DENVER, Colo. (January 18, 2023) — The National Western Stock Show Rodeo presented by Centura Health might be exactly what steer wrestler Will Lummus from Byhalia, Mississippi needs to jump start his 2023 season.
Lummus has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) five times and finished as the reserve world champion the past two years. The former college rodeo athlete used his love of the sport to further his education and qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo. Along the way he got his bachelor’s degree in exercise science and wellness from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Then he went on and got certification to be a physical therapy assistant.
He’s putting his skill in the arena and knowledge outside of it to use as the rodeo coach at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia just a half hour from his home. Now he will be juggling his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association schedule to be at rodeos in the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association with his team.
It makes the money he earns at the winter rodeos doubly important giving him a head start to a sixth NFR qualification. He is working towards another trip to Las Vegas next December to compete at rodeo’s championships and win the gold buckle that goes to the world champion.
Lummus was the best steer wrestler in Bracket 6 in the Denver Coliseum. He competed at the matinee performance on Wednesday and stopped the clock in 4.2 seconds, then he came back at the evening performance with a time of 4.7. His total of 8.9 will see him back here on Saturday competing in the semifinals and hoping to stay one more day to compete in Denver’s finals.
Barrel racer Darby Fox was at the top of the leaderboard in both rounds of bracket 6. The King Hill, Idaho resident had times of 14.99 and 14.88 and will be one to watch during the semifinals.
Bracket 7 at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo will be held on Thursday. The first round will be completed at the matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. Round 2 will start at 7 p.m. Friday’s competition will feature the final bracket and see the last qualifiers for Saturday’s semifinals.
11th performance – Bracket 6, Round 1
Bareback Riding: 1, Nick Pelke, Monovi, Wis., 82 points on, Cervi Championship Rodeo’s High Rolling Sidney. 2, Jacob Lees, Caldwell, Idaho, 81.5. 3, Wyatt Johnson, Spanish Fork, Utah, 80.5. 4, Pascal Isabelle, Quebec, Canada, 78.5
Steer Wrestling: 1, Will Lumus, Byhalia, Miss., 4.2. 2, Logan Wiseman, Paola, Kan., 5.1. 3, Gavin Soileau, Bunkie, La., 5.5. 4, Trever Nelson, Kiowa, Okla., 7.4.
Team Roping: 1, Keeper Parker, Stephenville, Texas, and Cole Rogers, Dublin, Texas, 4.9 seconds. 2, Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz., and JC Flake, Laramie, Wyo., 5.1. 3, Cooper and James White, Hershey, Neb., 5.9. 4, Korbin Rice, Hobbs, N.M., and Jake South, Albuquerque N.M., 6.5.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, (tie) Logan Cook, Alto, Texas, on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Thunder, and Ryder Sanford, Sulfur, La., on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Goldylocks, 81.5 points each. 2, Weston Patterson, Waverly, Texas, 80.5. 3, Parker Fleet, 77.5.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Braden Harris, San Angelo, Texas, 8.7 seconds. 2, Logan Wiseman, Paola, Kan., 8.8. 3, Cole Ford, Whitehouse, Texas, 9.2. 4, Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas, 8.7.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Darby Fox, King Hill, Idaho, 14.99 seconds. 2, Baleigh Choate, Fort Worth, Texas, 15.02. 3, Shannon McReynolds, La Luz, N.M., 15.04. 3, Timber Allenbrand, Paola, Kan., 15.27.
Bull Riding: (One qualified ride) 1, Bryce Burnell, Sheridan, Wyo., 80.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Boom Box, 80.5 points.
Twelfth performance – Bracket 6, Round 2 followed by semifinals qualifiers
Bareback Riding: 1, Bodee Lammers, Tolar, Texas, 87 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Basket Case. 2, (tie) Strawbs Jones, Clermont, Australia, and Jacob Lees, Caldwell, Idaho, 82.5 each. 4, Nick Pelke, Monovi, Wis., 76.5. (total on two–semifinals qualifiers) 1, Lammers, 165.5. 2, Lees, 164. 3, Jones, 160.5.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Landris White, Angleton, Texas, 4.3 seconds. 2, Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., 4.6. 3, Will Lummus, Byhalia, Miss., 4.7. 4, Trever Nelson, Kiowa, Okla., 5.1. (total on two–semifinals qualifiers) 1, Lummus, 8.9. 2, White, 12.0. 3, Nelson, 12.5.
Team Roping: 1, Cooper and James White, Hershey, Neb., 5.3 seconds. 2, Keeper Parker, Stephenville, Texas, and Cole Rogers, Dublin, Texas, 5.4. 3, Lance Liggett, Limon, Colo., and Luke Meier, 11.75. 4, Kevin Daniel, Franklin, Tenn., and Rich Douglas, Herrick, Ill., 14.4. (total on two–semifinals qualifiers) 1, Parker, and Rogers, 10.3. 2, Cooper and Tucker White, 11.2. 3, Liggett, and Meier, 19.7.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, (tie) Logan Cook, Alto, Texas, 85 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Guardian Angel. 2, Shea Fournier, Raceland, La., 81.5 3, Ryder Sanford, Sulfur, La., 81. 4, Parker Kempfer, Deer Park, Fla., 79.5. (total on two–semifinals qualifiers) 1, Cook, 166. 2, Sanford, 162.5. 3, Fournier, 157.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Hunter Reaume, Meeteetse, Wyo.,7.8 seconds. 2, King Pickett, Weatherford, Texas, 8.7. 3, Braden Harris, San Angelo, Texas, 9.6. 4, Logan Wiseman, Paola, Kan., 10.4. (total on two–semifinals qualifiers) 1, Harris, 18.3. 2, Wiseman, 19.2. 3, Hayden Ford, Whitehouse, Texas, 19.9.
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Darby Fox, King Hill, Idaho, 14.88 seconds. 2, Timber Allenbrand, Paola, Kan., 15.24. Jimmie Smith-Tew, McDade, Texas, 15.40. 4, Cheyenne Allen, Mabton, Wash., 15.55. (total on two–semifinals qualifiers) 1, Fox, 29.87. 2, Allenbrand, 30.51. 3, Smith- Tew, 31.24.
Bull Riding: No qualified rides. (semifinals qualifier on one) 1, Bryce Burnell, Sheridan Wyo., 80.5
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