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July 19, 2018
RYLE SMITH ADVANCES IN TWO EVENTS FOR GOLD MEDAL ROUND AT DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES & RODEO
SALT LAKE CITY (July 19, 2018) – The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City kicked off in fine fashion on Thursday, July 19 with familiar names back in the mix to defend their titles.
Two-event cowboy Ryle Smith won the steer wrestling in 2017 and will be back on Tuesday to defend his title in that event. Smith of Oakdale, Calif., finished second on Thursday night with a 5.0 second run. Jace Melvin finished atop the leaderboard with a 4.7 second run. Melvin of Bluff Dale, Texas, won the bronze medal in 2017 but is hoping to be a little higher on the podium in 2018.
Smith won the bronze medal in the tie-down roping in 2017 and will be back on Tuesday to try to win two Gold Medals and $100,000. Smith tied with Caleb Smidt in the tie-down roping on opening night with a time of 7.3 seconds.
“I am beginning to think this is my lucky arena,” said Smith. “Last year, people kept saying ‘do you know you can win $100,000 tonight’ and I was thinking I should get a shirt that said ‘Yes, I do and thank you very much.’ If the pressure wasn’t enough, having them say that over and over added even more. I am looking forward to being back here on Tuesday.”
In 2017, Cody DeMoss left Salt Lake City with a Gold Medal and $50,000 in cold hard cash. He is hoping to do that again in 2018 and is off to a great start finishing in a tie for first with an 86-point ride aboard Sankey Rodeo’s Sacred Nation. DeMoss, of Heflin, La., will be back on Tuesday to defend his title. DeMoss tied with Taos Muncy of Corona, N.M., who finished with an 86 aboard Bar T Rodeo’s Voodu Doll.
A total of 256 competitors will take their shot at a share of the $1 million in prize money and a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal that will be awarded on Tuesday, July 24. There are 32 competitors in each of the following events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding. The top two from each performance, along with two via the Wild Card category will advance to the Gold Medal Round on July 24. The 10 competitors in each event in the Gold Medal Round will compete in a sudden-death format with the winner collecting a Gold Medal and $50,000 cash.
Kaleb Driggers and Junior Noguiera will be looking to add their first Gold Medal to their collection on Tuesday after turning in the fastest time in the team roping on Thursday stopping the clock in 5.1 seconds. Joining them will be brothers Riley and Brady Minor from Ellensburg, Wash., with a 5.2.
Pascale Isabelle of Okotoks, Alberta, and Mason Clements of Springville, Utah, rode their way to the top of the leaderboard in the bareback riding with 85.5 point rides. Isabelle rode Summit ProRodeo’s Morning Dove while Clements rode Sankey ProRodeo’s Fun Haver.
What a race it was in the barrel racing with veteran Tammy Fischer leading the way with a 17.37 second race with 12-year old Lyndee Moser hot on her heels. Moser of Las Vegas, Nev., turned in a time of 17.43 seconds to advance to the Gold Medal Round aboard KG Cashin In On
Beau a twin sister of Kathy Grimes horse KG Justiceweexpected. Whatever the outcome is on Tuesday night, Moser will forever cherish tonight’s run as a true highlight in her career. Fischer is riding a hot streak right now after finishing atop the leaderboard for all barrel racers over the Fourth of July winning over $29,000 in a week. She is hoping to add another $50,000 to her bank account and a Gold Medal to her collection when the curtain closes on the event on Tuesday.
Bull rider Garrett Smith of Rexburg, Idaho, brought opening night to a close with an 86.5-point ride aboard D&H Cattle’s Mistletoe. Cody Rodeo Tyler of Guthrie, Okla., will join Smith in the finals after getting on two bulls on Thursday night. He scored 84.5 points on his reride aboard D&H Cattle’s Bandy’s Bad Boy.
