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Billy Bugenig makes move on PRCA steer wrestling lead

Fresh from his first appearance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last December, steer wrestler Bill Bugenig seems intent on taking that next big step toward a world championship.

A steady earner at the big winter rodeos this year, Bugenig broke through for his first two wins of the 2011 season over the May 6-8 weekend while celebrating his 30th birthday in his home state of California.

Bugenig, of Ferndale, won the Kern County Sheriff Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo in Bakersfield, with a time of 4.0 seconds and shared the title at the Woodlake Lions Rodeo with Stan Branco in 4.5 seconds.

“Everybody tends to make such a big deal about birthdays, but they don’t matter that much to me,” Bugenig said. “It was just good to have the wins. I’ll take that. It’s good to keep placing. You don’t want too many dry spells during the season. There’s still a long ways to go, and you want to keep it up all the way through the year.”

Combined earnings of $2,073 not only solidified Bugenig’s hold on second place in the PRCA World Standings, but moved him to within $4,150 of leader and two-time World Champion Luke Branquinho.

Branquinho not only let Bugenig use his horse, Spiderman, for the weekend but hazed for him.

Oddly, Bugenig was one of three competitors who entered the weekend without a PRCA win and pulled off a Bakersfield/Woodlake double.

Bareback rider R.C. Landingham of Pendleton, OR, won Bakersfield outright with an 81-point ride on Salt River Rodeo’s Dewey Cox, and shared the Woodlake title with seven-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Royce Ford. Landingham earned 79 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Bruce Almighty, and Ford matched that score on Rosser Rodeo’s Flood Zone.

Levi Berry did no sharing at all. He won the saddle bronc riding in Bakersfield with an 81-point ride on Southwick’s Smoke Ring and Woodlake with 80 points on Rosser Rodeo’s West Hills.

Fresh from his first appearance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last December, steer wrestler Bill Bugenig seems intent on taking that next big step toward a world championship.

A steady earner at the big winter rodeos this year, Bugenig broke through for his first two wins of the 2011 season over the May 6-8 weekend while celebrating his 30th birthday in his home state of California.

Bugenig, of Ferndale, won the Kern County Sheriff Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo in Bakersfield, with a time of 4.0 seconds and shared the title at the Woodlake Lions Rodeo with Stan Branco in 4.5 seconds.

“Everybody tends to make such a big deal about birthdays, but they don’t matter that much to me,” Bugenig said. “It was just good to have the wins. I’ll take that. It’s good to keep placing. You don’t want too many dry spells during the season. There’s still a long ways to go, and you want to keep it up all the way through the year.”

Combined earnings of $2,073 not only solidified Bugenig’s hold on second place in the PRCA World Standings, but moved him to within $4,150 of leader and two-time World Champion Luke Branquinho.

Branquinho not only let Bugenig use his horse, Spiderman, for the weekend but hazed for him.

Oddly, Bugenig was one of three competitors who entered the weekend without a PRCA win and pulled off a Bakersfield/Woodlake double.

Bareback rider R.C. Landingham of Pendleton, OR, won Bakersfield outright with an 81-point ride on Salt River Rodeo’s Dewey Cox, and shared the Woodlake title with seven-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Royce Ford. Landingham earned 79 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Bruce Almighty, and Ford matched that score on Rosser Rodeo’s Flood Zone.

Levi Berry did no sharing at all. He won the saddle bronc riding in Bakersfield with an 81-point ride on Southwick’s Smoke Ring and Woodlake with 80 points on Rosser Rodeo’s West Hills.


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