As the final weeks of the 2016 Professional Cowboy Rodeo Association’s season winds down there are still many cowboys that are vying for one of the top 15 spots in the world standings. Up for grabs would be a guaranteed trip to Las Vegas in December for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. That being said there are still a few bigger rodeos left that gives each and every one of these contestants a chance to move up that world standings leader board!
One of those rodeos that was just completed and caused some major shifts in the standings for those contestants pushing the limits before the season ends. All eyes and ears was on the great state of Idaho as many of the top contestants in the world made their way to one of the most iconic and longest running rodeos in the history of the sport. Each and every year at this time the excitement grows as the last big push begins for those precious spots within the top 15 in the world!
Caldwell, Idaho has been home to the Caldwell Night Rodeo for many years and has become one of the marquee events that cowboys and cowgirls look forward to as the season rounds down. This historic 5-night rodeo began in 1935 and ever since it has drawn many of the top rodeo athletes in the world along with crowds totaling over 40,000. This year those that are on the bubble came up huge and surged up the world standings which made this year’s performances even that much more memorable.
Some notable names came out on top this year along with some young guns that are quickly making a name for themselves within the professional rodeo world. In the All-Around it would be Paul David Tierney who would take home $4,110 for his efforts in the tie-down roping and team roping events. Bareback rider Richmond Champion and saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston take home the wins as well. In the team roping it would be the team of Colby Lovell and Travis Graves while barrel racer Sherry Cervi would be crowned champion too. In the fan favorite event of bull riding it would be Jeff Askey who would win the event with a solid 85.5 point ride aboard Savage Moves from D&H Cattle Company.
Trevor Knowles And Earl At Caldwell Night Rodeo
Photo Credit: Kirt Steinke
This year it was steer wrestling that everyone is talking about first and foremost. Mt. Vernon, Oregon cowboy Trevor Knowles took home the championship title as well as a pocket full of winnings with an astounding 14.3 second combined time on 3 head! This win puts him just outside the top 15 as he heads out of Idaho in 18th position. He talked about his win and where he sits in the world standings after his winning run of 3.9 seconds in the final round aboard his trusty equine partner Earl, the 2014 AQHA/PRCA Horse of the Year.
“It’s a great rodeo with awesome fans and a good atmosphere. It’s good to win it no matter what, but especially this year because I’m kind of outside the top 15 right now. This is a good time to get a victory and get things rolling”, said Knowles. He went on to talk about his huge final 3.9 second run by saying,
“I came in fifth (in the short round) and I thought if I had a good run, I could win the short round and maybe take second or third in the average. Fortunately, some of the other guys who were ahead of me messed up, and let me go ahead and win it.”
We all watch in anticipation as the 2016 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s season winds down and the field gets set for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. That being said, the season is not over yet and another huge week of rodeo is staring us right in the face. Next week we should know more about how the WNFR will play out and the Rodeo Round Up team will be right here crunching numbers and bringing you the latest updates from the rodeo trail.
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