The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, July 19-21 and 23-24, will take place at the $17.5 million state-of-the-art Days of ’47 Arena at the Utah State Fairpark, custom designed and built for rodeo. The venue—an outdoor arena located in the heart of Salt Lake City—features over 10,000 stadium-style seats.
For only the fourth time in the history of rodeo, riders will have an opportunity to compete for Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals. The first two times were in conjunction with the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary (1988) and Salt Lake City (2002), when rodeo was part of the Cultural Olympiad and the third being the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in 2017. The medals that will be awarded at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will be produced by OC Tanner, the same company that made the Olympic medals for the champions of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Tickets are still available at smithstix.com. For more information on the event visit www.daysof47cowboygames.com. Performance two kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday night, July 20.
For those unable to attend in person all the action can be seen live nightly at 8 p.m. MT on Ridepass.com with a subscription. RideTV will air each round, excluding the finals, nightly at 8 p.m. MT. CBS Sports Network will air a recap of each performance on tape delay with the first and second performances airing on July 20 and 21st, respectively at 8 a.m. MT, the third performance on July 22 at 7:30 a.m. MT, the fourth and fifth performances on July 24 and 25, respectively at 5 pm. MT. CBS will air a highlight show of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo on July 29 at 11 a.m. MT.
Results: – Performance 1 – July 19, 2018
Bareback riding:1. (tie) Pascale Isabelle, Okotoks, Alberta, on Summit ProRodeo’s Morning Dove, and Mason Clements Springville, Utah, on Sankey Pro Rodeo, 85.5 points, $2,800 each; 3. Richmond Champion, Dublin, Texas on Summit ProRodeo’s Sangia, 84.5 points, $1,600;4. Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, Bar T Rodeo’s Pretty Face, 84, $800.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Pascale Isabelle and Mason Clements
Steer wrestling: 1. Jace Melvin, Bluff Dale, Texas, 4.7 seconds; $3,200; 2. Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 5.0, $2,400; 3. Chance Butterfield, Ponoka, Alberta, 5.3, $1,600; 4. Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, 5.3, $800.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Jace Melvin and Ryle Smith
Team roping: 1. Kaleb Driggers, Stephenville, Texas/Junior Noguiera, Presidente Prudente, Brazil, 5.1 seconds, $3,200 each; 2. Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 5.2, $2,400; 3. Clay Smith, Sunset, Texas/Paul Eaves, Millsap, Texas, 5.7, $1,600; 4. Bobby Mote, Llano, Texas/Trey Johnson, Weatherford, Texas, 7.6, $800.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Kaleb Driggers/Junior Noguiera and Riley Minor/Brady Minor
Saddle bronc riding: 1. (tie) Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., on Sankey Rodeo’s Sacred Nation and Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., on Bar T Rodeo’s Voodu Doll, 86 points, $2,800 each; 3. Zeke
Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 83 on Summit ProRodeo’s, $1,600; 4. Preston Burr, Stratford, Texas, 82.5 points on Summit ProRodeo’s Why For Cuz, $800.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Cody DeMoss and Taos Muncy
Tie-down roping: 1. (tie) Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, and Ryle Smith, 7.3, $2,800; 3. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 19.2, $1,00; 4. Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas, 19.8, $800
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Caleb Smidt and Ryle Smith
Barrel racing: 1. Tammy Fischer, 17.37 seconds, $3,200; 2. Lyndee Moser, Las Vegas, Nev., 17.43, $2,400; 3. Carmel Wright, Roy, Mont., 17.44, $1,600; 4. Kylie Weast, Comanche, Okla., 17.48, $800.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Tammy Fischer and Lyndee Moser
Bull riding:1. Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 86.5 points on D&H Cattle Mistletoe, $3,200; 2. Cody Rodeo Tyler, Guthrie, Okla., 84.5 on D&H Cattle Bandy’s Bad Boy, $2,400; no other qualified rides
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Garrett Smith and Cody Rodeo Tyler