It’s been years since Koby Radley got his first glimpse of a Dodge City Roundup Rodeo championship buckle.

It belongs to his brother-in-law, Jacob O’Mara, who won the bull riding title in 2011, then followed it up with a Dodge City Xtreme Bulls title in 2015.

Now Radley can return to Louisiana and compare those wearable trophies.

On Sunday night during the championship round, he rode Frontier Rodeo’s Tiger Twister for 86.5 points to put the wraps on his first Roundup Rodeo bull riding championship.

In all, he pocketed just shy of $8,000, which will push his season earnings past the $80,000 mark with less than two months remaining in the regular season.

"This win was really important," said Radley, 21, of Montpelier, La. "I haven’t had a big rodeo win my whole career, so to get the win here in Dodge City is awesome. That buckle is awesome. As a kid seeing it, I always thought I’d like to win that buckle."

He did. He started off by sharing the first-round win with an 87-point ride on Frontier’s Master Charge. Garrett Tribble of Slick, Okla., had the same score on Frontier’s 99 Problems.

But when it came down to crunch time during a rank and rough championship round, Radley made sure he stayed atop his bull to claim the top prize.

In fact, he was just one of two of 12 cowboys to have an eight-second qualified ride in the short round; Jesse Petri of Palestine, Texas, had the highest-marked ride of the week with an 89-point ride on Frontier’s Lookin Up — he was 79 points in the first round and finished second overall with a two-ride cumulative score of 168, five points behind Radley.

"I’d like to say there wasn’t pressure, but there definitely was," Radley said. "Watching almost all the guys fall off, I knew if I’d stay on that bull, I would probably win it. I just had to keep calm and keep breathing."

Coming off his first National Finals Rodeo qualification, he would love to return to ProRodeo’s grand finale. This was his third time at Roundup Rodeo, and he plans to return. He finished second overall in his first bid two seasons ago.

"My plan is to make the NFR again this year," said Radley, the No. 13 bull rider in the world standings who won just shy of $63,000 at last year’s finale and finished 10th. "I want to come back this year and go for that gold buckle."

While the Louisiana cowboy is a relative newcomer to ProRodeo, tie-down roper Adam Gray is a veteran with four NFR qualifications to his credit. Still, he earned his first Roundup buckle this week.

"It’s been a real good week here in Dodge City ... in Kansas total; I won Hill City and placed in Phillipsburg," said Gray, who earned more than $10,000 over the last seven days, $8,116 of which came in Dodge City. "I’m really thankful. I’ve made the short round a couple of times and won some go rounds but never did anything substantial."

That changed this year. He won the first round and placed in the second round, and that money is vital.

In rodeo, dollars equal points, and only the top 15 contestants on the money list in each event at the end of the regular season advance to the NFR.

"This was really important, because last year I missed the finals by $512," said Gray, who is 10th in the world standings. "I’m trying to rope like I have a little bit of a grudge. I don’t want to leave any doubt. It would make my last few weeks of the season a lot less stressful.

"I’ve never had (the finals) made early; every time I’ve made them has been has been at the end (of the regular season). I wanted one time in my career to have them made early and get to watch the race and enjoy it and see how much fun I could win if I didn’t have stress."

If he stays on this hot streak, Gray just may do it.

 

Dodge City Roundup Rodeo July 31-Aug. 4

All-around cowboy: Tuf Cooper, $4,957, tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping.

Bareback riding

First round: 1. Will Lowe, 90 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Cactus Black, $3,085; 2. Tilden Hooper, 87.5, $2,365; 3. Steven Dent, 86, $1,748; 4. Leighton Berry 85, $1,131; 5. (tie) Zach Hibler and Logan Patterson, 84, $617 each; 7. Mason Clements, 82.5, $411; 8. Paden Hurst, 82, $309.

Final round: 1. Steven Dent, 89 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Tip Off, $1,650; 2. Tilden Hooper, 87, $1,250; 3. Will Lowe, 85, $900; 4. Leighton Berry, 84.5, $600; 5. Yance Day, 83, $350; 6. Blaine Kaufman, 80.5, $250.

Average: 1. (tie) Steven Dent and Will Lowe, 175 points on two rides, $2,725 each; 3. Tilden Hooper, 174.5, $1,748; 4. Leighton Berry, 169.5, $1,131; 5. Zach Hibler, 164; $720; 6. Mason Clements, 162, $514; 7. Blaine Kaufman, 159.5, $411; 8. Yance Day, 159, $309.

Steer wrestling

First round: 1. Aaron Vosler, 3.7 seconds, $2,629; 2. Dakota Eldridge, 3.8, $2,286; 3. (tie) Nick Guy, Shane Frey, Clayton Hass and Tyler Waguespack, 3.9, $1,429 each; 7. Cody Devers, 4.0, $571; 8. (tie) Blake Mindemann, Denell Henderson, Riley Duvall and Levi Rudd, 4.2, $57 each.

