The 90th annual North Texas Fair & Rodeo kicked off Friday night, hosting a near capacity crowd to watch professional rodeo action from the cowboys of the PRCA and the women of the WPRA.
Lane McGehee, of Victoria, set the pace in the bareback bronc riding with his score of 79 to take the lead. Trey Taylor, a past NTFR bareback bronc riding champion, was second with a 71. The rest of the competition bucked off early and failed to post a score.
Sterling Wallace, of Justin, threw his steer in 7.3 seconds to hold the lead in the steer wrestling. Placing second was Zach Peterson, of Lindale, with his time of 11.3, followed by Argyle’s Justin Blain Davis with a 12.3
Overton cowboy Treyson Antonick covered P1 Bomber Boy from the Andrews Rodeo Co. for a 70 in the saddle bronc riding. Aaron Lide, of Odessa, put up a 65 to take second place. They were no other qualified rides.
Tie-down roping saw some fast-running calves that had the cowboys putting up longer than normal times. Oklahoma’s Lane Jeffrey was the exception with his time of 11.9 to take the top spot. Second place with a 22.0 was the Cajun cowboy Reno Gonzales, and rounding out third was Jason Martin, of Granbury, with a 23.3.
The top time in the team roping was the duo of Nathan McWhorter, of Telephone, and Dustin Davis, of Terrell, stopping the clock at 5.6 for the win. Second place went to Mike Bacon, of Boswell, Oklahoma, and Nevada cowboy Clint Harry with a 5.8. Third place was the team of C.R. Bradley, of Collinsville, and Rance Butler, from Sulphur Springs, with their time of 7.7
Women’s barrel racing was a literal horse race with less than a half-second separating the top three contestants’ times. Taking the early lead was Cheyenne Wimberley, of Stephenville, with her time of 17.24 followed by Rosie Bradley, of Collinsville, with a 17.34. Taking third with a 17.42 was local cowgirl Carlee Pierce, from Krum.
Bull riding had only two contestants make the required eight seconds aboard their bull. Veteran bull rider and 2004 PBR world champ Mike Lee, of Alvord, took the lead with his score of 83 on F1 Risky Business from the Andrews Rodeo Co. Placing second was one of the two Australian bull riders entered, Ky Hamilton, with an 80 on 514 Moonshiner, another Andrews Rodeo bull.