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Sherwood and Adams wow crowd on opening night of DNCFR

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POCATELLO, Idaho – The temporary reunion of Matt Sherwood and Randon Adams is working out just fine.

Sherwood, of Pima, Ariz., and Adams, of Logandale, Nev., came within a tenth of a second of the arena record with a 4.3-second run April 8 in the first round of the 23rd annual Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, presented by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco.

It was their first time together since they won the world championship in Las Vegas last December and then dissolved the pairing to try their luck with new partners.

“We tried to get a real good start and be real aggressive,” Sherwood said. “That’s how we rope the best. We go at them. It looked like a good pen of steers, like it was going to be fast.”

Only one team in the 23-year history of the event has been faster. Richard Eiguren and B.J. Campbell of the Columbia River Circuit had a 4.2-second run when they won the 2002 DNCFR.

Sherwood and Adams are roping together at the $491,250 DNCFR because they qualified for the event by the results they earned competing together on the Wilderness Circuit last season and the first night went better than they had any reason to expect, considering that Adams has a broken navacular bone in his left hand that requires him to wear a brace on his wrist.

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“We have both been kind of having heck here lately,” Adams said. “I don’t think we have roped well since the finals last year.”

Adams, who has been roping with JoJo LeMond this season is 16th in the PRCA World Standings and Sherwood, who is paired with Rhen Richard, is 44th among headers in the world standings.

Defending tie-down roping champion Matt Shiozawa gave his hometown fans — he lives eight miles from Holt Arena in Chubbuck — another inspired performance, leading the opening night competition with an 8.2-second run, two-tenths better than Nathan Steinberg of Conroe, Texas.

“The overall perspective is that it’s a good pen of calves,” Shiozawa said. “The calf strained a little bit or it would have been even faster. You should see record times this year.”

Shiozawa said he wasn’t at all nervous in starting his title defense. “That’s what we train for…if things are working well, you won’t be nervous. Today I was calm and not nervous.”

It was a good night, all around, for competitors from the defending team champion Wildnerness Circuit. Saddle bronc rider Rusty Allen joined Sherwood-Adams and Shiozawa in posting the best mark of the night in their events. Allen, of Eagle Mountain, Utah, had an 88-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Double Take.

“I got on him here last year,” Allen said. “I was a zero. He slipped and I kind of fell off. I was hoping to even it up a little bit. He was just so wild. You never know what it looks like to the judges. It felt about half out of control until he lined out and then it was good.”

On the 20th anniversary of his father Lewis’ only DNCFR title, Utah cowboy Kaycee Feild shared the best score of the first night in the bareback riding with an 82 on Gold Buckle Rodeo’s Bugs Bunny. PRCA World Standings leader Clint Cannon of Waller, Texas, also had an 82-point ride, on J Bar J’s Faded Charm.

“It was a good score, and I had never seen that horse before,” Feild said. “He was pretty bucky and I rode him well.”

Only three of the 12 bull riders completed their rides and DNCFR rookie Jason Beck, of Prairieville, La., was the clear winner with 91 points on Southwick Rocky Mountain’s Red Eye. Reigning World Champion J.W. Harris, of May, Texas, was a distant second with an 84-point ride. Spud Jones was third with a score of 76 points.

Red Eye was a spinner, who moved left, away from Beck’s riding (right) hand.

“He really bucked and I had to keep working at it,” Beck said. “He was spinning left away from my hand, and for me, I ride better that way. I had to move a little bit because he kept wanting to get me to the outside. He was spinning fast and fading (moving). I kept telling myself not to quit and to ride for 10 seconds.”

Steer wrestler Tyler Pearson, of Louisville, Miss., also made the most of his first appearance at the DNCFR, taking down his steer in 4.3 seconds, the fastest time of the opening night by half a second over Olin Hannum, of West Haven, Utah. Pearson, a student at West Alabama College in Livingston, Ala., benefited from being able to ride 1999 World Champion Mickey Gee’s horse, Fifth Wheel, and receiving Gee’s counsel.

“It has really nice horses,” Pearson said, “and he has won the world.”

Theresa Walter, of Billings, Mont., led the barrel racing competition with a 15.10-second run that was four-tenths faster than Stacy A. Dial of Vista, Calif., and 2006 World Champion Mary Burger of Pauls Valley, Okla.

The second half of the first round will be contested at 7 p.m. April 9 in Holt Arena on the Idaho State University campus. The second round will be split between the 7 p.m. program April 10 and the 11 a.m. performance on April 11. The top the top eight in the average advance to the semifinals at 7 p.m. April 11, where all past times and scores are tossed out. The top four go on to the finals, where once again all times and scores are discarded. The winner of the final is the DNCFR champion.

