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July 23, 2018

Field Set for Gold Medal Round in Salt Lake City


July 23, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (July 22, 2018) – The semifinal rounds came to a close on Monday night at the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City and the field is now set for the Gold Medal Round on Tuesday, July 24.

There isn’t a hotter barrel racer in the land right now than Hailey Kinsel and she continued her torrid run in Salt Lake City on Monday night. Kinsel of Cotulla, Texas, and her great horse DM Sissy Hayday “Sister” stopped the clock in 17.22 seconds. In 2017, the duo won the Gold Medal and $50,000 that propelled her to her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, where she set an arena record and finished as reserve world champion. Kinsel is coming off a $100,000 win at the Calgary Stampede just over a week ago. Joining her in the finals will be two-time world champion Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi who jockeyed KissKiss BangBang “Mona” to second place finish with a time of 17.37 seconds. It will no doubt be an all-out horse race on Tuesday night for the Gold Medal.

A total of 256 competitors have taken their shot at a share of the $1 million in prize money and now the top two from each performance and two wild card competitors will shoot for Gold, Silver or Bronze medal that will be awarded on Tuesday, 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.

2016 PRCA World Champion Steer Wrestler Tyler Waguespack will be looking to add a Gold Medal to go with his Gold Buckle on Tuesday night after winning performance 4 in a time of 4.0 seconds. This was the fastest run of the semifinal rounds and Waguespack of Gonzales, La., is hoping to keep it fast tomorrow night. Kyle Irwin of Westville, Fla., was second in 4.3 seconds to advance to the finals.

Ty Breuer and Logan Corbett turned in 85.5 point rides to automatically advance to the Gold Medal round in the bareback riding. Breuer, of Mandan, N.D., did so aboard Andrews Rodeo’s Fire Water, while Corbett of Las Cruces, N.M., teamed with Summit ProRodeo’s Soduko. Both will bring their A-game on Tuesday for their shot at $50,000.

Wyoming cowboys Kellan Johnson and Carson Johnson led the way in the team roping in the final semifinal round with a 4.9 second run. Joining them with an automatic qualification is Jake Cooper of Monument, N.M., and Logan Medlin of Stephenville, Texas with a 5.0. The 2017 silver medalist Tom Richards and Kyle Lockett will have another shot at a medal after qualifying with a Wild Card spot after stopping the clock tonight in 5.2 seconds.

It was a crowded leaderboard in the saddle bronc riding with Wrangler NFR qualifiers Isaac Diaz and Wade Sundell atop the heap with 86.5 point rides. Diaz drew Diamond G Rodeo’s Babe’s Foundation, while Sundell matched Andrews Rodeo’s Brutus jump for jump. Finishing a close third was Utah’s own Jake Wright with an 85.5 aboard Diamond G Rodeo’s Dunn Gone. As a result of his high marked ride, Wright will also advance to the final round on Tuesday night.

Four-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Marty Yates turned in the fastest time of the rodeo thus far in the tie-down roping stopping the clock in 6.8 seconds to easily advance to the final round.


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Field Set for Gold Medal Round in Salt Lake City

Cory Solomon was right behind him with a 7.1 to advance. Ty Eason of Sulpher Springs, Texas, will also move on after finishing in a time of 7.3 seconds and earning one of two wild card spots in the event.

Tyler Bingham of Honeyville, Utah, was the big winner in the bull riding as Monday night’s performance came to a close. Bingham rode Diamond G Rodeo’s Lil America for 87.5 points to easily advance to the Finals. Joining Bingham will be Claudio Marcelino Montanha Jr., who finished second tonight with an 85 aboard Diamond G Rodeo’s Marke-n-Magic.

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 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.

A limited number of tickets for the final performance are still available at For more information on the event visit The Gold Medal round kicks off at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night, July 24.

