SALINAS, Calif. It was good to have the name Chad during the 2006 edition of the California Rodeo Salinas, the fourth stop on the Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour. Three of the event's average winners were named Chad.
Saddle bronc rider Chad Ferley spurred his way to a sweep at California Rodeo Salinas and rode away with $8,814. Ferley (Oelrichs, S.D.) tied for the win in the first round with Cody DeMoss after posting an 83-point ride. Ferley rode Russell Rodeo's Fancy Pants, while DeMoss (Heflin, La.) was teamed with Western Rodeo's Lap Dance.
Ferley then drew Korkow Rodeo's Queeny for the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round, where he scored a rodeo best 86 points. He easily won the average with 169 points on two head over Scott Miller (Hemet, Calif.). Miller finished with 163 points after a second place finish in the Tour Round with an 84-point ride aboard Western Rodeo's X74.
Steer wrestler Chad Van Campen captured the average victory with a three-head total of 19.7 seconds. Van Campen (Granada, Colo.) placed in all three rounds and walked away with $8,400. He finished third in the first round with a run of 6.3 seconds, was fourth in the second round with a time of 6.1 and finished fourth in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round with a 7.3-second run en route to the average title. Wade Sumpter (Fowler, Colo.) turfed his steer in 6.0 seconds to win the Tour Round.
The third Chad to take home an average title from Salinas was tie-down roper Chad Johnson (Cut Bank, Mont.), who finished with a total time of 31.8 seconds on three head. Johnson edged five-time world champion Cody Ohl for the victory. However, Ohl (Hico, Texas), who finished with a total time of 32.1 seconds, captured the Tour Round victory stopping the clock in 9.3 seconds. Johnson pocketed $7,328, while Ohl picked up $5,050.
The California Rodeo Salinas marked the fourth stop on the 2006 Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour. Contestants not only compete for money at the Tour rodeos, but for valuable Tour points that qualify them for the ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale upon the conclusion of the Summer Tour.
The ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale will be held Sept. 28-30 in Omaha, Neb. Eight of the 12 stops, including Salinas, on the Summer Tour will be televised on Fox Sports Network. Check local listings for times in your area.
Bareback riders Paul Jones and Andy Martinez continued their winning ways, tying for the average win in Salinas with a two-head total of 165 points. Jones (Elko, Nev.), who is coming off the average win at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colo., won the first round, scoring 83 points on Western Rodeo's Johnny Cake and placed third in the Tour Round with an 80-point ride on Korkow Rodeo's Haywire. He cashed checks totaling $8,814.
Martinez (Pavillion, Wyo.) has been on a tear since winning the 2006 Pace Picante ProRodeo Chute-out title in May. The 25-year old has owned the Summer Tour after winning the Tour Round at the first stop in Reno, Nev., and then following it up with an average victory at the second stop in Prescott, Ariz., on the Fourth of July.
Martinez continued his dominance in Salinas, riding Korkow Rodeo's Anchor Bay for 84 points and the Tour Round victory and a share of the average title with Jones. Martinez, who won $6,435, finished in a tie for fourth in the first round with an 81-point ride on Russell Rodeo's Wagon Boss.
Reigning world champions Clay Tryan and Patrick Smith returned to the top of the leaderboard in Salinas by winning the team roping average in title in 44.2 seconds on five head. Tryan (Billings, Mont.) and Smith (Midland, Texas) won the fourth round with a time of 6.9 seconds and finished third in the Tour Round with a time of 8.6 seconds en route to the title. They each picked up $7,283.
Tee Woolman and Kinney Harrell won the Tour Round by stopping the clock in 7.9 seconds and finished second in the average with a total time of 45.7 seconds. Woolman (Llano, Texas) and Harrell (San Angelo, Texas) won a total of $5,346 in Salinas.
Barrel racer Kathy Bankston captured the Tour Round title en route to the average victory in Salinas. Bankston (Gavilan Hills, Calif.) stopped the clock in 16.16 seconds to win the Tour Round and finished with a four run total of 65.41 seconds to secure the average title. She placed in every round and was the big money winner in Salinas pocketing $12,016.
Bobby Welsh outdistanced reigning world champion bull rider Matt Austin for the average title in Salinas on Sunday. Welsh (Gillette, Wyo.) rode both his bulls for a combined score of 175 points, while Austin (Wills Point, Texas) finished with 171 points on two.
Welsh rode Growney Brothers' Crystal Ball for 83 points and a third place finish in the first round. In the Tour Round, he drew Corey & Horst's Seven of Hearts and rode him to the tune of 87 points to finish second in the round. Corey Terry (Brownwood, Texas) won the Tour Round with an 88-point ride on Western Rodeo's Poison Ivy. Welsh added $9,619 to his wallet.
The next stop on the Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour will be the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo on July 30.