PRCA News 11-22-10 |

PRCA News 11-22-10

Marvin Olberding
Courtesy of the PRCA

After taking the average title at the 2009 Dodge Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo, tie-down roper Chase Johnston was simply hoping for a chance to defend it this year at the National Western Events Center in Denver, Colo.

Once he got there, he went right back to his winning form.

The 26-year-old Greeley, Colo., cowboy won the first round and placed second in the second round on his way to 1.6-second victory over Jeremiah Peek in the three-head average and a second consecutive qualification for the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City.

Johnston, who works full time at his father’s appraisal business in Greeley, said this year’s regular season didn’t go as well as he had hoped, but he made sure to get to his 15 Mountain States rodeos to qualify a chance to go to the DNCFR.

“I placed in Greeley, but I missed in the short round to have a chance to win,” said Johnston, who graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in agricultural business and animal science. “I guess that was a learning experience for me, but it was something I didn’t capitalize on.

“I think I only placed at two other rodeos, so it wasn’t exactly as good as I would have liked. Sometimes, it just goes that way, especially if you only go to 15. I was just fortunate enough to make the circuit finals; that was my goal for the year.”

Johnston, who won in Denver with a time of 28.2 seconds on three head and earned a total of $3,581, can now turn his attention to the DNCFR, where he was shut out of the money in April in his first appearance at the event. This time around, he says he’ll have a much better idea of what he has to expect

from himself in order to bring home some money.

“I didn’t know quite what to expect last year,” Johnston said. “There’s a lot of tough circuit guys who are there. I got to watch all of it, so I know what it takes to compete up there. You have to be smooth and rope them all so you can make it to those final rounds.

“I’m excited to get another chance at it. When I was up there, I remember saying, ‘Boy, this is a pretty good deal. I’d like to go back some day.’ I didn’t think I’d be going back the next year.”

The other average winners were bareback rider Kelly Timberman (257 points on three head), steer wrestler Wade Sumpter (15.3 seconds on three head), team ropers Lee Hagler and J.W. Borrego (20.5 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Townsend Prince (224 points on three head), bull rider Clayton Savage (245 points on three head) and barrel racer Shali Lord (48.23 seconds on three runs).

Seth Glause won the all-around with $3,994 after winning two rounds in the saddle bronc riding and one round in the bull riding.

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