Sunday night was the third and final performance of the PRCA rodeo at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo, featuring some of the nation’s top professional cowboys and cowgirls competing for their share of the prize money to qualify for a trip to the National Finals Rodeo, which is hosted each December in Las Vegas.
South Dakota’s J.J. Alley won the bareback bronc riding with his score of 75 aboard 04 Fancy Lady to beat Wheeler cowboy Tim Murphy, who scored a 74 on No. 72 Broken Promises. Placing third with a 70 was Wyatt Ortega, of Groveland, Florida, on V1 Voodoo Vixen.
Steer wrestling was the closest event of the night with Richmond, Illinois, cowboy Wade Steffen taking the win with his time of 5.0 seconds. Splitting second at 5.3 seconds were Dublin’s Cody Harmon and Sam Williams, of Llano.
New Mexico cowboy Dylan Henson and 007 Cat Walk combined for a 78 to win the saddle bronc riding. Taking second was veteran bronc rider Kobyn Williams, of DeBerry, with a 73 on K03 Little Cat. Closing out the top three with a 70 was Amarillo’s Peter White II on AK Bang Bang from Andrews Rodeo.
A 9.7-second run in the tie-down roping was fast enough to win for Seymour’s Lane Livingston. Ty Heath Iselt, from Lincoln, took second place with a 12.7. Placing third was Oklahoma native Blake Deckard with his time of 14.2.
The Oklahoma team of Blake Hughes and Braden Harmon roped their steer in 5.5 seconds to win the team roping, beating the Cajun cowboys Tee Luttrell and Andrew Hill’s time 5.6. Third place was a split between Texas’ Brandon Gonzales and Boogie Ray and NFR veterans and future hall of famers Jake Barnes and Rich Skelton. Both third place teams had 6.0-second runs.
Madisonville cowgirl Michelle Alley posted a 17.26-second run to win the ladies barrel racing, followed by Shea Lynn Leach’s time of 17.73. Kylie Weast of Comanche, Oklahoma, Third, with her 22.14.
There were no qualified rides in the bull riding.