Dallas Rodeo Up and Running in Next to Last Go Round

DALLAS (Nov. 12, 2016) – The penultimate round of the inaugural 2016 Elite Rodeo Athlete (ERA) World Championship played out in front of a full house at American Airlines Center last night as athletes and animal athletes, celebrating the great Texas heritage of rodeo, brought the crowd to their feet in pursuit of the $1,000,000 ERA purse.

Sunday’s ERA World Championship final, set for 2 p.m. tomorrow at the American Airlines Center, will decide the best-of-the-best in the all-star field of rodeo stars, featuring 87 of the sport’s top athletes and, collectively, 135 World Championships – with eight more to be added to that list on Sunday.

“The support of Dallas’ rodeo fans tonight was incredible. And that was most evident in the action on the floor as the fans’ enthusiasm elevated the performances of both athletes and animals alike,” said Bobby Mote, ERA Interim President and Bareback Riding Athlete. “And if tonight’s event at the American Airlines Center was any indication, we’re in for a good ‘ol Texas roof raiser tomorrow!”

Fans again packed the American Airlines Center some 90 minutes prior to the 7 p.m. start of the competition, mingling with the athletes on the rodeo floor, snapping selfies and scoring autographs – a fan-friendly event exclusive to ERA rodeo.

Competition results:
Bull riding
Overall, the bulls – with names like “Bushwacked,” “Wolf of Wall Street” and “Alabama High Test” – won the war, auguring in ten of 13 cowboys into the bright red Texas dirt. But of the three eight-second survivors, Oregon’s Cody Campbell won the battle with his bull dubbed “Comfortably Numb,” and was crowned the ERA World Championship Saturday night bull riding champion.

Said Campbell: “Last night I came up a little short, I had a really good bull, but I let him throw me off and I shouldn’t have, so I was coming in tonight with a vengeance. I wasn’t gonna let that happen again and had a really good bull, got him rode and feel great about winning the round at the first ERA Championship, so that’s pretty awesome.”
• Bull Riding Round 2 Event Results:
o Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
 1st Cody Campbell, Summerville, OR, Alligator Arms, 82
 2nd Jory Markiss, Redmond, OR, Sniper, 81.5
 3rd Beau Hill, Columbia Falls, MT, War Party, 72
• Bull Riding Event World Standings:
o Place, Name, Hometown, Score
 1st Cody Campbell, Summerville, OR,2125
 2nd Beau Hill, Columbia Falls, MT, 2000
 3rd Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, TX,1850
Steer Wrestling
The stocked field of ERA Steer Wrestlers squared off again on the floor of the American Airlines Center and it was Oklahoma’s Stockton Graves taking top honors on Saturday night, bulldogging and then throwing his steer to the ground in a lightning-quick 3.76 seconds – just two/tenths of a second ahead of 2nd place Kyle Irwin (Alabama). More importantly, with the win Stockton moved ahead of Bray Armes (Pilot Point) into 1st place in the overall steer wrestling standings with one round remaining.

Said Graves: “You know, we are making history right here and to be a part of it is an honor, and then to do good and have success is just that much more on top. So it’s really exciting and, like I said, it’s just an honor to be here.”
• Steer Wrestling Round 2 Event Results:
o Place, Name, Hometown, Score
 1st Stockton Graves, Alva, OK, 3.76
 2nd Sean Mulligan, Coleman, OK, 3.94
 3rd Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, AL, 3.99
• Steer Wrestling Event World Standings:
o Place, Name, Hometown, Score
 1st Stockton Graves, Alva, OK, 2787.5
 2nd Bray Armes, Pilot Point, TX, 2600
 3rd Tyler Pearson, Independence, LA, 2475

Team Roping
For the second straight night on the floor of the American Airlines Center the duo of Clay Tryan (Montana) and Jade Corkill (Nevada) took top honors in the team roping, topping the 2nd place team of Chad Masters and Travis Graves by a couple tenths, 3.94 second to 4.07. Lots of quick times made up for Friday’s jitters as many teams scored in the four-second range. Tryan and Corkhill extended their lead in the overall ERA World Championship point chase, taking a substantial lead into Sunday’s final.

Said Corkill: “It’s just the same as every time, we have to do our job on every steer we run. So I try not to really worry about what else is going on. I know I have to catch to win and that’s what we are trying to do.”
• Team Roping Round 2 Event Results:
o Place, Name, Hometown, Score
 1st Tryan/Corkill, Plentywood, MT/Fallon, NV, 3.94
 2nd Masters/Graves, Clarksville, TN/Jay, OK, 4.07
 3rd Driggers/Nogueira, Albany, GA/Scottsdale, AZ, 4.20
• Team Roping Event World Standings:
o Place, Name, Hometown, Score
 1st Tryan/Corkill, Plentywood, MT/Fallon, NV, 3550
 2nd Begay/O’Brien Cooper, Winslow, AZ/Gardnerville, NV, 2800
 3rd Driggers/Nogueira, Albany, GA/Scottsdale, AZ, 2575
Saddle Bronc
Wyoming’s Chet Johnson, aboard the horse they call (Bond) “James Bond,” flashed spurs from the time the gate ripped all the way to the eight-second buzzer, wowing both the fans and judges alike and being rewarded with Saturday’s top saddle bronc score of 85.0. Following Johnson in 2nd place at 84 points was Wade Sundell and then World Championship race leader, Cort Scheer came in third with an 82.5.

