ELKO – The Silver State Stampede, the oldest rodeo in Nevada, concluded Saturday at Elko County Fairgrounds – notching another successful event in the rodeo’s rich history.
The Stampede is the only rodeo of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to award Garcia spurs to the winner of every event. In all, 10 pairs of the coveted spurs were awarded Saturday night – with eight pairs awarded to event winners (two sets in the team roping), a pair to the all-around champion and another for the winner of the Old West Bronc Riding.
George Gillespie of Placerville, Utah, won the bareback riding aboard “Red Ears,” scoring 82 points and collecting $2,262. Elko cowboy Bryan Jones split second place with an 81-point ride. He won $1,508 for his efforts.
Riley Butler from Blackfoot, Idaho, took the steer wrestling title, bull dogging his animal in 4.5 seconds and earning $1,295.
Nick Kalivas of Farson, Wyoming, and R.D. Abplanalp from Ogden, Utah, breezed through the competition of the team roping, winning the event by half of a second. They roped their steer in 5.3 seconds and won $1,990 apiece. Pete Jones of Twin Falls, Idaho, and partner Jace Nielsen of Layton, Utah, followed in second place with a time of 5.8 seconds. They earned $1,647.
Allen Boore of Axtell, Utah, spurred to first place in the saddle bronc riding, earning 82 points on “Miss Perception.” Boore collected a check for $2,480. Paradise Valley’s Joe Harper split fifth place with a 79-point ride and earned $497. Ryan Mackenzie of Jordan Valley, Oregon, scored 78 points on his re-ride horse and tied for sixth place, pocketing $290.
Justin Brinkerhoff of Corinee, Utah, blazed to the championship of the tie-down roping. He roped, flanked and tied his calf in 8.2 seconds, winning by nearly a full second. Cy Eames of Gooding, Idaho, won second place — finishing with a nine-flat. Eames collected $1,173.
Andrea Jones of Twin Falls dashed around the barrels and to first place, winning the barrel racing with a time 16.48 seconds, which was an impressive mark with the deep and sticky conditions of the arena. Jones collected $1,028.
Only four cowboys managed to complete the eight seconds required to post a score in the bull riding. Casey White of Weiser, Idaho, bested “Clyde,” earning 82 points and the largest check of any event of the Silver State Stampede. White earned $2,538. Ardie Maier of Timber Lake, South Dakota, placed second with a 77, also riding “Clyde.” Maier won $1,946. Spanish Fork, Utah’s Jeremy Jex placed third with a 67, earning $1,438. Blaine Tibbals of Yerington scored 60 points on “Black Bird” and was awarded the option of a re-ride, but he chose to keep the score – winning fourth place and $931.
K.C. Jones of Ralston, Wyoming, took the all-around title – competing in the team roping and tie-down roping. He earned $961 from his 6.3-second team roping run, heeling for partner Wes Pulham of Midway, Utah.
Cole Estill of Gerlach posted the highest total of two rides in the crowd-pleasing Old West Bronc riding. Estill won the first round with a 78-point ride Thursday night and scored 77 points Saturday, finishing with a two-horse total of 155. Estill won $314 for winning the first round, $114 for splitting third and fourth in the second round and $912 for winning the average. He won a pair of Garcia spurs, a belt buckle and a quilt that was made by Timmy Lyn DeLong.
Owyhee’s Dalton Jim scored 79 points Saturday, tying for first place in the second round with Drew Elsner of Charleston, who made a 79-point ride Friday. Jim and Elsner each won $266 for winning the round.
Jake Tervort and Elsner won $570 each for splitting second and third in the average. Paul Padilla won fourth in the average, collecting $228.
The Stampede paid out more than $56,000 in prize money, which was nearly $16,000 more than the 2014 rodeo gave away.
“The committee was very pleased with the how the rodeo went. We had a great turnout, even more than our centennial rodeo. Bar T Rodeo supplied great livestock, and Dale Groves and the fairgrounds crew did a phenomenal job working the arena after all the rain. Chad Nicholson did a good job announcing, stepping in for Zeb Bell – who was injured in a horse wreck,” said Silver State Stampede President Bob Rosevear. “Nelo Mori, our grand marshal, represented the rodeo very well. People could not believe how he rode in the arena at 91 years old. He is pretty remarkable.”