Athlete Roster set for Days of ’47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs

WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH (January 21, 2020) – Just as the teams have been set for the 2020 Super Bowl, so have the athletes scheduled to compete for a share of $137,000 in prize money at the Days of ’47 Lewis Feild Bulls and Broncs, Saturday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah.

Leading the field in the bareback riding, Lewis Feild’s signature event, is five-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Orin Larsen, who finished the 2019 season in the PRCA as reserve world champion. He will be tested by Utah native Jessy Davis who was mentored by the late Lewis Feild, and Garrett Shadbolt of Merriman, Nebraska who won the 2019 PRCA Rookie of the Year title. The individual with the highest marked ride will earn an automatic qualification to the 2020 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo in July.

In addition, this event will also serve as a World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) Semifinal event. The top eight in the bareback and saddle bronc will advance for a chance at their share of $1 million at the WCRA Royal City Roundup in Kansas City, Feb. 28, 2020. The top four in the bull riding will also advance to the WCRA’s $1M event at the Sprint Center.

The classic event of rodeo – Saddle Bronc Riding – will be one to watch at the Maverik Center with Isaac Diaz leading the way. Diaz of Desdemona, Texas, is a past WCRA champion and has qualified for the NFR six times in his career. He will have his work cut-out for him with Australian Jake Finlay, who is currently going to school at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma; Shorty Garrett, a descendent of the legendary Casey Tibbs and nephew of ProRodeo Hall of Fame bareback riders Marvin and Mark Garrett; Chet Johnson, a four-time NFR qualifier and champion at Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo in 2019 and Cole Elshere, who has made it to “Rodeo’s Super Bowl” a total of three times.

The bull riding will be highlighted by Josh Frost of Randlett, Utah a third-generation cowboy and a second-cousin to the late Lane Frost. Josh Frost competed in his first NFR this past December. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the Finals he was hoping for so he is ready to get things rolling again at the Lewis Feild Bulls and Broncs. Jesse Petri of Palestine, Texas, will look to improve on his second place finish at the 2019 Lewis Feild Bulls and Broncs. Last year, Petri won the long round with a score of 80.5 points but Coleman Entze captured the title with an 86 in the short round.

The night will feature 12 contestants in each of the three events with the top two per event returning for a sudden-death final round to determine the 2020 champions. With free pony rides for the kids preshow, hilarious clowns and good family fun, make this your winter western escape. Spend the weekend and enjoy all the Great Salt Lake Valley has to offer including world class skiing.

The event honors the late ProRodeo Hall of Fame cowboy Lewis Feild. Feild was Utah’s own two-time PRCA World Champion Bareback Rider and three-time All-Around Champion, who continues to be an icon in the sport of rodeo and the Beehive State. His son, Kaycee Feild carries on his legacy having won four PRCA world titles in the bareback riding.

Be sure to bring the entire family for a fun-filled evening at an affordable price, with tickets as low as $15!

Tickets are currently on sale at the Maverik Center Box Office, Smiths Tix outlets, by phone at (801) 467-8499 and online at smithstix.com

For more information visit www.daysof47cowboygames.com.

EVENT: Days of ’47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.- One Night Only            
TYPE: Rodeo / family show
TICKET PRICES: $15 / $25 / $35 / $45 (Gold Buckle Seating) * *Prices increase $2 day of show
**No discounts for Gold Buckle Seating
***24 hours prior to event – close of business on Friday, January 31, 2020
DETAILS: Tickets are available at the Maverik Center Box Office, Smiths Tix outlets, by calling (801) 467-8499 or online www.smithstix.com. Certain fees may apply.

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Athlete Roster

Bareback Riding

Sam Oliver, Yolo, CA

Orin Larsen, Gering, NE

Jamie Howlett, Rapid City, S.D.

Cole Goodine, Carbon, AB, CN

Will Martin, Goodwell, OK

Brady Berttam, Maple Creek, SK, CN

Kyle Bounds, Harrisburg, OR

Colton Clemens, Blackfoot, ID

Nicholas Schwedhelm, Fort Calhoun, NE

Craig Wisehart, Stephenville, TX

Jessy Davis, Power, MT

Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, NE

Saddle Bronc Riding

Dalton Kingery, Monroe, IA

Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, TX

Kaden Deal, Eagle Butte, S.D.

Jake Finlay, Goodwell, OK

Logan Cook, Alto, TX

Shorty Garrett, Dupree, S.D.

Coleman Watt, Hardisty, AB, CN

Jarrod Hammons, Stephenville, TX

Jalen Joaquin, Sac, AZ

Parker Fleet, Axtell, TX

Chet Johnson, Douglas, WY

Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.

Bull Riding

Colten Fritzlan, Rifle, CO

Josh Frost, Randlett, UT

Justin McCall, Colom, S.D.

Ray Mayo, Clearlake, CA

Jesse Petri, Palestine, TX

Nic Lica, Yoder, IN

Trevyn Armstrong, Broken Bow, OK

Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, TX

Wyatt Rogers, Coweta, OK

Cole Fischer, Jefferson City, MO

Caleb McMillan, Soap Lake, WA

Wallace De Oliveira, Boyd, TX


Days of ’47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs returns to Maverik Center on February 1

WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH (Jan. 2, 2020) – Looking for a New Year’s Resolution that is action packed, fun and simple to attain? Look no further than the 2020 Days of ’47 Events. The first event, the Days of ’47 Lewis Feild Bulls and Broncs, comes your way on Saturday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah.

The Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs makes its return to Maverik Center for the third straight year for one night only! Don’t miss your chance to see America’s Original Extreme Sport featuring top cowboys from around the world testing their grit in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding and honoring Utah’s greatest cowboy, the late Lewis Feild.

The sport’s top athletes will showcase their power and grit aboard world class stock for a share of over $135,000 and the opportunity to qualify for the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo in July. This will also serve as a World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) Semifinal event. The top eight in the bareback and saddle bronc will advance for a chance at their share of $1 million at the WCRA Royal City Roundup in Kansas City, Feb. 28, 2020. The top four in the bull riding will also advance to the WCRA’s $1M event at the Sprint Center.

“Days of ’47 is proud to partner with the WRCA to bring a huge money rodeo event to the Salt Lake Valley,” said Tommy Joe Lucia, Days of ’47 General Manager. “World Champion cowboys coupled with award winning livestock and just under $150,000 at stake plus a shot at another $1M in Kansas City equals one heck of a rodeo.”  

The night will feature 12 contestants in each of the three events with the top two per event returning for a sudden-death final round to determine the 2020 champions. With free pony rides for the kids preshow, hilarious clowns and good family fun, make this your winter western escape. Spend the weekend and enjoy all the Great Salt Lake Valley has to offer including world class skiing

The event honors the late ProRodeo Hall of Fame cowboy Lewis Feild. Feild was Utah’s own two-time PRCA World Champion Bareback Rider and three-time All-Around Champion, who continues to be an icon in the sport of rodeo and the Beehive State. His son, Kaycee Feild carries on his legacy having won four PRCA world titles in the bareback riding and will be competing in his tenth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this December in Las Vegas.

Be sure to bring the entire family for a fun-filled evening at an affordable price, with tickets as low as $15!

Tickets are on sale at the Maverik Center Box Office, Smiths Tix outlets, by phone at (801) 467-8499 and online at smithstix.com

For more information visit www.daysof47cowboygames.com or www.wcrarodeo.com.

EVENT: Days of ’47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 – 7:30 p.m.- One Night Only            
TYPE: Rodeo / family show
TICKET PRICES: $15 / $25 / $35 / $45 (Gold Buckle Seating) * *Prices increase $2 day of show
**No discounts for Gold Buckle Seating
***24 hours prior to event – close of business on Friday, January 31, 2020
DETAILS: Tickets are available at the Maverik Center Box Office, Smiths Tix outlets, by calling (801) 467-8499 or online www.smithstix.com. Certain fees may apply.

DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES AND RODEO Named a WCRA Triple Crown Rodeo

AUSTIN, TEXAS The World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) recently announced that the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo (DO47) has joined the WCRA Triple Crown of Rodeo (TCR). The TCR is an annual bonus that will pay $1,000,000 to any one athlete or collection of athletes whom win first place in any three consecutive WCRA $1 Million Major Rodeos.

“Having Days of ‘47 join the Triple Crown of Rodeo is another example of how we strive to lift the entire sport of Rodeo,” said WCRA President Bobby Mote. “Having them on board with the Triple Crown of Rodeo is just the start as we plan to continue to align more major rodeos on the TCR platform.”

