2022 RODEOHOUSTON Wild Card

March 19, 2022

2022 RODEOHOUSTON Wild Card

RODEOHOUSTON® WILD CARD CONTESTANTS COMEPETE FOR ONE LAST SHOT AT CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

 

The competition was excellent as competitors battled it out for their last hope to make the RODEOHOUSTON Championship Round and have a shot at the $50,000 purse.

 

TIE-DOWN ROPING

Shad Mayfield knew he had to be fast. He had an 8.9-second run that gave him the Wild Card win and advanced him to the Championship Round.

 

“It was pretty nerve wrecking, especially roping at the end,” said Mayfield. “I just have so much trust in that horse.”


Advancing to the Championship Round (total winnings to date):
  • Shad Mayfield: Clovis, New Mexico — $6,000
  • Tuf Cooper: Decatur, Texas — $5,500
 

BAREBACK RIDING

The Bareback Riding was electric as Jesse Pope rode for 88 points aboard San Angelo Sam from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo.

 

“It takes a special mind to do this,” said Pope. “It’s a fistfight, that’s how I see it.”


Advancing to the Championship Round (total winnings to date):
  • Jesse Pope: Garnett, Kansas — $10,500
  • Jacob Lees: Canyon, Texas — $4,500
 

TEAM ROPING

The young duo JR Dees and Levi Lord had a blazing fast time of 4.4 seconds to have a chance of winning the $50,000 in the Championship Round.


Advancing to the Championship Round (total winnings to date):
  • JR Dees: Aurora, South Dakota; and Levi Lord: Stephenville, Texas — $20,000
  • Tyler Wade: Terrell, Texas; and Trey Yates: Pueblo, Colorado — $14,000
 

SADDLE BRONC RIDING

Wyatt Casper made a spectacular ride for a staggering 92 points.

 

“This is really confidence boosting going into the short round,” said Casper.


Advancing to the Championship Round (total winnings to date):
  • Wyatt Casper: Miami, Texas — $5,750
  • Sage Newman: Melstone, Montanna — $7,500
 

STEER WRESTLING

Jacob Talley knew the talent he was up against, but did not break under pressure as he won the Wild Card Round with a 4.1 second run.

 

“When I back into the box, it all becomes clear,” said Talley.


Advancing to the Championship Round (total winnings to date):
  • Jacob Talley: Keatchie, Louisiana — $5,000
  • Timmy Sparin: Helena, Montanna — $6,000
 

BARREL RACING

An ecstatic Jimmie Smith has the fastest time of the Rodeo on a horse that had never ran in NRG Stadium. The duo made a smoking 14.43-second run.

 

“That was the first time this horse has run here,” said Smith. “It was very nerve wrecking not being able to see the right barrel because I always go left.”


Advancing to the Championship Round (total winnings to date):
  • Jimmie Smith: McDade, Texas — $5,000
  • Emma Charleston: Reeds, Missouri — $8,000
 

BULL RIDING

Clayton Savage was one of the two bull riders to make the 8 seconds. Savage ended the night with an 80 point ride aboard Corn Pop, from Cervi Championship Rodeo.

 

“I just have to take it one jump at a time,” said Savage. “This place just lights my fire and it feels good to get a second chance.”


Advancing to the Championship Round (total winnings to date):
  • Clayton Savage: Banner, Wyoming — $9,000
  • Josh Frost: Randlett, Utah — $5,000
 

The top two from each event in the Wild Card Round advanced to the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Championship, Saturday, March 19. Each event champion will walk away with a $50,000 payout, in addition to previous winnings.

 

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