PRCA news: Highlights from the rodeo trail, Feb. 10-13 | TSLN.com

PRCA news: Highlights from the rodeo trail, Feb. 10-13

• Fresh from his first appearance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, bareback rider Joe Gunderson has gotten off to the fastest start of his six-year professional career. When the Agar, SD, cowboy won the Bismarck (ND) PRCA Championship Rodeo over the weekend, it brought his total of 2011 titles to four, following up an outright win at Billings, MT, and shared titles at Kansas City and Brookings, SD. He’s completed qualified rides in all eight rodeos so far, banking checks at five of them, and is second in the world standings to three-time World Champion Will Lowe, with $14,188.

• Landon McClaugherty and partner Larry Hammons were part of a four-way tie for first place in the team roping at the Bell County PRCA Rodeo in Belton, TX, and the $1,681 he earned there was enough to qualify him for the all-around world standings. McClaugherty, of Tilden, TX, comes in at No. 2 with earnings of $15,573, nearly $1,700 ahead of third-place Paul David Tierney but more than $17,000 behind leader Trevor Brazile.

• Seth Hall, 20, was fifth in the rookie all-around standings last year, and he is showing no signs of a sophomore slump. He was the all-around champion at the Yuma (AZ) Jaycees Silver Spur Rodeo with earnings of $2,940 after winning the team roping with Brooks Dahozy and winning a round of the tie-down roping in a rodeo-best equaling time of 7.9 seconds. In his third year at Odessa (TX) College, Hall plans to up the ante this year and make it to 50 PRCA rodeos in addition to his college competition. “He is the most athletic timed-event man that I have on the team, especially calf roping and team roping,” said Odessa coach Kelly Doster. “He’s something special, super competitive and knows how to win.”

• A couple of other 20-year-old rising stars, bull riders Chris Roundy and John Herman, tied for the highest-scored ride at any of the six PRCA rodeos completed over the weekend. Roundy, a student at Utah Valley University, stayed on Andrews Rodeo’s Top Gear for 88 points to win the Bell County PRCA Rodeo in Belton, TX, and Herman rode Mosbrucker Rodeos’ Loose Lips Louie for 88 on the last out on the last day of the Bismarck rodeo. Permit holder Lane Stirling, 22, was part of a four-way tie for second place at Bismarck with an 82-point bull ride and tied for third in the saddle bronc riding to earn the all-around title at the Civic Center.

• Rodeo fans seeing a winners’ list in Sinton, TX, that included Peek, Schlegel and Creasy, might reasonably assume that we were talking about veteran PRCA cowboys Josh Peek, Jerad Schlegel and Luke Creasy. Not so. It was “brothers weekend” at the San Patricio County Pro Rodeo. Jeremiah Peek was the all-around champion at Sinton, Joel Schlegel won the bareback riding and Clay Creasy (the only older brother in the bunch) won the saddle bronc riding. This isn’t even counting James Willert, younger brother of 2005 World Champion Jeff Willert, who tied Blaze Hamaker for the saddle bronc riding title at the Feb. 11-12 Coors ProRodeo in Gillette, WY.

• Fresh from his first appearance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, bareback rider Joe Gunderson has gotten off to the fastest start of his six-year professional career. When the Agar, SD, cowboy won the Bismarck (ND) PRCA Championship Rodeo over the weekend, it brought his total of 2011 titles to four, following up an outright win at Billings, MT, and shared titles at Kansas City and Brookings, SD. He’s completed qualified rides in all eight rodeos so far, banking checks at five of them, and is second in the world standings to three-time World Champion Will Lowe, with $14,188.

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• Landon McClaugherty and partner Larry Hammons were part of a four-way tie for first place in the team roping at the Bell County PRCA Rodeo in Belton, TX, and the $1,681 he earned there was enough to qualify him for the all-around world standings. McClaugherty, of Tilden, TX, comes in at No. 2 with earnings of $15,573, nearly $1,700 ahead of third-place Paul David Tierney but more than $17,000 behind leader Trevor Brazile.

• Seth Hall, 20, was fifth in the rookie all-around standings last year, and he is showing no signs of a sophomore slump. He was the all-around champion at the Yuma (AZ) Jaycees Silver Spur Rodeo with earnings of $2,940 after winning the team roping with Brooks Dahozy and winning a round of the tie-down roping in a rodeo-best equaling time of 7.9 seconds. In his third year at Odessa (TX) College, Hall plans to up the ante this year and make it to 50 PRCA rodeos in addition to his college competition. “He is the most athletic timed-event man that I have on the team, especially calf roping and team roping,” said Odessa coach Kelly Doster. “He’s something special, super competitive and knows how to win.”

• A couple of other 20-year-old rising stars, bull riders Chris Roundy and John Herman, tied for the highest-scored ride at any of the six PRCA rodeos completed over the weekend. Roundy, a student at Utah Valley University, stayed on Andrews Rodeo’s Top Gear for 88 points to win the Bell County PRCA Rodeo in Belton, TX, and Herman rode Mosbrucker Rodeos’ Loose Lips Louie for 88 on the last out on the last day of the Bismarck rodeo. Permit holder Lane Stirling, 22, was part of a four-way tie for second place at Bismarck with an 82-point bull ride and tied for third in the saddle bronc riding to earn the all-around title at the Civic Center.

• Rodeo fans seeing a winners’ list in Sinton, TX, that included Peek, Schlegel and Creasy, might reasonably assume that we were talking about veteran PRCA cowboys Josh Peek, Jerad Schlegel and Luke Creasy. Not so. It was “brothers weekend” at the San Patricio County Pro Rodeo. Jeremiah Peek was the all-around champion at Sinton, Joel Schlegel won the bareback riding and Clay Creasy (the only older brother in the bunch) won the saddle bronc riding. This isn’t even counting James Willert, younger brother of 2005 World Champion Jeff Willert, who tied Blaze Hamaker for the saddle bronc riding title at the Feb. 11-12 Coors ProRodeo in Gillette, WY.

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