The DO47 already joins three major rodeos where athletes can qualify for the TCR $1,000,000 bonus, beginning in Kansas City, Missouri for the Royal City Roundup on February 28. The Kansas City event will be followed by the May 17 Stampede at The E in Guthrie, Oklahoma and now the Day of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo July 21-25 in Salt Lake City. The 2020 series is scheduled to wrap-up in Tacoma, Washington on August 28 with the Puget Sound Showdown. The Kansas City and Tacoma events will be paired with the 2020 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast tour with all WCRA majors airing on the CBS Television Network. (The full CBS broadcast is below and is subject to change.)

“2019’s rodeo renaissance converted new fans and generated big numbers in mainstream media with over 3.1 million unique viewers tuning into the Titletown Stampede, The Days of ’47, and the Calgary Stampede,” said Sean Gleason, CEO, PBR. “The TCR platform will only continue to grow as the WCRA unites major events together – with athletes in pursuit of the $1,000,000 bonus at every event.”

Sean Gleeson, Gary McKinney, Dan Shaw and Tommy Joe Lucia talk about the new opportunities for Rodeo athletes at the upcoming Days of ’47 Rodeo.

The $1.125 million Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo takes place at the state-of-the-art Days of ’47 Arena at the Utah State Fairpark each July. The Days of ’47 Rodeo is one of Utah’s longest-standing traditions celebrating the states heritage since 1847. For only the sixth time in the history of rodeo, riders will have an opportunity to compete for gold, silver or bronze medals at the 2020 Salt Lake City event along with a $125,000 guaranteed payout per discipline.

“In the visionary tradition of the Utah pioneers, the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo is proud to once again be a part of history making opportunities for the rodeo contestants, partners and the fans,” said DO47 General Manager Tommy Joe Lucia. “This is a very bright time in the history of professional rodeo and we are proud to be a part of it.”

The TCR bonus will be available to all athletes from around the globe who nominate their current rodeo efforts through the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) and are crowned champions at three consecutive WCRA Major Rodeos.

This revolutionary annual incentive is not limited to just the WCRA 2020 season, rather, it allows athletes to rack up wins on a rolling calendar basis. This means athletes’ three consecutive wins can cross calendar years, however, the $1,000,000 bonus will only be paid one time annually.  If two or more athletes achieve this milestone at the same time, the bonus will be split.

Since launching in May of 2018, the WCRA and its partners have awarded more than $5,700,000 in new money to rodeo athletes. All rodeo athletes interested in learning more about the WCRA or the VRQ should be directed to wcrarodeo.com.

For photos and videos of the press conference in Las Vegas, please visit HERE

The complete 2020 schedule of WCRA events can be found below. All times subject to change.

DATE Event TIME(ET) NETWORK
Feb. 29 Royal City Roundup 12:30 CBS
May. 17 Stampede At The E 1:30 CBS
July 26 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo 1:00 CBS
Aug. 29 Puget Sound Showdown TBD CBS

-WCRA-

About WCRA

WCRA is a professional sport and entertainment entity, created to develop and advance the sport of rodeo by aligning all levels of competition. In association with the PBR, WCRA produces major rodeo events, developing additional opportunities for rodeo-industry competitors, stakeholders, and fans. To learn more, visit wcrarodeo.com. For athletes interested in learning more about the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) system, visit app.wcrarodeo.com.

About Days of ‘47 The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, takes place at the $17.5 million, state-of-the-art Days of ’47 Arena at the Utah State Fairpark each July. The venue—an outdoor arena located in the heart of Salt Lake City—features over 10,000 stadium-style seats. The Days of ’47 Rodeo is one of Utah’s longest-standing traditions – celebrating Utah’s heritage since 1847. The rodeo, and other Days of ’47 events, commemorate the day – July 24, 1847 – when a determined company of Mormon pioneers realized their dreams upon entering the Great Salt Lake Valley. The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo is a private, non-profit, volunteer, charitable organization. Our mission is to honor Utah’s pioneer heritage and educate Utah’s kids. Please visit daysof47cowboygames.com for more information.


Gold Medals Awarded at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

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July 24, 2019     
Contact: Ann Bleiker, 719.330.4293

ableiker@yahoo.com

SALT LAKE CITY (July 24, 2019) – What a great night to cap off Utah’s Pioneer Day at the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night. A total of nine gold medals were handed out along with silver and bronze in each event as the rodeo came to a close in 2019.

Reigning world champion barrel racer Hailey Kinsel was the only defending champion to claim another gold medal and set two records – an arena record and the only contestant to win three gold medals from the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. 

“It is definitely all Sister,” said Kinsel, of her great horse DM Sissy Hayday that she calls Sister. “She loves this arena and the format fits her. I am so proud of my horse. Every time I ask her to throw down in a pressure run she does. She tries so hard.”

Kinsel stopped the clock in a record-setting time of 16.794 seconds on the final night to claim the back-to-back-to-back title in Salt Lake City. With it, she also added another $50,000 to her bank account.

“It is such a blessing,” said Kinsel about winning her third gold medal. “My first two medals are on display at my parents’ house on the TV stand as I am not very good about putting holes in a wall but now that I have three maybe I can do something cool with them.”

Taking the silver and bronze for the first time in their career were Maggie Poloncic of Gillette, Wyo., with a 16.834 and Michelle Darling of Medord, Okla., with a 16.860.

A total of 288 competitors took their shot at a share of the over $1 million in prize money over the 5-day rodeo and a Gold, Silver or Bronze medals were awarded in the following events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s breakaway roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

World Champion Zeke Thurston added a gold medal to his gold buckle after scoring 89 points on Bar T Rodeo’s Son of Sadie. Thurston of Big Valley, Alberta, just edged Cort Scheer of Elsmere, Neb., by one point. Scheer rode Bar T Rodeo’s Hell Boy for 88 points. In fact, Bar T had all three top horses on the night as Lefty Holman took bronze with an 87.5 on Bitter Dan.

Winning the inaugural breakaway roping gold medal was 16 year old Jordi Edens of Gatesville, Texas. Edens stopped the clock in a blistering fast time of 2.58 seconds to edge 18-time world champion Jackie Crawford for the title. Crawford finished in a time of 2.76 to win the silver and Nicole Baggerley-Sweazea of Las Cruces, N.M., took home the bronze in a time of 3.03 seconds.

The night began with fans and officials on the edge of their seats in the bareback riding. When the dust had settled and official scoring was reviewed seven-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Caleb Bennett recorded the highest score on the night with an 89 on Northcott-Macza’s Stevie Knicks, while Utah favorite and four-time world champion Kaycee Feild tallied 88.25 points on Sankey Rodeo’s Sozo. Due to a technical scoring error resulting in a wrong order of finish initially being reported the committee opted to award both Bennett and Feild Gold medals for 2019. Orin Larsen and Clint Laye tied for third with 85.75 but Larsen received the bronze medal after having a higher spur ride on the night.

The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, is taking 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 fifth time in the history of rodeo, riders had 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 other two times being the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in 2017 and 2018. This was the first time for breakaway ropers as they were not part of the aforementioned events. The medals that were awarded at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo were produced by OC Tanner, the same company that made the Olympic medals for the champions of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. For more information on the event visit www.daysof47cowboygames.com

A highlight show of the 2019 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo will air on CBS on July 28 at 10 a.m. MT.

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Results: – Performance 5 – July 24, 2019

Bareback riding: 1. Caleb Bennett, Corvallis, Mont., 89 points on Northcott-Macza Pro Rodeo’s Stevie Knicks, $50,000; 2. Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, 88.25, $25,000; 3. (tie) Orin Larsen, Gering, Neb., and Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta, 85.75, $9,000 each

Gold medalist: Caleb Bennett 

Silver medalist: Kaycee Feild*

Bronze medalist: Orin Larsen**

*Due to a technical scoring error resulting in a wrong order of finish initially being reported the committee opted to award both Bennett and Feild Gold medals for 2019

**tie-breaker – higher spur ride

Steer wrestling: 1. Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, 3.92 seconds, $50,000; 2. Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 4.22, $25,000; 3. Tyler Pearson, Atoka, Okla., 4.40, $12,000; 4. Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas, 4.53, $6,000

Gold medalist: Matt Reeves

Silver medalist: Dakota Eldridge

Bronze medalist: Tyler Pearson

Team roping: 1. Ty Blasingame, Casper, Wyo./Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif., 5.35 seconds, $50,000 each; 2. Tanner Tomlinson, Angleton, Texas/Will Woodfin, Marshall, Texas, 5.98, $25,000; 3. Cory Clark, Jefferson, S.C./Douglas Rich, Herrick, Ill., 8.69, $12,000; 4. Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 9.75, $6,000