Second round: 1. Nick Guy, 3.7 seconds, $2,629; 2. (tie) Dakota Eldridge and J.D. Struxness, 3.9, $2,114 each; 4. Denell Henderson, 4.1, $1,600; 5. Tyler Pearson, 4.2, $1,257; 6. Riley Westhaver, 4.3, $914; 7. Cody Devers, 4.4, $571; 8. (tie) Blake Mindemann and Jule Hazen, 4.8, $114.

Final round: 1. Kyle Irwin, 3.5 seconds, $1,102; 2. Denell Henderson, 3.8, $912; 3. Matt Reeves, 4.0, $722; 4. (tie) Blake Mindemann and Dakota Eldridge, 4.3, $437 each; 6. Blair Jones, 4.7, $190.

Average: 1. Dakota Eldridge, 12.0 seconds on three runs, $3,943; 2. Denell Henderson, 12.1, $3,429; 3. Nick Guy, 12.4, $2.915; 4. Blake Mindemann, 13.3, $2,400; 5. Matt Reeves, 13.4, $1,886; 6. Kyle Irwin, $1,372; 7 Blair Jones, 15.2, $857; 8. Jule Hazen, 15.7, $343.

Team roping

First round: 1. (tie) Caleb Smidt/Ty Arnold and Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 5.0 seconds, $2,557 each; 3. (tie) Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison and Adam Rose/Jett Hillman, 5.1, $1,843 each; 5. David Key/Rich Skelton, 5.4, $1,308; 6. Garrett Tonozzi/Dustin Davis, 5.5, $951; 7. (tie) Casey Hicks/Steve Orth, Cory Clark/Douglas Rich and Cory Kidd V/Kory Koontz, 5.8, $277 each.

Second round: 1. (tie) Luke Brown/Paul Eaves and Garret Chick/Ross Ashford, 4.3 seconds, $2,557 each; 3. Mason Boettcher/Eddie Medina, 4.6, $2,022; 4. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 4.9, $1,665; 5. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 5.0, $1,308; 6. Coleman Proctor/Ryan Motes, 5.2, $951; 7. Nick Becker/Dawson McMaster, 5.3, $595; 8. Jake Cooper/Caleb Anderson, 5.5, $238.

Final round: 1. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 5.7 seconds, $1,015; 2. (tie) Nick Becker/Dawson McMaster and Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 5.9, $752 each; 4. Garrett Tonozzi/Dustin Davis, 6.2, $490; 5. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 6.3, $315; 6. Clayton Van Aken/Cullen Teller, 6.5, $175.

Average: 1. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 16.3 seconds on three runs, $4,103; 2. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 16.7, $3,567; 3. Garrett Tonozzi/Dustin Davis, 17.4, $3,032; 4. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 17.5, $2,497; 5. Nick Becker/Dawson McMaster, 18.3, $1,962; 6. Clayton Van Aken/Cullen Teller, 18.9, $1,427; 7. Casey Hicks/Steve Orth, 31.8, $892; 8. Cory Kidd V/Kory Koontz, 11.6 seconds on two runs, $357.

Saddle bronc riding

First round: 1. Rusty Wright, 90 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Let ’Er Rip, 89, $2,747; 2. Ryder Wright, 89, $2,106; 3. Tegan Smith, 87, $1,557; 4. Jacobs Crawley, 86, $1,007; 5. (tie) Wade Sundell and Allen Boore, 84.5, $549 each; 7. Spencer Wright, 83.5, $366; 8. Dean Wadsworth, 82.5, $275.

Final round: 1. Rusty Wright, 92 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Big News, $1,650; 2. Ryder Wright, 90, $1,250; 3. (tie) Allen Boore and Tegan Smith, 88, $750 each; 5. Shorty Garrett, 87, $350; 6. Jacobs Crawley, 83, $250.

Average: 1. Rusty Wright, 182 points on two rides, $2,747; 2. Ryder Wright, 179, $2,105; 3. Tegan Smith, 175, $1,557; 4. Allen Boore, 172.5, $1,007; 5. Jacobs Crawley, 169, $641; 6. Shorty Garrett, 167.5, $458; 7. Spencer Wright, 159.5, $366; 8. Wade Sundell, 84.5 points on one ride, $275.

Tie-down roping

First round: 1. Adam Gray, 9.0 seconds, $2,611; 2. Chance Oftedahl, 9.1, $2,270; 3. Ryan Thibodeaux, 9.2, $1,930; 4. (tie) Colt Papy and Chris McCuistion, 10.3, $1,419 each; 6. Wyatt Imus, 10.7, $908; 7. Trell Etbauer, 10.8, $568; 8. (tie) Blake Ash and Cooper Martin, 10.9, $114 each.

Second round: 1. Bryson Sechrist, 8.9 seconds, $2,611; 2. Marcos Costa, 9.2, $2,270; 3. Westyn Hughes, 9.6, $1,930; 4. Adam Gray, 9.7, $1,589; 5. Garrett Busby, 10.0, $1,249; 6. Colt Papy, 10.1, $908; 7. Trell Etbauer, 10.3, $568; 7. (tie) Trent Creager and Luke Potter, 10.3, $114 each.

