DODGE CITY, Kan. â€“ Matt Bright might just be on the hot streak of his career.
Bright, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Fort Worth, Texas, continued his positive momentum Thursday night by riding Frontier Rodeoâ€™s Showdown for 83 points to take the bareback riding lead at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.
â€śIâ€™ve been pretty injury plagued the last couple years, and Iâ€™m finally feeling healthy,â€ť said Bright, who earned more than $12,000 last week and moved to 28th in the world standings. â€śItâ€™s amazing what being in good shape and being healthy can do for a guyâ€™s riding. Itâ€™s dang sure improved mine a lot, and things have been rolling really well here lately.â€ť
He was one of 19 NFR qualifiers in Thursdayâ€™s second performance of Roundup. Injuries have sidelined him enough the last two seasons, the Tennessee-born cowboy has been unable to return to Las Vegas for ProRodeoâ€™s grand finale. Heâ€™s battling his way toward the magical top 15 in the world standings by the end of the regular season to secure his fourth trip to the Nevada desert in December.
He knew he had a shot on the Frontier horse.
â€śDodge City is one of these rodeos where the horse is going to tell the difference,â€ť said Bright, who finished second at both Cheyenne, Wyo., and Eagle, Colo., last week. â€śEverybody here are great bareback riders. This is a (Wrangler Million Dollar) Tour rodeo, so youâ€™re going to get the cream of the crop, and I knew (NFR qualifier) Austin Foss had some success on that horse earlier this year.â€ť
In roughstock events â€“ bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding â€“ half the score on the 100-point scale is based on the animal; the rest is based on how well the cowboy rides.
â€śHe had a great trip, and I managed to keep up with him,â€ť he said of Showdown.
Though he has missed a number of big-money rodeos this year because of injury, Bright knows there are plenty of opportunities ahead of him with just two months left in the 2015 campaign.
â€śI know everybody goes on and on about July being the month, but after Cheyenne, you get a lot of guys who are broke and a lot of guys who are injured,â€ť he said. â€śWith as many big rodeos that go on in the late summer and early fall and with a few guys that are out for whatever reason, it seems like it gets slightly easier to get checks.
â€śIf a guyâ€™s healthy and feeling good like I have here lately, I think this is a good time to take advantage of it. Iâ€™m not beat up from going up and down the road. Iâ€™ve got a fresh jump, and I think itâ€™s showing. Iâ€™ve been drawing real good horses, and Iâ€™ve been able to take advantage of it.â€ť
First he needs to finish among the top 12 through the four preliminary performances in Dodge City in order to qualify for Sundayâ€™s championship round. By leading with two nights left in the preliminary round, he sits in prime position to chase the coveted Roundup title.
He just needs that hot streak to continue just a few more days to get it.
Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
July 29-Aug. 2
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Matt Bright, 83 points on Frontier Rodeoâ€™s Showdown; 2. Kash Wilson, 80; 3. Tanner Aus, 78; 4. Colt Kitaif, 76; 5. Clint Cannon, 75; 6. Kyle Charley, 74; 7. (tie) Clayton Jon Biglow, Trenton Montero and Will Lowe, 71 each; 10. Casey Breuer, 66; 11. Wyatt Clar, 59; 12. A.J. Colletti, 58.
Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Rowdy Parrott and Ricky Riley, 3.9 seconds; 3. Kyle Irwin, 4.1; 4. (tie) Logan Rudd and Ryan Bothum, 4.3; 4. (tie) Orrin Fontenot, Jule Hazen, Stockton Graves and Cody Pratt, 4.4. Second round leaders: 1. Kyle Whitaker, 3.3 seconds; 2. (tie) Levi Rudd and Tyler Waguespack, 3.6; 4. (tie) Matt Reeves and Josh Clark, 3.8; 6. (tie) Matt Uttermark and J.D. Struxness, 4.0; 8. Cody Devers, 4.1. Average leaders: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Rowdy Parrott, 8.3; 3. Kyle Irwin, 8.4; 4. Stockton Graves, 8.7; 5. J.D. Struxness, 9.0; 6. Orrin Fontenot, 9.2; 7. Ryan Bothum, 9.8; 8. Tanner Brunner, 10.5; 9. Tooter Silver, 10.6; 10. Logan Rudd, 10.9; 11. Kyle Broce, 11.6; 12. Levi Rudd, 11.9.
Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.4 seconds; 2. Colt Fisher/Corey Hendrick, 4.7; 3. Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 4.9; 4. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2; 5. Monty Wood/Boogie Ray, 5.3; 6. (tie) Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper and Cris Francis/Cade Passig, 6.2 each; 8. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 6.3; 6. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 6.4. Second round leaders: 1. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7 seconds; 2. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 5.1; 3. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 6.3; 4. Nick Becker/Toby Mentzer, 6.3; 5. Derrick Begay/Clay Oâ€™Brien Cooper, 6.9; 6. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 7.4; 7. Jered Hunter/Trew Cates, 8.3; 8. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 10.0. Average leaders: 1. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 11.5 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Derrick Begay/Clay Oâ€™Brien Cooper and Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 11.8; 4. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 12.6; 5. Jered Hunter/Trew Cates, 15.1; 7. Colt Fisher/Corey Hendrick, 15.5; 8. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 17.1; 9. Caleb Bullock/Shade Etbauerm 25.2; 10. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7 on one run; 11. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2; 12. Monty Wood/Boogie Ray, 5.3.
Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Rusty Wright, 81 points on Harry Vold Rodeoâ€™s Jerryâ€™s Delight; 2. (tie) Isaac Diaz and Cody Wright; 4. Tyrel Larsen, 78; 5. Taos Muncy, 77; 6. (tie) Spencer Wright and Dalton Davis, 76; 8. (tie) Doug Aldridge, Taygen Schuelke and Dawson Jandreau, 75; 11. (tie) Zeke Thurston, Brady Nicholes and Sam Spreadborough, 74.
Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Stran Smith, 8.2 seconds; 2. Justin Maas, 9.0; 3. Tanner Stec, 9.3; 4. Caleb Bullock, 9.4; 5. (tie) Jordan Ketscher and Ross Tucker, 9.5; 7. Clint Cooper, 9.6; 8. GlennJackson Glasper. Second round leaders: 1. Tyson Durfey, 8.0; 2. Tyler Milligan, 8.5 seconds; 3. (tie) Trent Creager, Dennis Luetge and Stran Smith, 8.6; 6. Jarrod Branch, 9.5; 7. (tie) Glenn Jackson Glasper and Jesse Clark, 9.6. Average leaders: 1. Stran Smith, 16.8 seconds on two runs; 2. Justin Maass, 18.7; 3. GlennJackson Glasper, 19.6; 4. Trent Creager, 20.3; 5. Tanner Stec, 20.7; 6. Quay Howard, 21.3; 7. Jesse Clark, 21.5; 8. Dennis Luetge, 24.1; 9. Chase Williams, 29.8; 10. Shade Etbauer, 31.3; 11. Jarrod Branch, 33.1; 12. Bryson Seachrist, 36.8.
Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Kelley Schnaufer, 17.09 seconds; 2. Jackie Ganter, 17.10; 3. Abby Searcy, 17.20; 4. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.23; 5. Tillar Murray, 17.26; 6. Laura Lambert, 17.28; 7. Christine Laughlin, 17.34; 8. Victoria Williams, 17.40; 9. Sabrina Ketcham, 17.41; 10. Stevi Hillman, 17.45. Second round leaders: 1. Tillar Murray, 17.02 seconds; 2. Sarah Rose McDonald, 17.06; 3. Laura Kennedy, 17.07; 4. Kelley Schnaufer, 17.11; 5. Bailee Snow, 17.15; 6. Stevi Hillman, 17.16; 7. Christy Loflin, 17.18; 8. Abby Searcy, 17.22; 9. Victoria Williams, 17.27; 10. Carol Chesher, 17.32. Average leaders: 1. Kelley Schnaufer, 34.20 seconds on two runs; 2. Tillar Murray, 34.28; 3. Sarah Rose McDonald, 34.29; 4. Abby Searcy, 34.42; 5. Jackie Ganter, 34.51; 6. Stevi Hillman, 34.61; 7. Victoria Williams, 34.67; 8. Laura Kennedy, 34.78; 9. Carol Chesher, 34.80; 10. Gretchen Benbenek, 34.83; 11. Sabrina Ketcham, 34.84; 12. Bailee Snow, 34.88.
