ELKO – Taking a look at the draw sheets of the Silver State Stampede, there’s a pretty good mix.
Included in the 106th version of the oldest rodeo in the state are homegrown talents and those who have etched their names toward the top of the world standings and individuals who have become rodeo legends.
Gates will open at 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, beginning with mutton busting at 6 p.m. and rodeo action starting at 7 p.m.
Friday Night Draw
It won’t take long for the stands to let out a ferocious roar, not only cheering for a Nevada bareback rider but also the 2017 Stampede champion and the 26th-ranked man in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings.
Winnemucca’s Trenten Montero is penciled in as the first competitor of the rodeo, climbing aboard Bar T Rodeo’s “Tommy Boy.”
Tommy Boy has only two rides detailed on prorodeo.com, the riders averaging 67.5 points.
On May 31 in Moab, Utah, Dylan Sandvick only marked 59 points, but Jamie Howlett upped the next score to 76 points in on June 21 in Pleasant Grove, Utah – the horse marking 38 points for Sandvick and 37 points for Howlett.
Montero will look to equal or better his defending Stampede-winning score of 80.5 points, hoping to build on his $21,925 in this year’s standings.
Another 2017 Stampede champion will also make an appearance in the Friday performance, Elko County cowboy Asher Freeman.
Freeman won the 2017 Stampede team roping while heeling for partner Jeff Flenniken of Caldwell, Idaho, stopping the clock in 5.4 seconds.
This year, Freeman will heel for his brother, Barak Freeman.
The Freemans have laid low in 2018, looking to make some dust in the hometown rodeo.
“I sold my good heel horse to Wesley Thorpe and haven’t gone anywhere,” said Asher Freeman. “Barak and I went to Lehi (Utah) and made a clean run, but we were too long to get a check. I was happy with my young horse, so I hope we can build on that and do well in the Stampede.”
The Freemans will compete in the fourth event of the evening.
Also competing in the team roping Friday is Lane Siggins, of Coolidge, Arizona, currently ranking 33rd in the heeling standings with $23,443 in earnings.
Siggins and partner Cyle Dennison split third in the short-go and third in the average on June 23 at the Reno Rodeo, each pocketing $5,347.
The first man to nod for the chute in the event will be two-time NFR qualifier Shay Carroll, who has swapped sides to the heading box, roping with partner Jason Duby.
Barrel racing fans will be treated to one of the fastest-clocking women in the business Friday night, coming in the form of Jessie Telford, of Caldwell, Idaho.
Telford is ninth in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world standings with $53,788 in earnings so far.
Reno’s Rene Capps has drawn the bottom of the ground Friday night.
Former NFR tie-down qualifier Jake Hannum (2007), of Plain City, Utah, will run his calf Friday night.
Hannum is currently 29th in the PRCA world standings with $29,398 in winnings.
He knocked down more than $3,400 on June 23 in the Reno Rodeo, tying average champion Tyson Durfey for the short-round win in 8.6 seconds for $1,193 each.
In the average, Hannum ranked sixth with a three-head time of 27.8 seconds for another $2,215.
The only other tie-down roper in the top-50 to run Friday night will be 50th-ranked Zack Jongbloed, who has won $17,189 in the 2018 season.
In the saddle bronc riding, Dean Wadsworth – the 40th ranked rider in the world with $14,610 in winnings – has drawn “Bad Chance.”
The horse has one-qualified ride in two outings, Craig Wisehart only marking 53 points on the bronc (23 points for the stock score) on June 8 in Monticello, Utah.
The 2017 Silver State Stampede champion, Cooper DeWitt, of Rio Rico, Arizona, is back to make another try at the Garcia spurs.
Last year, he rode Bar T Rodeo's "Jess," for 79.5 points.
Friday, he has drawn "Mystery Gal," which has a lifetime average of 74.6 points per ride over nine attempts.
Also competing in the saddle bronc are Reno’s Brad Rudolf and Jack McKenzie.
As always, make sure to take in the the Old West bronc riding after the team roping and the Ring of Fear following the bull riding, in which Gardnerville’s Sterling Ward is scheduled to ride.
Once the rodeo is concluded, the slack will take place in the arena, beginning with nine barrel racers – including Fallon’s Lindsey Reed.
The team roping slack will be comprised of four teams, including 14-time NFR qualifier Monty Joe Petska, of Turlock, California.
Petska will heel for Creston, California’s Lane Santos Karney, who is the young and talented son of longtime roping magazine editor Kendra Santos.
Santos was the editor of the “Spin to Win” for 21 years and currently serves as editor of the “The Team Roping Journal.”
Drinks and Dance
The Cowboy Bar will be open and a dance will take place after the rodeo with music by the Jeff Palmer Band.