Saddle bronc rider DeMoss extends hot streak in Rapid City
Playing the waiting game paid dividends for standout saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss at the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo.
DeMoss had an 84-point ride on Sutton Rodeos’ Snake Stomper on Jan. 31 and when the rodeo concluded Feb. 7, he was still on top and took home a $4,512 check from the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
“It was really cool,” said DeMoss, a 10-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and five-time reserve world champion. “Thank God for the opportunity, and a good bucking horse.”
DeMoss had never been on Snake Stomper before his winning performance.
“I thought it was a pretty dang good ride and I figured for sure I was going to win something,” said DeMoss, 34. “We were in the first performance (Jan. 31) and I didn’t get to see any of those other guys ride, but I’m glad the judges remembered me.”
One thing for sure, DeMoss will have his 2015 winter run etched in his memory for a while.
The Heflin, La., cowboy collected a $6,548 check for capturing the average at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver Jan. 25. Then he won Rapid City, was third at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, winning $5,725, and won another $1,048 for snaring the title at the SW District Fat Stock Show & Rodeo in Lake Charles, La. Like Rapid City, the Fort Worth and Lake Charles rodeos ended Feb. 7.
“This is a new light and feels pretty good,” DeMoss said about his recent success. “It definitely has boosted my spirits and I’m happy to be rodeoing. This is perfect (as a start to the season).”
Other winners at the $184,108 rodeo were all-around cowboy Ryan Jarrett ($3,684, tie-down roping and steer wrestling), bareback riders Zachariah Phillips (82 points on Sutton Rodeos’ Pulp Fiction) and George Gillespie IV (82 points on Sutton Rodeos’ Lolly Pop), steer wrestler Jarrett (4.2 seconds), team ropers Charly Crawford and Shay Carroll (4.2 seconds), tie-down roper Boe Brown (8.5 seconds), barrel racer Carmel Wright (12.65 seconds) and bull rider Jacob O’Mara (86 points on Sutton Rodeos’ Tea Time).