Tuesday night inside the Thomas & Mack as a night to honor all the new up and coming superstars of the sport of professional rodeo as the sixth go round began in the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The Resistol Rookie Of The Year awards were handed out during tonight’s performance in all eight categories that are looked at. Not only was it a special night for those honored but for those 17,000+ fans that came to see the best that there is in rodeo live!
Last night’s bareback riding was one for the record books as the cowboys cane to play and the outstanding bucking horses t hat were chosen to represent the animal athletes at this year’s “superbowl of rodeo”. The action was hot down on the arena floor with ride after ride getting scored but no one was able to do better than Austin Foss who teamed up with Beutler & Sons Rodeo’s Movie Madness to score a round win with a 86 point score. Jason had the chance to catch up the sixth go round winner following his ride and this is what he had to say!
The Hercules type men of the sport of professional rodeo, the steer wrestlers, were next up to take a shot at gaining a go round win but it was not going to be easy. As each cowboy pushed themselves to the limit the saying goes you either live by the barrier or die by the barrier was on display tonight. With many of the top names making fantastic runs no one was able to beat K.C. Jones on this Tuesday night as he put up a time that would be hard for anyone to beat, a 3.5 second run for his efforts tonight. See what he had to say about his go round winning run when Jason caught up with him after the performance inside the Thomas & Mack arena
The team ropers were asked to keep the action down in the timed event side of the arena for their event as things were just heating up inside the Thomas & Mack. It definitely was an action packed night in their event as teams were going for broke and throwing their loops fast to try and win the round and a huge paycheck too. Even though it was a fast round no team could do any better than Aaron Tsingine and Clay O’Brien Cooper who combined to make a winning 4.0 second run to secure their trip across the South Point Hotel and Casino stage tonight.
The classic event of saddle bronc riding was next for the loyal fans in attendance for the sixth round of the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. After last night’s rank pen of horses the cowboys were hoping for a much calmer night down on the dirt. Jake Wright was the best man tonight recording a 79 point ride aboard Powder River Rodeo’s Rich N Fancy to win this sixth go round of competition. Jason sat down with him to get his thoughts on the finals so far and what his expectations are for the next four rounds to end the 2014 season.
In the tie-down roping there are many past world champions competing against each other and that makes for an exciting event each and every round here at the 201 WNFR. Tonight was nothing to look away from as the saying “going for broke” was brought to a whole new level with runs that completely astonished the packed house inside of the Thomas & Mack. Two men split the go round to be atop of the leader board as the sixth round came to a close as tonight and they were Marty Yates and Matt Shiozawa with 6.9 second runs. Jason caught up with Matt after his go round win to see what he had to say.
After the break from action to award the Rookie of the Year titles and saddles it was time for the cowgirl professional barrel racing action to begin. Now that the ground is where the girls and their horses like it the times are coming in at blistering speeds and can only imagine how fast they will continue to be in future rounds. Tonight the queen of the hill is none other than Britany Diaz as she made the winning run in a time of 13.89 seconds to take home the win and needs to see if she can race just as fast over to South Point Hotel and Casino to receive her go round buckle later on tonight.
Of course bull riding is the only event left and it is one that has not fared too well for most of the cowboys so far this finals from Justin Rumford going for a ride to Cody Webster taking a cow bell to the face to the riders getting beat up and coming into the final rounds sore and bruised but still maintaining that bull rider mentality to get the job done. Tonight was no different as just a handful of riders were able to make the eight second whistle and it was Aaron Pass winning the round with a 83.50 point ride aboard Korkow Rodeo’s Wiggle Worm.
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