PRCA Rodeo has record turnout
by Jake Gordon
Jun 10, 2008 | 1702 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Wyatt Smith rides in the saddle bronc competition Saturday at the Deseret Peak Stampede/PRCA Rodeo. Wet ground made it difficult for both the riders
and animals.<br>-- photography / Maegan Burr
Wyatt Smith rides in the saddle bronc competition Saturday at the Deseret Peak Stampede/PRCA Rodeo. Wet ground made it difficult for both the riders and animals.
-- photography / Maegan Burr
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With nearly three inches of rain turning the dirt into mud in the days leading up to the Deseret Peak Stampede PRCA Rodeo, made things very difficult for both the contestants and livestock.

No matter the conditions, the rodeo still went on with a record attendance turnout and were treated with a little local talent stealing the show.

Tooele's own Shawn Proctor, 22, earned a score of 81 on his re-ride after his first bull slipped in the mud and went on to win the bull-riding event and take home over $1,081 in front of his home crowd.

"It was awesome to win in front of the home crowd, you can't beat that," said Proctor. "This is the first time that I have won the Tooele rodeo, and I was very excited about that."

Rodeo clown Keith Isley, who sometimes had trouble keeping his footing in the mud, was able to draw laughs from the crowd of over 2,500 people on both nights combined.

To round out the bull riding behind Proctor was Brody Hamblin from Roy who narrowly missed out on finishing first, only one point behind with 80. Heath Bronson from Midway and Travis Atkinson from Lehi tied for third with a 77 each.

The bareback bronc riding was dominated by a pair from Kimberly, Idaho. Josie Young stole the show with an 82 to win the event and walk out with $1,083 in winnings while Cody Demers, also from Kimberly recorded a 78, good enough for third place.

Caleb Bennett from Morgan grabbed second with an 80 and Jessy Davis from Payson with 77 landed himself in fourth.

The stampede saved the best for last in the steer wrestling competition as T. W. Parker from Wendell, Idaho was the last contestant but that didn't bother him as he posted the fastest time of 5.2 seconds and netted $1,026 in winnings.

Three of the top four finishers in the steer wrestling competed on Saturday when the dirt was in a lot better condition and the time showed. Kyle Dahl from Ogden narrowly finished in second with a time of 5.5 seconds while there was tie for third at 5.6 seconds. Jake Hannum from Ogden and Tom Lewis from Lehi shared third place. Also in the money was Olin Hannum from West Haven and Blake Brown from Bluffdale.

Bold Butler from Leamington took home the title in the saddle bronc riding with a score of 79 and walked away with $1,081. John Uhalde from Elko, Nev. and Jesse Kruse from Great Falls, Mont. rounded out the top three with scores of 76 and 74 respectively. Stockton's own Nick Rydalch managed to get 68 points on his ride which was good enough to get in the money for sixth place.

In the ultimate team sport in rodeo it was Kelly Clement and Jake Freeland who won the team roping with a time of 6.3 seconds, as each teammate took home $1,187. Narrowly missing out on first place was Cody Soffel and Jeff Smith who only finished two tenths of a second behind the event winners.

Having already qualified for the National FInals Rodeo Clint Robinson looked to increase his earnings on the year in the calf roping. With a time of 8.1, Robinson from Lehi won the event and brought home $1,295, who was followed closely by another NFR qualifier Matt Shiozawa from Chubbuck, Idaho with a time of 8.2.

Justin Truman from Huntington and Pete Jones from Twin Falls, Idaho followed in third and fourth respectively with time of 8.7 and 8.8.

The girls who were unlucky enough to compete in the barrel racing on Friday had to deal with the mud and giant ruts already located in the mud and didn't stand much of a chance with the Saturday competitors.

Kali Jo Parker from Wendell, Idaho was able to get around the barrels the fastest with a time of 16.1 but didn't have much breathing room. Mary Aller from Pocatello, Idaho finished .1 second behind Parker for second place. Jill Parker-Atkinson rounded out the top three with a very close 16.3 seconds.

jgordon@tooeletranscript.com

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