Finally the home-grown talent saddled up Thursday for the second day of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Million Dollar Rodeo Tour, Silver Series at Dodge City Roundup Arena.

    But unfortunately those same local performers left the crowd disappointed.


Finally the home-grown talent saddled up Thursday for the second day of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Million Dollar Rodeo Tour, Silver Series at Dodge City Roundup Arena.
    But unfortunately those same local performers left the crowd disappointed.
    Four Kansas natives made up the seven-member field of the first section of the bull-riding competition, but not only did all four fail to post a time, the entire field was unable to put the judges to work.
    The steer wrestlers grabbed the attention of the crowd and the judges in the second event, but the two Dodge City performers left the hometown crowd wanting more.
    Dodge's Shawn Downey, equipped with his own cheering section just off the arena dirt, tipped his steer in 11 seconds flat, but that time was more than four seconds slower than his previous mark of 6.5. Lance Volker, the competition's other local product, failed to even make the board.
    California cowboy Jonathon Ferreira paced the field with a final time of four seconds.
    With no locals or natives of the Sunflower State in the bareback bronc-riding competition Thursday, Manfield, Texas' Jason Jeter became the crowd favorite. The 35-year-old Jeter has won at Dodge City Roundup two previous times in his 16-year career.
    "I've won it twice and won second two more times," Jeter said. "It's a good rodeo for me. It's just one of those places that works you know? It's kind of like football games — a team goes to a certain field and they win all the time. I don't know, it just happens for me here."
    Jeter ended his run with a final score of 82, but it wasn't enough to take the best tally of the night as Greeley, Colo.'s Heath Ford grabbed an 83 to take the second day.
    Heith DeMoss of Heflin, La. got the highest mark of the rodeo thus far in the saddle bronc-riding battle, posting an 83. That is one point higher than brothers Cody and Alex Wright who tied with 82 for Wednesday's best total.
    To represent the local ladies, Cimarron's Tammy Peterson finished with a time of 18.30 in the Women's Professional Rodeo Association's barrel-racing competition, but even that couldn’t stop Eustaco, Texas' Shelley Morgan who burned the field with a 17.44-second performance.
    The riders will take the dirt again at Dodge City Roundup Arena today at 7:45 p.m. for day three.