Team Wyoming cowboys will compete in four events in the semi-finals at the huge affair known as Rodeo Houston. Those cowboys and girls who remain in the hunt all have sights set on the $50,000 check awarded to each event champion this weekend. The Houston show run is three-weeks long is one of the richest paydays in rodeo. A few years ago organizers started a special event (Cinch Super Shootout, Sunday) that does not include any roping or steer wrestling competition. Because of that situation, the PRCA won’t sanction Houston and none of the money counts toward the world standings. The checks still cash.
Bobby Welsh of Gillette won the bull riding last year and he’ll have another shot in 2012. Welsh just slid into the semis while Seth Glause of Cheyenne has ridden two Burch Rodeo Co. (Rozet,WY) bulls to the whistle in Houston and is one of the leading money winners so far.
There’ll be two steer wrestlers from BIG WYO competing in Houston’s semi-finals. Seth Brockman from Wheatland won a round in his initial series by posting a run of 4.6 seconds:
Les Shepperson from Midwest overcame a recent bout with swine flu to get back in the pink and on top of his game winning a round in his Houston series as well, stopping the clock at 4.9:
Bobby Harris from Gillette shared a great team roping scamper with partner Britt Williams of Montana to shut down the timer at 6.3 seconds and win a Rodeo Houston round:
Kelly Timberman from Mills, WY has been fighting groin problems and other physical impairments for many weeks but can obviously fight through a lot of pain. The 2004 world champion bareback rider drew one of the roughest horses at Houston in Round 2 of Kelly’s super series. It was a wild eliminator pen of buckers but Timberman refused to go down early:
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Timberman’s 83.5 point ride won him $1,200 and that combined with $500 in another round plus aggregate winnings allowed the Casper College assistant rodeo coach to move on to the semis opening tomorrow at Rodeo Houston.
Video is courtesy of Rodeo Houston; editing by Mike McCrimmon – Wyoming Office of Tourism.
Rodeo fans will want to tune the television to GAC (Great American Country) tonight. Team WYO followers are going to see Powell’s Kanin Asay shine at the San Antonio Xtreme Bulls event. The show starts at 8 p.m. mountain time.