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NURSE PRACTITIONER ADVANCES TO NATIONAL WESTERN RODEO SEMIFINALS

PHOTO CREDIT: RIC ANDERSEN

DENVER, Colo. (January 13, 2023) — The National Western Stock Show presented by Centura Health saw plenty of great rodeo action on Friday.

Bracket 1 was completed at the matinee performance with a nurse practitioner from Brock, Texas, being the most consistent barrel racer in the field. Jamie Olsen stopped the clock on her 12-year-old bay gelding she calls Easy in 15.18 seconds during the first performance. She came back at the Friday matinee with a 15.20 and finished the bracket in the top spot with a total time of 30.38 seconds. It was nearly three-tenths of a second in front of Megan McLeod-Sprague from Marsing, Idaho who had a total of 30.67.

Olsen grew up in South Dakota and got her nursing degree from South Dakota State University with help from a rodeo scholarship. She and her husband moved to Texas, and when she wanted to get her master’s degree, she sold her barrel racing horse and focused on her education and family. She got her nurse practitioner degree and until last year had a full-time job.

But her passion has always been barrel racing and when she got horses that were competitive, and with the support of her husband, she hit the road. Olsen finished 55th in the world standings last year and is working to improve on that this year.

A win here at the National Western could certainly help that. She will have a week to get ready for her next run in Denver on Saturday, Jan. 21, in the semifinals.

Barrel racing was exciting at the Friday night performance as well. Lisa Lockhart who is one of Olsen’s heroes took the lead with a great 15.12 second run on her superstar gray gelding “Levee.” The last two seasons, the Oelrichs, South Dakota cowgirl has had to make a last-minute push to qualify for rodeo’s championships, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

It was Lockhart’s 16th consecutive trip to Las Vegas to compete for a world championship. She is hoping to start her 2023 season off winning and to be high enough in the standings that she isn’t on the bubble this year for her 17th qualification. A win here could get the momentum going in the right direction for her.

There are three performances at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo on Saturday. The 11 a.m performance will see the completion of Bracket 2. Bracket 3 will be completed at the 3:30 and 8 p.m. performances.

DENVER, Colo. — The following are results from the PRCA and WPRA rodeo at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo, Thursday, January 12, 2023.

Second Performance — 

Bareback Riding: (second round)1, Dean Thompson, Altamont, Utah, 84.5 on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Tory’s Boyfriend. 2, Will Lowe, Amarillo, Texas, 82.5. 3, Bronc Marriott, Woods Cross, Utah, 81.5. 4, Dylan Riggs, Airway Heights, Okla., 79. (total on two – semifinals qualifiers) 1, Thompson, 169. 2, Yance Day, Mannford, Okla., 164.5. 3, Lowe, 163. 

Steer Wrestling: 1, Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore., 4.1 seconds. 2, Stan Branco, Chowchilla, Cali., 4.6. 3, Bryn Roy, Dalemead, Alberta, 5.8. 4, Kyler Dick, Oakley, Utah, 8.1. (total on two- semifinals qualifiers) 1, Dick, 11.9. 2, Branco, 15. 3, Hoyt Kraeger, Weeping Water, Neb., 22.3. 

Team Roping: 1, Joshua Torres, Ocala, Fla., and Dylin Ahlstrom, Hooper, Utah, 4.6 seconds. 2, Jake Orman, Prairie, Miss., and Brye Crites, Welch, Okla., 5.0. 3, Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, and Jeremy Buhler, Arrowwood Alberta, 5.8. 4, Ty Arnold, Midway, Texas and Kaden Profili, Jackonville, Texas, 6.4. (total on two – semifinals qualifiers) 1, Richard and Buhler, 10.5. 2, Arnold, and Profili, 11. 3, Orman, and Crites 15.0.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Tanner Butner, Daniel Wyo., 85 points on Cervi Brothers Rodeo’s Vintage Villain. 2, Garrett Uptain, Craig Colo., 79.5. 3, Jesse James Kirby, Cheney, Wash., 79. 4, Kolby Wanchuck, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 78.5. (total on two – semifinals qualifiers) 1, Butner, 166.5. 2, Leon Fountain, Socorro, N.M., 160. 3, Sage Newman, Melstone, Mont., 160. 

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Ben Robinson, Redd Deer County, Alberta, 8.2 seconds. 2, Landyn Duncan, Weatherford, Texas, 8.3. 3, Preston Pederson, Hermiston, Ore., 9.7. 4, Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas, 11.0. (total on two – semifinals qualifiers) 1, Pederson, 18.3. 2, Duncan, 27.5. (on one) 3, Robinson, 8.2. 

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Sarah Winkelman, Big Lake, Minn., 15.17 seconds. 2, Jamie Olsen, Brock Texas, 15.20. 3, Loralee Ward, Fort Lupton, Colo., 15.32. 4, Megan McLeod-Sprague, Marsing, Idaho, 15.33. (total on two – semifinals qualifiers) 1, Olsen, 30.38. 2, McLeod-Sprague, 30.67. 3, Winkleman, 30.69. 

Bull Riding: (Three qualified rides) 1, (Tie) Braden Richardson, Jasper, Texas, on Big Rafter Rodeos, 879, and Riggin Shippy, Colome, S.D., on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Another Day, 86.5 points each. 3, Ernie Courson Jr, Okeechobee, Fla., 63. (total on two – semifinals qualifiers) 1, Richardson, 168.5. 2, Courson, 141. 3, Riggin Shippy, 126.5.

DENVER, Colo. — The following are results from the PRCA and WPRA rodeo at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo, Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. 

Third Performance — 

Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Taylor Broussard, Estherwood, La., 85 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Rockin’ Out. 2, Trenten Montero, Winnemucca, Nev., 83. 3, Evan Betony, Tonalea, Ariz., 79. 4, Ethan Mazurenko, 78.

Steer Wrestling: (first round) 1, Bridger Anderson, Carrington, N.D., 4.3 seconds. 2, Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla., 5.3. 3, Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 5.9. 4, Tucker Allen, Oak View, Calif., 6.7.      

Team Roping: (first round) 1, Dustin Egusquiza, Marianna, Fla., and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D., 4.4 seconds. 2, Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah, and Max Kuttler, American Falls, Idaho, 4.9. 3, Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta, and Logan Cullen, Courtenay, British Columbia, 5.0. 4, Payton Pirrug, Hartford, S.D., and Mason Bice, Killdeer, N.D., 7.8. 

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Jace Angus, Fallon, Nev., 85 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Resistol’s Wild Valley. 2, Mitch Pollock, Winnemucca, Nev., 83.5. 3, Logan Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, 83. 4, Ben Andersen, Eckville, Alberta, 82. 

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Bryce Derrer, Portales, N.M., 8.2 seconds. 2, Dylan Hancock, San Angelo, Texas, 8.4. 3, Ryan Belew, La Junta, Colo., 8.5. 4, Trevor Thiel, Greeley, Colo., 9.9. 

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 15.12. 2, (tie) Kelly Yates, and Sydni Blanchard, Pueblo Colo., 15.39. 3, Alex Odle, Brush, Colo., 15.60. 

Bull Riding: (one ride) 1, Toby Collins Stephenville, Texas, on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Busted Sermon.

PROVIDED COURTESY OF SUSAN KANODE AND NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW TO TENN TEXAS MEDIA

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