Champions crowned at Abdallah Shrine Rodeo in Tonganoxie
For the 52nd annual year, the Abdallah Shrine Temple brought rodeo and several hundred cowboys and cowgirls to the Kansas City area.
Competition at the annual event held at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds wrapped up Saturday night, with $29,900 and points up for grabs for the Prairie Circuit Finals, held later this year. Contestants battled mud the entire weekend, but it didn’t hinder the top bull rider, Brett Stall, who rode the bull 577 True Blood from the Beutler and Son Rodeo Co. for 89 points.
The Detroit Lakes, Minn., cowboy had seen the bull earlier this year but had never been on him before.
“I saw him in Lubbock, Texas, where Cody Teel was an 80 on him,” he said. “Heck, he was a good bull, so it worked out.”
Stall followed him, jump for jump.
Stall, 21, is going down the rodeo road full time. He competed in the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association, winning the state championship in 2008 and, in three of the four years of high school rodeo, never finished out of the top twenty. Minnesota isn’t known as rodeo country, but “we have some hidden hands there,” he said.
Other winners included bareback rider Frank Morton, Wright, Kan. and saddle bronc rider Tyrel Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba. Timed event winners were steer wrestler Ryan Swayze, Freedom, Okla.; tie-down roper Blake Ash, Aurora, Mo.; team ropers Casper May, Pryor, Okla. and Derrick Peterson, Stillwell, Okla., and barrel racer Jana Turner, Perkins, Okla.
Next year’s dates for the 53rd annual Shrine Rodeo will be May 24-26, 2012.
1 Ryan Swayze, Freedom, Okla. 5.7 seconds; 2 Trenton Johnson, Mound City, Kan. 7.2; 3 Cole Edge, Durant, Okla. 7.3; 4 Brady Bartel, Augusta, Kan. 8.2
1 Frank Morton, Wright, Kan. 83 points on 840 Sox, Beutler and Son Rodeo Co; 2/3 tie Bo Casper, Ft Scott, Kan.; 81 and Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 81; 4/5/6 tie Codi Myers Samnorwood Texas 80, Matt Bright, Azle, Texas 80, Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 80
Tie down roping
1 Blake Ash, Aurora, Mo. 10.4 seconds; 2 PJ Spencer, Collinsville, Okla. 10.8 seconds;
3 Jeff Miller, Blue Mound, Kan. 11.4; 4 Joe Soukup, Allerton, Iowa 11.5
Saddle bronc riding
1 Tyrel Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 77 points on 865 Gorgeous Girl, Beutler and Son Rodeo Co; 2/3/4/5 tie Jesse James Kirby, Dodge City, Kan. 76,Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D. 76, Tyrel Kennedy, Philip, S.D. 76, Travis Sheets, Hyannis, Neb. 76
1 Casper May, Pryor Creek, Okla. and Derrick Peterson, Stillwell, Kan. 4.8 seconds; 2 Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D. and Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. 5.0; 3 Gavin Foster, Elmore City, Okla. and Jeff Brown, Calhan, Colo. 5.8 seconds; 4 Rick Anderson, White City, Kan. and Cole Wilson, Kincaid, Kan. 6.4;
Women’s Barrel Racing
1 Jana Turner, Perkins, Okla. 16.97 seconds; 2 Jackie Brand, Harrison, Ark. 17.24; 3 Kaylee Etbauer, Gruver, Texas 17.31; 4 Deb Christy, Norton, Kan. 17.48 seconds
1 Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn. 89 points on 577 True Blood, Beutler and Son Rodeo Co; 2 Corey Navarre, Weatherford, Okla. 77; 3 Carrson Hiatt Rosalia, Kan. 74; 4 Dusty Elkinton, Moundville, Mo. 71 points