Bull riding leaders: 1. Scottie Knapp, 89 points on 4L and Diamond S Rodeoâ€™s Spanish Moss; 2. Aaron Pass, 88; 3. Tanner Bothwell, 84; 4. Mana Kaia, 82; 5. (tie) Trenton Montero and Caleb Sanderson, 81; 7. Sage Kimzey, 77; 8. Joe Frost, 76; 9. Guthrie Murray, 73; 10. Cody Wade Huitt, 54; no other qualified rides.
There is a pretty big stink north of the border.
Apparently, a number of rodeo folks are a bit miffed at the Canadian Professional Rodeo Associationâ€™s newest logo design. Itâ€™s quite a change from the longstanding logo, and it has been met with sharp criticism.
The previous logo was outdated and needed an overhaul. The image looks straight out of the Old West, as if it were developed on printing presses that have long since been discarded.
The new logo is slick and unique â€¦ a little too much for the tradition-rich CPRA. In fact, itâ€™s a complete direction change from what has been a signature symbol for the association. Sure, some will say, itâ€™s attractive and bold.
But it is short-sided and actually alienates the organization from its roots. Just click HERE to read what CPRA Gold Card Mac McKie member and my good friend, Ted Stovin, have to say on the subject.
There was room for something spectacular to create that included all the design aspects needed for change. There is middle ground, and thatâ€™s where the CPRA board shouldâ€™ve gone.
There was no need to erase 70 years of tradition with one swipe of a pen and a few block letters. The CPRA membership deserved better.
DODGE CITY, Kan. â€“ No matter how good an athlete is, the foundation for every move is in the fundamentals.
Itâ€™s working well for Rusty Wright, a 19-year-old saddle bronc rider and son of two-time world champion Cody Wright. On Wednesday night, the Utah cowboy rode Harry Vold Rodeoâ€™s Jerryâ€™s Delight for 81 points to take the early lead at the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.
â€śI couldnâ€™t ask for better this year,â€ť said Rusty Wright, the No. 3-ranked bronc rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings. â€śIâ€™ve been drawing good and making good rides, and the judges are liking it. Itâ€™s working out. I just plan to keep riding the best I can; nothing fancy, just stick to the basics.â€ť
Thatâ€™s proven to be quite successful for the Wright clan of Milford, Utah. Not only is Cody Wright a two-time titlist, but two of his brothers (Rustyâ€™s uncles) are also world champs: Jesse Wright won the gold buckle in 2012, and Spencer Wright added the familyâ€™s fourth crown last season.
â€śMy dadâ€™s been preaching the basics to us, not just in bronc riding but any sport we were doing through elementary school or high school; just stick to the basics,â€ť said Rusty Wright, who is one point better than Cody Wright and Isaac Diaz at Roundup Rodeo. â€śIt carries over to bronc riding. Heâ€™s been telling us that so long that itâ€™s easy to remember: Stay back, lift on your rein and set your feet. Thatâ€™s pretty much all you need to do.â€ť
The young gun has done it better than most this season. He has pocketed $71,000, and two months remain in ProRodeoâ€™s regular season. Heâ€™s well on his way to his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, where the chances are good heâ€™ll be joined by familiar faces.
