ATHLETES PLAY THEIR HAND IN THE RODEOHOUSTON® SUPER SERIES WILD CARD ROUND FOR A SHOT AT $50,000

MARCH 24, 2017 — HOUSTON — After surviving the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Wild Card, the final 16 contestants advance to the Championship, Saturday, March 25.

TIE-DOWN ROPING

Hunter Herrin of Apache, Oklahoma, won the Wild Card Tie-Down Roping event to advance to the Championship Round. Herrin said that he is confident in his preparation going into the Championship Round, but that the draw has a big influence on performance.

“Doing well in the Championship comes down to the draw,” Herrin said. “You have to draw well, and rope even better.”

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Hunter Herrin: Apache, Oklahoma — $6,000

Cory Solomon: Prairie View, Texas — $6,000

 

BAREBACK RIDING

Orin Larson of Inglis, Manitoba, Canada, was the last to ride in the Wild Card Bareback event where he secured his spot in the Championship. Larson said he is thankful for the many chances he received to qualify for the final.

“The way RODEOHOUSTON is set up is very forgiving and we get many chances to qualify,” Inglis said. “I am thankful and fortunate to have another chance to ride.”

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Orin Larsen: Inglis, Manitoba, Canada — $6,375

Clayton Biglow: Clements, California — $5,750

TEAM ROPING

Team ropers Dustin Bird of Cut Bank, Montana, and Russell Cardoza of Terrebonne, Oregon, had the fastest run in the Wild Card with a time of 4.5 seconds. Cardoza said that he is thankful for the chance to compete in the Championship and has confidence in his partner.

“The win tonight in the Wild Card gave us a chance to compete for the $50,000,” Cardoza said. “I’m glad to have Bird heading for me going into the Championship, he’s pretty fast.”

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Dustin Bird: Cut Bank, Montana; and Russell Cardoza: Terrebonne, Oregon — $14,000

Jake Cooper: Monument, New Mexico; and Dustin Davis: Terrell, Texas — $9,000

 

SADDLE BRONC Clay Elliot’s 85-point ride earned him the Wild Card win and a spot in the Championship. Elliot said consistency is key to success in the Championship Round.

“Every rodeo has different circumstances,” Elliot said. “I just try to do the same thing each time and find consistency in each ride.”

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Clay Elliott: Nanton, Alberta, Canada — $6,375

Cody Demoss: Heflin, Louisiana — $6,438

 

STEER WRESTLING

Steer wrestler Tyler Pearson won the Wild Card and is one ride closer to the $50,000. Pearson said his family is his inspiration to do well in the Championship Round.

“A win for me in the Championship is a win for our family,” Pearson said.

 

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Tyler Pearson: Louisville, Mississippi — $7,000

Ty Erickson: Helena, Montana — $7,500

 

BARREL RACING

Jana Bean snagged a spot in the Championship lineup with her Wild Card win in Barrel Racing. Bean said the crowd tonight had a big impact on her success.

“The crowd here at RODEOHOUSTON is very supportive,” Bean said. “Everybody from committee members to fans make the experience great.”

 

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Jana Bean: Ft. Hancock, Texas— $6,750

Kathy Grimes: Medical Lake, Washington — $8,000

 

BULL RIDING

The last to ride in the Wild Card, Ty Wallace, earned the final spot in the Championship in Bull Riding. Wallace said everyone has a great shot at winning and that he is thankful for the support from his fellow competitors.

“It’s anybody’s ball game,” Wallace said. “All these guys are like family and we always cheer for each other.”

 

Advancing to Championship (winnings to date):

Ty Wallace: Collbran, Colorado — $6,375

Scottie Knapp: Albuquerque, New Mexico — $3,875

The top two from each event in the Wild Card advance to the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Championship, Saturday, March 25. Each event champion will walk away with a $50,000 payout, in addition to previous winnings.

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