POCATELLO, Idaho – The temporary reunion of Matt Sherwood and Randon Adams is working out just fine.

Sherwood, of Pima, Ariz., and Adams, of Logandale, Nev., came within a tenth of a second of the arena record with a 4.3-second run April 8 in the first round of the 23rd annual Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, presented by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco.

It was their first time together since they won the world championship in Las Vegas last December and then dissolved the pairing to try their luck with new partners.

“We tried to get a real good start and be real aggressive,” Sherwood said. “That’s how we rope the best. We go at them. It looked like a good pen of steers, like it was going to be fast.”

Only one team in the 23-year history of the event has been faster. Richard Eiguren and B.J. Campbell of the Columbia River Circuit had a 4.2-second run when they won the 2002 DNCFR.

Sherwood and Adams are roping together at the $491,250 DNCFR because they qualified for the event by the results they earned competing together on the Wilderness Circuit last season and the first night went better than they had any reason to expect, considering that Adams has a broken navacular bone in his left hand that requires him to wear a brace on his wrist.

“We have both been kind of having heck here lately,” Adams said. “I don’t think we have roped well since the finals last year.”

Adams, who has been roping with JoJo LeMond this season is 16th in the PRCA World Standings and Sherwood, who is paired with Rhen Richard, is 44th among headers in the world standings.

Defending tie-down roping champion Matt Shiozawa gave his hometown fans — he lives eight miles from Holt Arena in Chubbuck — another inspired performance, leading the opening night competition with an 8.2-second run, two-tenths better than Nathan Steinberg of Conroe, Texas.

“The overall perspective is that it’s a good pen of calves,” Shiozawa said. “The calf strained a little bit or it would have been even faster. You should see record times this year.”

Shiozawa said he wasn’t at all nervous in starting his title defense. “That’s what we train for…if things are working well, you won’t be nervous. Today I was calm and not nervous.”

It was a good night, all around, for competitors from the defending team champion Wildnerness Circuit. Saddle bronc rider Rusty Allen joined Sherwood-Adams and Shiozawa in posting the best mark of the night in their events. Allen, of Eagle Mountain, Utah, had an 88-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Double Take.

“I got on him here last year,” Allen said. “I was a zero. He slipped and I kind of fell off. I was hoping to even it up a little bit. He was just so wild. You never know what it looks like to the judges. It felt about half out of control until he lined out and then it was good.”

On the 20th anniversary of his father Lewis’ only DNCFR title, Utah cowboy Kaycee Feild shared the best score of the first night in the bareback riding with an 82 on Gold Buckle Rodeo’s Bugs Bunny. PRCA World Standings leader Clint Cannon of Waller, Texas, also had an 82-point ride, on J Bar J’s Faded Charm.

“It was a good score, and I had never seen that horse before,” Feild said. “He was pretty bucky and I rode him well.”

Only three of the 12 bull riders completed their rides and DNCFR rookie Jason Beck, of Prairieville, La., was the clear winner with 91 points on Southwick Rocky Mountain’s Red Eye. Reigning World Champion J.W. Harris, of May, Texas, was a distant second with an 84-point ride. Spud Jones was third with a score of 76 points.

Red Eye was a spinner, who moved left, away from Beck’s riding (right) hand.

“He really bucked and I had to keep working at it,” Beck said. “He was spinning left away from my hand, and for me, I ride better that way. I had to move a little bit because he kept wanting to get me to the outside. He was spinning fast and fading (moving). I kept telling myself not to quit and to ride for 10 seconds.”

Steer wrestler Tyler Pearson, of Louisville, Miss., also made the most of his first appearance at the DNCFR, taking down his steer in 4.3 seconds, the fastest time of the opening night by half a second over Olin Hannum, of West Haven, Utah. Pearson, a student at West Alabama College in Livingston, Ala., benefited from being able to ride 1999 World Champion Mickey Gee’s horse, Fifth Wheel, and receiving Gee’s counsel.

“It has really nice horses,” Pearson said, “and he has won the world.”

Theresa Walter, of Billings, Mont., led the barrel racing competition with a 15.10-second run that was four-tenths faster than Stacy A. Dial of Vista, Calif., and 2006 World Champion Mary Burger of Pauls Valley, Okla.

The second half of the first round will be contested at 7 p.m. April 9 in Holt Arena on the Idaho State University campus. The second round will be split between the 7 p.m. program April 10 and the 11 a.m. performance on April 11. The top the top eight in the average advance to the semifinals at 7 p.m. April 11, where all past times and scores are tossed out. The top four go on to the finals, where once again all times and scores are discarded. The winner of the final is the DNCFR champion.