By Chuck Reherman
The 17th annual Yukon FFA IPRA Rodeo is in the books. And, it was another successful one.
The weather worked out for the rodeo and helped bring out good crowds both nights, rodeo director Sabrina Buller said.
A first did happen at the rodeo that has not happened in the 17 years. The first night of bullriding saw all the riders complete the eight second ride. And for the rodeo, all but three made the eight second ride. In past years it was only two or three riders that would make the ride and several years no rider would complete the ride.
“With the rodeo growing and getting the IPRA cowboys, you get a more talented group of riders and it makes it better for the rodeo,” stock contractor Rusty Moreland said. “We brought some good bulls and broncs and the crowd enjoys it more when the cowboys make the ride.”
The top three bullriders came from Friday night, where four riders had a score of 75 or higher.
Caleb McCaslin of Jones won the event with a high score of 87. He earned $405 for the ride.
Westin Wilson of Apache, had set the tone of the event with a score of 85 and finished second, earning $243. Riley Jeffries of Luther took third with a score of 84 and earned $162.
In the bareback bronc event, Clayton Lawson, who rode in the slack time, scored an 86.5 to win the event. He pocketed $405 for his ride.
A.J. Yocham and Preston Minson tied with a score of 71. Yocham had his score on Friday night and Minson on Saturday. They both earned $135.
In the saddle bronc riding, Blaine Stacy, who is ranked No. 14 in the world IPRA standings, scored a 67 and earned $585.
In the calf roping, Twister Smith of Jones had the fastest time of 9.9 seconds and earned the first place prize of $432.
Kiel Rowan turned in a time of 10.3 seconds to earn $324. Kerry Burks Jr., had a 10.8 second time, earning$216 and Clay White was fourth in 11.6 seconds and won $108.
The the breakaway roping, Angela Chaffin of Tahlequah, ranked No. 1 in the southern region, turned in a time of 2.7 seconds to earn $522.
Taylor Munsell scored a 3.1 time to finish second and earned $391.50. Jimmie Bryant was third in 4.7 to earn $261 and Amy Williams was fourth with a 5.0 time and won $130.50.
Jeannie McKee had the fastest time in the barrel racing with a 16.95 second time to earn $432.
Leslie Smalygo finished second in 16.98 seconds and earned $324. Kris Burden took third in 17.3 seconds to earn $216 and Mia Belcher was fourth in 17.33, earning $108.
In the team roping competition, the team of Brent Mibb and Roy Shoop took the top prize of $468 each with a time of 5.1 seconds.
Clay Shoop and Ryan Tittle finished second in 6.0 seconds and earned $351 each. Rob Holland and J.D. Holland was third in 6.3 seconds and earned $234. Paul Hefner and Billy Barnes had a 7.1 time and win $117.
By Chuck Reherman