Flash Staff Report
(July 10, 2017) —Richmond Champion of Dublin dominated Pool A bareback riding at the Calgary Stampede, placing in every round including a victory to open the legendary Canadian rodeo last Friday.
Champion and Stephenville tie-down roper Marty Yates are among those to finish among the top four in their events following the final Pool A performance Monday. Pool B performances Tuesday through Friday will produce four more finalists in each event, and two spots will be awarded to winners on Wild Card Sunday to complete the Showdown Sunday field of 10.
Champion led from the onset after conquering Twin Cherry for 89 points. Then he relied on consistency, finishing second, third and in a tie for fourth in the remaining rounds, finishing with $14,833.33, more than $1,300 ahead of Utah’s Caleb Bennett. Advancing in third and fourth are Canadian cowboys Ky marshall and Jake Vold.
Yates may not have come out the gate as strong as Champion, but the three-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier did take second in the first performance with a time 7.6 seconds. He bounced back from a 12.6 second-run by taking third in 7,4 seconds in the third round. That put him in second place with just enough cushion to finish fourth despite a no time on Monday.
Dubliner Kassie Mowry won the second performance in barrel racing in 17.31 seconds, but a couple downed barrels cost her an opportunity to advance. She knocked down barrels in the first and third rounds, adding five seconds to the 17.49 she ran both times. Mowry’s bounce-back performance Monday – second place in 17.43 – was a tenth of a second behind fourth-performance winner Kirsty White, and left the Dublin cowgirl $500 shy of advancing.
Bowery finished with $10,000 while Nellie Miller took the four spot at $10,500. Emily Miller won the Pool A aggregate with $16,000, while White was second and Jimmie Wall third.
Stephenville High School graduates Jacobs Crawley and Sterling Crawley are competing in the saddle bronc riding in Pool B, while former Stephenville resident and past Tarleton State cowboy Timber Moore is in the tie-down roping in Pool B,