The Athens Review
The final performance of the Calgary Stampede is called “Rodeo’s richest afternoon.”
During the Stampede’s final performance on the afternoon of July 14, $1,018,800 (Canadian) was paid out to competitors. The winner of each single event earned $100,000.
Bradley Bynum, who is from Sterling City, won the tie-down roping title after turning in a final round time of 7.0 seconds. He also pocketed $12,500 in the prelims and finished the rodeo with $112,500.
Jean Winters, who is from Texline, clinched the barrel racing title after turning in a final round time of 17.40 seconds aboard her gelding, Crickets Peppy Zan. She also pocketed $5,000 in the prelims and finished the rodeo with $105,000. It was Winters’ first time to compete in the Stampede.
Mary Walker, the defending world champion barrel racer from Ennis, finished second with a 17.45. All in all, Walker earned $40,500 ($25,000 for her runner-up finish during the final round and $15,500 during the prelims).
Other Stampede champions were Cort Scheer, saddle bronc riding (90 points); Caleb Bennett, Morgan, Utah, bareback riding (92); J.B. Mauney, Moorsville, N.C., bull riding (91.5); and Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo, steer wrestling (3.8).
All in all, $2-million was awarded throughout the 10-day Stampede Rodeo.
Mesquite Pro Rodeo Series update
Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson (1973-83) was honored on July 12 in Mesquite as the first Mesquite ProRodeo Honorary Cowboy. “We have been trying to develop themed weekends,” said Mesquite Arena General Manager Steve Gander, “and one of our ideas was to create a celebrity wall of fame in honor of our special guests. We are going to name an honorary cowboy each year to help anchor our wall of fame.” As a pro football player, Pearson was a three-time All-Pro selection. He is also in the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.
As he attempts to earn a record 11th world all-around title, Trevor Brazile of Decatur won the tie-down roping title and $6,282 at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s annual show in Sheridan, Wyo. In the world all-around standings, Brazile is ranked first in the world all-around standings with $119,958 and he has a $52,849 lead over second-ranked Rhen Richard.
National Cutting horse update
The National Cutting Horse Association Summer Spectacular began its 22-day run on July 13 in Fort Worth.
The show concludes Aug. 3 with the Derby Open Finals, the third jewel of the sport’s Triple Crown Series. For more information, visit nchacutting.com.
Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has written a rodeo column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram over the past quarter century. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.