Mote, Scheer, Smith all advance out of first flight at Calgary Stampede

Crawley, Yates, Champion begin second flight Tuesday

Four-time world champ Bobby Mote, shown at the 2015 NFR, is one of 28 legends of rodeo being honored Saturday during Sundown on the Square. This photo of Mote was taken by another of the honorees, 2013 PRCA Photographer of the Year Dudley Barker, whose work will be signing and selling his book Five Decades of Rodeos.


(July 11, 2016) — Stephenville rodeo legend Bobby Mote needed a comeback, and that’s exactly what the four-time world champion gave to the large crowd at Calgary Stampede Monday afternoon, winning the fourth and final performance to move into the top four in the first flight of the prestigious rodeo.

Mote earned $8,000 in the four performances, also taking third in the first go. The top four from each of two flights advance in the tournament style event that is widely viewed as the most prestigious rodeo in Canada.


The Monday victory came by conquering Buckskin Sally for 86.5 points. Mote scored 82.5 to place third in the first go. His 82.5 points wasn’t enough in the second performance, nor was 77.5 in the third.

Stephenville saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer had the field doubled up and the top spot in the first flight locked away after winning the third performance with 84.5 points awarded for conquering noted bronc Northern Lights. Scheer was second in in the first go-round at 86.5, and split second and third at 82.5 in the second performance. He earned $15,500 in the aggregate, earning fifth with 75.5.

Mote and Scheer are competing with the new Elite Rodeo Athletes this year. Mote won his four world titles in the PRCA. As an independent event, Calgary Stampede is one of the few remaining competitions – outside team roping – that bring ERA and PRCA athletes together. Mote is currently first in the ERA bareback standings, while Scheer is fifth in the saddle bronc standings that are topped by Desdemona resident and and former Tarleton cowboy Isaac Diaz.

Sterling Smith of Stephenville shined in the second performance of the first-flight tie-down roping, taking second in 7.2 seconds. He was also third in the first performance at 8.8 and earned a total of $8,500 in the aggregate, splitting fourth.


Competing in the second flight with ties to the Cowboy Capital of the World are Stephenville native and reigning world champ saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley, Tarleton alumnus and past The American champ Richie Champion, a bareback rider who now lives in Dublin according to, and of course, Stephenville tie-down roper and two-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier Marty Yates, who won a round and advanced at Calgary last year.

Crawley reclaimed the top spot in the PRCA world standings after winning the Hamel Rodeo & Bull Ridin’ Bonanza in Hamel, Wyoming. Yates, who has won in at least one rodeo in six of the past seven weeks, is currently 11th in the PRCA world tie-down standings. Champion is eighth in ERA bareback riding.

The second flight is Tuesday through Friday. The top four money winners from each flight advance to “Showdown Sunday” when more than $1 million will be awarded in a single afternoon.


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