Only the top 15 cowboys in the world standings earn a shot at the biggest pay in the game, and there are plenty of Wrights within range of returning to Las Vegas in December: Spencer is sixth, Jake is 10th, Jesse is 17th and Cody is 25th. Rusty travels the rodeo trail with Cody, Spencer and Brady Nicholes.
â€śA big part of rodeoing is being around good bronc riders and winners, like my dad and Spencer,â€ť Rusty Wright said. â€śI think Iâ€™m traveling with a couple of winners. It helps me out a lot, not only in bronc riding but with my attitude in life.
â€śItâ€™s a huge impact, and itâ€™s made things a lot easier for me.â€ť
He seems to be making it pretty easy for himself. Heâ€™ll turn 20 on Nov. 10, so a trip to the Nevada in December to chase the world championâ€™s gold buckle might be the perfect birthday gift.
Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
July 29-Aug. 2
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Kash Wilson, 80 points on JK Rodeoâ€™s Brother; 2. Tanner Aus, 78; 3. Clint Cannon, 75; 4. (tie) Clayton Jon Biglow and Trenton Montero, 71 each; 6. Casey Breuer, 66.
Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Rowdy Parrott, 3.9 seconds; 2. Kyle Irwin, 4.1; 3. Logan Rudd, 4.3; 4. Orrin Fontenot, 4.4; 5. Tyler Waguespack, 4.5; 6. Royce Johnson, 4.7. Second round leaders: 1. Kyle Whitaker, 3.3 seconds; 2. (tie) Levi Rudd and Tyler Waguespack, 3.6; 4. Matt Reeves, 3.8; 5. Kyle Irwin, 4.3; 6. (tie) Jacob Talley, 4.4. Average leaders: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Rowdy Parrott, 8.3; 3. Kyle Irwin, 8.4; 4. Orrin Fontenot, 9.2; 5. Tooter Silver, 10.6; 6. Logan Rudd, 10.9; 7. Levi Rudd, 11.9; 8. Jacob Talley, 18.5.
Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.4 seconds; 2. Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 4.9; 3. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2; 4. Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper, 6.2; 5. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 6.3; 6. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 6.4. Second round leaders: 1. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7 seconds; 2. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 5.1; 3. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 6.3; 4. Derrick Begay/Clay Oâ€™Brien Cooper, 6.9; 5. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 7.4; 6. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 10.2. Average leaders: 1. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 11.5 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Derrick Begay/Clay Oâ€™Brien Cooper and Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 11.8 seconds each; 4. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 12.6; 5. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 17.1; 6. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7 on one run; 7. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2; 8. Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper, 6.2.
Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Rusty Wright, 81 points on Harry Vold Rodeoâ€™s Jerryâ€™s Delight; 2. (tie) Isaac Diaz and Cody Wright; 4. Tyrel Larsen, 78; 5. Taos Muncy, 77; 6. Spencer Wright, 76; 7. Doug Aldridge, 75; 8. (tie) Zeke Thurston/Brady Nicholes, 74.
Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jordan Ketscher, 9.5 seconds; 2. Clint Cooper, 9.6; 3. GlennJackson Glasper, 10.0; 4. Dillon Holder, 10.7; 5. Quay Howard, 11.3; 6. William Whayne Jr., 11.6. Second round leaders: 1. Tyler Milligan, 8.5 seconds; 2. Trent Creager, 8.6; 3. Jarrod Branch, 9.5; 4. Glenn Jackson Glasper, 9.6; 5. Quay Howard, 10.0; 6. Tylen Layton, 10.6; 7. Bryson Sechrist, 18.2; 8. Pryce Harris, 21.0. Average leaders: 1. GlennJackson Glasper, 19.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Trent Creager, 20.3; 3. Quay Howard, 21.3; 4. Jarrod Branch, 33.1; 5. Bryson Seachrist, 36.8; 6. Garrett King, 47.3; 7. Tyler Milligan, 8.5 on one one; 8. Jordan Ketscher, 9.5.
Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Abby Searcy, 17.20 seconds; 2. Christine Laughlin, 17.34; 3. Carol Chesher, 17.48; 4. Lauren Magdeburg, 17.54; 5. Layna Kight, 17.60; 6. (tie) Laura Kennedy and Hanna Forbes, 17.71 each. Second round leaders: 1. Laura Kennedy, 17.07; 2. Bailee Snow, 17.15; 3. Christy Loflin, 17.18; 4. Abby Searcy, 17.22; 5. Carol Chesher, 17.32; 6. (tie) Kaela Haddon and Hanna Forbes, 17.34; 8. Darla Corff, 17.43; 9. Sara Bynum, 17.45; 10. Cheyenne Raney, 17.50. Average leaders: 1. Abby Searcy, 34.42 seconds on two runs; 2. Laura Kennedy, 34.78; 3. Carol Chesher, 34.80; 4. Bailee Snow, 34.88; 5. Christy Loflin, 34.92; 6. Hanna Forbes, 35.05; 7. Layna Kight, 35.15; 8. Lauren Magdeburg, 35.27; 9. Sara Bynum, 35.48; 10. Sandy McElreath, 35.62; 11. Kaela Haddon, 35.73; 12. Brooke Sebo, 36.05.
Bull riding leaders: 1. Scottie Knapp, 89 points on 4L and Diamond S Rodeoâ€™s Spanish Moss; 2. Aaron Pass, 88; 3. (tie) Trenton Montero and Caleb Sanderson, 81; 5. Guthrie Murray, 73; 6. Cody Wade Huitt, 54.
(NewsUSA) - According to the American Optometric Association's (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q survey, 41 percent of parents say their kids spend three or more hours per day using digital devices, and 66 percent of kids have their own smartphone or tablet.
It's clear children's use of digital technology continues to be an integral part of their lives in both the classroom and at home, and it's predicted that by 2028 -- the year in which kids entering kindergarten this fall will graduate high school -- many schools will rely heavily on computer simulations for instruction and will even incorporate virtual worlds into curriculu.
While these advances in the classroom may enhance learning, many digital devices are still relatively new, and the long-term effects on young eyes are not yet fully known. Most of today's commonly-used devices give off high-energy, short-wavelength, blue and violet light, which may affect children's vision and even prematurely age their eyes. Early research even shows that overexposure to this blue light could contribute to eye strain and discomfort and may lead to serious conditions later in life, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which can cause blindness.
The first step in taking care of children's eyes is for parents to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for children prior to the beginning of each school year to check eye health and vision. Children now have the benefit of annual comprehensive eye exams, thanks to the Pediatric Essential Health Benefit in the Affordable Care Act, through age 18. The AOA recommends children have an eye exam by
an optometrist soon after six months of age, again at age three and annually thereafter.
With so much time spent on digital devices, it is also more important than ever for parents to watch for signs of digital eye strain in children. Symptoms can include burning, itchy or tired eyes, headaches, fatigue, loss of focus, blurred vision, double vision or head and neck pain. To protect their eyes and vision while using digital devices, parents should encourage children to take frequent visual breaks by practicing the 20-20-20 rule: when using technology or doing near work, take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away.
To find an optometrist in your area, or for additional information on children's vision and the importance of back-to-school eye exams, please visit aoa.org.
(NewsUSA) - It starts when you receive the invitation in the mail -- either your computer's Inbox or the one that your junk mail gets delivered to.
That complex social conundrum of being asked to a party.
Do you bring wine or beer? Is wine too pretentious? There's always craft beer, or is that elitist? And what to wear? Is it a casual gathering or a dinner party where at least a sport coat is needed? Is it acceptable to add a plus-one, since you just started dating the potential man or woman of your dreams?
While modern-day society may no longer follow the social dictates of Emily Post's rules of etiquette, there's nothing like a soiree to throw many of us into an internal tailspin.
