SALT LAKE CITY (July 21, 2018) – Adding a very International flavor to the mix of the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City the bull riders came to ride on Saturday night.
Reigning PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood of Volborg, Mont., tied with Brazilian Allison De Souza with 85 point rides. Lockwood conquered Broken Arrow’s Cooper Comet, while De Souza matched Broken Arrow’s Nailed to advance to the finals. Lockwood will join his aunt, Lisa Lockhart, in the Gold Medal round on Tuesday after she topped the leaderboard in the barrel racing during performance two on Friday night.
A total of 256 competitors will take their shot at a share of the $1 million in prize money and a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal that will be awarded on Tuesday, July 24. There are 32 competitors in each of the following events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding. The top two from each performance, along with two via the Wild Card category will advance to the Gold Medal Round on July 24. The 10 competitors in each event in the Gold Medal Round will compete in a sudden-death format with the winner collecting a Gold Medal and $50,000 cash.
Clayton Biglow of Clements, Calif., spurred his way to the top of the leaderboard in the bareback riding with an 85-point ride aboard Bar T Rodeo’s War Widow. He automatically advances to the Gold Medal round on Tuesday and will be joined by last year’s Gold Medal winner Wyatt Denny of Minden, Nev. Denny rode Andrews Rodeo’s Vegas Dough for 82 points to finish second.
Justin Shaffer of Hallsville, Texas, would love to add a Gold Medal to his collection come Tuesday night. Shaffer, who won the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2017, stopped the clock on Saturday night in the steer wrestling in a time of 4.1 seconds. He will be joined in the finals by Bridger Anderson of Alva, Okla., who stopped the clock in 4.3 seconds. Anderson won the steer wrestling at the 2017 Ote Berry’s Junior Steer Wrestling World Championship held during the Junior National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.
It was a crowded leaderboard in the team roping on Saturday night. Wrangler NFR qualifiers Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp came to play in Salt Lake City stopping the clock in 5.0 seconds. After watching the first four teams come up empty, it was Snow and Thorp of Stephenville, Texas that set the bar for the night with their quick run. The final team of Rhett Anderson of Genola, Utah and Coleby Payne of Lipan, Texas, also stopped the clock in 5.0 seconds to advance to the Gold Medal round on Tuesday night.
Travis Gardner of Mount Vernon, Ark., partnered with Bar T Rodeo’s Cut Throat for 80 points to finish atop the leaderboard in the saddle bronc riding during performance three. Logan Allen of Crescent, Iowa, will join Gardner in the final round after recording a 74.5-point ride aboard Powder River Rodeo’s Loaded Deck.
Cimarron Boardman of Stephenville, Texas, will return to the Days of ’47 Arena on Tuesday for the $50,000 round after stopping the clock in the tie-down roping on Saturday night in a time of 7.1 seconds. Joining Boardman will be newly crowned College National Finals Rodeo champion Ty Harris of San Angelo, Texas, who finished with a 7.7.
Texas and Louisiana barrel racers finished 1-2 in performance three. Chani Graves of Sulphur Springs, Texas, rode Im Little Bit Famous “Little Bit” to the performance win in a time of 17.47 seconds. 2014 WPRA Rookie of the Year Sarah Rose McDonald of Gonzales, La., took second aboard Holland By “Dutch” with a time of 17.49 seconds. Both will take their first shot at a Gold Medal on Tuesday night, July 24.
The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, July 19-21 and 23-24, is taking place at the $17.5 million state-of-the-art Days of ’47 Arena at theUtah State Fairpark, custom designed and built for rodeo. The venue—an outdoor arena located in the heart of Salt Lake City—features over 10,000 stadium-style seats.
For only the fourth time in the history of rodeo, riders will have an opportunity to compete for Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals. The first two times were in conjunction with the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary (1988) and Salt Lake City (2002), when rodeo was part of the CulturalOlympiad and the third being the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in 2017. The medals that will be awarded at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will be produced by OC Tanner, the same company that made the Olympic medals for the champions of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Tickets for the final two performances are still available at smithstix.com. For more information on the event visit www.daysof47cowboygames.com. Performance four kicks off at 8 p.m. on Monday night, July 23.
For those unable to attend in person all the action can be seen live nightly at 8 p.m. MT on Ridepass.com with a subscription. RideTV will air each round, excluding the finals, nightly at 8 p.m. MT. CBS Sports Network will air a recap of each performance on tape delay with the first and second performances airing on July 20 and 21st, respectively at 8 a.m. MT, the third performance on July 22 at 7:30 a.m. MT, the fourth and fifth performances on July 24 and 25, respectively at 5 pm. MT. CBS will air a highlight show of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games andRodeo on July 29 at 11 a.m. MT.
Results: – Performance 3 – July 21, 2018
Bareback riding:1. Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., 85 points on Bar T Rodeo’s War Widow, $3,200; 2. Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., 82 on Andrews Rodeo’s Vegas Dough, $2,400; 3. Dustin Smith, Rome, Ga., 79 on Powder River Rodeo’s Mountain Pocket, $1,600; 4. Morgan Wilde, Arimo, Idaho, 78 on Bar T Rodeo’s Lady Vain, $800
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Clayton Biglow and Wyatt Denny
Steer wrestling: 1. Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas, 4.1 seconds, $3,200; 2. Bridger Anderson, Alva, Okla., 4.3, $2,400; 3. Jeff Richardson, Kearney, Neb., 5.5, $1,600; 4. Matt Oubre, La Grange, Ga., 8.4, $800.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Justin Shaffer and Bridger Anderson
Team roping: 1. (tie) Cody Snow, Stephenville, Texas/Wesley Thorp, Stephenville, Texas, and Rhett Anderson, Genola, Utah/Coleby Payne, Lipan, Texas, 5.0 seconds, $2,800 each; 3. Derrick Begay, Winslow, Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 5.4, $1,600; 4. Dustin Egusquiza, Marianna, Fla./Kory Koontz, Stephenville, Texas, 5.7, $800.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp and Rhett Anderson/Coleby Payne
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Travis Gardner, Mount Vernon, Ark., 80 points, $3,200; 2. Logan Allen, Crescent, Iowa, 74.5, $2,400; 3. Cody Goertzen, Tuttle, Okla., 72, $1,600; 4. Andrew Harris, Commerce, Texas, 70, $800.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Travis Gardner and Logan Allen
Tie-down roping: 1. Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas, 7.1 seconds, $3,200; 2. Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas, 7.7, $2,400; 3. Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 17.2, $1,600; 4. Blair Burk, Durant, Okla., 21.40, $800.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Cimarron Boardman and Ty Harris
Barrel racing: 1. Chani Graves, Sulphur Springs, Texas, 17.47 seconds, $3,200; 2. Sarah Rose McDonald, Gonzales, La., 17.49, $2,400; 3. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 17.60, $1,600; 4. Barbara Millar, Mono, Ontario, 18.20, $800.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Chani Graves and Sarah Rose McDonald
Bull riding: 1. (tie) Jess Lockwood, Volborg, Mont., on Broken Arrow’s Cooper Comet and Alisson De Souza, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Broken Arrow’s Nailed, 85 points, $2,800; 3. Fabiano Vieira, Parana, Brazil, 84.5, $1,600; 4. Ouncie Mitchell, Houston, Texas, 84, $800.Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Jess Lockwood and Alisson De Souza