The 2016 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rodeo season is well underway after a successful Wrangler National Finals Rodeo just over a month ago. There were some contestants that in years past were a namesake and pretty much a shoe in for a spot in the top fifteen in the world in their respective events. Last year we saw some major shake-ups throughout the ranks that made for some very interesting nights over the ten rounds of competition inside the Thomas & Mack. With that being said those that missed the big show last year vowed to never let that happen again and the start of the 2016 season is quickly proving that for some of them.
Wade Sumpter In Alamosa, CO
It is truly amazing how the addition of a new family member can take your focus in a different direction and make you rethink some of the choices you have in front of you throughout your professional rodeo career. This is exactly what has happened these last two years to an amazing family man, father and respected professional rodeo athlete. PRCA steer wrestler Wade Sumpter has fallen off of the radar the last couple of years but the exciting and understandable reason behind it makes the start of his 2016 rodeo season even that much sweeter.
This Colorado cowboy made the decision on 2014 to stay closer to home as he and his wife welcomed their son Weston into their lives in December of 2013. Now that he has grown up and reached a couple of years old it is time to start focusing on his rodeo career once again. Sumpter did just that as the first big rodeo of the early winter season took place. He ended up winning his first rodeo since 2014 after laying down a 2-head average time of an astonishing 8.3 seconds and taking home a cool $4.925 for his efforts. Sumpter talked about his win by saying, “There wasn’t any trick to winning; it was the same old stuff, but I did it better than in the past.” He went on to say, “I got good starts and good steers, and had some luck. I hadn’t won something in so long, I was due to win.”
PRCA Bull Rider Dustin Jenkins
Photo Credit: Kirt Steinke
Not very often do you see an average title being claimed after just one qualified ride throughout an entire event but that is exactly what happened this past week in Great Falls, Montana. The RAM Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo was held January 15-17 and it was Jenkins who took home an 85 point ride aboard Damn It’s Good. Needless to say it was not a spectacular victory by any means but a victory is considered a victory in the record books. His eight seconds of work earned him a whopping $5,617 in prize money!
Jenkins knew that his performance was no where near what could be called stellar but was happy with his win non the less. He said, “I’ve never won the average here before, and this feels pretty awesome.” He went on to say, “I wish I would’ve rode my other two bulls, but it is what it is.” These two athletes have a past and Jenkins talked about his rematch with Damn It’s Good by saying, “I was on that bull once before at a rodeo last summer and I got bucked off, but I was pretty excited to have him again and get another shot at him.”
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