Gold medalist: Ty Blasingame/Kyle Lockett

Silver medalist: Tanner Tomlinson/Will Woodfin

Bronze medalist: Cory Clark/Douglas Rich

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 89 points on Bar T Rodeo’s Son of Sadie, $50,000; 2. Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 88, $25,000; 3. Lefty Holman, Visalia, Calif., 87.5, $12,000; 4. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 86.75, $6,000

Gold medalist: Zeke Thurston

Silver medalist: Cort Scheer

Bronze medalist: Lefty Holman

Tie-down roping: 1. Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas, 7.60 seconds, $50,000; 2. Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, 8.21, $25,000; 3. Trenton Smith, Bigfoot, Texas, 8.82, $12,000; 4. Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 19.74, $6,000

Gold medalist: Ty Harris

Silver medalist: Caleb Smidt

Bronze medalist: Trenton Smith

Breakaway roping: 1. Jordi Edens, Gatesville, Texas, 2.58 seconds, $50,000; 2. Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas, 2.76, $25,000; 3. Nicole Baggerley-Sweazea, Las Cruces, N.M., 3.03, $12,000; 4. Taylor Munsell, Alva, Okla., 12.44, $6,000

Gold medalist: Jordi Edens

Silver medalist: Jackie Crawford

Bronze medalist: Nicole Baggerley-Sweazea

Barrel racing: 1. Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, 16.794 seconds, $50,000; 2. Maggie Poloncic, Gillette, Wyo., 16.834, $25,000; 3. Michelle Darling, Medord, Okla., 16.860, $12,000; 4. Dona Kay Rule, Minco, Okla., 17.144, $6,000

Gold medalist: Hailey Kinsel

Silver medalist: Maggie Poloncic 

Bronze medalist: Michelle Darling

Bull riding: 1. Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla., 87.25 points on Matt Scharping’s Bad Beagle, $50,000; 2. Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas, 83.25, $25,000; no other qualified rides

Gold medalist: Trevor Kastner

Silver medalist: Boudreaux Campbell

Bronze medalist: Keyshawn Whitehorse*

*received the bronze medal after posting the highest scoring preliminary ride


Reigning Gold Medalists Set to Defend Their Titles at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

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July 23, 2019     
Contact: Ann Bleiker, 719.330.4293

ableiker@yahoo.com

SALT LAKE CITY (July 23, 2019) – It was a good night for reigning gold medalists at the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City on Tuesday night with all three advancing for a chance at yet another gold medal.

Three of last year’s gold medalists competed tonight and they didn’t disappoint the Utah fans. Looking to add more gold to their resumes are steer wrestler Justin Shaffer, saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss and barrel racer Hailey Kinsel.

Kinsel of Cotulla, Texas, turned in the fastest time on the final night of preliminary action with a blistering time of 16.824 seconds. Tonight’s run was Kinsel and Sister’s quickest inside the Days of ’47 Arena over the last three years, setting yet another arena record. The reigning WPRA World Champion is looking to add more gold to her collection on Wednesday night. Kinsel and her fiancé PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood will both be back for the Gold Medal round. Taking second on the night was Michelle Darling aboard her great horse Martini with a time of 17.211. Darling of Medord, Okla., won the World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) Titletown Stampede in Green Bay, Wis., to qualify for Salt Lake. Her horse Martini is more famous than she having carried fellow barrel racer Stevi Hillman to the Wrangler NFR a couple of years ago. Hillman finished fourth on the night with a time of 17.507 seconds. Advancing thanks to the wild card route is Marne Loosenort and Dona Kay Rule.

A total of 288 competitors have taken their shot at a share of the over $1 million in prize money and a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal that will be awarded on Wednesday, July 24. There were 32 competitors in each of the following events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s breakaway roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

DeMoss of Heflin, La., scored 85.75 points on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Miss Independent to win the saddle bronc riding on July 23 and get a chance to defend his title. He will be looking for a three-peat performance having won this rodeo the last two years. Brody Cress of Hillsdale, Wyo., advanced as well with an 82.75 on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Fringe Benefit. Advancing via the wild card route were Logan Cook and Zeke Thurston both from the first performance.

Tanner Brunner was the top steer wrestler on the night with a time of 4.08 seconds. Brunner of Ramona, Kan., advances along with 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo Gold Medalist Justin Shaffer. Shaffer of Hallsville, Texas, won second on the night in a time of 4.58 seconds. The contestants advancing as a Wild Card for the final round is Richard Coats and Will Lummus.

Two NFR qualifiers advanced to the final round in the bareback riding with Richmond Champion leading the way. Champion of Stevensville, Mont., tallied an 84.25 on Sankey Rodeo’s Irish Eyes to earn his spot in the Gold Medal Round. Joining him will be Caleb Bennett. Earlier this year Bennett, originally from Utah and now making his home in Corvallis, Mont., was awarded the Lewis Feild Bareback Riding Award for being the bareback rider who performed the best at Salt Lake, Spanish Fork and Ogden in 2018. Bennett is hoping to repeat as he has now qualified for the Gold Medal Round at the Day of ’47 after recording an 83.75-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s Thunder Monkey. Coming back as the wild cards for the Gold Medal Round in the bareback riding will be Garrett Shadbolt and Jake Stemo.

Tanner Tomlinson and Will Woodfin turned in the fastest time of the night in the team roping and the second fastest of the four performances with a time of 5.23 seconds. Tomlinson of Angleton, Texas, and Woodfin of Marshall, Texas added $3,200 each to their bank accounts but they will be hoping to add $50,000 on Wednesday. 2017 PRCA World Champion Erich Rogers of Round Rock, Ariz., will be looking to add a gold medal to his gold buckle on July 24. Rogers and Paden Bray of Granbury, Texas, was second during the fourth performance with a time of 5.28 seconds to advance to the finals. The two wild card teams to advance were Cory Clark/Douglas Rich and Ty Blasingame/Kyle Lockett.

Tie-down roper Ty Harris of San Angelo, Texas, finished atop the leaderboard on Tuesday night to advance to the finals. Harris, who won the 2019 Reno Rodeo and was the 2018 PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year, is hoping to add Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo Champion to his resume. Joining him from the fourth performance will be Cy Eames of Gooding, Idaho with an 11.34. The wild card spots went to Cimarron Boardman and Lane Livingston.

Jordan Jo Fabrizio of Canyon, Texas, turned in the fastest time on Tuesday night stopping the clock in 3.72 seconds and will be looking for her first-ever medal tomorrow night. Joining her will be Nicole Baggerley-Sweazea of Las Cruces, N.M., who was second on the night with a time of 3.93. The wild card positions went to Abigayle Hampton and Josie Connor.

The three-time NFR qualifier and 2019 RodeoHouston champion Trevor Kastner will have a chance at a gold medal on Wednesday night after scoring 87 points on H.D. Page’s Hard & Fast. Kastner of Roff, Okla., will be joined by another NFR qualifier Boudreaux Campbell with an 83.75-point ride on H.D. Page’s Fat Head. The remaining positions for the Gold Medal round were filled by all that had a qualified ride over all four performance and Marco Eguchi who didn’t ride but had the longest buckoff time of all those non-qualified rides.

The full field of 32 competitors was divided into four groups of eight each and competed in one of the first four performances (July 19-20, 22-23). The top two from each performance, along with two via the Wild Card category now 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. 

The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, is taking 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 fifth 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 other two times being the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in 2017 and 2018. This will be the first time for breakaway ropers as they were not part of the aforementioned events. 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 the final two performances. For more information on the event visit www.daysof47cowboygames.com

For those unable to attend in person the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will broadcast live nightly at 8 p.m. MT exclusively on RidePass via RidePass.com or the RidePass mobile app. 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 fourth performance on July 24 at 9:30 am., and fifth performance at 10:30 am MT. CBS will air a highlight show of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo on July 28 at 10 a.m. MT.

The Gold Medal Round at the Day of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo starts at 8 p.m. MT on July 24. Don’t miss it!

Days of ’47 Highlights from Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from Piranha Productions on Vimeo.

