ATHLETES ADVANCE TO THE SEMIFINALS DURING RODEOHOUSTON® SUPER SERIES V CHAMPIONSHIP

MARCH 21, 2017 — HOUSTON —  RODEOHOUSTON Super Series V champion athletes advance to the Semifinal rounds set for Wednesday, March 22, and Thursday, March 23.

 

TIE-DOWN ROPING

Ryan Jarrett of Comanche, Oklahoma, took home the title of Super Series V Tie-Down Roping Champion. Jarrett said he enjoys competing at RODEOHOUSTON, and plans to keep the same strategy for the Semifinals to make sure he remains consistent.

 

“[RODEOHOUSTON] always has a good atmosphere,” Jarrett said. “I won’t do anything different to prepare. I will just keep doing what I’m doing.”

 

Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Ryan Jarrett: Comanche, Oklahoma — $6,500

Matt Shiozawa: Chubbuck, Idaho — $5,750

Riley Pruitt: Gering, Nebraska — $4,000

Reese Riemer: Stinnett, Texas — $1,500

 

BAREBACK RIDING

Steven Dent of Mullen, Nebraska, won the Super Series V Bareback Riding Champion title. Dent said his goal coming into the Rodeo was to advance to the Semifinals. Now that he achieved his goal, he does not plan to change his routine for the Semifinals.

 

“This was my goal coming in — to advance,” Dent said. “Winning was just a bonus. This is what I do for a living, so I’m just going to keep doing what is working.”

 

Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Steven Dent: Mullen, Nebraska— $5,375

Chad Rutherford: Itasca, Texas — $4,625

JR Vezain: Cowley, Wyoming — $3,875

RC Landingham: Vina, California — $2,500

 

TEAM ROPING Brothers Riley and Brady Minor of Ellensburg, Washington, claimed the title of Super Series V Team Roping Champions. Riley said that it feels really good to have a chance at winning $50,000.

 

“We’ve been to this Rodeo eight or nine times and have had quite a bit of success,” Riley Minor said. “Maybe this will be the year we do it.

 

Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Riley Minor: Ellensburg, Washington, and Brady Minor: Ellensburg, Washington — $12,000

Dustin Bird: Cut Bank, Montana, and Russell Cardoza: Terrebonne, Oregon — $8,000

Kaleb Driggers: Stephenville, Texas, and Junior Nogueira: Burleson, Texas — $6,000

Jake Cooper: Monument, New Mexico, and Dustin Davis: Terrell, Texas — $6,000

 

SADDLE BRONC RIDING

Roper Kiesner of Ripley, Oklahoma, took home the Super Series V Saddle Bronc Riding Champion title. This is Kiesner’s first time competing at RODEOHOUSTON.

 

“I wasn’t even supposed to be here because I was on the alternate list,” Kiesner said. “Getting the call to come to Houston and then winning tonight, it’s a dream come true.”

 

Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Roper Kiesner: Ripley, Oklahoma — $5,375

Wade Sundell: Boxholm, Iowa — $4,125

Audy Reed: Spearman, Texas — $3,500

Clay Elliott: Nanton, Alberta, Canada — $3,375

 

STEER WRESTLING

Dakota Eldridge of Elko, Nevada, won the Super Series V Steer Wrestling Championship. Eldridge is seeking a back-to-back title, as he is the reigning RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Steer Wrestling Champion.

 

“I’m excited,” Eldridge said. “It would mean a lot to win again. My RODEOHOUSTON buckle is pretty special and it would be great to follow it with another win.”

 

Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Dakota Eldridge: Elko, Nevada — $3,750

Trevor Knowles: Mount Vernon, Oregon — $3,000

Kyle Irwin: Robertsdale, Alabama — $3,000

Tanner Milan: Cochrane, Alberta, Canada — $3,000

 

BARREL RACING

Sydni Blanchard of Albuquerque, New Mexico, had the fastest time during the last two rounds of Super Series V, and won the Super Series V Barrel Racing Championship. Blanchard said she loves RODEOHOUSTON because it is the largest rodeo she competes in all year.

 

“This rodeo can really give us barrel racers a head start going into the season,” Blanchard said. “The atmosphere in the arena is great. I’m trying to take it all in while I’m here.”

 

Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Sydni Blanchard: Albuquerque, New Mexico — $6,000

Nellie Williams-Miller: Cottonwood, California — $5,000

Carley Richardson: Pampa, Texas — $3,750

Nancy Csabay: Taber, Alberta, Canada — $2,750

 

BULL RIDING

Eli Vastbinder of Athens, Texas, was named the Super Series V Bull Riding Champion during his RODEOHOUSTON debut. Vastbinder, who was on the alternate list at first, said that he’s watched RODEOHOUSTON since he was a kid.

 

“Pulling up, it was a pretty cool feeling,” Vastbinder said. “I grew up watching old films of RODEOHOUSTON and really consider it an honor to be here.”

 

Advancing to Semifinal Round:

Eli Vastbinder: Athens, Texas — $6,250

Parker Breding: Edgar, Montana — $3,000

Joe Frost: Randlett, Utah — $2,875

Tim Bingham: Honeyville, Utah — $2,500

 

The top four from each event, from each Super Series advanced 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 25, with the RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout: North America’s Champions® presented by Crown Royal, on Sunday, March 26.

 

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