Champion wins $100K with 90.5 point final ride at Calgary Stampede

Dublin resident Richmond Champion, shown in a past National Finals Rodeo, won a cool $100,000 on Showdown Sunday at the Calgary Stampede. || Courtesy DUDLEY BARKER/

Flash Staff Report

(July 17, 2017) — Past Tarleton State bareback bronc riding cowboy Richmond Champion, now a Dublin resident, just can’t shed the “Richie Rich” nickname.

But if the nickname is the worst thing that comes with the big money prize rides Champion has a knack for winning, he’ll take it with a smile.

Champion was sure smiling on Sunday when he earned $100,000 in the 8 seconds he spent conquering world renowned C5 Outlaws bronc “Virgel,” for 90.5 points, one point (and $75,000 in prize money) more than than Mason Clements of Utah.


“This is unreal. That’s a horse I’ve always wanted. You think about getting on the best bucking horses in the world and then you imagine them somewhere at a place like this, but that’s usually something you se before you go to bed at night. To have it really happen is just unreal,” said Champion as quoted in a press release on the official website of the Stampede, (for full release, CLICK HERE). “I’m surprised I didn’t throw up really. There’s no other bucking horse like him.”

Champion went first, second and third, then tied for fourth in Pool A at Calgary, earning a total of $114,833 for his first Stampede title.

Stephenville High School graduate and past Tarleton athlete Timber Moore pocketed $25,000 for placing second in 7.2 seconds in tie-down roping. He was followed in third by Stephenville’s Marty Yates won won $15,000 in 7.5.

Moore and saddle bronc brothers Sterling and Jacobs Crawley gave Stephenville High School three alumni in the field on Showdown Sunday. Sterling added $10,000 to his take for taking fourth with 89 points aboard Magic Carpet.


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