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Results: – Performance 4 – July 23, 2019

Bareback riding: 1. Richmond Champion, Stevensville, Mont., 84.25 points on Sankey Rodeo’s Irish Eyes, $3,200; 2. Caleb Bennett, Corvallis, Mont., 83.75, $2,400; 3. Mason Clements, Spanish Fork, Utah, 81, $1,600 4. (tie) Pascal Isabelle, Okotoks, Canada, and Spur Lacasse, Calgary, Alberta, 80.75, $400 each.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Richmond Champion and Caleb Bennett

Steer wrestling: 1. Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan., 4.08 seconds, $3,200; 2. Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas, 4.58, $2,400; 3. Will Lummus, Byhalia, Miss., 4.71, $1,600; 4. Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D., 4.88, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Tanner Brunner and Justin Shaffer

Team roping: 1. Tanner Tomlinson, Angleton, Texas/Will Woodfin, Marshall, Texas, 5.23, $3,200 each; 2. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Paden Bray, Granbury, Texas, 5.28, $2,400 each; 3. Cory Clark, Jefferson, S.D./Douglas Rich, Herrick, Ill., 6.79, $1,600; 4. Ty Blasingame, Casper, Wyo./Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif., 8.34, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Tanner Tomlinson/Will Woodfin and Erich Rogers/Paden Bray

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 85.75 points on Summit ProRodeo’s Miss Independent, $3,200; 2. Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., 82.75, $2,400; 3. (tie) Peter White II, Amarillo, Texas, and Shorty Garrett, Dupree, S.D., 80.75, $1,200 each.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Cody DeMoss and Brody Cress

Tie-down roping: 1. Ty Harris, San Angelo, Texas, 8.56, $3,200; 2. Cy Eames, Gooding, Idaho, 11.34, $2,400; 3. Zack Jongbloed, Iowa, La., 11.54, $1,600; 4. Blane Cox, Cameron, Texas, 15.39, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Ty Harris and Cy Eames

Breakaway roping: 1. Jordan Jo Fabrizio, Canyon, Texas, 3.72, $3,200; 2. Nicole Baggerley-Sweazea, Las Cruces, N.M., 3.93, $2,400; 3. Shelby Boisjoli, Ranger, Texas, 4.49, $1,600; 4. Lari Dee Guy, Abilene, Texas, 4.54, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Jordan Jo Fabrizio and Nicole Baggerley-Sweazea

Barrel racing: 1. Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, 16.842, $3,200; 2. Michelle Darling, Medord, Okla., 17.217, $2,400; 3. Hallie Hanssen, Hermosa, S.D., 17.341, $1,600; 4. Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 17.507, $800

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Hailey Kinsel and Michelle Darling

Bull riding: 1. Trevor Kastner, Roff, Okla., 87 points on H.D. Page’s Hard & Fast, $3,200; 2. Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas, 83.75, $2,400; no other qualified rides

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Trevor Kastner and Boudreaux Campbell

Contestants advancing to the Gold Medal Round

Bareback riding

Orin Larsen 

Kaycee Field

Hunter Carter 

Clint Laye

Ty Breuer 

Wyatt Denny

Richmond Champion

Caleb Bennett

Garrett Shadbolt – Wild Card

Jake Stemo – Wild Card

Steer wrestling

Tyler West 

Matt Reeves

Tim Kemp 

Jace Melvin

Tyler Pearson 

Dakota Eldridge

Tanner Brunner

Justin Shaffer

Richard Coats – Wild Card

Will Lummus – Wild Card

Team roping

Garrett Tonozzi/Joe Mattern 

Coleman Proctor/Ryan Motes

Kellan Johnson/Carson Johnson 

Manny Egusquiza/Dillon Wingeried

Riley Minor/Brady Minor 

Nelson Wyatt/Jake Long

Tanner Tomlinson/Will Woodfin

Erich Rogers/Paden Bray

Cory Clark/Douglas Rich – Wild Card

Ty Blasingame/Kyle Lockett – Wild Card

Saddle bronc riding

Lefty Holman 

Jake Finlay

Travis Gardner 

Cort Scheer

Taos Muncy 

Jake Foster

Cody DeMoss

Brody Cress

Logan Cook – Wild Card

Zeke Thurston – Wild Card

Tie-down roping

Caleb Smidt 

Haven Meged

Shane Hanchey 

Trenton Smith

Timber Moore 

Sterling Smith

Ty Harris

Cy Eames

Cimarron Boardman – Wild Card

Lane Livingston – Wild Card

Breakaway roping

Jordi Edens 

Cadee Williams

Jenna Lee Hays 

Winter Williams

Jackie Crawford 

Taylor Munsell

Jordan Jo Fabrizio 

Nicole Baggerley-Sweazea

Abigayle Hampton – Wild Card

Josie Connor – Wild Card

Barrel racing

Annaliese Allshouse 

Alishea Broussard

Maggie Poloncic 

Sabra O’Quinn

Lisa Lockhart 

Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi

Hailey Kinsel

Michelle Darling

Marne Loosenort – Wild Card

Dona Kay Rule – Wild Card

Bull riding

Cooper Davis 

Brennon Eldred

Keyshawn Whitehorse 

Jess Lockwood

Trevor Kastner 

Boudreaux Campbell

Claudio Montanha Jr. – Wild Card

Cody Teel – Wild Card

Stetson Lawrence – Wild Card

Marco Eguchi – Wild Card


The Women of Rodeo Brought the Heat at Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo on Monday

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July 22, 2019     
Contact: Ann Bleiker, 719.330.4293

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SALT LAKE CITY (July 22, 2019) – It was a hot night at the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City on Monday night both in temperature and rodeo action.

An 18-time WPRA World Champion Jackie Crawford turned in a blistering fast run in the new event of women’s breakaway on Monday night at the Days of ’47 Arena. Crawford of Stephenville, Texas, has never had a chance to compete for an Olympic-style medal and would definitely be a highlight of her storied career if she could leave Salt Lake City as the winner. She stopped the clock in 2.95 seconds to win the performance on night No. 3.

“It was a fast round tonight,” said Crawford, who drew up fourth in the performance order. “I had a chance to watch it on Saturday, so I had an idea of how it could go. Obviously, a lot of girls are leaving without the game plan they came in with. I just tried to make the best run I could as I knew how it could play out. We could have never imagined we would be having this opportunity to run for money like this.”

WPRA Rookie and current world standings leader Taylor Munsell will join Crawford in looking to make history on Wednesday night for the event of breakaway roping. Munsell of Alva, Okla., stopped the clock in 3.97 seconds to advance. 

Possibly the hottest barrel racer going down the road right now is Lisa Lockhart and she kept it hot on Monday night with a winning time of 17.291 on her great buckskin An Oakie with Cash “Louie.” The Oelrichs, S.D., just won the $100,000 round at the Calgary Stampede and has had success in this arena the last two years. In fact, the first year in 2017 she won bronze and in 2018 she won silver. Will 2019 be her year to win gold? 

Last year’s bronze medalist Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi will be looking to add to her medal collection as well finishing second on the night with a time of 17.384. Pozzi Tonozzi of Lampasas Texas will join her husband Garrett Tonozzi on Wednesday as he will be competing for a gold medal in the team roping after having qualified on opening night.

A total of 288 competitors will take their shot at a share of the over $1 million in prize money and a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal that will be awarded on Wednesday, July 24. There will be 32 competitors in each of the following events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s breakaway roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

Bareback rider Ty Breuer got the night started with an 86.25-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s Exotic Blonde. Breuer, of Mandan, N.D., easily advanced to the Gold Medal Round on Wednesday as the top two in each event receive automatic qualification. Joining Breuer will be two-time and defending Gold Medalist Wyatt Denny. He is trying to make history here as well being the first one to ever win three consecutive gold medals. Denny of Minden, Nev., finished with an 84 on Sankey Rodeo’s Great Nation to ride again at Days of ’47 Arena on Wednesday.

Tyler Pearson saved the best for last in the steer wrestling as he was the last to compete on Monday night but he brought his A-game stopping the clock in a time of 4.56 seconds to advance for a shot at $50,000. The 2017 PRCA World Champion Steer Wrestler from Atoka, Okla., would love to add a gold medal to his world champion gold buckle. He will be joined by Elko, Nevada’s Dakota Eldridge that stopped the clock in 5.01 seconds to advance.

The Minor brothers were the top team in the team roping on Family Night at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. Riley and Brady of Ellensburg, Wash., stopped the clock in 5.19 seconds to advance to the final round on Pioneer Day at the rodeo on Wednesday. They edged Nelson Wyatt, Clanton, Ala., and Jake Long of Morgan Mill, Texas, who finished with a 5.35.

Taos Muncy of Corona, N.M., rode Sankey Rodeo’s Robin Hood for 83 points to take the saddle bronc riding win during performance three of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. Muncy will be back in two days to try and add $50,000 to his bank account. It might have taken two tries for Jake Foster but the second ride was definitely worth it as he scored 79.25 on Powder River Rodeo’s Visible Injury to advance to the Gold Medal Round. Foster of Meadow, S.D., will be competing for a shot at Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal on July 24, 2019.

