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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Million dollar champ earns Roundup bronc buckle

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  • Bareback rider Richmond Champion has been on a roll winning titles in some of the bigger rodeos in the country ever since he won over a million dollars in March.
    That trend continued Sunday night when he claimed the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo with an 82-point ride on Excalibur to finish with an average of 166 on two rides to claim the buckle.
    The Roundup title had been one that he had been hunting for during his career. Champion (The Woodlands, Texas) had been in the short-go at the Roundup in 2011, but he had been bucked off both times.
    "I had been looking forward to this," Champion said. "I love the short round in this situation at this big of a rodeo. There is a huge crowd cheering and the caliber of opponents makes me pumped it. It's just a blessing and is just so awesome. It's unreal and I'm shocked again."
    Champion claimed the buckle at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo last week and also claimed the titles by himself in Utah and Texas; while sharing championship in the Guymon Pioneer Days and the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver. The Texan thinks winning the $1.1 million after recording a 90 on a ride at the American Champion event at AT&T Stadium.
    "Getting the money (in Dallas) makes me not have to worry about the financial aspect and just go out and worry about the rides," Champion said.
    Champion was a point behind Casey Breuer (Mandan, N.D.) and Casey Colletti (Pueblo, Colo.) going into the short-go, but Coletti was injured Saturday night in the Phillipsburg Rodeo. The two remaining leading cowboys had a new challenger when Tilden Hooper (Carthage, Texas) by scoring an 87 on Show Stopper to win the short-go and have 165 in the average.
    After Champion took his ride on Excalibur to take the lead, Breuer scored a 79 on Cinderella to finish third in the average with 164. Steven Dent (Mullen, Neb.) was fourth at 163.
    Two others claimed their third Roundup titles in separate events as J.W. Harris claimed the bull riding title and Cody Ohl earned the tie-down roping buckle.
    Harris, the 2013 and four-time World champion bull rider, took a big step towards defending his title after recording an 89 on Sandi's Dream in the short-go. The Mullin, Texas, rider has had some success on his bull and was the only person to record a qualified ride in the event in the final round.
    Although he only gets to add the first place money in the short-go, he picked up $4,239 for his eight seconds work and moved closer to Sage Kimzey (Strong City, Okla.) in the standings after Sunday night.
    "This is the third or fourth time I've had that bull and I've won every time I've had him," Harris said about his draw. "It was almost like cheating to have him in the short round. I've just been lucky and always draw good here. That always helps. The checks will help as we get through with the summer and I hope it carries as we head for the west (the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas)."
    Page 2 of 5 - Ohl (Hico, Texas) had the fastest run of the night to claim the tie-down roping event by more than two seconds over his nearest competition for his third Roundup average victory.
    The six-time World champion was tied with Ace Stone (Cuero, Texas) at 23.0 seconds after two rounds, with Marshall Leonard (Shongaloo, La.) and Caddo Lewallen (Morrison, Okla.) tied for third a half-second back. Ohl earned the Roundup title with the only sub-nine second run in the short-go (8.2 seconds) to finish at 31.2 seconds on three head to claim the title.
    Ohl is still recovering from a broken rib, but it hasn't slowed him down as he tries to make a final run to qualify for the NFR after being out for more than a month due to the injury.
    "This is one of my favorite rodeos to rope," Ohl said. "The conditions and the calves were really tough this week and my horse, Pearl, stood out like a sore thumb. I had a good calf in the short-go and she made him great. I needed this win tonight and it's crucial as I start a 10-day rodeo trip."
    Stone finished second in the average with a time of 33.5 seconds, followed by Leonard (34.4) and Reese Riemer (Stinnett, Texas) was fourth at 35.0.
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    Sundell's 92 holds up for saddle bronc title
    Wade Sundell was tied for eighth going into the saddle bronc riding short-go and had been bucked off in the previous two times he had reached the short-go in Roundup Arena.
    Sundell (Boxholm, Iowa) thought it was about to happen to him again Sunday night as he rode Medicine Woman out of the chute, but he was able to hold on for a 92 score to take the round and an average total of 173 points. The leader then had to wait as seven more riders took their chances to try to overtake him.
    "It was awesome," Sundell said. "I guarantee you the ride was tougher than the waiting part. I think that's the first time I thought the horse was going to buck me off in the middle of the ride. I just stayed on as tight as I could until the whistle blew. This is a good way to top this off."
    Jacobs Crawley (Stephenville, Texas) scored an 89 and defending Roundup champion Cody Wright (Milford, Utah) had an 87 to tie for second in the average at 172, while Heith DeMoss (Heflin, La.) finished fourth at 171.
