Rodeo Boss Bill Armstrong leaves little doubt the 2012 Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo was an event to remember.
“Those that didn’t go missed a damn good rodeo,” he said. “Everything went real well and we had more than 20 national finals contestants.”
The total payout of $35,042.75 included a monster paycheck of $3,775 plus $540 in day money to Nephi, Utah cowboy Brad Crook for his winning bull ride aboard Junior Bonner.
For the eight-second ride, which was the only full ride during the two days of the rodeo, he scored a 78.
Cutter Parsons, a member of a long-time rodeo family that includes PRCA competitors Charlie Parsons, Joe Parsons, Clay Parsons and Erin and Emily Parsons, took all-around honors winning the tie down roping and taking fourth in the steer wrestling. He was timed in 8.7 seconds in the roping and 6.7 seconds in the steer wrestling.
For his win in roping he received $1,363.72. In the steer wrestling he pocketed $478.80.
Joseph Parsons, his uncle, was sixth in the roping with a time of 10.7 seconds.
At the 2011 Hardt Memorial, Cutter tied for fourth in the tie-down roping in 10.1.
In the bareback riding last weekend, Taylor cowboy Wyatt Hancock, a frequent Payson rodeo entrant, rode Smokey to a score of 80 and a first-place finish worth $1,045.
Many fans in attendance at the rodeo have followed Hancock’s career, mostly because he was raised in Taylor and went to Snowflake High School. In 1997 and 1998, he qualified for the National High School Finals and went on to compete for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas where he earned a bachelor’s degree.
He is the younger brother of 2000 PRCA World Champion bull rider Cody Hancock, another cowboy who frequents Payson rodeos.
Wyatt Hancock calls his best ride the one in which he filled his PRCA permit on a horse named Okie Robin in Elko, Nev. to score 82 points and win the event.
At the 2011 Gary Hardt Memorial, he scored a 79 aboard “Cowtown” and was second.
In the barrel racing, two-time world champion Sherry Cervi — a Marana High School graduate — completed the cloverleaf around the barrels in 17.45 and earned $1,235.90 for her first-place finish.
With the Memorial results in the record book, Armstrong and his volunteers will begin preparing for the “August Doin’s” Payson Rodeo to be held later this summer.