It was a couple of Texan’s atop the Utah leaderboard in the tie-down roping. Timber Moore of Aubrey, was 9.34 seconds, while Sterling Smith of Stephenville was 9.67. They added $3,200 and $2,400, respectively to their bank accounts on Monday night but both would love to add the $50,000 that is awarded to the winner on Wednesday. The times from their first run doesn’t carry forward so will be a clean slate when they return in two days.

Unfortunately, by the end of the night, things had cooled off so much that there were no qualified rides in the bull riding. Therefore, no one automatically advances from performance three and we will now take four wild card athletes from the field of contestants based on scores or total ride time.

The full field of 32 competitors is divided into four groups of eight each and compete in one of the first four performances (July 19-20, 22-23). 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. 

The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, is taking 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 fifth 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 other two times being the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in 2017 and 2018. This will be the first time for breakaway ropers as they were not part of the aforementioned events. 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 the final two performances. For more information on the event visit www.daysof47cowboygames.com

For those unable to attend in person the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will broadcast live nightly at 8 p.m. MT exclusively on RidePass via RidePass.com or the RidePass mobile app. 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 third performance on July 23 at 9:30 a.m. MT, the fourth on July 24 at 9:30 am., and fifth performance at 10:30 am MT. CBS will air a highlight show of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo on July 28 at 10 a.m. MT.

Action at the Day of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo continues July 23 at 8 p.m. MT.

Days of ’47 Highlights from Monday, July 22, 2019 from Piranha Productions on Vimeo.

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Results: – Performance 3 – July 22, 2019

Bareback riding: 1. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 86.25 points on Sankey Rodeo’s Exotic Blonde, $3,200; 2. Wyatt Denny, Minden, Nev., 84, $2,400; 3. Trenton Montero, Winnemucca, Nev., 81.5, $1,600; 4. Tanner Aus, New London, Minn., 80.75, $800

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Ty Breuer and Wyatt Denny

Steer wrestling: 1. Tyler Pearson, Atoka, Okla., 4.56 seconds, $3,200; 2. Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 5.01, $2,400; 3. Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 5.20, $1,600; 4. Levi Rudd, Chelsea, Okla., 5.80, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Tyler Pearson and Dakota Eldridge

Team roping: 1. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wa., 5.19 seconds, $3,200 each; 2. Nelson Wyatt, Clanton, Ala./Jake Long, Morgan Mill, Texas, 5.35 seconds, $2,400 each; 3. David Key, Stephenville, Texas/Jason Warner, Congress, Ariz., 14.85, $1,600; 4. Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga./Kyle Crick, Lipan, Texas, 20.83, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Riley Minor/Brady Minor and Nelson Wyatt/Jake Long

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., 83 points on Sankey Rodeo’s Robin Hood, $3,200; 2. Jake Foster, Meadow, S.D., 79.25, $2,400; 3. Ross Griffin, Tularosa, N.M., 77.5, $1,600; 4. Dustin Hausauer, Dickinson, N.D., 75.75, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Taos Muncy and Jake Foster

Tie-down roping: 1. Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 9.34 seconds, $3,200; 2. Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, 9.67, $2,400; 3. Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 10.50, $1,600; 4. J.C. Malone, Plain City, Utah, 10.73, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Timber Moore and Sterling Smith

Breakaway roping: 1. Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas, 2.95 seconds, $3,200; 2. Taylor Munsell, Alva, Okla., 3.97, $2,400; 3. Kelsie Chace, Cherokee, Okla., 4.74, $1,600; no other qualified times

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Jackie Crawford and Taylor Munsell

Barrel racing: 1. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 17.291 seconds, $3,200; 2. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, 17.384, $2,400; 3. Jennifer Driver, Garden City, Texas, 17.416, $1,600; 4. Britta Thiel, Belle Fourche, S.D., 17.427, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Lisa Lockhart and Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi

Bull riding: No qualified rides

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: No contestant from performance three will automatically advance. A total of four Wild Card athletes will now advance to the Gold Medal Round based on scores or total ride time.


Johnson Brothers Advance to Gold Medal Round at Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo to Defend Their Title

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July 20, 2019     
Contact: Ann Bleiker, 719.330.4293

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SALT LAKE CITY (July 20, 2019) – The Johnson brothers are determined to defend their title at the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City.

A year ago fresh off a College National Finals Rodeo Championship Kellan Johnson teamed with his brother Carson to win $50,000 each and a Gold Medal each. On Saturday night, July 20 the brothers from Casper, Wyo., easily advanced to another Gold Medal Round with a time of 7.79 seconds. In fact, the son’s of PRCA World Champion Jhett Johnson were the only team with a clean run on the night. The team joining them on July 24 will be Manny Egusquiza of Marianna, Fla., and Dillon Wingeried of Stephenville, Texas, who stopped the clock in 10.53 seconds after incurring a five-second penalty for only one hindleg catch. This will be that team’s first appearance in the Gold Medal Round.

“There was a lot of pressure involved in that type of run as so many variables can happen,” said header Kellan Johnson, about just having to make a smooth run. “I would rather have to be faster than 5.1 to rope one smooth in versus 10 seconds.”

Although their world champion dad was not in the house on Saturday night the brother’s said he would be on Wednesday like he was a year ago. “It is special to have him here with us,” said Carson. “He has some big footsteps to fill.”

A total of 288 competitors will take their shot at a share of the over $1 million in prize money and a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal that will be awarded on Wednesday, July 24. There will be 32 competitors in each of the following events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s breakaway roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

Lucky for bareback rider Hunter Carter his ride was better than his get-off on Saturday night. Carter, of Malakoff, Texas, took the performance win with a score of 82 points on Bar T Rodeo’s Echo Bay. He commented after the ride he was losing his handhold the whole ride, which explains his get-off right into the fence at the whistle. However, he didn’t miss a step and walked back to the chutes with a smile on his face. Clint Laye of Cadogan, Alberta, took second with an 81.5 on Bar T Rodeo’s War Widow to advance to the Gold Medal Round on Wednesday, July 24. Three- time world champion Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas, came up a bit short during the second performance finishing with an 80.25.

We went north of the border for the steer wrestling win on night two with Tim Kemp atop the leaderboard. Kemp of Kincardine, Ontario stopped the clock in 4.37 seconds to edge Jace Melvin of Bluffdale, Texas, with a 4.46 on the night. Both will advance for their shot at a gold medal on Utah’s Pioneer Days.

Saddle bronc rider Travis Gardner will be back Wednesday after tallying 83 points aboard Bar T Rodeo’s Pinto Pass to take the win tonight. Gardner of Mount Vernon, Ark., will be joined by the ever charismatic Cort Scheer of Elsmere, Neb., who finished with an 81 on Bar T Rodeo’s Heart of Gold.

An avid LSU football fan Shane Hanchey will be back to try and capture a gold medal after stopping the clock in a time of 7.27 seconds. Hanchey of Sulphur, La., will be joined by Trenton Smith of Bigfoot, Texas, who took second on the night with a 10.22. The only other cowboy to record a time was Chance Thiessen of Elk City, Okla., with an 11.46. Although he does not automatically advance to the next round he did pocket $1,600 on the night.

It was a bit of a rough night for the new event of women’s breakaway roping on Saturday night with only three qualified runs. Jenna Lee Hays of Weatherford, Okla., took the victory lap with a 3.78-second run followed by Winter Williams of Copan, Okla., with a 5.19. The only other qualified time was Makayla Boisjoli with a 12.73 after breaking the barrier. Hays and Williams will advance for a shot at $50,000.

Barrel racers Maggie Poloncic of Gillette, Wyo., and Sabra O’Quinn of Ocala, Fla., made their trip to Salt Lake City count in a big way as they both advanced to the Gold Medal Round. Poloncic was the top barrel racer on the night with a time of 17.179, while O’Quinn took second with a 17.416-second run.

The bull riding didn’t disappoint as night two came to a close. Keyshawn Whitehorse of McCracken Springs, Utah, rode Matt Scharping’s Deaconator for 90.75 points to edge the youngest PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood for the win. Lockwood of Volborg, Mont, teamed with Matt Scharping’s Hoo’s Counting to finish with 89 points. Both cowboys will advance for a shot at their first-ever gold medal.

The full field of 32 competitors in each event will be divided into four groups of eight each and will compete in one of the first four performances (July 19-20, 22-23). 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. 

