Nebraskan’s draw a matter of Scheer delight
Saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer knew once he saw the stock draw that he had history on his side and he wasn’t about to let the opportunity slip away.
Scheer, a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, rode Frontier Rodeo’s Maple Leaf for 89 points and the win at the March 8-10 Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo – just as Cody DeMoss had done a year ago in the same arena.
Well, actually, it was a bit better than what DeMoss did in 2012; he rode Maple Leaf for 85 points to get that win.
“That horse has been good for a long time,” the Elsmere, NE, cowboy said. “He’s a bucking son of a gun. I just had to stay on him. Cody Taton had a good ride on the horse in Jackson (MS) so he was able to help with how much rein I needed.
“It was challenging all the way. I’ll be honest, I got a little bit loose there for a second, but I managed to pull it together.”
The judges rewarded Scheer’s effort with 45 points out of a possible 50 and Maple Leaf, a Wrangler NFR veteran himself, earned scores of 21 and 23 from the PRCA officials.
It all added up to be enough to hold off 2011 World Champion Bull Rider Shane Proctor and Isaac Diaz – who tied for second place – by two points and 2008 Reserve World Champion Bareback Rider Steven Dent by three.
Scheer earned $3,255 for the win and moved up from seventh to sixth in the saddle bronc riding world standings.
While he was at it, Scheer took a shot at earning the first all-around title of his career in Arcadia, entering the team roping with fellow Nebraska saddle bronc rider and traveling partner Travis Sheets. They stayed among the leaders for the first two days, but ultimately got bumped out of the money.
“I roped and bulldogged in high school and college,” Scheer said, “but this was the first time I team roped in a PRCA rodeo. When I first bought my card I wanted to concentrate on my saddle bronc riding and see if I could establish myself.
“This is just for fun. We’ll probably do it again somewhere down the road and I’d like to enter the bulldogging once in awhile, too. That’s kind of a goal.”
The biggest bit of final-day drama came in the bull riding where Josh Barentine, the leader at the start of the day with a score of 88 points (good enough to win here a year ago), got bumped all the way down to fourth place during a performance that had three 90-point rides.
Clint Craig, of Mena, AR, ended up with the win. He had a 91-pointer on Frontier Rodeo’s Sponge Bob, a point better than Rookie of the Year frontrunner Cooper Davis and Cole Echols.
The other champions in this $76,651 event at the Arcadia Rodeo Arena were bareback rider Caleb Bennett (87 points), steer wrestler Tyler Pearson (4.7 seconds), team ropers Brent Aldoff and Kyle Lawrence (5.4 seconds), tie-down roper Will Lane (10.7 seconds) and barrel racer Tiany Schuster (17.80 seconds).
Lane also won the all-around title, pairing his tie-down roping win with a second-place finish in team roping to bank a total of $3,072.
The rodeo set a single-day attendance record with an overflow crowd of about 8,000 on March 9 and also broke the overall record with more than 21,000 spectators for the three days.
“I’ve been president of the rodeo committee for 14 years,” Don Hall said, “and this is the first time we’ve had to turn people away. We finally sent volunteers down to the intersection to let people know that there was just no more room.” F