NFR: Cody Ohl ties for first in tie-down roping

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Six-time season champion Cody Ohl tied for first in tie-down roping Sunday night in the National Finals Rodeo for his second straight round victory.

Ohl, from Hico, Texas, matched Ryan Jarrett of Commanche, Okla., with a 6.9-second run in the fourth round. Ohl earned $16,677 to move into second place in the standings with $130,249.

Defending champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, who didn’t finish in one of the six paying positions in the round, leads the standings with $142,075. He’s seeking his third straight title.

In barrel racing, standings leader Sherry Cervi of Marana, Ariz., was third in 13.81 and increased her total to $202,105. Cervi won the first two rounds and leads with $54,688 in NFR earnings and is first in the aggregate standings with a four-run time of 55.11. Defending season champion Mary Walker of Ennis, Texas, is second with $151,238.

Taylor Jacob of Carmine, Texas, has won the last two rounds, topping the field Sunday at 13.49.

In bull riding, three-time season champion J.W. Harris of Mullin, Texas, won with an 88.5 on Medicine Show and leads the standings with $171,549. Harris tops the field with $41,166 in NFR earnings and is first in the aggregate standings with 262.5 points for three rides.

“It’s still early, and tomorrow will be the halfway point, but I just have to keep building on it,” Harris said. “I haven’t looked at the world standings or watched any replays of any of the rides so far. I’ve just been going home and going to bed and trying to stay rested. This place will get you worn down if you let it.”

Trevor Kastner of Ardmore, Okla., and Chandler Bownds of Lubbock, Texas, tied for second with 87.5 rides.

In steer wrestling, two-time season champion Dean Gorsuch of Gering, Neb., won in 3.1 — the best time ever in the fourth round. He broke the mark of 3.2 set by Mike Smith in 1990.

“I want to go at it (the Thomas & Mack Center arena record of 3.0, set by Steve Duhon in 1986 and Bryan Fields in 2001) every night, and I have tried to,” Gorsuch said. “I’ve been trying to be too aggressive at the wrong times. I tried to calm down tonight and let things happen.”

Gorsuch is fifth in the standings with $85,986.

Casey Martin of Sulphur, La., leads the standings with $126,365.

In bareback, defending season champion Kaycee Feild of Spanish Fork, Utah, remained in first place in the standings, finishing fourth with an 81.5 on Hombre. Feild, seeking a third consecutive world title, has earned $148,119. Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., leads the standings with $137,305.

Jessy Davis of Power, Mont., won the round with an 86 on Raggidy Ann.

In team roping, header Nick Sartain of Dover, Okla., and heeler Rich Skelton of Llano, Texas, won the round in 4.2. They lead the NFR aggregate standings with a total time of 19.60.

Header Clay Tryan of Billings, Mont., and heeler Jade Corkill, of Fallon, Nev., finished third in 5.2 and remained first in the standings. Tryan has earned $136,569, and Corkill has made $134,938.

In saddle bronc, Jake Wright of Milford, Utah, won with an 86 on Kid Rock to move into second place in the standings with $125,354.

“He got a lot of air and felt good,” Wright said. “He was kicking hard, and when he jumped in the air he’d try to drop out and throw me off the front, but I set my feet and kept rocking back and he felt awesome. He dang near fell down coming out of the chute and I think when he got up he was mad because he really got after it.”

Wright’s brother, two-time season champion Cody Wright, also of Milford, leads the standings with $135,013.

In all-around, defending season champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, leads with $281,029. He was third in tie-down roping with a 7.0.

Johnson cashes at NFR
Ted Harbin
Rodeo Media Relations

LAS VEGAS – Chet Johnson likes his role as a veteran saddle bronc rider at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
He also likes the fact that he’s earned money in the first three rounds of the 2013 championship. On Saturday’s third night of competition, the Douglas/Sheridan bronc buster matched moves with J Bar J Rodeo’s Sweatin’ Bullets for 77.5 points to finish sixth and collect a check worth $3,005.

“I’m way more comfortable this year than I’ve ever been here,” said Johnson, now in his fourth NFR qualification. “I have way more experience than the first three times I was here. I’m one of the older guys, too, so I’m not as intimidated.

“When I first came here (in 2005), the veterans were Billy Etbauer, Dan Mortensen, Glen O’Neal and Rod Hay. They were my heroes, and I was riding against them. There was an intimidation factor there. Now I’ve been rodeoing with these guys my entire career. A lot of them are just new guys; they still ride really good, but it’s just different.”

Over three nights in the City of Lights, Johnson has pocketed more than $7,000.

This is the place where big money can be made, with go-round winners earning $18,630 each night of the 10-round championship, but the Wyoming cowboy likes that he’s earned something in the opening few nights. Most importantly, his cumulative score of 229.5 points through three rides is third best.

“I honestly didn’t think I was going to place in that round,” he said Saturday. “A lot of the horses didn’t have their day. You get out of rhythm, and I think horses do, too. I don’t know if it’s the weather, but it seems like a lot of them are worse in the chute, and they’re just not having their day. I thought it would take 82 or 83 points to place tonight. The horses just haven’t been doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Like everything, you don’t know what all is affecting them.”

Only the top 6 scores earn money each night, and Johnson’s was one of two money-makers who didn’t surpass the 80-point marking. Based on the 100-point scale, half the score comes from the ride, half comes from the animal.

“Everything I’ve been on, the horses just don’t have the action, so you’ve got to do it all yourself,” Johnson said. “I can’t complain; I’m still getting checks.”

That, especially in Las Vegas, is a good thing.


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