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Montana’s Chase Erickson wins 2010 Lewiston Roundup bareback rodeo competition

LEWISTON, ID – Any time a rodeo cowboy wins a big check, it is a good day. When the win comes against a pair of future ProRodeo Hall of Famers, it becomes what Chase Erickson describes as “one of the best days I’ve ever had in my life.”

Erickson, of Helena, MT, won the Sept. 10-12 Lewiston Roundup with an 86-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s Thunder Monkey to edge Will Lowe and Bobby Mote, a couple of three-time world champion bareback riders, by a single point.

“That’s the biggest accomplishment of my whole career,” said Erickson, 26. “No question. I’m glad to finally have a win like this. That’s as good as it gets.

“It makes a big difference getting on those good bucking horses from Ike Sankey. I owe a lot to (Thunder Monkey). It’s probably the best bucking horse I’ve had in a while. He kicked through everything, on every jump, and that helps your score points.”

For most of the top contestants at the Lewiston Roundup Grounds, the rodeo was a chance to add cash to their world standings total and move closer to a gold-buckle charge at the Wrangler NFR. For Erickson, it was a little bit different.

He’s worked for Craig Winterburn at the Running W Cattle Company in Helena for the past two years and, through Winterburn’s generosity, has been able to travel a bit more, but has still yet to make a serious run at the NFR.

The goal going into Lewiston was to “get up as far as I can in the standings so I can get into every one of the big winter rodeos next year.” Erickson finished 57th in the 2009 world standings and managed to get into the RodeoHouston field for the first time this year when a few contestants had to turn out due to injury. He missed the $1 million rodeo in San Antonio.

“I was hoping to earn enough in these last big rodeos of the season so I could start 2011 in position to go harder,” Erickson said, “to have a chance to compete at the big- money rodeos this winter.”

With his career-best $4,824 check at Lewiston and additional checks at Salt Lake City, UT, and Spokane, WA, over the weekend, Erickson moved from 47th place in the world standings a week ago to 38th.

The only thing that could have made the experience better would have been to have his wife, Michelle, there to share it with him.

“She’s a schoolteacher in Helena and had to stay home and work,” Erickson said, “but I called her right away to tell he… and she was one happy camper.”

Cody DeMoss continued his late-season surge by winning the saddle bronc riding at Lewiston, tying the arena record set by Glen O’Neill in 2001 with a 90-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s Sodoku. The win moved DeMoss to 12th in the world standings, despite missing six months of the season while he recovered from reconstructive knee surgery.

The other champions at Lewiston were steer wrestler John Franzen (3.9 seconds), team ropers Charly Crawford and Russell Cardoza (4.8 seconds), tie-down roper Clif Cooper (7.8 seconds), barrel racer Brenda Mays (17.07 seconds), steer roper J. Paul Williams (21.9 seconds on two head) and bull rider Ryan Shanklin (90 points).

LEWISTON, ID – Any time a rodeo cowboy wins a big check, it is a good day. When the win comes against a pair of future ProRodeo Hall of Famers, it becomes what Chase Erickson describes as “one of the best days I’ve ever had in my life.”

Erickson, of Helena, MT, won the Sept. 10-12 Lewiston Roundup with an 86-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s Thunder Monkey to edge Will Lowe and Bobby Mote, a couple of three-time world champion bareback riders, by a single point.

“That’s the biggest accomplishment of my whole career,” said Erickson, 26. “No question. I’m glad to finally have a win like this. That’s as good as it gets.

“It makes a big difference getting on those good bucking horses from Ike Sankey. I owe a lot to (Thunder Monkey). It’s probably the best bucking horse I’ve had in a while. He kicked through everything, on every jump, and that helps your score points.”

For most of the top contestants at the Lewiston Roundup Grounds, the rodeo was a chance to add cash to their world standings total and move closer to a gold-buckle charge at the Wrangler NFR. For Erickson, it was a little bit different.

He’s worked for Craig Winterburn at the Running W Cattle Company in Helena for the past two years and, through Winterburn’s generosity, has been able to travel a bit more, but has still yet to make a serious run at the NFR.

The goal going into Lewiston was to “get up as far as I can in the standings so I can get into every one of the big winter rodeos next year.” Erickson finished 57th in the 2009 world standings and managed to get into the RodeoHouston field for the first time this year when a few contestants had to turn out due to injury. He missed the $1 million rodeo in San Antonio.

“I was hoping to earn enough in these last big rodeos of the season so I could start 2011 in position to go harder,” Erickson said, “to have a chance to compete at the big- money rodeos this winter.”

With his career-best $4,824 check at Lewiston and additional checks at Salt Lake City, UT, and Spokane, WA, over the weekend, Erickson moved from 47th place in the world standings a week ago to 38th.

The only thing that could have made the experience better would have been to have his wife, Michelle, there to share it with him.

“She’s a schoolteacher in Helena and had to stay home and work,” Erickson said, “but I called her right away to tell he… and she was one happy camper.”

Cody DeMoss continued his late-season surge by winning the saddle bronc riding at Lewiston, tying the arena record set by Glen O’Neill in 2001 with a 90-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s Sodoku. The win moved DeMoss to 12th in the world standings, despite missing six months of the season while he recovered from reconstructive knee surgery.

The other champions at Lewiston were steer wrestler John Franzen (3.9 seconds), team ropers Charly Crawford and Russell Cardoza (4.8 seconds), tie-down roper Clif Cooper (7.8 seconds), barrel racer Brenda Mays (17.07 seconds), steer roper J. Paul Williams (21.9 seconds on two head) and bull rider Ryan Shanklin (90 points).


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