With so many rodeos and events going on over the past weekend, we are grateful for the accomplishments that our team got done. Battling snow and ice storms in Texas couldn’t stop them from competing between there and Arizona during the week.
To start off, one of the biggest one day rodeos held was RFD-TVs The American on March 1. We had TWO team members qualified to compete, Team Roper Manny Equsquiza and Steer Wrestler Nick Guy.
Manny got to The American by entering and placing the qualifier at the USTRC Midwest Regional Finals in Mulvane, KS on May 29. From there, he and partner Jonathon Torres competed in the Semi-Finals February 19-22 to come back 3rd and the chance to run for $1 million at At&T Stadium. The duo made an excellent run with a time of 4.85. They barely missed making it back to the final round with a 4.38 being the last hole. You can count on them coming back next year.
Nick Guy was able to attend The American without having to go through the qualifiers as Manny did. Nick ending up 4th in the PRCA World Standings for 2014 allowed him to compete as a top ten seed. Competing there with that type of exemption, he was only eligible to win $100,000 rather than the $1 million. Nick had a great first run on his steer with a time of 4.24 to take 3rd and move on to the the 4 man round. Having been in this position at last years American, he knew what needed to be done. Running his final steer in 4.19, he had to wait out the last two competitors to determine his fate. Next on the list was KC Jones, who happen to run the exact same time as Nick, tying the two for first place. When it came down to the tie breaker, the winner was determined on his aggregate times of the two runs. In the end, KC edged out Nick with averages times of 8.29 and 8.43 respectively. Nick did not walk away empty handed though, and brought home a check worth $25,000. Not too bad for running two steers in one day. Nick also had a great time at the San Angelo rodeo, placing in the 2nd round, finals and 2nd in the average. He did travel to Scottsdale, AZ for the Champions Challenge where he tied for 5th and 6th place.
It was a little different seeing Sherry Cervi run down the alley in San Antonio on a sorrel horse that made you look twice. That little sorrel gelding, by the name Atlas Peak, is owned by Trip and Callie DuPerier and helped take Sherry to the pay window. When it all boiled down, Sherry walked away with the Barrel Racing title from the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and $21,942 in earnings. She also placed in the 2nd go and average at La Fiesta De Los Vacueros in Tuscon, AZ
Another champion includes Caleb Bennett who took home the Bareback title from La Fiesta De Los Vacueros in Tuscon, AZ by sweeping both rounds and the average. Caleb has been battling injuries since the 2014 WNFR and has entered very few rodeos this winter. In fact, this is the least amount of rodeos he as entered in the past and also the most money he has had won by this time of the year. Check out the article from prorodeo.com. Caleb also qualified for the semi-finals and placed in the finals of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo.
Photo courtesy of Dan Hubbell
Another great event that was held last week was The Patriot. Our team had some wonderful success there as well.
Ashley Schafer aboard three talented horses had nothing to complain about. KR Last Fling won the long go of the futurity and placed in the Top 20 of the Shootout round. Vanilas Sudden Fame placed 5th in the long go as well as the Shootout round. Streakin Joesy Rose was in the Top 50 to come back to the Shootout round.
Kali Jo Parker on KN Fabs Lady Fame ended up 15th in the long go of the futurity and in the Top 20 of the Shootout round. She also placed 6th on her great futurity standout from 2014 in the Patriot Invitational.
Some other accomplishments from the last week: BJ Campbell placed in the average in Tuscon, AZ and Ty Blasingame qualified for the semi-finals in San Antonio.