For those unable to attend in person all the action can be seen live nightly at 8 p.m. MT on with a subscription. CBS Sports Network will air a recap of each performance on tape delay with the Final performances on July 25 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 4 – July 23, 2018
Bareback riding:1. (tie) Logan Corbett, Las Cruces, N.M., on Summit ProRodeo’s Soduko and Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D., on Andrews Rodeos Fire Water, 85.5 points, $2,800 each; 3. Tristan Hansen, Victor, Idaho, 85 on Summit ProRodeo’s Trailer Home, $1,600; 4. Tyler Waltz, Jersey Shore, Pa., 83.5 on Diamond G Rodeo’s Cool Hand Luke, $800.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Logan Corbett and Ty Breuer
Gold Medal Round qualifiers:
Pascale Isabelle
Richmond Champion
J.R. Vezain
Steven Dent
Clayton Biglow
Wyatt Denny
Logan Corbett
Ty Breuer
Tristan Hansen
Tyler Scales

Steer wrestling: 1. Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 4.0 seconds, $3,200; 2. Kyle Irwin, Westville, Fla., 4.3, $2,400; 3. Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 4.7, $1,600; 4. Tristan Martin, Sulphur, La., 6.1, $800.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Tyler Waguespack and Kyle Irwin Gold Medal Round qualifiers:

Jace Melvin Ryle Smith

Hunter Cure
John Leinaweaver Justin Shaffer Bridger Anderson Tyler Waguespack Kyle Irwin Rowdy Parrott Olin Hannum

Team roping: 1. Kellan Johnson, Casper, Wyo./Carson Johnson, Casper, Wyo., 4.9 seconds, $3,200 each; 2. Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M./Logan Medlin, Stephenville, Texas, 5.0, $2,400; 3. Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz./Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif., 5.2, $1,600; 4. Reno Stoebner, Bastrop, Texas/Wyatt Adams, Ione, Calif., 7.2, $800
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Kellan Johnson/Carson Johnson and Jake Cooper/Logan Medlin
Gold Medal Round qualifiers:
Kaleb Driggers/Junior Noguiera
Riley Minor/Brady Minor
Matt Sherwood/Will Woodfin
Garrett Tonozzi/Joe Mattern
Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp
Rhett Anderson/Coleby Payne
Kellan Johnson/Carson Johnson
Jake Cooper/Logan Medlin
Tom Richards/Kyle Lockett
Derrick Begay/Cory Petska

Saddle bronc riding: 1.(tie) Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas, on Diamond G Rodeo’s Babe’s Foundation and Wade Sundell, Coleman, Okla., on Andrews Rodeo’s Brutus, 86.5 points, $2,800; 3. Jake Wright, Milford; Utah, on Diamond G Rodeo’s Dunn Gone, 85.5, $1,600; 4. (tie) Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo., on Powder River Rodeo’s Lip Ripper and Coburn Bradshaw, Milford, Utah, on Powder River Rodeo’s Cowboy Casino, 84, $400 each.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Isaac Diaz and Wade Sundell
Gold Medal Round qualifiers:
Cody DeMoss
Taos Muncy
*Ryder Wright
Layton Green
Travis Gardner
Logan Allen
Wyatt Casper
Isaac Diaz
Wade Sundell
Jake Wright
CoBurn Bradshaw
*Has turned out of the Final Round – will be replaced with Wyatt Casper

Tie-down roping: 1. Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 6.8 seconds, $3,200; 2. Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 7.1, $2,400; 3. Marshall Leonard, Shongaloo, La., 7.7, $1,600; 4. Bo Pickett, Caldwell, Idaho, 8.8, $800.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Marty Yates and Cory Solomon

Gold Medal Round qualifiers:

Caleb Smidt
Ryle Smith
Kyle Parrish
JC Malone Cimarron Boardman Ty Harris

Marty Yates Cory Solomon Bryson Sechrist Marshall Leonard

Barrel racing: 1. Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, 17.22 seconds, $3,200; 2. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas, 17.37, $2,400; 3. Jamie Gee, Bliss, Idaho, 17.54, $1,600; 4. Kali Jo Parker, Wendell, Idaho, 18.08, $800.
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Hailey Kinsel and Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi Gold Medal Round qualifiers:

Tammy Fischer Lyndee Moser
Lisa Lockhart
Lisa Thornton
Chani Graves
Sarah Rose McDonald Hailey Kinsel
Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi Katie Miller

Bobbi Grann

Bull riding: 1. Claudio Marcelino Montanha Jr., Decatur, Texas, 85 on Diamond G Rodeo’s Marke-n-Magic, $3,200; 2. Tyler Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, 84.5 points on Diamond G Rodeo’s Lil America, $2,400; no other qualified rides
Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Tyler Bingham and Claudio Marcelino Montanha Jr.
Gold Medal Round qualifiers:
Garrett Smith
Cody Tyler
Derek Kolbaba
Jess Lockwood
Alisson De Souza
Tyler Bingham
Claudio Marcelino Montanha Jr.
Fabiano Vieira
Ouncie Mitchell
Tyrell Wallace