ELKO – Plenty of excitement should be expected from the Saturday and the first-ever Sunday performance of the Silver State Stampede.
It took Nevada’s oldest rodeo 106 years to crank out three days of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, but the inaugural Sunday dip should give fans plenty to cheer about.
First things first, here are some highlighted draws of the Saturday performance.
As just one of two men scheduled to nod for a bareback rider, Ruby Valley’s Klancy Krenka – now calling Twin Falls, Idaho, him hometown – the College of Southern Idaho student-athlete and College National Finals bareback rider has drawn Bar T Rodeo’s “Eva Braun.”
The horse has been bucked out six times during the 2018 season, averaging more than 39 points on the stock score – the animal potentially scoring a max of 50 points, the other 50-possible points coming from the rider – each cowboy boarding the bucker making the eight-second whistle.
Krenka will nod his face as the first man out in the first event at 7 p.m. Saturday night.
The stands are surely going to be pro-Hank.
Battle Mountain’s Hank Filippini is slated to compete in the steer wrestling, which is the second event of the evening.
He has drawn the 10th and final position of the performance in the event and should have a relatively good idea of what kind of time he will need to post in order to get a check.
The saddle bronc riding will be a Winnemucca-Paradise Valley coming-out party.
They’ll all be here.
Paradise Valley man Joe Harper is currently ranked 35th in the world standings of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association with $16,723 in earnings.
He has drawn the horse “Big Wheel,” possessing the potential for a big score.
In one trip out of the chute, Big Wheel drilled its rider down – the horse marking 21 points in each side for a total of 42.
Brother Sam Harper has drawn “Black Eyed Pea,” which also bucked June 1 in Herriman, Utah, the horse making up 38 of Levi Nicholson’s 63 points.
Winnemucca’s Shaun Mentaberry, who has qualified for the CNFR the past two years, will climb aboard “Hot Shot.”
The horse has been ridden three out of four times in 2018, averaging 70 points per ride, but the horse has accounted for more than 39 points – Mentaberry clutching a solid chance if he can string together eight seconds of controlled aggressiveness.
Paradise Valley’s Luke Logan, the stepson of Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee (2005) and 1978 world champion saddle bronc rider Joe Marvel, has drawn the horse “Rolling Dice.”
The bucker has only made one trip from the chute, Chance Ames finishing with a score of 65 (32 for the horse, 32 for the cowboy) on May 28 in Eagle Mountain, Utah.
The fans will also get to witness one of the top bronc riders in the world standings, Tyrell Smith, of Sand Coulee, Montana.
Smith is currently ranked 26th in the world and has pocketed $25,570.
He has drawn “Powder Puff,” which could translate into a favorable marking.
The horse has been ridden all four times in 2018, averaging 73.63 points per ride.
A couple of names pop off the draw sheet in the team roping, one on the front side and one on the back.
Despite placing 48th in the world standings, do not let Washington, Utah’s Zane Barnson’s $17,896 fool you.
He can and will fire his head loop fast, roping for Cole Wilson of Lake Shore, Utah.
The cowboys collected $6,723 apiece in late February at the La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros rodeo in Tucson, Arizona, winning more than $4,000 in the average and better than $2,600 in go-round checks.
Nearly $2 million in earnings, 16 trips to the NFR, a 2010 NFR average title – Marty – winner.
Martin Lucero, of Stephenville, Texas, will heel for Charlotte, Texas’ Chase Wiley.
The team roping will take place after the saddle bronc riding and a specialty act by rodeo clown “Backflip” Johnny Dudley.
The 2017 Silver State Stampede champion barrel racer, Jamie Gee, of Bliss, Idaho, will look to defend her title Saturday night.
In 2017, Gee took home the victory with the only sub-17 second run of the weekend, stopping the clock in 16.95 seconds.
She has drawn the fourth position of Saturday’s perf, so the ground should be in really good condition when she makes her run.
Plenty of Nevadans are on tap to ride Saturday night, including Elko’s Colby Gravier.
Gravier has drawn the bull “Gandolf,” which has been rider-friendly in three of four outings this year, averaging better than 80 points per score.
Reno’s Will Morris will climb down on “Big Wolf,” which has been ridden four of six times in 2018 for an average score of 76.75 points.
Yerington’s Blaine Tibbals will have his hands full on “Do It.”
The bull is unridden in 2018 and has only been bested once in 19 tries the last two seasons, the bucker scoring nearly 39 points per outing this season.
Fallon’s Billy and Levi Quillan are both entered, Billy riding “Blueberry” and buck-offs have been his jam in two trips from the chutes – the bull averaging 37.5 points.
Levi’s bull, No. 312, is unnamed and untracked on prodeo.com.
Randlett, Utah, is the home of Josh Frost, who is only a few rodeos from finding himself in position to qualify for his first NFR.
Brother Joe Frost has knocked down four trips to the NFR, but Josh Frost is currently ranked 21st in the PRCA world standings with $45,055 in earnings, needing to climb six positions and make up just more than $6,000 to surpass 15th-place Tristan Mize, of Bryan, Texas.
