PRCA They’re living on Asay street in Cody
The last performance of the Cody, WY, Nite Rodeo is called the Dusty Tuckness/Kanin Asay Classic – devoted to bull riding and a bullfighting competition only. And it could hardly have produced a more classic ending for the Asay family.
On the 16th and final ride of the night, Asay – in the town where he learned how to ride steers in his youth – produced a 91-point ride on Mo Betta Rodeo’s E19 to edge Trey Benton III by a single point and earn $1,811.
“Maury (Tate, owner of Mo Betta) had a great pen here,” Asay said. “I can’t say enough about the bulls. It was a really good bull riding, and you had to be ready to compete.”
Asay’s dramatic win bookended nicely with the performance of his younger brother, Kaleb, who had earlier secured the all-around title and a share of the saddle bronc riding title with Jake Griffin.
A broken left arm sharply limited Kaleb Asay’s 2011 season and he finished 107th in the world standings. “Kaleb’s coming back strong and starting to get after it,” Kanin Asay said. “I’m excited for him. I still get really nervous watching Kaleb’s rides. He did very, very well here. He’s an amazing saddle bronc rider.”
• Timed-event hand Clint Robinson of Spanish Fork, UT, became the 102nd PRCA cowboy to surpass the $1 million mark in career earnings over the weekend. Robinson collected $3,995 in finishing second in the tie-down roping at the Sisters (Oregon) Rodeo and another $661 in the steer wrestling at the Lea Park Rodeo in Marwayne, Alberta, to finish the weekend with a total of $1,002,928. He is eighth in this season’s all-around world standings and 22nd in tie-down roping, aiming for a fourth trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
• Jared Keylon has his game on. The bareback rider from Uniontown, KS, won titles at PRCA rodeos in Garden City, KS, Merrill, WI, and Gladewater, TX, over the June 8-10 weekend to bring his total number of wins over the last three weeks to seven. It’s been a highly efficient run with nearly half of the wins in his home state (Garden City, Bennington and Strong City) and two more in the neighboring state of Oklahoma (Claremore and Hugo).
• Brazile Watch: A win in the steer roping at the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis NM, and a third-place check in the tie-down roping at the Beef Empire Days Rodeo in Garden City, KS, produced earnings of $5,113 this weekend for Trevor Brazile. The 16-time world champion continues to lead the all-around ($83,456) and steer roping ($34,962) world standings and is sixth among team roping headers ($31,602) and 27th in the tie-down roping ($16,893). The trip to Clovis turned out doubly sweet for the Braziles with Trevor’s wife, Shada, winning the barrel racing title there with a time of 17.46 seconds. It was the second time the couple has won titles at the same rodeo, having done so in Sinton, TX, in February (Trevor won the steer roping there, too).
For full results of the weekend’s 15 PRCA rodeos visit http://www.prorodeo.com.