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    Driggers and Smith clinch team roping
    Kaleb Driggers (Albany, Ga.) and Patrick Smith (Lipan, Texas) led the team roping by a half-second going into the short-go and closed out the event with a 6.7-second run to earn the title. Driggers (a three-time NFR qualifying header) and Smith (a two-time World champion heeler) finished with a three-run total of 17.4 seconds to claim their fifth title of the year. The two finished second in the first round at 5.1 seconds and 5.6 in the second round to earn the advantage going into the short-go.
    Page 3 of 5 - The team of Charly Crawford (Prineville, Ore.) and Shay Carroll (LaJunta, Colo.) won the short-go round with a 6.2-second run and placed runner-up in the average at 18.3. Adam Rose (Willard, Mo.) and Billie Saebens (Nowata, Okla.) was third at 18.8 seconds, while brother Joshua and Jonathan Torres (Ocala, Fla.) fell two spots  to finish fourth at 19.0 in the average.
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    Laughlin claims Roundup barrel racing
    Front runner Christine Laughlin (Pueblo, Colo.) led by almost two-tenths of a second after two rounds of barrel racing and she and her horse didn't give any of her competitors a chance after going out by posting the fastest time in the short-go with a 17.04-second run through the cloverleaf pattern. 
    Laughlin earned money in each round, winning the first round and finishing fifth in the second round on Saturday to win $7,869 in the event. She finished with a time of 51.69 seconds on three runs. Kaley Bass (Kissimmee, Fla.) finished second in the average (52.18), followed by Cheyenne Shipps (Dadeville, Mo.) at 52.31 and Gretchen Benbenek (Aubrey, Texas) at 53.52.
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    Three tie for steer wrestling title
    Sunday's championship night ended with Bray Armes (Ponder, Texas), K.C. Jones (Decatur, Texas) and Timmy Sparing (Helena, Mont.) tied for first at 13.5 seconds after three head. Jones finished with a 4.4-second run in the final round, while Bray and Sparing wrestled their steers down in 4.5 seconds. Sean Santucci (Prineville, Ore.) had the fast run in the round at 3.8 seconds to finish in fourth at 14.1.
    DODGE CITY ROUNDUP RODEO
    (Final standings)
    Bareback riding
    First round: 1. Casey Colletti, on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Painted Coast, and Casey Breuer, on Vold’s Hot Valley, 85 points, $2,320 each; 3. Richmond Champion, 84, $1,489; 4. Jared Smith, 83. $963; 5. (tie) Orin Larsen and Steven Dent, 81, $525 each; 7. (tie) Tim O’Connell and Tanner Phipps, 80, $306 each; 9.Tilden Hooper, 78; 10. (tie) Winn Ratliff and Taylor Price, 77. Final round: 1.Tilden Hooper, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Show Stomper, $1,650; 2. (tie) Steven Dent and Richmond Champion, 82, $1,075 each; 4. Winn Ratliff, 81, $600; 5. (tie) Orin Larsen and Casey Breuer, 79, $300 each. Average: 1. Richmond Champion, 166 points on two rides, $2,627; 2. Tilden Hooper, 165, $2,014; 3. Casey Breuer, 164, $1,489; 4. Steven Dent, 163, $963; 5. Orin Larsen, 160, $613; 6. Winn Ratliff, 158, $438; 7. Tanner Phipps, 152, $350; 8. Jared Smith, 83 points on one ride, $263.
    Steer wrestling
    First round: 1. Bray Armes, 4.0 seconds, $2,611; 2. Tom Lewis, 4.3, $2,271; 3. Brandon Volker, 4.4, $1,930; 4. (tie) Casey Martin and Tom Duvall, 4.5, $1,419 each; 6. (tie) Jeff Miller, Timmy Sparing and Richy Coats, 4.6, $568 each. Second round: 1. Ty Lang, 3.9 seconds, $2,611; 2. K.C. Jones, 4.0, $2,271; 3. Tooter Silver, 4.1, $1,930; 4. Gabe Burrows, 4.2, $1,590; 5. Tie) Rowdy Parrott, Sean Santucci and Jeff Miller, $908, 4.3; 8. (tie) Timmy Sparing and Stewart Gulager, 4.4, $114. Final round: 1. Sean Stancucci, 3.8 seconds, $1,247; 2. Tom Lewis, 4.2, $1,032; 3. (tie) Cody Devers, Tommy Cook and Casey Martin, 4.3, $602 each; 6. K.C. Jones, 4.4, $215. Average: 1. (tie) K.C. Jones, Timmy Sparing and Bray Armes, 13.5 seconds on three runs, $3,406 each; 4. Sean Stancucci, 14.1, $2,384; 5. Casey Martin, 14.4, $1,873; 6. Tommy Cook, 15.0, $1,362; 7. Tom Lewis, 15.1, $852; 8. Tyler Waguespack, 16.3, $341.
