Last week marked seven days of action-packed rodeo competition. From the coveted Calgary Stampede in Canada, the 86th annual Sheridan Rodeo in Wyoming, to the tournament style Pikes Peak or Bust Shoot-Out Rodeo in Colorado, there was big money to be won along the rodeo rode.
After nine days of high stakes competition, ten competitors made it back to Sunday’s Showdown to compete for the 2016 Championship Title and $100,000 cash prize. Four #CINCHteam members competed in the saddle bronc riding on Sunday. After a double grab on his ride, Cort Scheer went down with a no score in the Showdown round. Heith DeMoss placed 8th with 81 pts.; his brother Cody took 3rd with 85.5 pts., and Zeke Thurston placed 2nd with 87 pts. Thurston and DeMoss both made it back in the top four to compete in Sunday’s Championship round. DeMoss scored a nice 88 – pt. ride in the Finals, but it was Thurston who would claim his second Calgary Stampede Championship after scoring 89.5 pts. on Calgary Stampede’s Spring Planting. After his first win in Calgary last year, Thurston invested his $100,000 wisely by purchasing some cattle, renting some pasture and financing the development of his new house. It’s likely that he will take the same wise approach with his second $100,000 check.
R.C. Landingham also made it back in the final four of the bareback riding. Landingham was 87 pts. on his ride to earn him 3rd place and $10,000 payout. In Sunday’s Showdown round, the #CINCHteam made up all but two of the top ten spots in the Tie-Down Roping. Marty Yates, Rhen Richard, Timber Moore and Hunter Herring all went down with a no time at Sunday’s Finals. Placing in the top four and advancing to the Championship round was #CINCHteam Clint Robinson, Fred Whitfield and Shane Hanchey. Robinson placed 4th with a no time, Whitfield took 2nd with 8.9 seconds and Hanchey took 1st with a time of 7.9 seconds. Whitfield was within one second of winning his fourth Calgary Stampede tie-down Roping championship; but it seems that nothing can stop Shane Hanchey lately as this talented cowboy has now earned over $135,000 in the month of July alone. Cody Teel and Chandler Bownds both made it back to the top ten in Sunday’s performance. Bownds was bucked off to take a no score in the Showdown round. Teel advanced to the final four, and went on to take 1st place being the only cowboy with a qualified ride in the Finals. Cody Teel rode Liquid Fire for an impressive 91.5 pts. to earn him his first Calgary Stampede Championship. In total, THREE #CINCHteam members took the Championship stage at the 2016 Calgary Stampede.
Hosted South of the Canadian border was the 86th annual Sheridan Rodeo in Sheridan, Wyoming. There was over $260,000 up for grabs in Wyoming, and the #CINCHteam was sure to capitalize on this opportunity. R.C. Landingham came off placing 3rd in Calgary to take the top spot in Sheridan with an 85 – pt. ride on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls’ Sodoku. His high scoring ride earned Landingham $5,224 in addition to his $10,000 win in Canada. #CINCHteam J.R. Vezain followed in 5th with 82.5 pts. In the team roping, header Ty Blasingame (partner Shad Chadwick) placed 3rd with 10.3 seconds; Paul Eaves (partner Clay Smith) tied for 5th with 10.6 seconds. Cade Swor earned a nice cash prize in the tie-down roping after averaging 2nd overall with 19.2 seconds on two runs.
Also in the state of Wyoming, just 150 miles South of Sheridan, was the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo. Nearly just as much money was up for grabs in Casper, and #CINCHteam Caleb Smidt captured $7,982 of the $244,000 jackpot after earning the All-Around title in tie-down and team roping. In the bareback riding, Winn Ratliff averaged 3rd with 160.5 pts. on two head. Paul Eaves (partner Clay Smith) came off their 5th place tie in Sheridan to take 3rd in Casper with 13.7 seconds on two runs. #CINCHteam heeler, Cesar de la Cruz (partner David Tierney), followed in 4th with 15.6 seconds. Caleb Smidt tied for 1st in the tie-down roping with 17.8 seconds total on two head. Shane Hanchey didn’t have much time to celebrate his win in Canada as he drove straight to Casper to placed 3rd with 18.5 seconds on two. Cade Swor came in 5th with a total time of 19.5. Bull rider, Shane Proctor, capped competition in Casper with 88.5 pts. on one head to take 4th place overall. Big thanks to #CINCHteam stock contractor, Cervi Championship Rodeo Company, for all of their hard work in Casper and their amazing stock.