This week brings another year of the Daddy of em’ All, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, to a close that many of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s athletes look forward to every year. Although this event took center stage for the last couple of weeks we must remember that there are numerous other big paying rodeos going on throughout the country as well and many others did their share and moving up the World Standings rankings at those too. Even though the “Cowboy Christmas” run is a major week in the season these last couple of weeks surely comes in a very close second!
PRCA Tie-Down Roper Marty Yates
PRCA tie-down roper Marty Yates can say without a shadow of a doubt that he loves spending time in the great state of Wyoming and performing at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo after this year’s event. Growing up as a kid always having the dream of being able to run at the Daddy Of Em’ All was not enough for this Stephenville, Texas cowboy as he put on the best performance of his career. Yates talked about his memorable performance by saying, “You grow up your whole life just wanting to compete at Cheyenne. Then, when you get here and draw well and have a chance to win, you have to capitalize. This is the biggest win of my career.” After three solid runs he took home the most of any competitor there this year in a single event by claiming a whopping total of $19,554 for his efforts. With the big when at the Cheyenne Frontier Days it vaulted him from the number eight position all the way to the top spot in the current Windham Weaponry PRCA High Performance Standings in the tie-down roping.
PRCA World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey
It was a day of deja vu for the reigning PRCA bull riding World Champion Sage Kimzey when he found out his competition at the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo held this year from July 21- July 24. Back on May 30th at the Wrangler Champion’s Challenge, also held in Spanish Fork, Kimzey drew Frontier Rodeo’s Good Time Charlie and bucked off almost immediately which made this cowboy want nothing more than another shot at him to prove to himself and his fans that he could match up to the 2,000 bovine. His wish came true, once again in Spanish Fork, as he drew him and the outcome was much different than the first time around. Instead of bucking off he ended up winning the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo with a brilliant 89-point ride and took home a nice payday and keeping him solidly in the number one position in the July 27th Windham Weaponry High Performance bull riding standings. He talked about his rematch after winning the event by stating, “I had a little bit more of a game plan when I rode him (July 22) and it worked out good,” Kimzey said. “I was really looking forward to the rematch, and I knew if I rode him I would get a big score. He made a big, long leap and went left and he’s a really strong bull and he was moving forward the whole time. I had to have my ducks in a row to get him rode.”
PRCA Team Ropers Luke Brown And Kollin VonAhn
The dynamic duo of Luke Brown and Kollin VonAhn proved to be a force to be reckon with at this year’s Day’s of ’47 PRCA rodeo in Salt Lake City, Utah. After qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo the last two years this team has found the key to putting together a winning team and staying consistent out on the road. Brown and VonAhn took home the win with an amazing run ,3.4 seconds, which is also the fastest time that any team has posted the entire year!
After collecting $8,613 each they talked about their record setting performance. VonAhn said, “It was a tough rodeo. There was a 3.6, 3.8, and a couple of 4.1s. It was such a good rodeo, and usually you don’t have the opportunity where you go for the win, and you either win or you miss. That’s what we were up against on that run, and it was perfect. I couldn’t see the clock, but when I heeled him I knew it was fast. I wasn’t sure how fast just because it’s not like I have been 3.4 (seconds) a number of times. When I looked up and saw Luke and he was pumped up I knew we were really fast.”
His partner Luke Brown went on to say, “You had to make a great run to win something, and it worked out. I told myself I wasn’t going to worry about the barrier, I was just going to go as fast as I could, and I knew I didn’t break the barrier. I told my wife (Lacy) that was probably the happiest I’ve ever been at a rodeo. That’s the fastest time I’ve ever recorded. This win gave us a big boost because we needed to have a big win. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going.”
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