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Krassin ties past world champ
Jul 31, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Tuesday's performance wrapped up two nights of pro rodeo at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.
Lander cowboy Riley Krassin shared the steer wrestling title with Jason Miller at Tuesday's final performance of the PRCA Ram rodeo at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.
Krassin posted a time of 4.0 seconds. Miller did his run Monday in the same time.
Krassin and Miller both won $881.12. Miller is a former PRCA world steer wrestling champion.
Krassin is preparing to go back to Casper College for his fourth year on the rodeo team.
"It just shows the caliber type of cowboys we have in Fremont County," rodeo chairman John Campbell said. "He is competitive with a world champion. Everything just clicked, and everything went smooth for him."
The rodeo on Tuesday night was performed before a packed crowd.
"I would say that we had an excellent rodeo," Campbell said. "We had a lot of compliments."
Blackwell wins saddle bronc
Jade Blackwell managed the highest score in the saddle bronc competition, scoring an 81 on the final night.
Blackwell is from South Dakota. He won $1,075.45.
"The horse felt good," Blackwell said. "It was kind of a handful. I guess that it worked out."
The horse was called Silver Sage.
"The 81 wasn't a perfect score," Blackwell said. "It turned all right."
Former Central Wyoming College cowboy Colton Miller finished second at 76 points.
Two-time world saddle bronc champion Cody Wright finished third (75).
"The field was pretty good," Blackwell said.
Blackwell had never been to Riverton before.
"We were staying in Gillette for a couple of days, so we might as well have come here," Blackwell said.
Bull riding champ from Nevada
Bull rider Trenten Montero and Patrick Geipel tied for first after both scoring a 77.
The two won $712.77 apiece.
"The ride was a good bull," Montero said. "The bull had a lot of bit of timing to him. He bucked good."
Montero said the last four seconds of the eight-second ride was the key.
"You can't get lazy and you can't relax," Montero said. "I was very happy with a score. Anything with a score Tuesday was good."
Montero is from Winnemucca, Nev.
"We are just hitting a whole bunch of rodeos right now," Montero said. "Riverton is on the way. We have heard good things about the rodeo."
The two were the only bull riders to score points in two days.
Tyler Willis was bucked off his bull. Willis is ranked No. 14 in the world bull riding standings.
"Tyler and Nevada Newman were the tough competitors in the field," Montero said. "The bulls have a good reputation. D&H Cattle have some of the upper-end bulls in the United States."
Legendary cowboy comes to rodeo
Eight-time world champion Joe Beaver made his first visit to the Riverton rodeo on Tuesday night.
"I have been doing roping clinics on Tuesday at a guy's house," Beaver said. "We just entered it while we were over here."
Beaver and his partner Reno Gonzales placed second in the team roping competition.
The tandem were timed with a time of 5.2 seconds, winning $591.38.
"We made a good run," Beaver said. "Our steer tried harder than most of them. I thought that we made a great run."
Beaver said he goes all over the world to do roping clinics.
"I have a good life," Beaver said. "I have had a lot of ups and downs with it. I will keep moving forward and go with the ups."
Nick Kalivas and Wes Miller took first, scoring a 5.1 to win $788.50.
Other winners from PRCA rodeo
In barrel racing, Dianne Bath claimed the fastest time in 17.54 seconds to win $658.76.
Devan Reilly captured the top spot in the bareback competition with score of 84. His payday was $877.80.
Bradley Bynum finished first in the tie-down roping in 8.1 seconds for a check worth $1,197.
Final results from PRCA rodeo at Fremont County Fairgrounds
Bareback riding -- 1. Devan Reilly, 84, $877.89; 2. (tie) J.R. Vezain, 80, 548.62, and Zach Curran, 80, $548.62; 4. Heath Ford, 76, $219.45.
Steer wrestling -- 1. (tie) Jason Miller and Riley Krassin, 4.0, $881.82 3. Les Shepperson, 4.1, $503.50; 4. Aaron Vosler, 4.2, $251.75.
Team roping -- 1. Nick Kalivas/Wes Miller, 5.1, $788.50; 2. Joe Beaver/Reno Gonzalez, 5.2, $591.38; 3. Justin Johnson/Jhett Johnson, 6.0, $394.25; 4. Ken McKibbin/Riley Pedro, 6.3, $197.13.
Saddle bronc -- 1. Jade Blackwell, 81, $1,075.40; 2. Colton Miller, 76, $806.55; 3. Cody Wright, 75, $537.70; 4. (tie) Clay Elliott, 74, and Jesse Wright, $134.42.
Tie-down roping -- Bradley Bynum, 8.1, $1,197; 2. Jeremiah Pek, 8.9, $897; 3. Joe Campbell, 92, $598.50; 4. Matt Frazier, 9.8, $299.25.
Barrel racing -- 1. Dianne Bath, 17.54, $658.78; 2. Pat Spratt, 17.75, $572.85; 3. Mandy Rollman, 17.85, $486.92; 4. Annie Campbell, 18.14, $400.99; 5. Landa Gulo, 18.19, $315.07; 6. Christy Loflin, 18.25, $229.14; 7. (tie) Lindy James, 18.32, $100.24, and Jonee Crozier, 18.32, $100.24.
Bull riding -- 1. (tie) Trenton Montero and Patrick Geipel, 77, $712.77 each.