PUYALLUP, Wash. Tie-down roper Blair Burk found his groove at the Puyallup (Wash.) Pro Rodeo and secured his spot in the upcoming ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale in Omaha, Neb.
Burk (Durant, Okla.) won the second round and Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round en route to the average title on Sunday afternoon with a time of 24.2 seconds on three head, a full-second ahead of Jeff Chapman and Doug Pharr, who finished in a tie for second. Burk won the second round after stopping the clock in 7.2 seconds and returned in the Tour Round to post a time of 7.5 seconds. Chapman (Athens, Texas) was second in the Tour Round with a time of 8.3 and Pharr (Resaca, Ga.) was right on his heels with a time of 8.4.
This was Burk's first Tour victory of the 2006 Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour, but the win moved him to third in the Tour standings with 82 points behind Cody Ohl with 129 and Pharr with 106. He also picked up $5,416 in rodeo earnings.
The Puyallup (Wash.) Rodeo marked the 10th 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 on the Summer Tour, including Puyallup, will be televised on Fox Sports Network. Check local listings for times in your area.
Sunday afternoon saw lots of ties in the saddle bronc riding in both the Tour Round and the average race. Cody Martin and Cody Wright tied for the Tour Round victory with identical 84-point rides. Martin (Waco, Texas) rode Growney Rodeo's Painted Feathers, while Wright (Milford, Utah) matched Sankey Rodeo's Skitso jump for jump. The victory secured Martin a share of the average title with Bradley Harter and Rod Hay, who all finished with total scores of 166 points on two head. Harter (Weatherford, Texas) won the first round with an 85-point score on New West Rodeo's Surprise Package.
For Hay (Wildwood, Alberta), the win marked back-to-back victories in Puyallup and, ironically enough, he rode the same horse in the Tour Round both years. He finished second in the first round with an 84 on Korkow Rodeo's Surprise and then returned in the Tour Round and posted an 82 on Korkow Rodeo's standout horse Queenie to finish in a tie for third with Rusty Allen. In 2005, Hay finished third in the Tour Round with an 82-point effort on Queenie. Hay collected checks totaling $6,673, Martin won $4,693 and Harter was the big money winner with $7,250.
Bareback rider Dustin Murray rode Sankey Rodeo's Gus to 87 points and the Tour Round title, which also put him in a tie for the average with two-time world champion Marvin Garrett with 167 points on two head. Garrett (Belle Fourche, S.D.) finished just two points behind Murray in the Tour round with an 85 point ride. In the first round, Garrett finished in a tie for second with Scotty Drennan with 82 point rides, while Murray tied with Andy Martinez for fourth with scores of 80. Murray pocketed $5,657, while Garrett picked up $6,850
Steer wrestler Shawn Greenfield placed in every round at the Puyallup Pro Rodeo en route to the average title with a total time of 13.3 seconds on three head. Greenfield (Lakeview, Ore.) stopped the clock in 4.5 seconds during the Tour Round on Sunday to finish in a tie with Barry Kreikemeier for the top spot in the round, but his quick time was enough to place him atop the leaderboard in the average race. Greenfield started the event placing six in the first round with a time of 4.5 seconds and returned in the second round to post a 4.3 second run and finish in a tie for second. When the dust had settled, he left Puyallup $5,961 richer and moved into the lead in the Tour standings with 94 points.
Jake Barnes and Dean Tuftin walked away with the average title in the team roping after finishing just one-tenth of a second faster than Matt Tyler and Jett Hillman, who won the Tour Round. Barnes (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Tuftin (Prineville, Ore.) finished with a three-head total of 16.2 seconds and picked up checks totaling $3,984 each. They finished sixth in the second round stopping the clock in 5.3 seconds and tied for second in the Tour Round with a 5.1-second run. Tyler (Lipan, Texas) and Hillman (Jones, Okla.) won the Tour Round with a 4.8-second run.
June Holeman, who competed at her first Wrangler NFR in 2005 at the age of 62, won the average title in Puyallup with a three-run total of 47.43 seconds and finish in a tie for first in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round with Brenda Mays with a time of 15.85 seconds. Holeman (Arcadia, Neb.) finished third in the first two rounds with times of 15.75 and 15.83, respectively. She won a total of $6,224.
Cooper Kanngiesser was the only bull rider to hang on for the entire eight seconds during the Tour Round in Puyallup. Kanngiesser (Zenda, Kan.) rodeo Silverado Rodeo's No. 82 for 84 points to not only capture the Tour Round victory, but also the average as well with 171 points on two head. Travis Sellers won the first round after posting a 90-point ride on Flying Five Rodeo's Fire Water. Kanngiesser finished in a tie for second in the first round with Zeb Lanham with identical 87-point rides. Kanngiesser added $7,690 to his 2006 earnings.
The next stop on the Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour will be the Pendleton (Ore.) Roundup on Sept. 16.