National riders shine after lightsout
Downed power line in Kansas City delays rodeo events, but the show goes on
The lights may have gone out twice Thursday night at the Leavenworth County Fair IPRA Rodeo, but the delay didn't seem to hinder competitors.
The seven-event rodeo was slowed by power failure after a car in the Kansas City area hit an electrical pole. A chain reaction started, and the rodeo was put on hold.
When the lights came on for good, top riders lit up the arena. Tim Wilkinson, Fort Scott, won the bareback bronc riding competition with 78 points, riding Comanche Moon.
Raymond Cooper, Center Ridge, Ark., couldn't grab the top position in Tonganoxie. Cooper, though, is in first place in the overall International Professional Rodeo Association's world standings. With nine entries, Wilkinson finished ahead of second-place Rob Gillespie, Adrian, Mo., (77 points) on Sharp Dressed Man, and Jet McCoy, Tupelo, Okla., (72) took third riding Wild Child.
In its sixth year, the rodeo appears to have much stability. The power shortage didn't drive away fans in droves, and Friday night's competition had a packed grandstand.
Rodeo committee co-chairman Jeff Dickinson said the popularity of the rodeo comes from its personnel.
"I'd like to think it's our reputation," Dickinson said. "We bring in the top IPRA contestants."
Dickinson said new advertising helped as well. The rodeo went into the Atchison area and advertised on KAIR radio, which helped draw a large following from that area.
Saddle Bronc Riding
Jet McCoy continued his success at the rodeo, taking first in saddle bronc riding on Saskatchewan.
Brother Cord McCoy tied for second with 75 points also while riding Saskatchewan. Winfield's Todd Leftwich also scored 75 while riding Turkey Tracks.
The event also had four area riders. Josh Reischman and Dustin Vance, both of Tonganoxie; Spencer Turner, McLouth; and Dustin Elkington, Oskaloosa, competed.
The McCoys finished up their winning performances with top-three finishes in bull riding.
Cord won the event, scoring 84 points while riding Yellow Moon. Jet took third with 73 points while riding Bad Medicine. The brothers are both in the top 15 in the IPRA standings.
Dustin Elkington, Oskaloosa, scored 75 points for second place while riding Air Freight.
Area bull riders included Richard Provance, Chad Sparks, Dustin Vance and Tyler Wise, all of Tonganoxie; Chris Lewallen, McLouth; and Dustin Elkington, Oskaloosa. The event had 24 entries.
Cowgirl Barrel Racing
With 23 entries, the cowgirl barrel racing had Sooner State domination at the top.
Betty Roper, Oktaha, Okla., won second, finishing in 16.275 seconds.
Sherry Lynn Rhea of Forrest City, Ark., took second, finishing in 16.275 seconds. Shannon Kerr, Stillwater, Okla., (16.518 sec.) and Paige Orstad, Warner, Okla., (16.740) took the three and four spots.
Local riders competing were Theresa Kerr Brown, Kelly Casey, Cynthia Thompson and Jenny Wright, all of Tonganoxie; Mary Johnson, Eudora; and Kristi Holton, Basehor.
Oklahomans occupied the top three places in steer wrestling.
Cody Brecheisen, Wyandotte, Okla., wrestled his way to first with a time of 4.2 seconds.
Tooter Silver, Warner, Okla., placed second (5.1 sec.), while Danny Tedrick, Pryor, Okla., took third (5.3).
Brent Currie, Iola, took fourth with time of 5.4 seconds. The event had 15 entries.
The Sooner State continued its strong representation in the calf roping.
Clay Hurst, Mount Vernon, Ark. took first with a roping time of 9.4 seconds.
But the next three winners were from Oklahoma. Rob Pierce, Locust Grove, Okla. (10.1), Terry Crow, Miami, Okla. (12.8) and P.J. Spencer, Tulsa, Okla. (14.0) nabbed the second, third and fourth places.
Out of 41 teams, seven were local, but none could come away as money winners.
Bobby Douglas and Lance Stone, both of Tonganoxie competed. Both also teamed up with Travis McGraw, also from Tonganoxie, on separate teams as well.
Other double-teamers were Ryan Holton, Basehor, and Terry L. Helmert, Lansing. Holton also teamed with Mike McClary of Leavenworth. Helmert also teamed with McClary.
Jeff and Tim Monroe made up the last local team.
Overall, Nicky Simmons, Colcord, Okla., and Joel Maker, Tahlequah, Okla., won the team roping with a 4.3 second time.
Tommy Edens, Cedar Hill, Texas, and Joe Day, Howe, Texas, took second (4.5). Three teams tied for third.