Jul 31, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCalifornia cowboy Michael Maher made the most of his first trip to the Fremont County Fairgrounds, setting the pace Monday night at the PRCA Ram Rodeo with a 74 in the saddle bronc competition.
Spencer Wright of Milford, Utah, is one point off the lead with a 73, and California cowboy John Redig is third at 72.
Maher lives in Brentwood, Calif.
He competes mainly on the California Circuit.
Maher's horse on Monday night was called Single Deck.
"I think that it was a pretty fair score," Maher said.
"It was a pretty decent horse. It wasn't a real friendly ride, but it was a good one."
A mostly new set of cowboys and cowgirls will be at the Fremont County Fairgrounds Tuesday night.
"Hopefully, the score will hold up," Maher said.
"It will be interesting to see."
The start time for the rodeo is at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Dane Candiotto of Independence, La., was the first bull rider out of the chutes on Monday night to post an 80.
He was the only cowboy out of 10 to last the required eight seconds.
"It was pretty wild out there. I was just spinning after that," Candiotto said. "I thought that I should have been closer to at least 90, but an 80 will work."
Candiotto had never been on the bull before.
"That is the first time that I have been on that bull," Candiotto said.
"I figured that it was going to be a good one because D&H Cattle have some good bulls."
Candiotto said it doesn't matter if he is the first cowboy or last one to ride in the performance.
"I just try to clear my head and go with it," Candiotto said.
Former Central Wyoming College cowboy Jarrod Ford was bucked off his bull. Current CWC cowboy Tyler Williams also didn't last the eight seconds.
Williams finished third in May in the Central Rocky Mountain region in bull riding to qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo.
"I was pretty surprised that nobody else rode the bull," Candiotto said.
This was the first time Candiotto had been to the rodeo in Riverton.
"My buddy Rusty Dillard is the one that entered me," Candiotto said.
Dillard was bucked off in the bull riding competition.
In the team roping competition, Quincy Kueckelhan of Bonham Texas and Jake Pianalto of Rose, Okla., are first in a time of 6.1 seconds. Brenda Mays of Terrebonne, Ore., is first in barrel racing at 17.86.
Lysite's Pat Spratt stands second at 17.97.
Texas cowboy Reese Reimer put down a time of 7.9 seconds for the lead in tie-down roping.
Results from Monday's performance at PRCA rodeo at Fremont County Fairgrounds
Bareback -- No bareback cowboys in rodeo.
Saddle bronc riding -- Michael Maher, Brentwood, Calif., 74; Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 73; John Redig, Gaviota, Calif, 72; Shane Menefee, Riverton, 70; Andy Clarys, Riverton, 70.
Steer wrestling -- Theo Federer, Cheyenne, 5.4; Tait Kvistad, Cheyenne, 5.6; Darius Mandel, Burns, 5.8; Garrett Henry, Douglas, 6.0; Jacob Sterkel, Brighton, Colo., 6.2; Tony Larsen, Sheridan, 6.5; Payden McInytre, Douglas, 7,4; Kyle Callaway, Gillette, 7.8; Kurt Goulding, Comanche, Okla., 15.0.
Team roping -- Quincy Kueckelhan, Bonham, Texas/Jake Pianalto, Rose, Okla., 6.1; Willow Raley, Baggs/ Gary Rodarmel, Steamboat Springs, Colo. 7.3; Dustin Smith, Burns/Jason Furnival, Casper, 7.5; Aaron Raley, Baggs/Claton Van Aken, Descanso, Calif., 7.8; Cole Cooper, Grand Junction, Colo.,/T.J. Watts, Eads, Colo., 8.0.
Tie-down roping -- Reese Riemer, Stinnet, Texas, 7.9; Mitch McAdow, Littleton, Colo., 8.1; Ben McAdow, Littleton, Colo., 10.7; Joey Dickens, Loveland, Colo., 11.0; Clayton Van Aken, Descanso, Calif., 12.8; Thomas Smith, Eden, 15.5; Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., 18.4; Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, 19.5.
Barrel racing -- Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore., 17,86; Pat Spratt, Lysite, 17.97; Sami Jo Sweeney, Fort Lupton, Colo., 18,3; Willow Raley, Baggs, 18.18; Wendy McKee, Craig Colo., 18,50; Donna Danniels, Shoshoni, 18.53.
Bull riding -- Dan Candiotto, Independence, La., 80. (Only bull rider to score)
Nine other cowboys were bucked off before the eight seconds went off.
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