To help navigate the often frustratingly opaque rules of attending a party, be it cocktail, dinner or a child's birthday, the following tips can help:
* Call to RSVP. The French may not have the corner on manners, but they do know that RSVP means respondez s'il vous plait, or please reply. This is essential for the host to get an accurate headcount and not responding is considered rude and inconsiderate.
* Decode the dress code. Is it a formal affair in which tuxes and dresses are appropriate, or a more casual, anything goes party? If you're unsure, it's never inappropriate to ask the hostess.
* Go dateless. Unless specifically stated, it is considered rude to bring an uninvited guest or to ask if you can bring a plus-one. If you can bring a date, remember to RSVP for them, or conversely, if you accepted for your guest and plans change, let the host know that as well.
* Hold your liquor. While you may want to imbibe all the free-flowing alcohol, avoid drinking to excess. Nothing is more disrespectful and uncomfortable than a drunk party guest, particularly at more upscale affairs.
* Take what you need to feel comfortable. For some that's a small bottle of aspirin to ward off a headache, a pair of more comfortable shoes discreetly hidden in the folds of a coat, an embroidered handkerchief rather than bulky tissue, or if you're a smokeless tobacco user, something other than a spit cup or bottle. Smokeless tobacco accessories, such as the portable spittoon created by Atlanta-based FLASR, will help you avoid the uncomfortable (not to mention sometimes messy) aspects of enjoying your snuff, dip or chew while at a party. The new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon is designed to al-low users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively and discreetly without unwanted attention.
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The timed events began Wednesday morning at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, and there are several elite athletes atop the leaderboard, including world champion header Chad Masters. He and partner Travis Graves posted a 4.4-second run to lead the first go-round.
Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Rowdy Parrott, 3.9 seconds; 2. Kyle Irwin, 4.1; 3. Logan Rudd, 4.3; 4. Orrin Fontenot, 4.4; 5. Tyler Waguespack, 4.5; 6. Royce Johnson, 4.7. Second round leaders: 1. Kyle Whitaker, 3.3 seconds; 2. Matt Reeves, 3.8; 3. Dan Barner, 5.8; 4. Tyler Pearson, 6.5; 5. Shane Henderson, 8.3; 6. John Kloeckler, 13.3. Average leaders: 1. Kyle Whitaker, 3.3 seconds on one head; 2. Matt Reeves, 3.8; 3. Rowdy Parrott, 3.9; 4. Kyle Irwin, 4.1; 5. Logan Rudd, 4.3; 6. Orrin Fontenot, 4.4.
Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.4 seconds; 2. Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 4.9; 3. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2; 4. Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper, 6.2; 5. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 6.3; 6. Aaron Tsinigine/Ryan Motes, 6.4. Second round leaders: 1. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 14.3; no other qualified runs. Average leaders: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.4 seconds on one head; 2. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 4.7; 3. Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 4.9; 4. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2; 5. Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper, 6.2; 6. J.D. Yates/Trey Yates, 6.3.
Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Jordan Ketscher, 9.5 seconds; 2. Clint Cooper, 9.6; 3. GlennJackson Glasper, 10.0; 4. Dillon Holder, 10.7; 5. Quay Howard, 11.3; 6. William Whayne Jr., 11.6. Second round leaders: 1. Tyler Milligan, 8.5 seconds; 2. Jarrod Branch, 9.5; 3. Tylen Layton, 10.6; 4. Pryce Harris, 21.0; 5. Garrett King, 24.8; no other qualified runs. Average leaders: 1. Jarrod Branch, 33.1 seconds on two head; 2. Garrett King, 47.3; 3. Tyler Milligan, 8.5 on one head; 4. Jordan Ketscher, 9.5; 5. Clint Cooper, 9.6; 6. GlennJackson Glasper, 10.0.
Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Abby Searcy, 17.20 seconds; 2. Christine Laughlin, 17.34; 3. Carol Chesher, 17.48; 4. Lauren Magdeburg, 17.54; 5. Layna Kight, 17.60; 6. (tie) Laura Kennedy and Hanna Forbes, 17.71 each. Second round leaders: 1. Kaela Haddon, 17.34 seconds; 2. Darla Corff, 17.43; 3. Sara Bynum, 17.45; 4. Cheyenne Raney, 17.50; 5. Lisa Thornton, 17.51; 6. Emily Holton, 17.53. Average leaders: 1. Lisa Thornton, 35.29 seconds on two head; 2. Sara Bynum, 35.48; 3. Sandy McElreath, 35.62; 4. Kaela Haddon, 35.73; 5. Brooke Sebo, 36.05; 6. Crystal Castleberry, 36.11.
Two-time world champion Scott Snedecor of Fredricksburg, Texas, added another prestigious title to his resume Tuesday afternoon.
Snedecor, a 13-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Rodeo, roped and tied three calves in 26.8 seconds to win $4,862. It marked the second time in his career that the Texan has claimed the Dodge City Roundup steer roping championship.
â€śJust being Dodge City is important for us,â€ť he said. â€śPart of the attraction of this rodeo is the buckle they give; that was one of the elite buckles that stick out when you see it on somebody.
â€śThe committee here works so hard, and we all really appreciate Mike (Lehmke) for sponsoring steer roping. They really do take care of us.â€ť
Snedecor split the opening-round victory with Troy Tillard of Douglas, Wyo.; both cowboys posted 11.2-second runs. Mike Chase of McAlester, Okla., won the second round with a 10.4-second run, while Neal Wood of Needville, Texas, scored a 10.2 â€“ the fastest run of the day â€“ to win the final round.
Snedecor first won the Roundup buckle in 2008, the same year he won his second world title â€“ he also won the gold buckle in 2005. Heading into the week, he was fourth in the world standings with more than $42,000
â€śThe year started out good; Iâ€™d won $15,000 before January,â€ť he said, noting that the rodeo season runs from Oct. 1-Sept. 30 each year. â€śMy horse tore up his flexor tendon in March, and I went through seven or eight horses trying to get one to work.â€ť
But friends came through. In fact, Snedecor has borrowed a horse from fellow roper Shandon Stalls of McLean, Texas, the past two weeks, and itâ€™s paid off. He has earned more than $20,000 in that span.
â€śThis horse is 21 years old, and heâ€™s pretty good,â€ť Snedecor said. â€śHe stays out of my way and lets me work. This event is probably more demanding of horsepower than any event. When you get off one, youâ€™ve got to trust it. It takes a special horse. There arenâ€™t many out there like that.â€ť
DODGE CITY, Kan. â€“ For the better part of the last three years, Jacob Oâ€™Mara has spent more time on the disabled list than any athlete would like.
Itâ€™s especially hard for rodeo cowboys, who have no guaranteed contracts. The only way they make money is to win it, and Oâ€™Mara has been at his Baton Rouge, La., home a lot more than heâ€™s been on the rodeo trail.
â€śIâ€™ve had a lot of down time and a lot of home time, but I wouldnâ€™t take it back,â€ť he said. â€śIf God wouldnâ€™t have put me through and allowed me to go through the things I did, I wouldnâ€™t be where I am today spiritually and a lot of my personal live. Iâ€™m thankful for that.â€ť
He has returned with a vengeance, winning Tuesday nightâ€™s Dodge City Roundup Xtreme Bulls title. He rode 4L and Diamond S Rodeoâ€™s Lil Warrior for 86 points to win the championship to earn $4,963.
Oâ€™Mara won Roundupâ€™s bull riding title in 2011 and parlayed that into a qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He finished the year fifth in the world standings, but that was followed by a series of injuries that have left him away from the game he loves for months at a time.