Said Johnson: “I had a terrible regular season, didn’t ride very good to come into the finals and (I) kind get redemption for my rest of the season tonight. It’s feeling pretty good and to win against these guys it’s a heck of an accomplishment. For Sunday I’ve just do the same thing try to go after that round cause that’s my only hope and you know you gotta go for first. These guys aren’t going to sit on their heels you know, so you gotta be aggressive and just give it your all.”
• Saddle Bronc Riding Round 2 Event Results:
o Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
 1st Chet Johnson, Douglas, WY, James Bond, 85
 2nd Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, Lunatic Nation, 84
 3rd Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, Lunatic, 82.5
• Saddle Bronc Riding Event World Standings:
o Place, Name, Hometown, Score
 1st Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, 3562.5
 2nd Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, Canada, 3037.5
 3rd Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, 2725
Barrel Racing
ERA Last Chance Qualifier, Kassie Mowry (Dublin) did it again, rocketing out of the chute and past the world’s best barrel racers – capturing 1st place for the second night in a row at the American Airlines Center. Mowry’s 13.028 edged overall ERA season point leader Lisa Lockhart, who raced to a 13.106 time.

Said Mowry: “I guess nobody is more surprised than I am. I tried so hard to qualify through Mesquite (qualifying round) and it’s just that my horse is young and new to rodeo. He kind of had an ‘Oops’ on one of my runs, and I made it back through the jackpot in Dallas. I’m just surprised that he is doing so well with this big crowd and all this stuff going on. I never would have expected it, but I know he is capable of running the times, so I am just so proud of him to be handling this.”
• Barrel Racing Round 2 Event Results:
o Place, Name, Hometown, Score
 1st Kassie Mowry, Dublin, TX, 13.028
 2nd Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, 13.106
 3rd Kassidy Denison, Tohatchi, NM, 13.132
• Barrel Racing Event World Standings:
o Place, Name, Hometown, Score
 1st Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, 3425
 2nd Fallon Taylor, Collinsville, TX, 2637.5
 3rd Kassidy Denison, Tohatchi, NM, 2512.5
Tie-Down Roping
Straight out of Stephenville, Marty Yates brought the Dallas crowd to its feet in the American Airlines Center with an ERA tour record 6.67 second effort in tie-down roping (topping Tuf Cooper’s previous record of 6.84 at the Days of 47 Rodeo in Utah). Just 22 years old and roping with his heroes on the ERA tour, Yates has come into his own and will be a formidable opponent for years to come in the sport. Shane Hanchey was able to hold onto the overall ERA season lead, but barely. In one of the closest races on the tour, Hanchey, Caleb Smidt and Tuf Cooper all have an equal shot at the title tomorrow.

Said Yates: “You know I just came over here to Dallas this week to do as best as I could and it’s turned out to be good. I’ve had luck in both rounds so we’ll just go at ‘em again tomorrow and see how it all turns out.”
• Tie-Down Roping Round 2 Event Results:
o Place, Name, Hometown, Score
 1st Marty Yates, Stephenville, TX, 6.67
 2nd Cody Ohl, Hico, TX, 7.44
 3rd Cooper Martin, Alma, KS, 7.45
• Tie-Down Roping Event World Standings:
o Place, Name, Hometown, Score
 1st Shane Hanchey, Sulpher, LA, 2600
 2nd Caleb Smidt, Bellville, TX, 2475
 3rd Tuf Cooper, Decatur, TX, 2225
Bareback Riding
Drawing the horse “Shady Lounge,” Oregon’s Austin Foss topped out on a thrilling field of bareback riding athletes and animal athletes to complete Saturday’s competition. Foss’ score of 86.5, coupled with Steven Dent’s 2nd place finish, created a bottleneck at the top of the overall ERA series point chase as Dent and Kaycee Feild both have 2837.5 points, with Bobby Mote close behind in 3rd with 2500.

Said Foss: “Feels pretty good coming out here and competing with all of the best guys in the world and to have that in your mind and be on top is probably one of the best feelings a guy can have. And also it’s not just always them we are competing against, it’s that animal. And tonight that animal was a good one. It’s not every day you get an animal like that, so you’ve gotta capitalize on it.”
• Bareback Riding Round 2 Event Results:
o Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
 1st Austin Foss, Terrebonne, OR, Shady Lounge, 86.5
 2nd Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, Lizard Back, 85
 3rd Will Lowe, Canyon, TX, 82.5
• Bareback Riding Event World Standings:
o Place, Name, Hometown, Score
 1st Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, 2837.5
 2nd Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, UT, 2837.5
 3rd Bobby Mote, Culver, OR, 2500

Tickets for the three-day competition start at $31 and can be purchased online at www.Tickemaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000, at the American Airlines Center Box Office or Ticketmaster kiosks located inside Fiesta Foods, Macy’s, Walmart, and the Shops at Willow Bend Mall. Tickets subject to additional fees. The final competition begins at at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.
For more information about the 2016 ERA World Championship and the ERA Premier Tour, visit www.erarodeo.com.

About ERA:
Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) is a “League of Champions” where only the world’s best rodeo athletes and livestock compete. ERA is rodeo’s finest and provides rodeo athletes, fans and committees, and the entertainment and rodeo industry an opportunity to experience the most skilled rodeo athletes in the world. ERA is comprised of two tours – the Premier Tour, featuring 87 of the sport’s top athletes, representing 135 world championships, collectively; and the Qualifying Series, offering up-and-coming rodeo talent an opportunity to qualify for the Premier Tour and ultimately the $1 million ERA World Championship on Nov. 11-13 in Dallas, Texas. ERA will payout more than $2.4 million in 2016, including the ERA World Championship. FS2 (FOX Sports 2) will nationally televise 42 hours of ERA programming in 2016, including all 11 regular season events and the ERA World Championship. ERA will have the largest household network audience in all of professional rodeo.