Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 6, 2017
An Independence Day tradition

Rodeo fans pack the house at Deseret Peak 

The crowd at the Deseret Peak Complex came to see fireworks over the Fourth of July holiday.

They got plenty of them, both inside and outside the arena.

More than $22,000 in prize money was awarded at the 72nd annual Bit n’ Spur Rodeo, which brought some of the top cowboys and cowgirls in the Rocky Mountain Professional Rodeo Association to Tooele County to compete in front of a packed grandstand on Monday and Tuesday.

Stetson Wright and Shawn Proctor tied for the bull-riding title with 88 points each. Justin Larue was third with a score of 75.

Wright also won the saddle bronc title with 85 points, beating Shawn Covey’s 80 and Kyler Oliver’s 79.

Cooper Bennett won the bareback crown, posting a score of 78. Ethan McNeill was second with a 75, and Justin Heap and Dalton Boyden tied for third after each recorded a 66.

Teri Wood Gates’ win in barrel racing highlighted the timed events. Gates clocked in at 16.484 seconds, less than half a second faster than Bo Smith’s 16.903. Kacee Quarnberg was third in 16.945, and Railynn Robinson was fourth in 17.066.

Cassie Bahe won the breakaway roping title in a blistering 1.9 seconds. She was followed by Smith (2.0), Megan Burbidge (2.1), Jessi Kesler (2.3), Matti Roche (2.4) and Codi McPherson (2.5).

Lex Smith won the calf roping title in 8.5 seconds, edging Brody Jones’ time of 8.8. Kenneth Winn was third in 9.2 and Colton Kofoed was fourth in 9.9.

Jones teamed with Hadley Cloward to win the team roping title in 4.5 seconds. It was a tight battle at the top, with Taylor Winn and Kelton Morse clocking in at 4.6 and Hayden Cloward and Braydin Evans in third at 4.7.

Zach Trapp finished first in steer wrestling, clocking in at 5.4 seconds. Ryley C. Johnson was second at 6.3, and Kyler Dick and Ty Allred tied for third at 6.4.

The next stop on the RMPRA schedule is also in Tooele County, with the annual Rush Valley Rodeo set for this weekend at the Red Kirk Arena in Clover. The slack performance is at 3 p.m. Friday, with the main performance at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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