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Rodeo's finest athletes will kick off Wrangler ProRodeo Tour action with the first performance of the National Western Rodeo in Denver on Jan. 17. The Wrangler ProRodeo Tour round is Jan. 27. The Tour will wrap ...Rodeo's finest athletes will kick off Wrangler ProRodeo Tour action with the first performance of the National Western Rodeo in Denver on Jan. 17. The Wrangler ProRodeo Tour round is Jan. 27. The Tour will wrap ...

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Rodeo’s finest athletes will kick off Wrangler ProRodeo Tour action with the first performance of the National Western Rodeo in Denver on Jan. 17. The Wrangler ProRodeo Tour round is Jan. 27. The Tour will wrap up on May 5 in Guymon, Okla., with the Finale being held for the third consecutive year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., June 13-15. Each of the 10 rodeos and the Finale will be broadcast on The National Network (TNN) for the third consecutive year.

The remainder of Tour dates, locations and airtimes follow:
Location Event Date Original Broadcast (all times Eastern/Pacific)
Denver, Colo. January 27 February 9 (7 p.m.)
Rapid City, S.D. February 3 February 16 (7 p.m.)
San Antonio, Texas February 17 March 9 (7 p.m.)
Tucson, Ariz. February 24 March 16 (7 p.m.)
Houston, Texas March 2 April 6 (7 p.m.)
Montgomery, Ala. March 17 April 13 (7 p.m.)
Laughlin, Nev. March 31 May 4 (7 p.m.)
Red Bluff, Calif. April 21 May 11 (7 p.m.)
Clovis, Calif. April 28 June 1 (7 p.m.)
Guymon, Okla. May 5 June 8 (7 p.m.)
Tour Finale June 13-15 June 22 (7 p.m.)
Tour Finale June 13-15 June 29 (7 p.m.)

Johnston breaks out early with win in Odessa

Scott Johnston of Gustine, Texas, started the year by winning the saddle bronc riding title in Odessa on Saturday after an 85-point ride on Harry Vold’s bronc Sun Devil. Johnston earned $2,429 for the trip.

The win might just prove to be good luck for the all-around roughstock hand. Last year in Odessa, Cody Ohl of Stephenville, Texas, won the calf roping title before going on to a stellar 2001 season and an all-around title. Johnston has been the runner-up to the world all-around champion the past two years.

Johnston also tied for second place in the bareback riding and won $896.

For the second year in a row, Harry Vold’s bareback bronc I’m a Tiger carried his rider to the win in Odessa. Dustin Murray of Corrales, N.M., scored 82 points and won $1,854. Last year Jon Brockway had the honor and scored 84 points.

In Odessa’s team roping competition, five-time reigning world champions Speed Williams of Jacksonville, Fla., and Rich Skelton of Llano, Texas, took top honors after roping two steers in 10.4 seconds.

At the 2001 Wrangler NFR Williams and Skelton tied Jake Barnes and Clay O’Brien Cooper’s record of five consecutive world titles. Barnes and Cooper also hold the record for most team roping titles won with seven.

Barnes and Cooper, whose last world title came in 1994, tied with Williams and Skelton for the second-round win in Odessa and finished fourth in the average race.

Other winners in Odessa were Justin Thompson of North Platte, Neb., steer wrestling, 8.5 seconds on two head, $2,401; David Walker of Houston, Texas, and Jason Evans of Huntsville, Texas, calf roping, 9.2 seconds, $2,086 each; Jymmy Kay Davis of Gonzales, Texas, barrel racing, 14.54 seconds, $2,099; Bobby Waller of Quail Valley, Calif., and Robbie Russell of Jacksonville, Texas, bull riding, 88 points, $2,815 each; Trevor Brazile, Anson, Texas, steer roping, 41.6 seconds on four head, $7,548.

Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals
Steer wrestler Jesse Peterson of Dillon, Mont., 2000 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo champion steer wrestler, will make his third trip to the DNCFR in Pocatello, Idaho, this March. Peterson earned this year’s trip twice: once by winning the average title at the Montana ProRodeo Circuit Finals in Great Falls, Mont., and again by winning the year-end title.

The average title came when Peterson threw three steers in 18.7 seconds, the year-end title for winning the the most money at Montana Circuit rodeos throughout the rodeo season. Peterson earned $3,316 in Great Falls.

Other repeat qualifiers are team ropers Sam Bird of Cut Bank, Mont., and Jim Cole of Harlem, Mont. Bird and Cole have qualified as the average champions from the Montana Circuit for the second consecutive year.The pair have qualified as year-end winners twice as well. Bird has qualified has been the year-end winner five other times.

This year Bird and Cole stretched three steers in 18.5 seconds to win $3,319.

Robbie Kountz of Bozeman, Mont., and Derick Fleming of Dillon, Mont., took the year-end title. Fleming was also the winning year-end team roping heeler last year, in 1998 and 1996.

Bull rider Beau Hill of West Glacier, Mont., heads to Pocatello for the second year as the Montana Circuit average titlist. Hill rode three bulls for 232 points and $4,283.