â€śI feel good right now,â€ť said Oâ€™Mara, who was ranked 33rd in the bull riding standings heading into this week. â€śI had to take a couple weeks off in June because I bruised my rotator cuff, but I came back strong. I had a decent Fourth (of July run); I placed in the middle of the pack but felt like I was riding good.â€ť
As is the case with any sport, there are definite slumps that come along. He experienced a short one last week.
â€śIt lit a fire in me to come back here,â€ť he said. â€śBeing familiar with this rodeo and having had success here, itâ€™s a comfort zone. Iâ€™m glad to get that fire underneath me and want to let it roll from here.â€ť
Oâ€™Mara was just a half point better than 2011 world champion Shane Proctor of Grand Coulee, Wash., who finished second. Dustin Bowen of Waller, Texas, placed third with an 83.5, while Dodge City-born bull rider Tyler Hessman of Beaver, Okla., finished in a three-way tie for fourth with Brett Stall of Detroit Lakes, Mich., and Caleb Sanderson of Hallettsville, Texas, with 83s
A little more than two months remain in the 2015 regular season, and cowboys must be in the top 15 in the world standings if they want to play for the biggest pay in the game at the NFR.
â€śWeâ€™ve got enough time left, but itâ€™s crunch time,â€ť Oâ€™Mara said. â€śIf Iâ€™m going to make a shot for the NFR, Iâ€™ve got to keep the ball rolling.â€ť
Dodge City Roundup Xtreme Bulls
Dodge City, Kan.
1. Jacob O’Mara, 86 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Lil Warrior, $4,963; 2. Shane Proctor, 85.5, $3,805; 3. Dustin Bowen, 83.5, $2,812; 4. (tie) Brett Stall, Caleb Sanderson and Tyler Hessman, 83, $1,268 each; 7. Reid Barker, 82, $662; 8. (tie) Guthrie Murray and Trevor Kastner, 81, $248 each.
(NewsUSA) - Gordon Scott Venters thrives on challenges. As CEO of The Movie Studio (TMS) in Hollywood -- that's Florida, not L.A. --he's been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years and has carved out a career where others have failed.
Venters' resume reads like a who's who of Hollywood (California), where he was president, CEO and director of Destination Television, now TMS. While Venters has a soft spot for the West Coast, he is betting that, unlike California, South Florida will become the premier destination to produce motion pictures.
"The energy is completely different here than in California, and making movies in Florida has some terrific advantages," said Venters. "The visual landscape is stunning from a cinematic standpoint, there are diversified places to shoot and great visual optics. That's the value proposition in Florida."
It also doesn't hurt that the rich and famous work and play in the Sunshine State.
As an undervalued publicly traded company, according to Venters, he knows that, although risky, there are huge opportunities for growth for TMS (OTC: MVES).
"We want to give our followers, shareholders and supporters the chance to be a part of what we see as one of the newest hot studios providing full services in distribution, creativity and complete production from South Florida," Venters said.
Currently, TMS has acquired Seven Arts Entertainment, which gives the South Florida-based company access to a movie library of 12 titles, including "Sleep When I'm Dead" with Clive Owens, "Johnny Pneumonic" with Keanu Reeves, and "A Shot At Glory" with Robert Duvall, among others. Additional libraries are under negotiation for acquisition. Venters says he plans to bundle these and more high-profile films with indie movies that the studio has produced, such as "Exposure" -- released on Netflix and on Amazon and in Walmart, Best Buy and Target.
Other movies in the pipeline for TMS are "Bad Actress," "Double Exposure" and a new mob film "Mafia Wife," the tell-all all expose that finally reveals, according to the mafia wives whose husbands claimed they were there, who killed Jimmy Hoffa, why and how they disposed of the body (www.MafiaWifeTheMovie.com). The latter was cast by Ellen Jacoby. Jacoby has recently cast such major motion pictures as "Rock Of Ages" with Tom Cruise and "Change Of Heart" with Jim Belushi.
The Movie Studio, Inc. is also involved with considering additional film projects, music videos, television shows and other intellectual properties. To learn more, visit www.TheMovieStudio.com.