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 DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 12, 2024) — With three performances completed at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo, three contestants in each of the events are already planning their trip back to Denver next week to compete in the Semi-Finals.

Friday’s action in the Denver Coliseum saw the completion of bracket 1 and the beginning of bracket 2.

Contestants are divided into brackets that consist of two rounds.

Their scores and times are added together and the three that have the highest total score on two rides  or fastest total time on two runs advance from the brackets to the Semi-Finals.

When they get to the Semi-Finals the playing field is even and if they are among the top three in their performance they will advance to the Finals.

That’s good news for world champion bareback rider Keenan Hayes who finished his bracket in second place.

Hayes is a native of Colorado who makes his home at Hayden.

He was the most successful bareback rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 2023 and won his first gold buckle in Las Vegas at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas last December.

He would like nothing better than to continue his success with a big win in Denver.

While rodeo’s championships were in December, the 2024 regular season began in October.

Hayes is currently fourth in the world standings and anything he wins here will help him move up.

Bracket 2 had their first round of competition Friday night.

There were some high-marked rides and fast times, but the crowd got the loudest during the bull riding when Caleb Myers McCaslin scored 88 points in the bull riding.

McCaslin, from Jones, Okla., rode a bull from Big Rafter Rodeo that goes by 07.

He knew he made a good ride and did a celebratory heel kick when he got off the black and white spotted bull.

McCaslin will ride again in the Saturday morning rodeo which begins at 11 a.m. and completes bracket 2. Then Bracket 3 will have round one at 3:30 p.m. and round 2 at 8 p.m.

Caleb Myers McCaslin, from Jones, Oklahoma has made the biggest impression in the bull riding at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo so far.

McCaslin competed in the Denver Coliseum on Friday night and scored 88 points on 07 from Big Rafter Rodeo.

That is the highest score of the rodeo through three performances. .                                                     

DENVER, Colo. — The following are results from the PRCA and WPRA rodeo at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo, Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. Semifinals qualifiers advance based on their total from two rounds.

Second Performance —

Bareback Riding: 1, Luke Thrash, Bastrop, La., 80 pints on Cervi Brothers Rodeo’s Easy Does It. 2, Keenan Reed Hayes, Hayden, Colo., 79. 3, Ethan Crouch, Gonzales, Texas, 76. 4, Tyler Ferguson, Deer Trail, Colo., 65. (semifinals qualifiers) 1, Barlow, 164. 2, Hayes, 162. 3, Crouch, 154.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 4.1 seconds. 2, Avery Jamerman, Torrington, Wyo., 4.6. 3, Bryn Roy, Dalemead, Alberta, 4.7. 4, Darcy Kersh, Carters Towers, Australia, 4.9. (semifinals qualifiers) 1, Kersh, 11.1. 2, Irwin, 19.7. (on one) 3, Rope Smith, Killdeer, N.D., 4.3.

Team Roping: 1, Doyle Yazzie, Winslow, Ariz., and Hiyo Yazzie, Coyote Canyon, N.M., 4.9 seconds. 2, Cyle Denison, Iowa, La., and Dustin Davis, Terrell, Texas, 6.3. 3, Colby Siddoway, Corinne, Utah, and Caleb Hendrix, Fallon, Nev., 9.8. (semifinals qualifiers) 1, Denison and Davis, 13.0. 2, Siddoway and Hendrix, 25.4. (on one) 3, Yazzie and Yazzie, 4.9.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 83 points on Cervi Brothers Rodeo’s Signature. 2, K’s Thompson, Lundbreck, Alberta, 81. 3, Ian Forbes McGivney, Kaycee, Wyo., 79. 4, Kasey Douglas Rosendahl, Meeker, Colo., 75. (sefinals qualifiers) 1, Scheer, 162. 2, Thomson, 156. 3, Coleman Shallbetter, Gunnison, Colo., 131.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Azine Mikita, Byers, Colo., 8.8 seconds. 2, Cash Fretwell, Pleasanton, Texas, 9.0. 3, Kason Dyer, Ottawa, Kan., 9.4. 4, Austin Hurlburt, Norfolk, Neb., 10.0. (semifinals qualifiers) 1, Hurlburt, 18.2. 2, Mikita, 19.5. 3, Colby Anders, Bayard, Neb., 22.0.

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Lucy Bowns, Evanston, Wyo., 14.71 seconds. 2, Ashley Catleberry, Montgomery, Texas, 14.82. 3, Paige Conrado, Hico, Texas, 15.01. 4, Piper Cordes, Wall, S.D., 15.08. (semifinals qualifiers) 1, Bowns, 30.01. 2, Conrado, 30.36. 3, Ilyssa Riley, Hico, Texas, 30.39.

 Bull Riding: 1, Bryce Burnell, Arvada, Wyo., 87 points on Cervi Championship’s Bio-K. 2, Canyon Bass, Johnson City, Texas, 78. (semifinals qualifiers) 1, Bass, 163.5. (on one) 2, Burnell, 87. 3, Lukasey Morris, Union City, Okla., 81.

Third Performance —

Bareback Riding: 1, Lane McGehee, Victoria, Texas, 87 points on Cervi Brothers Rodeo’s Oil Held hostage. 2, Hunter Carlson, Evanston, Wyo., 83. 3, Donny Proffit, Diamondville, Wyo., 79. 4, (tie) Cooper Cooke, Victor, Idaho and Chase Andy Siemens, Chetwynd, British Columbia, 76 points each.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Kalane Anders, Bayard, Neb., 4.4 seconds. 2, Tyler Pearson, Atoka, Okla., 4.8. 3, Chisum Docheff, Mead, Colo., 5.2. 4, Gus Franzen, Kearney, Neb.,, 7.0.

Team Roping: 1. Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Coleby Payne, Stephenville, Texas, 4.9 seconds. 2, Jake Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Douglas Rich, Herrick Ill., 5.6. 3, Cache and Cody Burnside, Mesquite, Nev., 6.6. 4, Austin Crist, Fountain, Colo., and J.W. Borrego, Weston, Colo., 9.2.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Traylin Martin, Faith, S.D., 84 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Risky Business. 2, Riggin Smith, Winterset, Iowa, 81. 3, Ryder Sanford, Sulphur, La., 80. 4, Chris Williams, Springsure, Australia, 79.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Trevor Hale, Perryton, Texas, 7.5 seconds. 2, Pecos Tatum, La Plata, N.M., 8.5. 3, Garrett Jacobs, Bosque Farms, N.M., 9.2. 4, Chris McCuistion, Collinsville, Texas, 10.9.

Barrel Racing: 1, Karson Bradley, Big Piney, Wyo., 15.21 seconds. 2, Shali Lord, lamar, colo., 15.31. 3, Austyn Tobey, Bemidgi, Minn., 15.34. 4, Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas, 15.35.

Bull Riding: 1, Caleb Myers McCaslin, Jones, Okla., 88 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s 07. 2, Trevor Reiste, Linden, Iowa, 86.5. 3, Coy Pollmeier, Fort Scott, Kan., 88. Jake Peterson, Livermore, Calif., 81.5.


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. 

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