In saddle bronc riding, Ryan Mapston and Dan Mortensen dominated the Montana Circuit throughout most of the 1990s. However, a new face and a familiar face have qualified to Pocatello from Great Falls this year.

The new face, Shane Moran of Dillon, Mont., won the year-end title. The familiar face, Jake Nystrom of Box Elder, Mont., took the average title after riding three broncs for 226 points. Nystrom won the year-end title in 1986-’87.

Brett Fleming dominated the calf roping in the Montana Circuit, winning both the year-end title and the average title. Fleming of Broadus, Mont., tied three calves in 31.9 seconds, winning $3,869.

In bareback riding Scott Chesarek of Billings, Mont., and Marty Buckingham of Miles City, Mont., won the year-end title and average title, respectively.

Buckingham rode three broncs for 238 points and $3,592.

Rachael Sproul of Arlee, Mont., won both the year-end title and average title from the Montana Circuit in the barrel racing. Sproul, who earned $4,698 for 39.58 seconds on three runs, qualified to last year’s DNCFR.

JACK DANIEL’S WORLD STANDINGS
ALL-AROUND
*Cody Ohl, Stephenville, Texas not ranked (injured)
BAREBACK RIDING
1. Bill Boyd, Olds, Alberta $ 3,422
2. Tyson Thompson, Templeton, Calif. $ 2,495
3. Robert C Bowers, Brooks, Alberta $ 1,854
4. Dustin Murray, Corrales, N.M. $ 1,493
5. Rick Bradley, Brentwood, Calif. $ 973
J.C. Call, Howell, Utah $ 973
7. Cody Jessee, John Day, Ore . $ 903
8. Zeno Schuetze, Klamath Falls, Ore. $ 794
9. Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash. $ 543
10. Trever Mulrony, Elk, Wash. $ 530
11. Teddy Ruxton, Fort Davis, Texas $ 499
Kenton Randle, Fort Vermilion, Alberta $ 499
13. Aaron Hudson, Arcadia, Fla. $ 330
14. Brian Eisenbraun, Rapid City, Sd $ 247
15. Ty Reeder, Corinne, Utah $ 181
Corey Price, New Underwood, S.D. $ 181
Chaz Mitchell, Spring Creek, Nev. $ 181
18. Chris Schlageter, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. $ 165
* Lan LaJeunesse, Morgan, Utah not ranked

STEER WRESTLING
1. Trav Cadwell, Oakdale, Calif. $ 1,861
2. Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. $ 1,540
3. Luke Lancaster, Coalinga, Calif. $ 1,219
4. Dale Repchinsky, Delisle, Saskatchewan $ 1,137
5. Ross Gomez, Imperial, Calif. $ 898
6. Todd Turner, Stevensville, Mont. $ 577
7. Bob Barthle, San Antonio, Fla. $ 473
8. Chuck Trafford, Belleview, Fla. $ 355
9. B.J. Zieffle, Consort, Alberta $ 325
10. Brett Lameier, Labelle, Fla. $ 237
11. Russ Weitl, Yorba Linda, Calif. $ 160
Dirk Flournoy, Brentwood, Calif. $ 160
13. Steve John, Parrish, Fla. $ 118
*Rope Myers, Van, Texas not ranked

TEAM ROPING (HEADERS)
1. J.B. Lord, Piedmont, S.D. $ 1,691
2. Jake Barnes, Cave Creek, Ariz. $ 1,563
3. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $ 1,294
4. Murray Linthicum, Glentworth, Saskatchewan $ 1,139
Blair Stroh, Elkwater, Alberta $ 1,139
6. Wes Goodrich, Madera, Calif. $ 1,024
7. Paul Mullins, Chatsworth, Calif. $ 755
8. Spunk Sasser, San Antonio, Fla. $ 741
9. Alwin Bouchard, Altario, Alberta $ 588
10. Luke Brown III, Charlotte, N.C. $ 556
11. Joe Burk Higgins, Chowchilla, Calif. $ 485
12. Stoney Sanders Jr, Grant, Fla. $ 371
13. Daniel Green, Oakdale, Calif. $ 270
14. Mikey Fletcher Jr, Okeechobee, Fla. $ 185
*Speed Williams, Jacksonville, Fla not ranked

TEAM ROPING (HEELERS)
1. Casey Wilson, Brookings, S.D. $ 1,691
2. Byron Wilkerson, Sonoita, Ariz. $ 1,563
3. Caleb Twisselman, Santa Margarita, Calif. $ 1,294
4. Rocky Dallyn, Nanton, Alberta $ 1,139
5. Brent Lockett, Ivanhoe, Calif. $ 1,024
6. Matt Robertson, Maricopa, Ariz. $ 755
7. Jerry Wayne Courson, Lake Butler, Fla. $ 741
8. Brad Culpepper, Ashburn, Ga. $ 556
9. Virgil Williams, Delhi, Calif. $ 485
10. R.T. Herrington Jr, San Mateo, Fla. $ 371
11. Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif. $ 270
12. Fletcher Nail, Fort Pierce, Fla. $ 185
* Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas not ranked

