Nebraska cowboy finishes second at National Western Stock Show
To a cowboy, a horse is his best friend and loyal partner. In rodeo, a horse can make or break the cowboy, and losing that horse can be devastating.
For steer wrestler Dean Gorsuch of Gering, Neb., this became a reality this winter. His horse, Pumpjack, had to be put down after an energy, and he was left to find a new horse to compete with.
“When I lost Pumpjack, it was tough. He was more than just a horse. He was a friend,” said Gorsuch.
Thankfully he found Skip, a 10-year-old quarter horse out of Okmulgee, Okla. Trained by Clarence LeBlanc, Gorsuch immediately liked him.
“It was a blessing to find him. The first time I went and tried him I liked him. I’m really excited to start the year out on him, and see what we can do the rest of the year,” he said.
Before the National Western Stock Show, Gorsuch had only run 10 steers on Skip, and is still learning how to ride Skip.
“They are totally different horses. He is a lot like my old horse, in that he tries his hardest all the time. He’s tough, and he’s a businessman horse. He goes and does his job and he likes his job. He’s the one,” Gorsuch said.
At the National Western Stock Show, Gorsuch finished second on three head at the rodeo with a total time of 16.4 seconds. He won the finals night, and turned in a time of 4.6. He took home $5,443.
Gorsuch has competed at the rodeo for nearly 10 years, and enjoys coming back every year. “It is three hours from the house, and one of the biggest and best rodeos we go to all winter,” he said.
He currently ranks number one in the PRCA standings, and has earned $10,382.00 since January 1st.
Several other Nebraska cowboys competed at the NWSS and made the finals, including barebark rider Steven Dent of Mullen, Neb., steer wrestler Kyle Whitaker of Chambers, Neb., team roper Quincy Opela of Stapleton, Neb., and tie down roper Riley Pruitt of Gering, Neb. One Nebraska cowgirl, Trula Churchill, also made the finals in the barrel race.
Dent finished sixth on the finals night with a score of 83 on Calgary Stampede’s horse Special Delivery. He finished tied for fifth overall, with a combined score of 243 on three, and won $994. Dent is currently ranked fifth in PRCA standings, and has won $6,254 since the first of January.
Whitaker finished seventh overall with a time on three head of 20.2. He took home $1,361. Team roping heeler Opela and his partner header Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., finished sixth in the finals round with a time of 11.1. They finished seventh overall with a time of 23.7 seconds on three head, and won $1,032. Opela is ranked 20th in the PRCA world standings with a total earnings of $4,040.
Pruitt finished third in the finals with a time of 8.8. He finished tied for third overall with a combined time of 26 seconds. He took home $4,259. He is ranked second in the world standings, and has earned $13,644.
Churchill finished third with a time of 15.42 in the finals, and sixth overall. Her combined time of 46.41 on three runs brought her $1,976 in prize money.
The NWSS is the first major PRCA rodeo for the year, and hundreds of contestants competed. However, only the top 12 competitors in each event were brought back for the finals, held on Jan. 19 in Denver, Colo.
Seth Glause of Cheyenne, Wyo., won the bull riding event. Glause has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals rodeo three times, and rode bulls at the NWSS that he has ridden in the past.
Glause scored 265 points on three bulls, and brought home the biggest check of any rider winning $13,764. Prior to the NWSS he was ranked 20th, and is now ranked number one, with a total earnings of $16,401.
“This is one of the most prestigious rodeos I’ve ever won. I won the all-around here before and Denver’s been pretty good to me,” Glause said. “I had a good week here.”
Cody Samora of Cortez., Colo, finished second with 252 points on three head. Danny Schlobohn of La Monte., Mo., finished third with 238 points. Cody Teele of Kountze, Texas, finished fourth with 233, and is currently second overall in the world standings. In fifth was Bobby Welsh of Gillette, Wyo., who finished with 172 points on two.
In the bareback bronc riding, Wes Stevenson of Lubbock, Texas, won the event with 253 points on three head. In second place was Jared Keylon of Uniontown, Kan. With 247 points. Third place was won by Caleb Bennett of Morgan, Utah., who had 246 points. Caine Riddle of Vernon, Texas, had 244 points to claim the fourth spot. Three men tied for fifth with 243 points including Dent, Casey Colletti of Pueblo, Colo., and Kaycee Field of Payson, Utah.
Steer wrestling was won by Justin Blaine Davis of Argule, Texas, who posted a time of 15.6 on three head. Gorsuch was second. Beau Clark of Schulter, Okla., was third with 16.8, and Casey McMillen of Redmond, Ore., was fourth with 17.8. Kyle Callaway of Gillette, Wyo., finished fifth with 18 seconds on three.
In the team roping, Ty St. Goddard and Ryle Whitford, Browning of Mont., won and finished with at time of 16.2 on three. Kelsey Parchman of Cumberland City, Tenn., and Justin Copp of Justin, Texas, finished second with 17.6 seconds. Third place was a tie between pairs Colby Lovell of Madisonville, Texas, and Russell Cardoza of Terrebonne, Ore., and Dustin Bird of Cut Bank, Mont., and B.J. Campbell of Wickenburg, Ariz., who both posted 17.7 seconds on three. Fifth was a tie between Brady Tryan of Huntley, Mont., and Matt Zancanella of Aurora, S.D., who both had 18.1 seconds on three.
In the saddle bronc riding, Cody DeMoss of Heflin, La., was the winner with 250 points. In second place was Cody Taton of Mud Butte, S.D., with 242 points. Jesse Wright of Milford, Utah, was third with 241, and fourth place won by Townsend Prince of Livermore, Colo., who had 239 points.
For the tie down roping, Justin Maass of Giddings, Texas, was the winner with 24.1 on three. In second was Shank Edwards of Tatum, N.M., with 25.1. Third place was a tie between Pruitt and Clint Kindred of Oral, S.D., with 26.0 seconds. Fifth place was Houston Hutto of Tomball, Texas, with 26.9 seconds.
In women’s barrel racing, Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, Texas, took home the first place prize with her time of 46.02 seconds on three runs. Second place was tie between Pamela Capper of Cheney, Wash., and Jesse Eagleberger of Stringtown, Okla., who both posted 46.35 seconds. In fourth was Morgan Figueroa of Bandera, Texas, with a time of 46.38, and in fifth was Jennifer Kent of Grand Cane, La., who had a time of 46.39 seconds on three.
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