MARCH 12, 2017 — HOUSTON —  After a thrilling RODEOHOUSTON® Super Series II, 32 cowboys and cowgirls advance to the Semifinals set for March 22 and 23, 2017.



Fred Whitfield earned the title of 2017 Super Series II Champion in Tie-Down Roping. Whitfield said that in addition to not liking the calf he drew, he also decided to change horses for this series.


“I rode this one [horse] this morning and it felt good,” Whitfield said. “I thought I’d try her out, and it worked for the best.”


Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Fred Whitfield: Hockley, Texas — $4,750 Tyson Durfey: Weatherford, Texas — $3,750

Chase Williams: Stephenville, Texas — $3,500

Ace Slone: Cuero, Texas — $3,000



Bill Tutor is the 2017 Super Series II Bareback Riding Champion. Tutor said the horse he was matched with helped contribute to his success in this series.


“I couldn’t have drawn any better,” Tutor said. “When you match the horse that you’re equivalent to or better, that’s the best feeling, and that’s why you ride.”


Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Bill Tutor: Huntsville, Texas — $6,000 Shane O’Connell: Rapid City, South Dakota — $4,000

Kyle Brennecke: Stephenville, Texas — $3,500

Evan Jayne: Glen Rose, Texas — $3,000


TEAM ROPING Team roping partners Joel Bach and Dalton Pearce, walked away with $10,000 and the Super Series II Team Roping Championship title.  Bach said he is proud to be following in his father’s footsteps.


“I was raised around rodeo,” Bach said. “My dad did team roping, and this is me carrying on the family tradition.”


This rodeo is the first time Bach and Pearce roped together, and this is Pearce’s first ride at RODEOHOUSTON.


“I’ve never been here before,” Pearce said. “[I like] the way contestants are treated by the committee and people here.”


Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Joel Bach: Mount Vernon, Texas; and Dalton Pearce: San Luis Obispo, California — $10,000

Pace Freed: Bluff Dale, Texas; and Trey Yates: Pueblo, Colorado — $7,500

Adam Rose: Willard, Missouri; and Bryon Wilkerson: Deming, New Mexico — $6,000

Spencer Mitchell: Williams, California; and Wyatt Cos: Arroyo Grande, California — $5,500



After coming off an injury, Super Series II Saddle Bronc Riding Champion, Taos Muncy, said advancing to the Semifinals means a lot, especially considering how he started.


“I’ve been rodeoing my whole life, but I started riding saddle broncs as a broke college kid,” Muncy said. “I started winning money so I stuck with it.”


Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Taos Muncy: Corona, New Mexico — $5,000

Tyrell Larsen: Inglis, Manitoba, Canada — $4,000

Isaac Diaz: Desdemona, Texas — $3,500

Rusty Wright: Milford, Utah — $3,000



Super Series II Steer Wrestling Champion, Josh Peek, said he is thankful and blessed to win at RODEOHOUSTON. However, Peek said winning is not his favorite part of steer wrestling.


“I love the camaraderie of the cowboys more than anything,” Peek said. “Everybody’s pulling for everybody here.”


Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Josh Peek: Pueblo, Colorado — $4,000

Stockton Graves: Alva, Oklahoma — $3,750

Baylor Roche: Tremonton, Utah — $3,583

Seth Brockman: Wheatland, Wyoming — $3,583



With three fast runs in Super Series II, Kelly Tovar took home the title of Barrel Racing Champion, and said she is excited beyond words.

“[The love of barrel racing] gets in your blood and it stays there,” Tovar said. “You love it, all of us here do. If we didn’t love it, we wouldn’t be here because it is a lot of hard work.”


Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Kelly Tovar: Rockdale, Texas — $5,000

Britta Thiel: Belle Fourche, South Dakota — $3,000

Cassidy Kruse: Gillette, Wyoming — $3,000

Tiany Schuster: Krum, Texas — $3,000



Super Series II Bull Riding Champion and Houston native, Neil Holmes, said there is no rodeo event he would rather compete in other than bull riding.


“If I did anything else, I couldn’t prove how tough I am,” Holmes said. “Riding bulls is like holding on to a one-ton pick-up with one hand while driving 60 miles per hour down the highway.”


Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Neil Holmes: Cleveland, Texas — $6,000

Ty Wallace: Collbran, Colorado — $3,375

Dalan Duncan: Ballard, Utah — $2,375

Scottie Knapp: Albuquerque, New Mexico— $1,500


The top four from each event, from each Super Series will advance to a Semifinal Round. The top four from each event in the Semifinal rounds will advance to the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Championship, Saturday, March 25. The remaining six from each event in the two semifinals will compete in the Wild Card Round, Friday, March 24, where the top two from each event will advance to the Championship. Each event champion will walk away with a $50,000 payout, in addition to previous winnings. The RODEOHOUSTON Super Series continues through March 21, with the RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout: North America’s Champions® presented by Crown Royal, on Sunday, March 26.