Garrett Smith scores an 87 in bull riding

By: 
Doreen
Sports Editor

Lewistown’s Brady Boyce prepares to rope his calf during the tie-down roping event at the Central Montana Ram Pro Rodeo. Although Boyce missed his loop, the partisian crowd gave him a strong ovation for his effort.

Garrett Smith earns a score of 87 points on “Perculator” during Thursday night’s rodeo during the Central Montana Fair. Smith earned $1,922 in the event.                                                                   

Photos by Doreen Heintz

A large and enthusiastic crowd watched Garrett Smith of Rexburg, Idaho score an 87 on “Perculator” during Thursday’s PRCA rodeo action during the Central Montana Fair. Smith was one of only four bull riders who were able to stay aboard the Sankey Pro Rodeo bull during the two-day rodeo. Smith added $1,922 to his earnings this year of $131,213.93. Currently, Smith ranks second in the world in the bull-riding event.
Marty Campbell announced the events on both Wednesday and Thursday. He told the rodeo crowd on Thursday this rodeo was important to all the competitors as they try to either qualify for the Wranglers National Pro Rodeo event in Las Vegas or for the Montana Circuit Finals in Great Falls.
Troy Vaira won the bareback event on Wednesday when he scored an 81 on “Lady Killer.” Thursday’s audience was able to watch both Justin Miller and Chase Erickson score rides of 80 points each. The two bareback riders tied for second with Jessy Davis to garner $906 each in the event. Vaira’s take was $1,632.
Cody Tew and Matt Robertson were the big winners in the team roping. The duo, competing on Wednesday, took only 4.8 seconds to score the win. Many of Thursday’s competitors either broke the barrier to add 10 seconds to their times or weren’t able to rope the head and hind legs of their animals.
The first rider in the chute of the saddle bronc riding on Thursday was Houston Brown. Brown was the winner in the bronc riding at this year’s National High School Association Rodeo finals. He scored a ride of 80 points to finish in a tie for fourth place with three other competitors. Each fourth-place winner took home $179. The winners in saddle bronc were Cody DeMoss and Jacobs Crawley, who had scores of 84 each. Their payouts were $2,710 each.
In the tie-down roping competition, Lewistown had the opportunity to watch one of their own compete. Although Brady Boyce was unable to bring down his calf, the partisan crowd gave the FHS senior a strong ovation for his efforts. Taylor Santos won the tie-down event in 10.2 seconds and took home $1,730.
Wednesday’s crowd also saw the barrel race champion in this year’s rodeo. Holly Wright rounded the three barrels in a time of 17.37 seconds to earn $2,051. Second place was won by Rene Cloninger in 17.53 seconds. Cloninger pocketed $1,758.
Justin Shaffer won the steer wrestling with a time of 4.1 second to earn $1,859, while John Bland won the average in the steer roping at 26.1 seconds on two head. Bland earned $1,354 for his effort.
The all-around cowboy for the Central Montana Ram Pro Rodeo was Brandt Ross. Ross earned a total of $1,278 in tie-down roping and team roping.
The evening events ended with the calf dressing. Several ladies’ teams were calculatted prior to the start of the actual competition.

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