The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, July 19-20 and 22-24, 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 fifth 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 other two times being the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in 2017 and 2018. This will be the first time for breakaway ropers as they were not part of the aforementioned events. 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

For those unable to attend in person the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will broadcast live nightly at 8 p.m. MT exclusively on RidePass via RidePass.com or the RidePass mobile app. 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 second performance on July 21 at 9 a.m. MT, the third performance on July 23 at 9:30 a.m. MT, the fourth on July 24 at 9:30 am., and fifth performance at 10:30 am MT. CBS will air a highlight show of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo on July 28 at 10 a.m. MT.

Action at the Day of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo takes a day off on Sunday and will return to action on Monday, July 22 at 8 p.m. MT.

Days of ’47 Highlights from Saturday, July 20, 2019 from Piranha Productions on Vimeo.

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Results: – Performance 2 – July 20, 2019

Bareback riding:1. Hunter Carter, Malakoff, Texas, 82 points on Bar T Rodeo’s Echo Bay, $3,200; 2. Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta, 81.5, $2,400; 3. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 80.25, $1,600; 4. Evan Betony, Tonalea, Ariz., 78.25, $800 each.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Hunter Carter and Clint Laye

Steer wrestling: 1. Tim Kemp, Kincardine, Ontario, 4.37 seconds, $3,200; 2. Jace Melvin, Bluffdale, Texas, 4.46, $2,400; 3. Richard Coats, Hastings, Neb., 4.59, $1,600; 4. Don Payne, Stephenville, Texas, 5.83, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Tim Kemp and Jace Melvin

Team roping: 1. Kellan Johnson, Casper, Wyo./Carson Johnson, Casper, Wyo., 7.79 seconds, $3,200 each; 2. Manny Egusquiza, Marianna, Fla./Dillon Wingeried, Stephenville, Texas, 10.53, $2,400; 3. Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas/Ty Arnold, Midway, Texas, 11.13, $1,600; 4. Garrett Chick, Salado, Texas/Ross Ashford, Lott, Texas, 11.61, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Kellan Johnson/Carson Johnson and Manny Egusquiza/Dillon Wingeried

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Travis Gardner, Mount Vernon, Ark., 83 points on Bar T Rodeo’s Pinto Pass, $3,200; 2. Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 81, $2,400; 3. Riggin Smith, Winterset, Iowa, 79.5, $1,600; 4. Brady Nicholes, Hoytsville, Utah, 77, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Travis Gardner and Cort Scheer

Tie-down roping: 1. Shane Hanchey, Sulpher, La., 7.27 seconds, $3,200; 2. Trenton Smith, Bigfoot, Texas, 10.22, $2,400; 3. Chance Thiessen, Elk City, Okla., 11.46; no other qualified times

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Shane Hanchey and Trenton Smith

Breakaway roping: 1. Jenna Lee Hays, Weatherford, Okla., 3.78 seconds, $3,200; 2. Winter Williams, Copan, Okla., 5.19, $2,400; 3. Makayla Boisjoli, Stephenville, Texas, 12.73, $1,600; no other qualified times

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Jenna Lee Hays and Winter Williams

Barrel racing: 1. Maggie Poloncic, Gillette, Wyo, 17.179, $3,200; 2. Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla., 17.416, $2,400; 3. Chani Graves, Sulpher Springs, Texas, 17.679, $1,600; 4. Tasha Welsh, Dublin, Texas, 17.892, $800

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Maggie Poloncic and Sabra O’Quinn

Bull riding:1. Keyshawn Whitehorse, McCracken Springs, Utah, 90.75 points on Matt Scharping’s Deaconator, $3,200; 2. Jess Lockwood, Volborg, Mont., 89, $2,400; 3. Cody Teel, Bryan, Texas, 87.25, $1,600; 4. Stetson Lawrence, Williston, N.D., 81.75, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Keyshawn Whitehorse and Jess Lockwood


Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo Off to Hot Start

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July 19, 2019     
Contact: Ann Bleiker, 719.330.4293

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SALT LAKE CITY (July 19, 2019) – The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City kicked off in fine fashion on Friday night, July 19.

Canadian turned Nebraskan Orin Larsen finished atop the leaderboard with an 86.25 point ride aboard Powder River Rodeo’s Blue Collar. Larsen, who now makes his home in Gering will be back on Wednesday night, July 24 to try and win his first ever gold medal awarded to each event champion. He will be joined by four-time world champion Kaycee Feild of Genola, Utah, who finished in a tie for second with Garrett Shadbolt of Merriman, Neb., with 83.5 point rides. The tiebreaker went to the higher spur ride and Feild had an 89 while Shadbolt received an 88. Feild has never been able to win a gold medal at the Days of ’47 Arena that has a statue of his late father Lewis Feild marking the entrance. The statue recognizes Feild’s legacy and honors all the Utah world champions.

Feild has only been riding for about a month after being sidelined with a head injury sustained at Rodeo Austin in March. Tonight’s ride was his 16th ride since he returned to competition in Mandan, N.D.

“I am so happy,” said Feild after learning he would advance due to the tiebreaker rules. “I have had tough luck here in the past. To advance to the Gold Medal Round at an arena where my dad’s statue is on display and his legacy lives on is special. To be able to compete for a gold medal is icing on the cake and looking forward to Wednesday.”

A total of 288 competitors will take their shot at a share of the over $1 million in prize money and a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal that will be awarded on Wednesday, July 24. There will be 32 competitors in each of the following events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, ladies breakaway roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

Tyler West was the top steer wrestler on the night with a time of 4.48 seconds. West of Mertzon, Texas, advances to the Gold Medal Round and will face 2018 Calgary Stampede Champion Matt Reeves who took second on the night with a run of 4.69. Both will be looking for their first medal.

It was a rough night in the team roping with only three qualified times. Garrett Tonozzi and Joe Mattern have been on a roll at all the 2019 World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) events having won Chicago and Green Bay, earlier this year to advance to the Days of ’47 Rodeo. They turned in the fastest and cleanest run by far stopping the clock in 5.41 seconds. Their closest competitors were Coleman Proctor and Ryan Motes with a 15.76-second run. Proctor and Motes have also had good luck at big paying events in 2019 winning RFD-TVs The American in Arlington, Texas, at the end of February. Both teams will be back on Wednesday to try to add to their bank accounts.

Two up and comers in the saddle bronc riding rode like veterans on Friday night in front of the Utah crowd. Lefty Holman and Jake Finlay took 1-2 on the night to advance to Wednesday. Holman of Visalia, Calif., was the first saddle bronc rider out tonight aboard Northcott-Macza’s Big Surprise. It was no surprise after his ride that he had set the bar high on opening night with a score of 84.25 points. Finlay originally from Australia but now calling Goodwell, Okla., home was second out and would come the closest to Holman with an 83-point ride on Northcott-Macza’s Bansheee. Both guys would love to add $50,000 to their bank account and a gold medal to their collection.

Current PRCA World Champion Tie-Down Roper Caleb Smidt would like to add more gold to his collection and he will now have a chance winning night 1 with a time of 7.58 seconds. Smidt, of Bellville, Texas, was the last roper out on Friday night and definitely saved the best for last. Haven Meged of Miles City, Mont., will join Smidt in the Gold Medal Round after stopping the clock in 7.99 seconds.

This is the first year for the Salt Lake City fans to see ladies breakaway roping at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. It is by far the fastest event of the rodeo and Jordi Edens of Gatesville, Texas, took the victory lap on Friday night with a 2.45-second run. Edens, a current member of the National High School Rodeo Association and daughter of PRCA roper Tommy Edens showed the crowd how it is done being the first competitor out. Cadee Williams of Weatherford, Texas, will join her fellow Texan in trying to win the inaugural Gold Medal in the breakaway roping. Williams finished in a time of 2.78 seconds.

The A’s had it in the barrel racing tonight. Annaliese Allshouse of Cody, Wyo., topped the field in a time of 16.960 with Alishea Broussard of Estherwood, La., hot on her heels at 17.138. Both will return on July 24 with hopes of keeping the momentum going.

PBR World Champion Bull Rider Cooper Davis brought the first night to a close with a bang scoring 88.25 points on Bar T Rodeo’s Exit Strategy to easily advance to the Gold Medal Round. Joining Davis as the two to advance from tonight in the bull riding was four-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier Brennon Eldred with an 82.75. 

The full field of 32 competitors in each event will be divided into four groups of eight each and will compete in one of the first four performances (July 19-20, 22-23). 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. 