    Page 4 of 5 - Team roping
    First round: 1. Arky Rogers/Travis Woodard, 5.0 seconds, $2,577 each; 2. (tie) Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton and Kaleb Driggers/Patrick Smith, 5.1, $2,073 each; 4. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 5.4, $1,569; 5. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 5.5, $1,233; 6. (tie) Landon McClaugherty/Caleb Twisselman and Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 5.6, $728 each; 8. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 5.7, $224. Second round: 1. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 4.5 seconds, $2,577; 2. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 4.9, $2,241; 3. Dustin Bird/Paul Eaves, 5.0, $1,905; 4. (tie) Keven Daniel/York Gill, Jake Pancost/Austin Rogers and David Key/Kory Koontz, 5.2 each, $1,233 each; 7. Casey Hicks/Jake Pianalto, 5.3, $560; 8. Charly Crawford/Shay Carroll, 5.4, $244. Final round: 1. Charly Crawford/Shay Carrol, 6.2 seconds, $1,044; 2. Joel Bach/Allen Bach, 8.6, $864; 3. Kaleb Driggers/Patrick Smith, 6.7, $684; 4. (tie) Miles Baker/Dustin Searcy and Adam Rose/Billie Saebens, 6.8, $414 each; 6. (tie) Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward and Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 7.8, $90 each. Average: 1. Kaleb Driggers/Patrick Smith, 17.4 seconds on three runs, $3,866; 2. Charly Crawford/Shay Carroll, 18.3, $3,361; 3. Adam Rose/Billie Saebens, 18.8, $2,857; 4. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 19.0, $2,353; 5. Joel Bach/Allen Bach, 20.1, $1,849; 6. Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenslager, 23.5; 7. Miles Baker/Dustin Searcy, 23.8, $840; 8. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 24.3, $336.   
    Saddle bronc riding
    First round: 1. (tie) Sterling Crawley, on Frontier Rodeo’s Short Stop, and Heith DeMoss, on Frontier Rodeo’s Midnight Delight, 87 points, $2,034 each; 3. Cody Wright, 85, $1,305; 4. (tie) Jesse Wright and Jacobs Crawley, 83, $691 each; 6. (tie) Taos Muncy and Isaac Diaz, 82, $345; 8. (tie) Troy Crowser, Wade Sundell and Ty Thompson, 81, $77; 11. (tie) Doug Aldridge and Steven Dent, 79. Final round: 1. Wade Sundell, 92 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman, $1,650; 2. Jacobs Crawley, 89, $1,250; 3. (tie) Jesse Wright and Cody Wright, 87, $750 each; 5. Isaac Diaz, 85, $350; 6. Heith DeMoss, 84, $250. Average: 1. Wade Sundell, 173 points on two rides, $2,303; 2. (tie) Jacobs Crawley and Cody Wright, 172, $1,535; 4. Heith DeMoss, 171, $844; 5. Jesse Wright, 170, $537; 6. Sterling Crawley, 168, $384; 7. Isaac Diaz, 167, $307; 8. Ty Thompson, 159, $230. 
    Tie-down roping
    First round: 1. Scott Kormos, 9.2 seconds, $2,300; 2. Caddo Lewallen, 11.3, $2,000; 3. Jerome Schneeberger, 11.8, $1,700; 4. Cody Ohl, 12.0, $1,400; 5. Ace Slone, 12.7, $1,100; 6. EJ Roberts, 13.0, $800; 7. Reese Riemer, 13.4, $500; 8. (tie) Jake Pratt and Thomas Merritt, 13.5, $100 each. Second round: 1. Justin Macha, 9.0 seconds, $2,300; 2. (tie) L.D. Meier and Marshall Leonard, 9.2, $1,850 each; 4. Marcos Costa, 10.2, $1,400; 5. Ace Slone, 10.3, $1,100; 6. Trent Creager, 10.9, $800; 4. (tie) Cody Ohl and Sterling Smith, 11.0, $350. Final round: 1. Cody Ohl, 8.2 seconds, $1,001; 2. L.D. Meier, 8.5, $828; 3. Ryan Watkins, 9.3, $656; 4. Cory Solomon, 9.6, $483; 5. (tie) Reese Riemer and Ace Slone, 10.5, $242. Average: 1. Cody Ohl, 31.2 seconds on three runs, $3,450; 2. Ace Sloan, 33.5, $3,000; 3. Marshall Leonard, 34.4, $2,550; 4. Reese Riemer, 35.0, $2,100; 5. Ryan Watkins, 36.0, $1,650; 6. L.D. Meier, 39.4, $1,200; 7. Adam Gray, 41.6, $750; 8. Cory Solomon, 44.3, $300.
