Banged Up Cowboys Haul In the Money
SAN ANGELO, TX — Bulls, Broncs, and Cowboys. All three battled it out one last time at the Cinch Shootout during the 91st San Angelo Rodeo. For San Angelo Live, Im Ryan Chadwick.
All the big names in rodeo came out to play on Saturday night. From Tuf Cooper in the Tie-down to Stetson Wright riding the rough stock, the San Angelo Rodeo was the place to be. Rodeo Royalty showed up and showed out in front of a packed audience.
The Cinch Shootout kicked off with Bareback riding. After Keenan Hayes, Jayco Roper, and Taylor Broussard cleared round one with the top scores, Hayes climbed aboard “Top Notch” in the finals and scored an 88. All three competitors ended up within one point of each other, but Hayes pulled out the victory.
The rough stock light show continued in the saddle bronc riding. World Champ Stetson Wright leaped to the top of the standings with an 89.0-point ride before performing just as well in the finals. Wright added another championship to his trophy case with a 91 in the short round to claim the Cinch Shoot-out Championship.
Finally came the Bull Riding. The bulls proved temperamental on Saturday night and bucked off the first five riders. That all changed when Jeff Askey took “Let’s Go Brandon” the distance. He qualified for the finals with an 88.5-point ride. Then, Stetson Wright showed why he’s one of the best when he made the finals in both the Saddle Bronc and the Bull Riding. Wright had the opportunity to become the only Cowboy to ever win two events at the Cinch Shoot-out. Lastly, Jack Gilmore snuck into the finals after he defeated Devils Dance on the last ride of the long round.
After riding four animals in one evening, Wright gave it his best shot but was knocked to the arena floor. Gilmore joined him, and in the end, only Askey managed to hang on to his bull long enough to become the champion.
San Angelo LIVE!’s Ryan Chadwick met up with Askey after his championship ride and asked him what would have happened if he failed to ride his bull in the finals. He said that although he would have won with his first-round score, it feels like he actually won the competition by completing the only qualifying ride. Chadwick then asked what makes the Cinch Shoot-out so special. He smiled when he answered and said that since he’s a Cinch Sponsored Athlete, it always feels great repping the brand.
It’s the Bull Riding, presented by First Financial Bank.
San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
Cinch Chute-Out Results
1. Keenan Hayes, 88 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Top Notch, $7,500; 2. Jayco Roper, 87.5, $3,000; 3. Taylor Broussard, 87, $2,000.
1. Dalton Massey, 3.3 seconds, $7,500; 2. Jacob Talley, 3.4, $3,000; 3. Stockton Graves, 4.0, $2,000.
1. Dustin Equsquiza/Levi Lord, 4.0 seconds, $7,500; no other qualified runs.
Saddle Bronc riding:
1. Stetson Wright, 91 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Larry Culpepper, $7,500; 2. Kade Bruno, 89.5, $3,000; no other qualified rides.
1. Riley Pruitt, 7.5 seconds, $7,500; 2. Michael Otero, 7.7, $3,000; Riley Webb, 8.8, $2,000.
1. Lindsay Sears, 13.80 seconds, $3,000; 2. Jordon Briggs, 14.42, $2,250; 3. Sherry Cervi, 19.48, $1,500; 4. Hailey Kinsel, 25.99, $750.
1. Jeff Askey, 88 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Bandit, $7,500; no other qualified rides.