The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, July 19-20 and 22-24, 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 fifth 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 other two times being the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in 2017 and 2018. This will be the first time for breakaway ropers as they were not part of the aforementioned events. 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

For those unable to attend in person the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will broadcast live nightly at 8 p.m. MT exclusively on PBR’s RidePass via RidePass.com or the RidePass mobile app. 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 performance airing July 20 at 12:30 p.m. MT, the second performance on July 21 at 9 a.m. MT, the third performance on July 23 at 9:30 a.m. MT, the fourth and fifth performances on July 24 and 25, respectively at 10:30 pm. MT. CBS will air a highlight show of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo on July 28 at 10 a.m. MT.

Days of ’47 Highlights from Friday, July 19, 2019 from Piranha Productions on Vimeo.

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Results: – Performance 1 – July 19, 2019

Bareback riding:1. Orin Larsen, Gering, Neb., 86.25 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Blue Collar, $,3200; 2. (tie) Kaycee Feild, Genola, Utah, and Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., 83.5, $2,000 each; 4. Jake Stemo, Bashaw, Alberta, 82.25, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Orin Larsen and Kaycee Field

*Kaycee Feild advances due to a higher spur ride as the tiebreaker

Steer wrestling: 1. Tyler West, Mertzon, Texas, 4.48 seconds, $3,200; 2. Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, 4.69, $2,400; 3. Termaine Debose, Anderson, Texas, 4.95, $1,600; 4. J.D. Struxness, Alva, Okla., 5.65, $800

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Tyler West ad Matt Reeves

Team roping: 1. Garrett Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas/Joe Mattern, Plantersville, Texas, 5.41 seconds, $3,200 each; 2. Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla./Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas, 15.76, $2,400 each; 3. Dallas Owen, Temecula, Calif./Blaine Vick, Dublin, Texas, 16.67, $1,600 each; no other qualified times

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Garrett Tonozzi/Joe Mattern and Coleman Proctor/Ryan Motes

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Lefty Holman, Visalia, Calif., 84.25 points on Northcott-Macza Rodeo’s Big Surprise, $3,200; 2. Jake Finlay, Goodwell, Okla., 83 points, $2,400; 3. Logan Cook, Alto, Texas, 81.75, $1,600; 4. Zeke Thurston, 81.25, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Lefty Holman and Jake Finlay

Tie-down roping: 1. Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, 7.58 seconds, $3,200; 2. Haven Meged, Miles City, Mont., 7.99, $2,400; 3. Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas, 8.02, $1,600; 4. Lane Livingston, Seymour, Texas, 9.07, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Caleb Smidt and Haven Meged

Breakaway roping: 1. Jordi Edens, Gatesville, Texas, 2.45 seconds, $3,200; 2. Cadee Williams, Weatherford, Texas, 2.78, $2,400; 3. Abigayle Hampton, Commerce, Texas, 3.40, $1,600; 4. Josie Connor, 3.57, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Jordi Edens and Cadee Williams

Barrel racing: 1. Annaliese Allshouse, Cody, Wyo., 16.960, $3,200; 2. Alishea Broussard, Estherwood, La., 17.138, $2,400; 3. Marne Loosenort, Hazel, Ky., 17.186, $1,600; 4. Dona Kay Rule, Minco, Okla., 17.202, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Annaliese Allshouse and Alishea Broussard

Bull riding:1. Cooper Davis, Buna, Texas, 88.25 points on Bar T Rodeo’s Exit Strategy, $3,200; 2. Brennon Eldred, Roff, Okla., 82.75, $2,400; 3. Claudio Montanha Jr., Pacembu, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 80, $1,600.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Cooper Davis and Brennon Eldred


DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES & RODEO GETS UNDERWAY FRIDAY, JULY 19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 16, 2019     
Contact: Ann Bleiker, 719.330.4293

ableiker@yahoo.com

SALT LAKE CITY (July 16, 2019) – The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City will kickoff rodeo action on Friday, July 19 with some of the top names in professional rodeo.

A total of 288 competitors will take their shot at a share of the over $1 million in prize money and a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal that will be awarded on Wednesday, July 24. There will be 32 competitors in each of the following events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, ladies breakaway roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo champions in all events will be back to defend their Gold medals including three that are looking for a three-peat. Bareback rider Wyatt Denny, saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss and barrel racer Hailey Kinsel are hoping to go three-for-three at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo, but it won’t be easy as they will face some tough competition with reigning Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), Professional Bull Riders (PBR), World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) and College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) Champions ready to take aim at the title. 

Bareback rider Wyatt Denny will be tested by four-time world champion and local favorite Kaycee Feild, three-time world champion Will Lowe, and seven-time Wrangler NFR bareback rider Caleb Bennett, who won the 2019 Lewis Feild bareback riding award earlier this year given by the Days of ’47 Rodeo. In addition, Mason Clements a two-time Wrangler NFR cowboy hailing from Utah will be a featured contestant as will Tanner Aus, who is coming off a big win at the Calgary Stampede.

Justin Shaffer, who finished atop the podium in 2018, would love to be there again in 2019 but he will have to get through the field of steer wrestlers that includes 2017 and 2018 PRCA world champions Tyler Pearson and Tyler Waguespack, respectively and recent Calgary Stampede Champion Kyle Irwin. College rodeo coach Stockton Graves is proving he still has what it takes having won the WCRA Titletown Stampede in Green Bay, Wis., to qualify for the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo.

Justin Thigpen of Waycross, Ga., will be one of the busiest competitors earning a spot in the team roping and tie-down roping. Thigpen will rope with Kyle Crick in the team roping and will be trying to keep brothers Kellan and Carson Johnson from a repeat performance in 2018. Utah rodeo fans might recall that Kellan, who won the team roping title at the 2018 College National Finals Rodeo and Carson who got in through the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier, left as gold medalists in 2018. 

Although he has scaled back on his rodeo schedule, 24-time world champion Trevor Brazile will compete in Salt Lake City in the team roping. He and partner Trey Johnson will be looking to add their first gold medal to their trophy case.

Cody DeMoss joins Denny in looking to add another Gold medal to his collection. DeMoss has found great success the last two years and will no doubt be hoping that continues and he is atop the medal stand once again on July 24. However, 2018 Calgary Stampede Champion Zeke Thurston and Wyatt Casper, 2018 silver medalist will try and derail DeMoss’ journey to a third championship. Brady Nicholes will be the lone representative from Utah in the saddle bronc riding, and he will hope the homestate crowd will propel him to the Gold Medal Round on July 24.

Speaking of Utah cowboys, J.C. Malone of Plain City used the crowd in 2018 to capture the Silver medal and will be looking for Gold in 2019. Cory Solomon, who won Gold in 2018 is back to defend his title along with bronze medalist Caleb Smidt, who is fresh off a Calgary Stampede title. 

A new event added in 2019 will be the ladies breakaway roping. The field is stacked with talent from WPRA world champions to college champions to high school standouts. The fans are sure to love this new event and will want to keep their eyes on 2016 WPRA Breakaway Roping World Champion Jackie Crawford. Crawford qualified her spot with a big win at the WCRA Windy City Roundup in Chicago and through her career, she has won a total of 18 world titles in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA). WPRA leading rookie of the year Taylor Munsell is coming off a dominant performance at the College National Finals Rodeo after finishing second at RFDTV’s The American in February. Joining Crawford and Munsell will be reigning WPRA World Champion Kelsie Chace, Lari Dee Guy, JJ Hampton, and Hope Thompson.

The barrel racing is likely to be the most electric event of the week with all three medalists back for 2019. Reigning WPRA World Champion Hailey Kinsel will be looking for her third straight title in Salt Lake, while Lisa Lockhart is hoping she can edge Kinsel this year much like she recently did at the Calgary Stampede. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi will also be looking to move up on the medal stand and will make the trip to Salt Lake City with husband Garrett Tonozzi, who will be competing in the team roping. One can bet the barrel racing will not disappoint with great action each and every night.

The bull riding will be just as action-packed with the top PBR riders vying for their share of the over $1 million purse and medals up for grabs. Derek Kolbaba, the 26-year-old Walla Walla, Wash. cowboy, will be looking to defend his Days of ’47 title after picking up his first Gold Medal last year. However fan favorite and presently the hottest bull rider in the PBR, Jess Lockwood would like nothing more than to add a Gold Medal to his trophy case. Lockwood joins his fiancé, barrel racer Hailey Kinsel, on the list of qualifiers. No doubt this rodeo power couple would love to add more gold to their growing collection. Another bull rider looking to finish atop the podium will be Chase Outlaw who is having his best season yet and will be looking to keep things sizzling this summer.

The full field of 32 competitors in each event will be divided into four groups of eight each and will compete in one of the first four performances (July 19-20, 22-23). 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. 

