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Past CWC cowboy leads at PRCA rodeo
Former Central Wyoming College cowboy Zach Curran scored an 80 on his bareback horse Monday night during the PRCA Ram rodeo at the Fremont County Fairgrounds. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Past CWC cowboy leads at PRCA rodeo

Jul 30, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The two-day rodeo wraps up Tuesday night at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.

Two-time world saddle bronc champion Cody Wright made his 75-point ride Monday night at the PRCA Ram rodeo at the Fremont County Fairgrounds look flawless.

Wright lasted the eight seconds on his horse to take the early lead in the two-day competition. The PRCA rodeo ends Tuesday night with a whole new set of cowboys and cowgirls. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Wright won his world titles in 2008 and 2010. Wright is currently leading the PRCA rodeo standings this year in saddle bronc. Wright is from Milford, Utah.

"I just tried to ride as good as I can," Wright said. "They have a whole bunch of good horses here. I just hope that 75 holds out and wins something."

Wright has been to the Riverton rodeo at least three times in his career.

"It doesn't matter where you go," Wright said. "You always have a lot of strong bronc riders to go against."

Cody Wright is the oldest of four brothers who were in the field on Monday.

Jesse Wright scored a 74 in saddle bronce . Alex Wright posted a 67. Jake Wright didn't register a score.

Jesse Wright won the world saddle bronc title last year.

The four brothers travel the rodeo circuit together.

"We just like to go where there is more than one good horse," Cody said. "We all want to win."

Cody had 154 on two rides at the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days last week.

After the Riverton rodeo, the four brothers left to compete in a event in Great Falls, Mont.

"I have been placing at different rodeos," Cody said. "The main thing is that I have been staying healthy and going to the next one. We are happy about that."

Curran tied for lead

Former Central Wyoming College cowboy Zach Curran and J.R. Vezain tied for the top spot after both recording an 80 in the bareback competition.

"The ride felt pretty good," Curran said. "It was a good horse that I had."

The horse Curran drew was called Big Prize.

The horse went to the national finals last year in Las Vegas.

"I just did what I always tried to do," Curran said.

"I'm pretty sure that the 80 will hold up."

Steer wrestling

Former steer wrestling champion Jason Miller completed his time on Monday night with an impressive 4.0 seconds for the fastest one on the evening.

"It's a fast start," Miller said. "There are a lot of good steers here at the rodeo. I hope that time will let me win something."

Les Shepperson was second at 4.1. Aaron Vosler put in a 4.2.

"There are just a bunch of good bunch of guys that are here," Miller said.

Miller has been coming to Riverton for at least four straight years. Miller graduated from Central Wyoming College in 1992.

"It's a great rodeo," Miller said.

Other leaders

Bradley Bynum from Texas made his long trip to Riverton worth it, scoring a time of 8.1 seconds in tie-down roping for the advantage.

"I tried to make a good smooth run," Bynum said. "I tried not to make a mistake."

Jeremiah Peek is sitting second at 8.9 seconds. Scot Meeks is third at 10.9.

"The time should get me some money," Bynum said. "I don't know if it will win first. There are a lot of good guys that are coming to the rodeo. You can never count your money before you get it."

In team roping, Nick Kalivas and Wes Miller jumped into first with a time of 5.1 seconds. Dianne Bath is leading barrel racing after a ride of 17.54.

Results from PRCA rodeo from Monday

Bareback -- (tie) J.R. Vezain and Zach Curran, 80; Heath Ford, 76; Chance Madsen, 74; Tanner Burgener, 72.

Saddle bronc -- Cody Wright, 75; (tie) Clay Elliot and Jesse Wright, 69; Ray Tom Meiers, 69; Nick Laduke, 68; Alex Wright, 67.

Team roping -- Nick Kalivas/Wes Miller, 5.1; Pat Grieve/Mitch Waltz, 7.3; Tom Meiers/Ray Tom Meiers, 9.6; Garrett Grieve/Jesse Echtler, 11.7; Cole Cooper/Bret Tonozzi, 16.1.

Tie-down roping -- Bradley Bynum, 8.1; Jeremiah Peek, 8.9; Scot Meeks, 10.9; Jake Pratt, 11.2; Joe James, 12.5.

Steer wrestling -- Jason Miller, 4.0; Les Shepperson, 4.1; Aaron Vosler, 4.2; Billy Bugenig, 5.1; Seth Brockman, 5.2; Austin Eller, 6.4; Forest Sainsbury, 11.3; Casey McMillen, 34.3.

Barrel racing -- Dianne Bath, 17.54; Pat Spratt, 17.75; Landa Guilo,. 18.19; Lindy James, 18.32; Shirlee Kaczmarek, 18.35; Christie Hebert, 18.47; Sierra Zowada, 18.63; Terri Kirkland, 18.86; Macy Fuller, 22.84.

Bull riding -- No scores (Only one bull rider went on Monday).