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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.”

Trenten Montero

Winnemucca's Trenten Montero sets his feet out of the chute in the bareback riding during the June 21 performance of the Reno Rodeo. He posted a score of 73 points on the ride. Montero is the defending Silver State Stampede champion in the event, scoring 80.5 points in 2017. He will attempt to defend his title at 7 p.m. Friday.

Tommy Boy has only two rides detailed on, 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.

The Freemans

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.

Asher Freeman

Asher Freeman, left, is presented the Garcia spurs for winning the team roping of the 2017 Silver State Stampede by J.M. Capriola Co.’s John Wright at Elko County Fairgrounds. Freeman won the team roping with partner Jeff Flenniken on a 5.4-second run as the first team out on July 14, 2017, surviving all comers the remainder of the rodeo. Freeman will heel for his brother, Barak Freeman, during the Friday night performance.

Brothers unite.

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.

Team Roping

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.

Lane Siggins

Lane Siggins heels a steer on June 23 during the short-go of the Reno Rodeo. Siggins and his partner, Cyle Dennison, split third place in the round and third in the average. The duo will compete in the team roping Friday night during the Silver State Stampede. 

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.

Jessie Telford

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.

Jessie Telford

Jessie Telford approaches the second barrel on June 22 in the second round of the Reno Rodeo. Telford is currently ranked ninth in the Women's Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing world standings and will run Friday night at the Silver State Stampede at Elko County Fairgrounds.

Reno’s Rene Capps has drawn the bottom of the ground Friday night.

Jake Hannum

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.

Jake Hannum

Jake Hannum, a 2007 NFR qualifier, ropes his third and final calf on June 23 during the short-go of the Reno Rodeo. He tied for the round win with a time of 8.6 seconds and placed sixth in the average. Currently ranked 29th in the PRCA world standings, Hannum will rope Friday night during the Silver State Stampede.

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.

Saddle Bronc

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. 

Cooper DeWitt

Cooper DeWitt wins the 2017 Silver State Stampede bronc riding with a 79.5-point ride aboard Bar T Rodeo's Jess at Elko County Fairgrounds.

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.

Monty Joe Petska

Monty Joe Petska, a 14-time NFR qualifier, heels a steer during the June 22 slack of the Reno Rodeo for partner Lane Santos Karney. Karney and Petska placed eighth in the average with a three-run time of 20.5 seconds. They will rope Friday night during slack of the Silver State Stampede.

Petska will heel for Creston, California’s Lane Santos Karney, who is the young and talented son of longtime roping magazine editor Kendra Santos.

Lane Santos Karney

Lane Santos Karney, right, heads a steer for Monty Joe Petska during the June 22 performance of the Reno Rodeo. They finished the run with a time of 6.6 seconds. Karney is the son of longtime team roping magazine editor Kendra Santos, who edited "Spin to Win" for 21 years and currently edits "The Team Roping Journal." Karney and Pestka are scheduled to rope during the Friday slack after the rodeo performance of the Silver State Stampede.

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.


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