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July 20, 2018

Wright Leads the Way on Friday Night at Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo


July 20, 2018
Contact: Ann Bleiker
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Wright Leads the Way on Friday Night at Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo


SALT LAKE CITY (July 20, 2018) – The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank in Salt Lake City kicked off in fine fashion on Thursday, July 19 with familiar names back in the mix to defend their titles.

The loudest cheer of the night came for one of their own and reigning world champion saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright. Wright of Milford, Utah, rode Powder River Rodeo’s Look Again to top the leaderboard and advance to the finals with a shot at $50,000 and a Gold Medal. Wright is coming off a big win on Sunday when he collected $100,000 and the Calgary Stampede title. His uncles, Alex and Jake, will try to join the young gun when they take their shot on Monday night.

            A total of 256 competitors will take their shot at a share of the $1 million in prize money and a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal that will be awarded on Tuesday, July 24. There are 32 competitors in each of the following events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding. The top two from each performance, along with two via the Wild Card category will advance to the Gold Medal Round on July 24. The 10 competitors in each event in the Gold Medal Round will compete in a sudden-death format with the winner collecting a Gold Medal and $50,000 cash.

            JR Vezain and Steven Dent tallied the highest scores in the bareback riding with 86 point rides. Vezain of Melstone, Mont., rode Powder River Rodeo’s Bobcat, while Dent of Mullen, Neb., advanced to the finals on Bar T Rodeo’s Buck Wild. Unfortunately, Dent will not be back in two events after getting bucked off in the saddle bronc riding.

            Two-time world champion steer wrestler Hunter Cure would like to add a Gold Medal to his two Gold buckles. Cure of Holliday, Texas, finished with a 4.1 and will have a shot at the $50,000 payday on Tuesday in addition to the medals. Joining Cure will be John Leinaweaver of Orrtanna, Pa., who stopped the clock in 5.0 seconds.

            It was a wild night in the team roping but two-time world champion Matt Sherwood showed his talent stopping the clock in 8.7 seconds with partner Will Woodfin. Sherwood, of Pima, Ariz., initially had an illegal head catch but turned in a veteran move and got it fished off to be legal before the flag fell while Woodfin of Marshall, Texas, roped the heels to advance to the Gold Medal round on Tuesday night. Garrett Tonozzi and Joe Mattern will join them after stopping the clock in 10.5 seconds.

            It was a tie at the top of the tie-down roping leaderboard with Kyle Parrish and JC Malone turning in 7.0 second runs. Both will take their shot at a share of the $1 million purse and Gold medals up for grabs on Tuesday, July 24. They each cashed checks for $2,800 on Friday night for their win.

            It was good to be named Lisa in the barrel racing on Friday night in Salt Lake City. Lisa Lockhart and Louie finished atop the leaderboard with a 17.09-second run. In 2017, Lockhart of Oelrichs, S.D., won a bronze medal but would love to take home gold in 2018. She will be joined by Lisa Thornton of Plum, Texas, who finished in a time of 17.16.

            The bulls definitely won the night in the bull riding with only one bull rider making a qualified ride. PBR athlete Derek Kolbaba of Walla Walla, Wash., was the big winner with an 82-point ride on D&H Cattle’s Shake It.

            The Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, July 19-21 and 23-24, 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.

            Tickets are still available at For more information on the event visit Performance two kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday night, July 20.

            For those unable to attend in person all the action can be seen live nightly at 8 p.m. MT on with a subscription. RideTV will air each round, excluding the finals, nightly at 8 p.m. MT. CBS Sports Network will air a recap of each performance on tape delay with the first and second performances airing on July 20 and 21st, respectively at 8 a.m. MT, the third performance on July 22 at 7:30 a.m. MT, the fourth and fifth performances on July 24 and 25, respectively at 5 pm. MT. CBS will air a highlight show of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo on July 29 at 11 a.m. MT.

Results: – Performance 2 – July 20, 2018

Bareback riding:1. (tie) JR Vezain, Melstone, Mont., 86 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Bobcat, Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 86 on Bar T Rodeo’s Buck Wild, $2,800 each; 3. Tyler Scales, Buffalo, Wyo., 80 on Powder River Rodeo’s Problems, $1,600; 4. Garrett Shadboldt, Merriman, Neb., 82 on Bar T Rodeo’s Ruby’s Girl, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: JR Vezain and Steven Dent

*Note from Performance 1: Due to a knee injury Mason Clements will not be able to compete on Tuesday so Richmond Champion will take his place


Steer wrestling: 1. Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas, 4.1 seconds, $3,200; 2. John Leinaweaver, Orrtanna, Pa., 5.0, $2,400; 3. Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho, 5.1, $1,600; 4. Tim Kemp, Kincardine, Ontario, 5.4, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Hunter Cure and John Leinaweaver


Team roping: 1. Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz./Will Woodfin, Marshall, Texas, 8.7 seconds, $3,200; 2. Garrett Tonozzi, Victoria, Texas/Joe Mattern, Plantersville, Texas, 10.5, $2,400; 3. Luke Brown, Morgan Mill, Texas/Jake Long, Morgan Mill, Texas, 11.3, $1,600; no other qualified runs

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Matt Sherwood/Will Woodfin and Garrett Tonozzi/Joe Mattern


Saddle bronc riding: 1. Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, 86 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Look Again, $3,200; 2. Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta, 85 on Powder River Rodeo’s Baby Sitter, $2,400; 3. Wyatt Casper, Pampa, Texas, 83 on Andrews Rodeo’s Trophy Wife, $1,600; 4. Kolby Wanchuk, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 81 on Powder River Rodeo’s Double Take, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Ryder Wright and Layton Green


Tie-down roping: 1. (tie) Kyle Parrish, Stephenville, Texas, and JC Malone, Plain City, Utah, 7.0, $2,800; 3. Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., 7.2, $1,600; 4. Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 7.8, $800.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Kyle Parrish and JC Malone


Barrel racing: 1. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 17.09 seconds, $3,200; 2. Lisa Thornton, Plum, Texas, 17.16, $2,400; 3. Katie Miller, Fletcher, Okla., 17.36, $1,600; 4. (tie) Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., and Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, N.D., 17.40, $400 each.

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Lisa Lockhart and Lisa Thornton


Bull riding: 1. Derek Kolbaba, 82 points on D&H Cattle’s Shake It, $3,200; no other qualified rides

Automatically advances to Gold Medal Round: Derek Kolbaba