Elite Rodeo Athlete’s Premier Tour Stop #7 was chockfull of world-class competition. “The Land of Enchantment” served host to this action-packed event, and five #CINCHteam members walked away with the winning title. Night one was a big night for #CINCHteam saddle bronc rider, Zeke Thurston. Thurston earned his first ERA Premier Tour win with an 85.5-pt. ride on Stace Smith’s Ned Pepper. Tyler Corrington marked another win for the #CINCHteam during night number two’s performance. Corrington rode for 86.5-pts to take 1st place; Thurston was right behind in 2nd with 86 pts. Cort Scheer also had a good weekend and placed 4th the first night with an 81-pt. ride.
In the bareback riding, Tilden Hooper split a 3-way tie for 3rd (with 83-pts.) during Friday night’s performance. Will Lowe placed 6th with 81-pts. Hooper jumped to 1st place the second night with an 85 .5-pt. ride. His win in Albuquruqe marked a big milestone for Hooper as it’s his first season back after a year off from battling neck issues.
The steer wrestling saw some of the fastest scores of the season. During night number one, each of the top 3 cowboys dogged their steer to the ground in under 4 seconds – and night number two saw some similar results. #CINCHteam Bray Armes placed 4th on Friday with 4.38-seconds. Tyler Pearson took 6th with a time of 4.72. Night number two was full of some fast times as well. Luke Branquinho dogged his steer in a flattering 3.05-seconds –three-tenths faster than the 2nd place winner! Branquniho took 1st place in night number two’s performance; #CINCHteam Bray Armers followed in 3rd (4.04-seconds), with Kyle Irwin coming in 4th (4.16-seconds) and Tyler Pearson in 5th (4.19-seconds).
#CINCHteam heeler, Rich Skelton (partner Speed Williams) were only one-one-hundredth of a second off from taking the 1st place title during Friday night’s performance. Williams and Skelton roped for 4.63-seconds, but it was Derrick Begay and Clay Cooper who took with win with a 4.62-second run. Night two, #CINCHteam Travis Graves (partner Chad Masters) placed 2nd with 3.97-seconds, and Jade Corkill (partner Clay Tryan) took 3rd with 4.04-seconds.