Mize is scheduled to ride during the Sunday matinee performance of the Stampede.
Cowboy Bar and Dance
Following the end of the rodeo, the Cowboy Bar will be open and a dance will take place with music from the Jeff Palmer Band.
The first Sunday performance in the storied past of the Stampede is filled with big names and cowboys ranked way up the list in the world standings.
Starting off in the bareback riding, Austin Foss, of Terrebonne, Oregon, who is 18th in the world standings with $38,163, has drawn the horse Trenten Montero was slated to ride Friday night.
Ranked 32nd in the world standings, Zack Brown, of Red Bluff, California, will ride “Ruby River,” the horse very capable of packing a cowboy to a high mark – averaging scores of 78.5 points on two rides in 2018.
Kim, Colorado’s Logan Patterson will climb aboard “Ruby River” and look to better the average score of 75.5 points on four qualified rides this season for the mount.
The first man out of the box in the steer wrestling has already carved out quite the reputation on the steer wrestling.
Hunter Cure, of Holiday, Texas, won the world championship in the event on two occasions, accomplishing the feat in 2013 and 2015.
Cure is currently ranked 20th in the world standings with $32,604 for the season.
Apache, Oklahoma’s Blake Mindemann is looking for his first NFR qualification, already off to a pretty good start.
In 2018, he hopes ’18 doesn’t match his ranking in the end – currently 18th in the standings and three spots away from a trip to Vegas – looking to add to his $34,372.
Will Lummus, from West Point, Mississippi, is right on Mindemann’s heels in 19th place in the world standings with $33,514.
Surf’s up, Hilo, Hawaii, riding the waves of dust.
Cody Cabral searching for his second trip to the NFR, winning $27,903 this year and placing 25th in the world.
The 18th-ranked bronc rider in the world, Allen Boore, of Axtel, Utah, has won $37,523 so far in the 2018 season.
He has drawn “Hambone Jane,” a horse that has not been bucked out in two years and has an average score of 67 points in two rides – one each in 2016 and 2017.
The Sunday matinee should provide blazing-fast throws in the team roping.
The fourth-ranked team in the world is set to tear the leaderboard apart.
Dustin Egusquiza, of Mariana, Florida, gets the rope out as fast as anyone in the game.
His partner on the back end may very well be the best heeler in the history of rodeo without a world championship.
Kory Koontz, of Stephenville, Texas, has heeled at the NFR 21 times – including a 16-year streak from 1992 through 2007.
The duo has each won $57,488 during the year, and they have been on fire – recently breaking the arena record in Oakley, Utah, with a time of 3.5 seconds.
Aaron Macy – of Post, Texas – and Wyatt Cox – of Arroyo Grande, California – are ranked 37th and 27th, respectively, in the team roping.
Macy has tallied $22,867 in winnings, and Cox has booked $25,147.
On the front side, Brock Hanson, of Casa Grande, Arizona, will head for Ryan Motes, from Weatherford, Texas.
Motes has heeled at the NFR times, and Hanson has locked down one trip to the NFR.
Motes currently ranks 35th in the heeling standings with $22,987 and Hanson is 40th in the heading standings with $21,152.
Seth Hall, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, hopes some Great Basin fortune will climb him from 26th in the world standings toward the top-15.
He has won $31,311 in the 2018 season.
Stephenville, Texas’ Cimarron Boardman is ranked 42nd in the world with $19,316.
Last but not least, who loves bull riding?
If so, there are many top cowboys in the game riding in the Sunday perf – including last year’s champion.
Three-time NFR qualifier Tim Bingham, of Honeville, Utah, spurred “Moonlight Gambler” for 80.5 points during the 2017 Stampede for the Garcia spurs.
He is currently 33rd in the world with $30,475 in winnings.
Mize is currently in place for his first trip to Vegas, but he can’t slip up during the home stretch – ranking 15th in the standings with $52,061.
One of the men chasing Mize is Riker Carter, of Stone, Idaho, placing 18th in the standings with $47,944.
Tularosa, New Mexico’s Lon Danley has recently made the move from 20th to 17th with $48,551 and will look to continue the upward trend.
Another top-25 cowboy, 23rd-ranked Aaron Williams, of Pismo Beach, California, hopes he can keep the field in his sights and build on his $42,713.
Rexburg, Idaho’s Garrett Smith has qualified for the NFR each of the past two seasons but must hit the gas on his 2018 campaign, ranking 37th with $27,937 in earnings.
Also competing in the bull riding are three other top-50 hands: Jimmy Marten (42nd with $23,211), Trevor Reiste (43rd with $22,961) and Laramie Mosley (47th with $20,656).
Make your way to the Elko County Fairgrounds and take in the final two of the first-three PRCA performance in the history of the Silver State Stampede, the Saturday gates opening at 4 p.m. and Sunday opening at noon.