Final round: 1. Chance Oftedahl, 8.6 seconds, $1,088; 2. Westyn Hhughes, 9.3, $900; 3. Luke Potter, 9.5, $713; 4. Blake Ash, 9.8, $525; 5. Chris McCuistion, 10.2, $338; 6. Colt Papy, 10.3, $188.

Average: 1. Adam Gray, 29.4 seconds on three runs, $3,916; 2. Colt Papy, 30.7, $3,405; 3. Chance Oftedahl, 31.1, $2,894; 4. Trell Etbauer, 31.5, $2,384; 5. Westyn Hughes, 32.2, $1,873; 6. Luke Potter, 32.3, $1,362; 7. Blake Ash, 32.9, $851; 8. Chris McCuistion, 34.0, $341.

Barrel racing

First round: 1. Michelle Darling, 16.70 seconds, $2,378; 2. Hallie Hanssen, 16.92, $2,038; 3. Ericka Nelson, 17.22, $1,698; 4. Cindy Smith, 17.24, $1,472; 5. Shelley Morgan, 17.29, $1,132; 6. (tie) Shali Lord and Kara Large, 17.31, $793 each; 8. Jeanne Anderson, 17.32, $453; 9. Leslie Smalygo, 17.36, $340; 10. Sara Cheeney, 17.37, $226.

Second round: 1. Jessica Routier, 16.93 seconds, $2,378; 2. Shannon Lillard, 17.01, $2,038; 3. Janie Johnson, 17.11, $1,698; 4. Ericka Nelson, 17.15, $1,472; 5. Kara Large, 17.16, $1,132; 6. Shelley Morgan, 17.20, $906; 7. Kynzie McNeill, 17.23, $679; 8. Jill Wilson, 17.25, $453; 9. (tie) Hollie Etbauer and Hallie Hanssen, 17.26, $283 each.

Final round: 1. Shelley Morgan, 17.09 seconds, $1,761; 2. Ericka Nelson, 17.15, $1,321; 3. Michelle Darling, 17.17, $881; 4. Hallie Hanssen, 17.18, $440.

Average: 1. Michelle Darling, 51.16 seconds on three runs, $3,567; 2. Hallie Hanssen, 51.36, $3,057; 3. Ericka Nelson, 51.52, $2,548; 4. Shelley Morgan, 51.58, $2,208; 5. Kara Large, 51.88, $1,698; 6. Leslie Smalygo, 52.00, $1,359; 7. Jeanne Anderson, 52.26, $1,019; 8. (tie) Kiley Dalchow and Hollie Etbauer, 52.30, $594 each; 10. Shannon Lillard, 53.25, $340.

Steer roping

First round: 1. (tie) Tony Reina and Trey Wallace, 11.6 seconds, $1,564 each; 3. Tuf Cooper, 11.7, $1,121; 4. Shay Good, 12.3, $826; 5. Mike Chase, 12.7, $531; 6. Roger Branch, 12.8, $295.

Second round: 1. Trenton Johnson, 10.7 seconds, $1,711; 2. (tie) Brodie Poppino and Tuf Cooper, 10.8, $1,269 each; 4. Scott Snedecor, 10.9, $826; 5. Chet Herren, 11.2, $531; 6. Kelton McMillen, 11.4, $295.

Third round: 1. Jess Tierney, 11.4 seconds, $1,711; 2. Roger Branch, 11.5, $1,416; 3. (tie) Brodie Poppino and Rocky Patterson, 11.9, $974 each; 5. J.D. Yates, 12.7, $531; 6. Shay Good, 12.8, $295.

Average: 1. Tuf Cooper, 38.4 seconds on three head, $2,567; 2. Shay Good, 39.1, $2,124; 3. Trevor Brazile, 45.5, $1,682; 4. Brady Garten, 49.0, $1,239; 5. Billy Good, 49.4, $797; 6. (tie) J.P. Wickett and Jason Evans, 51.8, $221 each.

Bull riding

First round: 1. (tie) Koby Radley, on Frontier Rodeo’s Master Charge, and Garrett Tribble, on Frontier Rodeo’s 99 Problems, 87 points, $2,663 each; 3. Stetson Wright, 86, $1,708; 4. (tie) Wyatt Rogers and Dustin Martinez, 85.5, $904; 6. Hayden Harris, 84.5, $502; 7. (tie) Elijah Mora, Cordell Curtis and Colten Fritzlan, 83, $234 each.

Final round: 1. Jesse Petri, 89 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Lookin Up, $2,700; 2. Koby Radley, 86.5, $2,300; no other qualified rides.

Average: 1. Koby Radley, 173.5 points on two rides, $3,015; 2. Jesse Petri, 168, $2,311; 3. Garrett Tribble, 87 points on one ride, $1,708; 4. (tie) Dustin Martinez and Wyatt Rogers, 85.5, $904 each; 6. Hayden Harris, 84.5, $502; 7. (tie) Colten Fritzlan, Cordell Curtis and Elijah Mora, 83, $234 each.