Wyatt Hancock of Taylor was second and fourth in two go-arounds of the bareback riding this weekend. He is no stranger to Payson’s rodeos.
Photo by Andy Towle.
Hometown cowboy Jason Amon has once again wowed friends and family with another standout rodeo performance.
This one was turned in during the 127th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo held Friday, Aug. 19 to Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Payson Event Center.
There, the 2004 Payson High School graduate finished first in the second go-around of the saddle bronc riding and was second overall in the rodeo’s aggregate results.
In winning the go-around, he scored a 78 aboard Shadow JK.
The win wasn’t his first at a Payson rodeo.
At the 2008 August Doin’s rodeo, Amon scored an 84 and was first, winning prize money and a buckle.
Amon got an early start in the sport of rodeo, shining during his years at PHS and eventually winning the 2002 Arizona State Wrangler Saddle Bronc Championship.
In addition to riding to the championship, Amon captured first in the season-long standings of the prep bareback competition and was named the Arizona Reserve All-Around Champion for the 2003-2004 season.
As a PHS sophomore in 2002, Amon qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo with a third-place finish in the Arizona High School Finals.
Also during his years at Payson High, Amon was a three-time National High School Finals rodeo qualifier.
Also representing Payson in last weekend’s rodeo was veteran barrel racer Penny Conway who was ninth in a time of 19.02.
Conway’s niece, Mandy Sproul of Benson, was 10th, just one-tenth of a second behind her aunt.
While Amon and Conway were the only locals to win prize money at the rodeo, several other Arizona cowboys with strong Payson ties also shined.
Marana ropers Clay and Cutter Parsons finished fourth and fifth in the all-around standings, Wyatt Hancock of Taylor was second and fourth in two go-arounds of the bareback riding, Rick Kieckhefer, of Prescott, won the second go-around of the tie-down roping and Casa Grande cowboy Rube Woolsey took first in the second go-around of the team roping.
All have frequently won money at the two Payson pro rodeos.