SADDLE BRONC RIDING
1. Charley Gardner, Ruby Valley, Nev. $ 4,057
2. Shane Moran, Dillon, Mt $ 2,958
3. Charles Soileau, Stephenville, Texas $ 1,800
4. Cody Wright, Milford, Utah $ 1,775
Kevin Keller, Harlem, Mont. $ 1,775
6. Joe Willoughby, Tulare, Calif. $ 1,364
7. George Veater, Coarsegold, Calif. $ 818
Travis Autrey, Mountainair, N.M. $ 818
9. Charles Brewer, Fort Pierre, S.D. $ 761
J.W. Todd, Hornbeck, La. $ 761
11. Ben Lee, Macon, Ga. $ 365
12. Lee Williams, Okeechobee, Fla. $ 274
13. Brett Crowser, Tucson, Ariz. $ 218
Rusty Allen, Lehi, Utah $ 218
Rawley Mcfarland, Dewey, Ariz. $ 218
16. Dave Powell, Tifton, Ga. $ 137
Kevin Carlton, Mims, Fla. $ 137
18. Rod Hay, Wildwood, Alberta $ 113
Billy Richards, Cochrane, Alberta $ 113
20. Kalon Downing, Woodruff, Utah $ 59
* Tom Reeves, Eagle Butte, S.D. not ranked

CALF ROPING
1. Guy Smith, Elnora, Alberta $ 3,040
2. Clark Hughson, Foremost, Alberta $ 2,720
3. Wayne Skocdopole, Big Valley, Alberta $ 2,240
4. Travis Fowler, Santa Maria, Ca $ 1,987
5. Tim Williamson, Olds, Alberta $ 1,760
6. Travis Hill, Lockhart, Texas $ 1,644
7. B.J. Zieffle, Consort, Alberta $ 1,440
8. Brent Lewis, Pinon, Nm $ 1,131
Chad Zgragen, Paicines, Calif. $ 1,131
10. Bart Bailey, Okmulgee, Okla. $ 1,120
11. Justin Scofield, Flandreau, S.D. $ 800
12. Bryan Mcclellan, Fort Meade, Fla. $ 660
13. Jay Shipman, El Centro, Calif. $ 617
14. Waylon Mccurley, Escalon, Calif. $ 343
15. Gene Hinson Jr, Balm, Fla. $ 330
Doug Pharr, Resaca, Ga. $ 330
Chris Sapp, Plant City, Fla. $ 330
*Cody Ohl, Stephenville, Texas not ranked (injured)

BARREL RACING
1. Carol Barr, Cowley, Alberta. $3,072
2. Cheryl Daines, Innisfail, Alberta. $2,458
3. Jymmy Kay Davis, Gozales, Texas $2,099
4. Joan Hager, Maricopa, Ariz. . $1,997
5. Kay Blandford, Sutherland Springs, Texas $1,626
6. Kimberly Travis, Elk City, Okla. $1,626
7. Terri Kaye Kirkland, Billings, Mont. $1,298
8. Barbra Bartos, Abbotsford, British Columbia $1,280
9. Teal Rice, Lakin, Kan. $1,259
10. Renee Gossett, Whitman, Ariz $1,097
11. Deb Renger, Okotoks, Alberta $1,075
12. Susan Skiver, Ruidoso Downs, N.M. $1,049
13. Katie Garthwaite, Merritt, British Columbia $768
14. Kelly Kaminski, Bellville, Texas. $701
15. Carie Olson, Convina, Calif. $701
16. Shannon Merworth, Sidney, Texas $630
17. Maria Gee, Great Falls, Mont $614
18. Shellee Shaw, Cardston, Alberta.. $614
19. Tanya Cocco, Bellingham, Wash. $488
20. Heather Henderson, Middleburg, Fla. $401
* Janet Stover, Rusk, Texas. not ranked

BULL RIDING
1. Robert Bowers, Brooks, Alberta $ 3,009
2. Jace Harty, Lacombe, Alberta $ 2,471
3. Zack Brown, Yorba Linda, Calif. $ 2,044
4. Cody Bequeath, Caldwell, Idaho $ 1,940
5. Travis Kevie, Newcastle, Calif. $ 1,448
6. Thad Bothwell, Rapid City, S.D. $ 1,356
7. Thomas Rice, Fairfield, Calif. $ 1,229
8. Austin Swartz, Pleasanton, Calif. $ 965
9. Dustin Mulrony, Pomeroy, Wash. $ 931
10. Greg Mcwilliam, Claresholm, Alberta $ 758
11. Bobby Stevens, Bengough, Saskatchewan $ 738
12. Christopher Franklin, Vista, Calif. $ 702
13. Cody Hancock, Taylor, Ariz. $ 678
14. Zane Nourse, Marianna, Fla. $ 501
15. Michael Miller, Andrews, Texas $ 447
16. Joey Baker, Kissimmee, Fla. $ 393
17. Keone Desilva, Filer, Idaho $ 380
18. Jaybo Mcclelland, Sevierville, Tenn. $ 284
* Blue Stone, Ogden, Utah not ranked

STEER ROPING
* Guy Allen, Santa Anna, Texas not ranked
*denotes 2001 world champion