The Wyoming boys of summer kicked off pro rodeo’s hot season in style notching five first-place finishes in four states.
Wheatland steer wrestler Seth Brockman was top dogger at the Ute Mountain Roundup in Cortez, Colorado completing his run in 4.2 seconds. Brockman also won the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, NM and ended the weekend $2,354 to the good.
In Oregon, Clayton Savage – now a Cheyenne resident – won an Xtreme Bulls event to collect a total of $3,724 toward his goal of reaching the national finals. He’s only three slots away from a Vegas birth with the summer just getting started. Team WYO bull riders Tyler Willis from Wheatland and Seth Glause out of Cheyenne are #7 and #11 respectively. Willis is nursing a minor injury and will take off the next several days in order to be at 100 percent for the Fourth of July “Cowboy Christmas” run.
Powell’s Kanin Asay won the pro rodeo weekend at the Cody Nite Rodeo, June 7-9 (see ride below), and added $1,800 to his 2012 stash. Asay is now #3 in the world carrying his way oh so close to a Las Vegas guaranteed spot to ride bulls already.
Jhett Johnson of Casper worked with Miles Williams to win team roping at the Cody event finishing their run in 6.2 seconds.
Team WYO veterans Bobby Welsh and Les Shepperson collected a little cash over the weekend too. Welsh finished second in the bull riding at the Wisconsin Rivers Falls Rodeo in Merrill, WI and a $855 paycheck. Shep got $650 for sixth place steer wrestling at the Livermore Rodeo in California. Les is a solid 10th in the world standings.