the lead in the saddle bronc riding after the first weekend of the American Royal, the first Gold rodeo on the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour presented by Justin Boots.

An 88-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Let ‘Er Rip gave Etbauer, of Edmond, OK, a two-point lead over Cort Scheer of Elsmere, NE, and Jeff Willert of Belvidere, SD, both of whom are qualified for the Wrangler NFR.

Etbauer spurred in time with Let ‘Er Rip despite a rollicking ride that lifted him out of his saddle at one point. Let ‘Er Rip tied for third in the PRCA Saddle Bronc Riding Horse of the Year voting this season.

“Any one of these events where you can get along good is a plus,” Etbauer told the Kansas City Star. “We’ll just try to go out and ride the next one.”

Etbauer, who has five gold buckles to his credit, was not the only world champion to come out of the first weekend of two at Kemper Arena with a lead. Two-time World Champion Steer Wrestler Luke Branquinho is in first place with a two-head time of 6.9 seconds, and 2007 Team Roping (Heading) World Champion Chad Masters has paired with Jade Corkill to lead with a two-head time of 9.6 seconds.

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The other leaders heading into the Oct. 29-30 finale are bareback rider Joe Gunderson (85 points), tie-down roper Cody Owens (16.6 seconds on two head), barrel racers Susan Kay Smith and Tana Renick (30.20 seconds on two runs each) and bull riders Chad Denton and Jacob O’Mara (87 points each).

KANSAS CITY, MO – Billy Etbauer’s record run of 21 consecutive Wrangler NFR qualifications ended in 2010. His competitive drive? Not so much.

Etbauer, who turns 48 in January, has the lead in the saddle bronc riding after the first weekend of the American Royal, the first Gold rodeo on the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour presented by Justin Boots.

An 88-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Let ‘Er Rip gave Etbauer, of Edmond, OK, a two-point lead over Cort Scheer of Elsmere, NE, and Jeff Willert of Belvidere, SD, both of whom are qualified for the Wrangler NFR.

Etbauer spurred in time with Let ‘Er Rip despite a rollicking ride that lifted him out of his saddle at one point. Let ‘Er Rip tied for third in the PRCA Saddle Bronc Riding Horse of the Year voting this season.

“Any one of these events where you can get along good is a plus,” Etbauer told the Kansas City Star. “We’ll just try to go out and ride the next one.”

Etbauer, who has five gold buckles to his credit, was not the only world champion to come out of the first weekend of two at Kemper Arena with a lead. Two-time World Champion Steer Wrestler Luke Branquinho is in first place with a two-head time of 6.9 seconds, and 2007 Team Roping (Heading) World Champion Chad Masters has paired with Jade Corkill to lead with a two-head time of 9.6 seconds.

The other leaders heading into the Oct. 29-30 finale are bareback rider Joe Gunderson (85 points), tie-down roper Cody Owens (16.6 seconds on two head), barrel racers Susan Kay Smith and Tana Renick (30.20 seconds on two runs each) and bull riders Chad Denton and Jacob O’Mara (87 points each).

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