Jason Amon, a saddle bronc rider, was one of a handful of Rim Country entries in this weekend’s rodeo and the only one in that group to come out with some money.
Amon rode Lights Out in the first go-round of the saddle bronc competition. He had a score of 69, which gave him third place in that day’s competition and $331.76 in prize money.
Competing against him in the first go-round were Darrell Triplett of Waterflow, N.M., who took first in that preliminary competition, and Shaun Ebert of Pearce, Ariz., who took second. After all was said and done, Triplett and Ebert came out first and second in the contest. Third place was Colby Sventek of Chino Valley, Ariz., and fourth went to Brandon Brebelle of San Lorenzo, N.M.
Bareback riding’s top finishers were Wyatt Hancock, Taylor, Ariz., first; Jared Green, Socorro, NM, second; Tony Buckman, La Mesa, N.M, third; and Shon Gibson, Taylor, Ariz., fourth.
The top four finishers in barrel racing were Kelly Waide, Winston, N.M., first; Susan Siggins, Ruidoso Downs, N.M., second; Jenna Cadwallader, Phoenix, Ariz., third; and Carrie Jankee, Litchfield Park, Ariz., fourth.
Only a single bull rider out of the 18 registered to participate, finished in the money. Gearen Hale of Alamogordo, N.M., had an aggregate score of 76 and won $1,690.98.
Finishing in the money among the steer wrestling competitors were Cutter Parsons, Marana, Ariz., first; Tanner Houston, Tucson, Ariz., second; Brandon Bates, Winslow, Ariz., third; and Trevor Duhon, Phoenix, Ariz., fourth.
The tie down (calf) roping had a tie for fourth place, so instead of four competitors finishing in the money, there were five. Taking first was Kyle Dutton of Mesilla Park, N.M.; Cole Robinson, Moorcroft, Wyo., second; Cliff Kirkpatrick, Lovington, N.M., third; and tying for fourth were Clay Parsons, Marana, Ariz., and Bill Snure, Douglas, Ariz.
Team roping’s top finishers were Levi Lewis, Apache Junction, Ariz. and Brent Tryon, Queen Creek, Ariz. in first; Hal Earnhardt III, Queen Creek, Ariz., and Victor Aros, Tucson, Ariz., second; Kyle Honeyfield, Bosque Farms, N.M. and Brian Sullivan, Peralta, N.M., third; Travis Bard, Chino Valley, Ariz., and Tyler Getzwiller, Scottsdale, Ariz., fourth.
These professional rodeo athletes traveled from all over to participate in the 128th edition of the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo. Preliminary lists of contestants showed that there were folks coming from Wyoming, Utah and Texas to take part in the competitions, but the biggest contingents were from Arizona and New Mexico. The same early lists show the largest group of contestants were the barrel racers with 46; not far behind were the team ropers, with 42 early entries, who made up 21 teams; 35 tie down (calf) ropers were on the early lists; followed by 18 bull riders; 16 steer wrestlers; 12 competitors in saddle bronc riding; and 6 registered for the bareback contest.