    Barrel racing
    First round: 1. Christine Laughlin, 17.24 seconds, $2,117; 2. Mary Walker, 17.53, $1,815; 3. Cheyenne Shipps, 17.57, $1,512; 4. Jeanne Anderson, 17.58, $1,311; 5. Kaley Bass, 17.68, $1,008; 6. Taylor Jacob, 17.72, $807; 7. Shada Brazile, 17.87, $605; 8. Lynette Landis, 17.88, $403; 9. Jean Winters, 17.92, $302; 10. Jessi Fish, 17.96, $202. Second round: 1. Carlee Pierce, 16.92 seconds, $2,117; 2. Kaley Bass, 17.14, $1,815; 3. Christy Loflin, 17.25, $1,512; 4. Cheyenne Shipps, 17.32, $1,311; 5. Christine Laughlin, 17.41, $1,008; 6. Shelby Frasier, 17.50, $807; 4. Lacinda Rose, 17.67, $605; 8. Jeanne Anderson, 17.76, $403; 9. Gretchen Benbenek, 17.78, $302; 10. (tie) Jessi Mead and Lynette Landis, 17.89, $101. Final round: 1. Christine Laughlin, 17.04 seconds, $1,568; 2. Gretchen Benbenek, 17.32, $1,176; 3. Kaley Bass, 17.36, $784; 4. Cheyenne Shipps, 17.42, $392. Average: 1. Christine Laughlin, 51.69 seconds on three runs, $3,176; 2. Kaley Bass, 52.18, $2,722; 3. Cheyenne Shipps, 52.31, $2,268; 4. Gretchen Benbenek, 53.52, $1,966; 5. Jill Beaty, 54.01, $1,512; 6. Jessi Mead, $1,210; 7. Lacinda Rose, 54.22, $907; 8. Jeanne Anderson, 57.82, $605; 9. Shelby Frasier, 58.17, $454; 10. Lynette Landis, 58.59, $302.   
    Page 5 of 5 - Steer roping
    First round: 1. (tie) Neal Wood and Travis Mills, 12.7 seconds, $1,705 each; 3. Tony Reina, 13.2, $1,222; 4. Roger Branch, 13.5, $901; 5. Jess Tierney, 13.8, $579; 6. Landon McClaugherty, 14.0, $322. Second round: 1. J.B. Whatley, 11.2 seconds, $1,866; 2. Tuf Cooper, 11.5, $1,544; 3. (tie) Tom Smith and Chet Herren, 12.0, $1,062; 5. Jason Evans, 12.1, $579; 6. Brodie Poppino, 12.2, $322. Third round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 10.3 seconds, $1,866; 2. (tie) J. Tom Fisher and Joe Wells, 12.0, $1,383 each; 4. Corey Ross, 12.2, $901; 5. Mike Chase, 12.3, $979; 6. Rocky Patterson, 12.4, $322. Average: 1. Tyrel Taton, 43.0 seconds on three runs, $2,799; 2. Brodie Poppino, 43.6, $2,316; 3. Jess Tierney, 45.3, $1,834; 4. C.A. Lauer, 46.1, $1,351; 5. Martin Poindexter, 46.3, $869; 6. Tom Smith, 49.4, $483.
    Bull riding
    First round: 1. Bart Miller, 85 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Sweet Tater, $2,599; 2. Tyler Smith, 84, $1,992; 3. (tie) J.W. Harris and Jacob O’Mara, 83, $1,213 each; 5. (tie) Clayton Foltyn, Wes Wahlert and Corey Navarre, 81, $462; 8. Sage Kimzey, 80, $260; 9. Josh Koschel, 76; 10. (tie) Dillon Tyler, Lane Wilhelm and Dustin Bowen, 75.  Final round: 1. J.W. Harris, 89 points on Four L and Diamond S Rodeo’s Sandi’s Dream, $1,650; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. J.W. Harris, 172 points on two rides, $2,599; 2. Bart Miller, 85 points on one ride, $1,992; 3. Tyler Smith, 84, $1,473; 4. Jacob O’Mara, 83, $953; 5. (tie) Corey Navarre, Wes Wahlert and Clayton Foltyn, 81, $462 each; 8. Sage Kimzey, $260.
    All-around
    Landon McClaugherty, $1,050 won in steer roping and team roping. 
    Mutton bustin'
    Final round: 1. Jonathan Bone (Dodge City) 91. 2. Sache Downing (Dodge City) 90. 3. Keaton Bogner (Dodge City) 89. 4. Hayden Buhrle (Dodge City) 85. 5. Jacoby Sutton (Dodge City) 84. 6. Kaydense Foshukl (Montezuma) 83. 7. Jayten Wickham (Cimarron) 82. 8. Rangler Price (Cimarron) 78. 9. Mason Taylor (Wichta) 76. 10. Lauren Bell (Dodge City) 74. 11. Brayden Bryant (Dodge City) 73.

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