The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, July 19-20 and 22-24, 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 the rodeo. The venue—an outdoor arena located in the heart of Salt Lake City—features over 10,000 stadium-style seats. 

For only the fifth 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 other two times being the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo in 2017 and 2018. This will be the first time for breakaway ropers as they were not part of the aforementioned events. 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. 

For those unable to attend in person the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will broadcast live nightly at 8 p.m. MT exclusively on PBR’s RidePass via RidePass.com or the RidePass mobile app. 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 performance airing July 20 at 12:30 p.m. MT, the second performance on July 21 at 9 a.m. MT, the third performance on July 23 at 9:30 a.m. MT, the fourth and fifth performances on July 24 and 25, respectively at 10:30 pm. MT. CBS will air a highlight show of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo on July 28 at 10 a.m. MT.

Link to Current list of athletes who have entered the 2019 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo.


PBR’S TOP BULL RIDERS HEADED TO DAYS OF ’47 COWBOY GAMES & RODEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 26, 2019     
Contact: Ann Bleiker, 719.330.4293

ableiker@yahoo.com

SALT LAKE CITY (June 26, 2019) – Bull riding fans are in for a real treat at the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City, July 19-24. Seven of the top eight bull riders in the current PBR World Standings have all earned a chance to compete for a share of over $1 million and a gold medal at the Days of ’47 Arena.

2017 PBR Rookie of the Year Jose Vitor Leme leads the pack as the current No. 1 ranked rider in the PBR World Standings. He punched his ticket to the Days of ’47 after winning PBR Unleash the Beast, Ty Murray Invitational, presented by Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque, N.M.

Fan favorite and presently the hottest bull rider in the PBR, Jess Lockwood can also make plans for Salt Lake City.  Three straight PBR Touring Pro event wins in as many weeks moved the 2017 PBR World Champion to No. 2 in the world standings as of June 24. Lockwood now joins his fiancé, reigning world champion and two-time gold medal winning barrel racer Hailey Kinsel, on the list of qualifiers. No doubt this rodeo power couple would love to add more gold to their growing collection.

João Ricardo Vieira joined fellow Brazilian Vitor Leme on the list of qualifiers after winning the WCRA Titletown Stampede bull riding in Green Bay, Wis. earlier this month. Ricardo Vieira is currently ranked 3rd in the PBR World Standings.

Chase Outlaw, sitting fourth in the standings at present time, is having his best season yet and will be looking to keep things sizzling this summer when he attempts to finish atop the medal stand at the Days of ’47 Gold Medal Rodeo. Cody Teel, ranked fifth, earned his spot to compete Salt Lake City winning the Trial Event at the PBR Unleash the Beast Billings Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires.

2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis added his name to the list of qualifiers for the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo with his current sixth place ranking on the PBR World Standings. With Vitor Leme, Ricardo Vieira and Teel having already advanced, Davis became the third and final bull rider pulled from the PBR World Standings.

Joining these top 6 bull riders will be eighth-ranked Derek Kolbaba. The 26-year-old Walla Walla, Wash. cowboy will be looking to defend his Days of ’47 title after picking up his first gold medal in 2018.

A total of 288 competitors will get the chance to compete during the five day event in July. The rodeo will feature 32 competitors in each event (bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, women’s breakaway roping and bull riding) with eight competitors per performance starting on Friday, July 19.  The top two from each performance, along with two via the Wild Card category, will advance to the Gold Medal Round on July 24 where ten competitors in each event will compete in a sudden-death format with the winner collecting a Gold Medal and $50,000 cash.

Only a few qualification spots remain for contestants to earn their spot– either via the Days of ’47 Qualification events or the WCRA path.

            The Days of ’47 qualification routes still available:

  • 2019 Priefert Patriot Days of ’47 Challenge *timed event only

            The WCRA remaining qualifications will consist of the following:

  • Top 20 (12 in bull riding, 28 in the breakaway roping and 21 in team roping) in WCRA Virtual Qualifier points as of July 8, 2019

Bull riders will need to have a PBR card and be registered on the WRCA App to compete while all others must be registered with the WCRA to compete.

The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, July 19-20 and 22-24, 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 fifth 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 other two times being the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo in 2017 and 2018. 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 currently on sale at smithstix.com. For more information on the event visit www.daysof47cowboygames.com.

The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo will broadcast live every night exclusively on PBR’s RidePass via RidePass.com or the RidePass mobile app. Additionally, fans can catch preshow and post shows on CBS Sports Network with the final Gold Medal Round airing on CBS at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 28. For a complete list of broadcast times and dates visit www.daysof47cowboygames.com.

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Current list of athletes who have earned qualification for 2019 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo

Bareback Riding

Richmond Champion – 2018 Calgary Stampede

Wyatt Denny – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

*JR Vezain – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo (will be unable to compete due to injury)

Ty Breuer – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Tristan Hansen– 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo (replacing JR Vezain)

Kaycee Feild – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Shane O’Connell – 2019 DO47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs Event

Tilden Hooper – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Will Lowe – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Tanner Aus – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Austin Foss – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Seth Hardwick – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Chance Ames – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

Steer Wrestling

Matt Reeves – 2018 Calgary Stampede

Justin Shaffer – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

*Rowdy Parrott – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo (will be unable to compete due to injury)

Hunter Cure – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo (replacing Rowdy Parrott)

Bridger Anderson – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Tyler Pearson – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Josh Garner –2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Mason Carter – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Jon Laine Herl – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Blake Knowles – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Stockton Graves – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Tyler West – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

Team Roping – Headers

Kellan Johnson – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Matt Sherwood – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Riley Minor – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Garrett Tonozzi – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Ty Blasingame – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Justin Thigpen – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Tanner Tomlinson – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Lane Santos Karney– 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Luke Brown – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Dalton Titsworth – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

Team Roping – Heelers

Carson Johnson – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Will Woodfin – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Brady Minor – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Joe Mattern – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Kyle Lockett – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Kyle Crick – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Ty Arnold – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Taylor Winters – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Paul Eaves – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Kolton White – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

Saddle Bronc Riding

Zeke Thurston – 2018 Calgary Stampede

Cody DeMoss – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Wyatt Casper – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Isaac Diaz – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Colt Gordon – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Ross Griffin – 2019 DO47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs Event

Jesse Wright – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Travis Gardner – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Spencer Wright – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Lefty Holman – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Shorty Garrett – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Riggin Smith – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

Tie-Down Roping

Tuf Cooper – 2018 Calgary Stampede

Cory Solomon – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

JC Malone – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Caleb Smidt – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Shane Hanchey – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Michael Otero – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

John Douch – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Seth Cooke – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Taylor Santos – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Tanner Green – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Haven Meged – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

Barrel Racing

Hailey Kinsel – 2018 Calgary Stampede

Lisa Lockhart – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Chani Graves – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Cheyenne Wimberley – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Nellie Williams-Miller – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Shali Lord – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-Star

Dona Kay Rule – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Kathy Petska – 2019 Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

Michelle Darling – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Ashtyn Carlson – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

Women’s Breakaway Roping

Jackie Crawford – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Shelby Boisjoli – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Taylor Munsell – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

Bull Riding

Marcos Gloria – 2018 Calgary Stampede

Derek Kolbaba – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Alisson De Souza – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Garrett Smith – 2018 Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo

Chandler Bownds – 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup, Chicago

Coleman Entze – 2019 DO47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs Event

Trevor Kastner – 2019 RODEOHOUSTONÒ Super Series

Marco Antonio Eguchi – 2019 PBR Fresno, CA Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event

Keyshawn Whitehorse – 2019 PBR Casper, WY Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event

Koal Livingston – 2019 PBR Bakersfield, CA Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Event

Preston Louis – 2019 Denver Rodeo All-star

Cody Teel – 2019 PBR Billings, MT Unleash the Beast Tour Event

Garrett Tribble – 2019 Rodeo Corpus Christi

Jose Vitor Leme – 2019 Albuquerque, NM Unleash the Beast Tour Event

Boudreaux Campbell – Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo

João Ricardo Vieira – 2019 WCRA Titletown Stampede, Green Bay

Daylon Swearingen – 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

Jess Lockwood – PBR World Standings

Chase Outlaw – PBR World Standings

Cooper Davis – PBR World Standings

NOTE: The above is strictly a list of who has qualified. A final list of competitors will be released after entries close on July 10.

Remaining schedule

– 2019 WCRA VRQ Standings (20 athletes all events except bull riding, breakaway and team roping; 12 athletes for bull riding; 28 for breakaway roping; 21 for team roping) July 8

– 2019 Priefert Patriot Days of ’47 Last Chance Qualifier *timed event only – July 20-21


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