Mote builds on momentum in Amarillo
Bobby Mote’s big week got bigger at the Tri-State Fairgrounds Sept. 18 in the Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots.
The four-time bareback riding world champion rode Andrews Rodeo’s PTSD Power Play for 85 points to win the second WCC event of 2013.
Earlier in the week Mote overtook Kaycee Feild – the two-time, defending world champion – in the world standings.
“I feel good and I’m healthy,” the 37-year-old Mote said.“The competition gets better every year, so for me to continue to improve and ride at a high level is important. “I never had Power Play before and if he goes on the 10th night at the NFR this year, everybody is going to want to draw him. He stays really close to the judges and he jumps really high and kicks, and anytime a horse does that it allows me to show my stuff.”
Mote was impressed by the turnout in Amarillo, and was happy to give the fans their money’s worth.
“Take a look around; it’s a Wednesday night in Amarillo and there isn’t an empty seat in the house,” Mote said of the large crowd. “They get to see the 10 best guys in every event, so this is the right idea for rodeo.”
Mote has been riding well as of late, earning big checks at most rodeos he has entered and making enough to pass Feild for the lead as the season winds down.
He says the $4,000 win in Amarillo – even though it doesn’t count in the world standings – is big nonetheless.
“Momentum and confidence are key, and gaining both of those this time of year is very important,” said Mote, who attributes his late-career success to his fitness level. “This year I’ve spent more time in the gym working out than I ever have before, and I’ll step that up now that I get some consistent time at home.
“I want to get on a dozen or more horses between now and the Finals. I want to stay sharp; although to be honest I’d kind of like to just do nothing between the end of the season and the NFR.”
The other winners in this $80,000 televised event (5 p.m. Sept. 29 on GAC) were steer wrestler Bray Armes – who also won the WCC event in Redding earlier this season (3.8 seconds), team ropers Luke Brown and Martin Lucero (5.1 seconds), saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright (87 points), tie-down roper Tyson Durfey (7.5 seconds), bull rider J.W. Harris (85 points) and barrel racer Sherry Cervi (16.46 seconds).