Twice is nice for Ferley in Reno
It may not be the Fourth of July quite yet, but Chad Ferley produced some fireworks Saturday night during the final round of the Reno Rodeo.
Ferley won the rodeo, a Gold Tour event on the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour, presented by Justin Boots, by spurring Flying Five Rodeo’s Spring Planting for 90 points.
The score of 90 tied the 2013 season-high saddle bronc ride (Sterling Crawley at the Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo), and gave Ferley 254 points on three head.
“It’s the greatest thing in the world to see your name beside that horse at any rodeo because you know if you do your part you’ll have a great chance to win first,” Ferley said of Spring Planting. “But it’s also nerve-wracking because if you don’t do your job, she’ll throw you right off.”
The win could potentially be a good omen for the Oelrichs, S.D., cowboy. Ferley won Reno one other time – his world championship season of 2006 – and hopes this win will springboard him to another Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification.
“It’s great to win Reno again; it’s hard enough to win this rodeo once, let alone twice,” he said. “I drew three outstanding horses, rode well and got lucky.”
Lucky or not, Ferley conquered his old friend Spring Planting, resulting in the capacity crowd exploding with approval.
It was the rubber match between a former world champion and one of the best saddle bronc horses in the world.
“A few years ago I was 90 points on her in Molalla (Ore.), but she also bucked me off once at the NFR, too,” said Ferley, who earned a total of $9,837 in Reno. “I never try to guess the score, because I’m usually wrong, but I was hoping the score was as good as the ride felt.”
It was just Ferley’s second win of the 2013 season. His lone win before Saturday night came at another Nevada rodeo – Logandale.
Ferley’s explanation for his success in the Silver State is simple: “I like the weather and the horses I draw in Nevada.”
If Reno is the start of the summer run, and leads directly into Cowboy Christmas, Ferley is hoping for big things in the next few weeks.
“I love Cowboy Christmas and the summer; it usually gets along with me pretty good and it’s where I’ve won a lot of my money in the past,” he said. “I look forward to it and hopefully this is just a good start.”
The other winners at the $492,300 rodeo were all-around champion Trevor Brazile ($3,678, team roping and tie-down roping), bareback rider Wes Stevenson (251 points on three head), steer wrestler Hunter Cure (13.0 seconds on three head), team ropers Keven Daniel and Chase Tryan (15.9 seconds on three head), tie-down roper Clint Cooper (24.3 seconds on three head), bull rider Brennon Eldred (166 points on two head) and barrel racer Sherry Cervi (51.6 seconds on three runs).