DENVER, Colo. (January 15, 2023) — A year ago, Rocker Steiner set the rodeo world on fire when he won the bareback riding at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo.
The 18-year-old, from Weatherford, Texas, was coming off a win at the Odessa (Texas) Stock Show Rodeo, came here ready to compete in the legendary Denver Coliseum and left with a brand-new championship buckle and nearly $10,000 in prize money.
That gave the rising star momentum and put him on a path towards his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification. He competed at rodeo’s championships last December in Las Vegas and finished the season in 10th place.
Steiner is hoping to be back in Las Vegas again in 2023 and another win in Denver could help him get on pace to do just that. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association regular season actually started in October and many contestants tried to jump start their season with early wins. Steiner, who is a multi-generation rodeo competitor didn’t use that option.
The National Western Stock Show presented by Centura is his first rodeo of the season to compete in. He competed in both rounds on Sunday and had the most success during the evening performance.
It seemed appropriate that the horse he got on is named Time to Rock owned by Bailey Pro Rodeo. It was a great matchup. When the judges added up their scores, there was an 87 by Steiner’s name. Steiner is now headed for the semifinals for the second consecutive time in just his second trip to the rodeo here. He was leader of the pack in Bracket 4 with a total of 163 on two rides.
Coloradoans made a lot of noise here during the barrel racing on Sunday. Shali Lord from Lamar finished third during the matinee, then came back during the evening performance and stopped the clock in 15.01 seconds. Her total of 30.38 has her at the top of the leaderboard and she will be a fan-favorite next Saturday during the semifinals.
Bracket 4 was completed on Sunday. Monday’s matinee will be the beginning of Bracket 5. Then Monday evening, the Martin Luther King Jr. African American Heritage Rodeo of Champions will be held. ProRodeo returns to the Denver Coliseum on Tuesday where Bracket 5 will be completed.
Seventh Performance —
Bareback Riding: 1, Mark Kreder, Claremore, Okla., 79.5 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Dark Rose. 2, Waylon Bourgeois, Church Point, La., 76. 3, Tyler Berghuis, Atwater, Minn., 73. 4, A.J. Ruth, Huntsville, Texas, 71.5.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Cal Wolfe, Palmer Texas, 4.1 seconds. 2, Cody Harmon, Dublin Texas, 4.8. 3, Jace Logan, Yampa, Colo., 5.5. 4, Tait Kvistad, Hudson, Colo., 5.7.
Team Roping: 1, Kellan and Carson Johnson, Casper Wyo., 4.9. 2, Jase Staudt, Saguache, Colo., and Jhett Tenary, Salida, Colo., 5.0. 3, Jake Clay, Sapulpa, Okla., and Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., 5.3. 4, Luke Brown, Rock Hill., S.C., and Hunter Koch, Vernon, Texas, 6.4.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Dean Wadsworth, Buffalo Cap, Texas, 80.5 points on Generations Pro Rodeo’s, Doughboy. 2, Cash Wilson, Wall, S.D., 79. 3, Ian McGivney, Kaycee Wyo., 77. 4, Lane Schuelke, Newell, S.D., 76.5.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Garrett Jacobs, Bosque Farms, N.M., 7.8. 2, Trevor Hale, Perryton, Texas, 8.9 seconds. 3, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 10.7. 4, Darnell Johnson, Fowler, Colo., 11.1.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Kylee Scribner, Azle, Texas, 14.88. 2, Cayla Small, Afton, Okla., 15.18. 3, Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo., 15.37. 4, Hailey Garrison, Glen, Mont., 15.41.
Bull Riding: 1, Tyler Bingham, Howell, Utah, 85 points on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s Hot Rocks. 2, Riley Barg, Lewisville, Idaho, 81. 3, Trey Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 78.5. 4, JC Mortensen, Paulden, Ariz., 75.
Eighth Performance —
Bareback Riding: 1, Rocker Steiner, Weatherford, Texas, 87 points on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s Time to Rock. 2, Jayco Roper, Oktaha, Okla., 84. Mark Kreder, Claremore, Okla., 82. 4, Waylon Bourgeois, Church Point, La., 81.5. (total on two — semifinal qualifiers) 1, Steiner, 163. 2, Kreder, 161. 3, Bourgeois, 157.5.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas, 3.5 seconds. 2, Cody Harmon, Dublin, Texas, 5.0. 3, Cal Wolfe, Palmer, Texas, 5.2. 4, Tait Kvistad, Hudson, Colo., 5.5. (total on two — semifinal qualifiers) 1, Wolfe, 9.3. 2, Harmon, 9.8. 3, Jace Logan, Yampa, Colo., 11.2.
Team Roping: 1, Jake Clay, Sapulpa, Okla., and Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., 5.1 seconds. 2, Jase Staudt, Saguache, Colo., and Jhett Trenary, Salida, Colo., 5.7. 3, Wyatt Murray, Neola, Utah, and Clay Futrell, Union Grave, N.C., 9.7. 4, Brenten Hall, Jay, Okla., and Paden Bray, Stephenville, Texas, 10.4. (total on two — semifinal qualifiers) 1, Clay and VonAhn, 10.4. 2, Staudt, and Trenary, 10.7. 3, Kellan and Carson Johnson, 16.6.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 82 points on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s Rip Cord. 2, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 81.5. Cash Wilson, Wall, S.D., 79. 4, Damian Brennan, 75. (total on two — semifinal qualifiers) 1, Wilson, 158. 2, Jacobs Crawley, 82. Sterling Crawley, 81.5.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Trevor Hale, Perryton, Texas, 7.6 seconds. 2, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 8.2. 3, Stetson Vest, Roosevelt, Utah, 9.2. 4, Darnell Johnson, Fowler, Colo, 9.8. (total on two — semifinal qualifiers) 1, Hale, 16.5. 2, Shiozawa, 18.9. 3, Vest, 20.4.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo., 15.01. 2, Hailey Garrison, Glen, Mont., 15.12. 3, Andrea Busby, Brock, Texas, 15.72. 4, Carlee Otero, Laundesboro, Ala., 16.35. (total on two — semifinal qualifiers) 1, Lord, 30.38. 2, Garrison, 30.53. 3, Sierra Williams, Sherwood Park, Alberta 30.89.
Bull Riding: 1, (tie) JC Mortensen, Paulden, Ariz on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s Rude Dude, and Riley Barg, Lewisville, Idaho, on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s Little Tyrant, 83.5 points each. 3, Riker Carter, Stone, Idaho, 81.5. 4, Trey Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 78.5 (total on two — semifinal qualifiers) 1, Barg, 164.5. 2, Mortensen, 158.5. 3, Kimzey, 157.
About the National Western Stock Show — Established in 1906, the National Western Stock Show is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that provides college and graduate level scholarships in agricultural-related fields of study. Its mission is to serve producers and consumers throughout the world by being the premier stock show, equestrian competitions, and center for year-round events. The 16-day show also serves as an entertainment arena, hosting one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, family and educational shows plus Colorado’s largest western trade show. For more information, visit nationalwestern.com.
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