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Cheyenne Frontier Days PRCA rodeo recap

CHEYENNE, WY – Over and over again, Jerrad Hofstetter kept telling himself, “Just beat the barrier and catch, beat the barrier and catch.”

He did just that in the short round at Cheyenne (WY) Frontier Days – a Gold stop on the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour, presented by Justin Boots – on Sunday afternoon, turning in one of the best runs of the week and capturing his first CFD championship with a time of 40.9 seconds on three head in the tie-down roping.

Despite the fact that he failed to cash a check in either of the first two rounds, Hofstetter left town with $12,791 and a renewed hope of qualifying for his third Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2011.



“I missed one here the last time I was in the short round (in 2009), and I hadn’t been roping very well all summer this year,” Hofstetter said. “Just getting to the short round was nice, but I was hoping to get a check before I left town.”

Roping fourth from last after times of 13.8 and 16.1 seconds in the first two rounds, Hofstetter stopped the clock in 11.0 seconds – one of the fastest times of the week at the large CFD Rodeo Arena. He claimed the average lead, as well, with the run. But, he had to wait out runs by J.C. Malone, Cody Shelley and Ace Slone.



Malone took a no time, while Shelley needed 16.0 seconds and Slone 17.7 to tie down their short-round calves. None of the three managed to push Hofstetter from the top spot.

The payday was important as Hofstetter and his wife, Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racer Brittany Hofstetter, are already preparing for the birth of their first child in February 2012.

The money helped Hofstetter jump from his pre-CFD ranking of 45th in the world standings to 23rd. More importantly, Hofstetter picked up crucial points in qualifying for the Justin Boots Playoffs – which he hopes will help him make it to Las Vegas once again.

“I’m hoping to be the Cinderella story of the playoffs this year,” Hofstetter said. “I’m going to go home, but I’ll be at all the Tour rodeos from here on out trying to get the points I need to eventually get to Omaha.”

Another champion who couldn’t have had a bigger smile on his face Sunday was Pueblo, CO, bareback rider Casey Colletti. The young cowboy entered Sunday’s final go in the top spot in the average race thanks to scores of 85 and 84 points in the opening rounds. He held a five-point edge in the pivotal average heading into the day.

An 89-point marking on Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage kept him in the top spot and allowed him to earn what had been a normal year’s pay in previous years in the course of one weekend.

“I don’t really know what to think right now,” he said after being shuffled through nearly a dozen media interviews. “That horse bucked a lot. I knew he was rank and that he’d bucked off a lot of guys. So, I just had to do my part and stay on him and I was going to be in good shape.”

Several members of Colletti’s family made the drive up from Pueblo Sunday morning to see the biggest win of the cowboy’s career thus far. Colletti also had a big week at smaller rodeos in his circuit, picking up checks in Eagle and Burlington, CO, as well as Rock Springs, WY. He tied Wace Snook for the win at Rock Springs and won the title outright at Burlington.

“That’s all part of the plan,” he said. “I told my dad one of my goals this year is to win the circuit. I’d also like to make the NFR, of course, and maybe now I’ve got a shot to do that. My family was figuring things up and told me I had a chance to get into the Top 15 if I won today.”

He earned $18,738 at Cheyenne and $22,383 for the weekend to push his season earnings to $37,731 and jump from 38th in the world to 13th.

The other champions at Cheyenne were steer wrestler Olin Hannum (28.0 seconds on three head), team ropers Jake Barnes and Walt Woodard (25.0 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Jesse Bail (245 points on three head), bull rider Shane Proctor (256 points on three head), steer roper Rocky Garnett (49.0 seconds on three head) and barrel racer Kim Schulze (52.68 seconds on three runs).

CHEYENNE, WY – Over and over again, Jerrad Hofstetter kept telling himself, “Just beat the barrier and catch, beat the barrier and catch.”

He did just that in the short round at Cheyenne (WY) Frontier Days – a Gold stop on the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour, presented by Justin Boots – on Sunday afternoon, turning in one of the best runs of the week and capturing his first CFD championship with a time of 40.9 seconds on three head in the tie-down roping.

Despite the fact that he failed to cash a check in either of the first two rounds, Hofstetter left town with $12,791 and a renewed hope of qualifying for his third Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2011.

“I missed one here the last time I was in the short round (in 2009), and I hadn’t been roping very well all summer this year,” Hofstetter said. “Just getting to the short round was nice, but I was hoping to get a check before I left town.”

Roping fourth from last after times of 13.8 and 16.1 seconds in the first two rounds, Hofstetter stopped the clock in 11.0 seconds – one of the fastest times of the week at the large CFD Rodeo Arena. He claimed the average lead, as well, with the run. But, he had to wait out runs by J.C. Malone, Cody Shelley and Ace Slone.

Malone took a no time, while Shelley needed 16.0 seconds and Slone 17.7 to tie down their short-round calves. None of the three managed to push Hofstetter from the top spot.

The payday was important as Hofstetter and his wife, Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racer Brittany Hofstetter, are already preparing for the birth of their first child in February 2012.

The money helped Hofstetter jump from his pre-CFD ranking of 45th in the world standings to 23rd. More importantly, Hofstetter picked up crucial points in qualifying for the Justin Boots Playoffs – which he hopes will help him make it to Las Vegas once again.

“I’m hoping to be the Cinderella story of the playoffs this year,” Hofstetter said. “I’m going to go home, but I’ll be at all the Tour rodeos from here on out trying to get the points I need to eventually get to Omaha.”

Another champion who couldn’t have had a bigger smile on his face Sunday was Pueblo, CO, bareback rider Casey Colletti. The young cowboy entered Sunday’s final go in the top spot in the average race thanks to scores of 85 and 84 points in the opening rounds. He held a five-point edge in the pivotal average heading into the day.

An 89-point marking on Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage kept him in the top spot and allowed him to earn what had been a normal year’s pay in previous years in the course of one weekend.

“I don’t really know what to think right now,” he said after being shuffled through nearly a dozen media interviews. “That horse bucked a lot. I knew he was rank and that he’d bucked off a lot of guys. So, I just had to do my part and stay on him and I was going to be in good shape.”

Several members of Colletti’s family made the drive up from Pueblo Sunday morning to see the biggest win of the cowboy’s career thus far. Colletti also had a big week at smaller rodeos in his circuit, picking up checks in Eagle and Burlington, CO, as well as Rock Springs, WY. He tied Wace Snook for the win at Rock Springs and won the title outright at Burlington.

“That’s all part of the plan,” he said. “I told my dad one of my goals this year is to win the circuit. I’d also like to make the NFR, of course, and maybe now I’ve got a shot to do that. My family was figuring things up and told me I had a chance to get into the Top 15 if I won today.”

He earned $18,738 at Cheyenne and $22,383 for the weekend to push his season earnings to $37,731 and jump from 38th in the world to 13th.

The other champions at Cheyenne were steer wrestler Olin Hannum (28.0 seconds on three head), team ropers Jake Barnes and Walt Woodard (25.0 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Jesse Bail (245 points on three head), bull rider Shane Proctor (256 points on three head), steer roper Rocky Garnett (49.0 seconds on three head) and barrel racer Kim Schulze (52.68 seconds on three runs).


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