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Big names spiced up county fair rodeo
Aug 5, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Former world champions were top attractions Monday and Tuesday nights at the PRCA Ram rodeo at the Fremont County Fairgrounds.
Brothers Cody and Jesse Wright, two star saddle bronc riders headlined the entries on the first night.
Cody won the world saddle bronc titles in 2008 and 2010.
Jesse is the 2012 world saddle bronc champion.
Former steer wrestler champion Jason Miller also performed on the first night.
"Everything seemed to run really smooth," rodeo chairman John Campbell said. "Our entires were down a little bit, but we had several past world champions that performed in our rodeo arena."
Rodeo fans were treated to eight-time world rodeo champion Joe Beaver on the second night.
Beaver participated in the team roping competition.
Team roping star Jhett Johnson also posted a time in the rodeo.
Defending world champion barrel racer Mary Walker was in the spotlight on the final performance.
"There were also several cowboys who had won on their circuit level," Campbell said. "Especially for a small rodeo, it says that people are starting to notice it."
Campbell said many of the top names came to the Riverton rodeo from the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo.
"There are also several rodeos going on in the Northwest," Campbell said.
The stands were full both nights.
"We were pleased with the turnouts," Campbell said.
Lander native Riley Krassin made sure Fremont County had a winner at the PRCA rodeo.
Krassin recorded a time of 4.0 seconds in steer wrestling to share the title with Miller.
The two cowboys won $881.12 apiece.
"Everything just worked out good," Krassin said. "It was nice to do it in Riverton. I enjoyed it. It was a good field."
Krassin is preparing to head back to Casper College for his fourth season.
Krassin is expected to be one of the top cowboys this season in the Central Rocky Mountain Region.
Frontier Days champ
Colorado cowgirl Christy Loflin was on a roll after winning the barrel racing title at the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo.
"It was a dream come true," Loflin said on Tuesday night before the Riverton rodeo. "I have always wanted to win that rodeo. It was just a really special moment for me."
Loflin had competed at the Cheyenne rodeo for at least eight years. Loflin was second in barrel racing to Walker last year.
"It's always tough there," Loflin said. "We had to put together three runs."
This year at Frontier Days, Loflin came close to breaking the arena record on her second run. The arena record is 17.03. Loflin ran a 17.07 to propel her past the other cowgirls.
"It was a little muddy in the finals," Loflin said.
Loflin was clocked with a 17.80 in the finals She won $16,700 for her title in the week-long rodeo.
"The grandstands were packed," Loflin said. "It was thrilling. My family was there. It was really awesome."
Loflin and Walker were traveling together after the Riverton rodeo.
"Mary is a huge inspiration," Loflin said. "She takes care of me a lot, so I'm pretty lucky."
Loflin placed sixth in Riverton with a time of 18.25 seconds.
"The fact that we got two bulls rode is great for our show," Campbell said.
Trenton Montero and Patrick Geipel both scored 77s to tie for first. The rodeo had a number of bull riders pull out because on injuries.
"The bull riders are so beat up right now," Campbell said. "There are so many rodeos going on at this time. We are so fortunate to get the people here."
"Our next meeting will be on what we need to do different and what we need to think about starting for next year," Campbell said. "It takes a year to put the rodeo on by the time you get everything lined out."
Campbell said he has about 25 volunteers working in the arena and behind the scenes.
"There are always little glitches," Campbell said. "We didn't have any many glitches in the two rodeos."
The rodeo committee meets on the second Monday of every month. The meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
Final results from
PRCA rodeo at
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.