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Mom's The Word

5/14/2006

Results: Finals (May 14, 2006)
Bareback Riding | Steer Wrestling | Team Roping | Saddle Bronc Riding
Tie-Down Roping | Barrel Racing | Bull Riding
Results: Semifinals (May 14, 2006)
Bareback Riding | Steer Wrestling | Team Roping | Saddle Bronc Riding
Tie-Down Roping | Barrel Racing | Bull Riding

TULSA, Okla. — Steer wrestler Ronnie Fields won his first Pace Picante ProRodeo Chute-out title on Sunday afternoon at the Tulsa Convention Center and promptly dedicated the win to his late mother on Mother's Day. Fields' mother Gertha Mae, passed away in 2000 from colon cancer.

Fields (Oklahoma City, Okla.) stopped the clock in the championship round in 4.1 seconds to capture the title. Earlier in the day, he won the semifinal round with a time of 3.7 seconds. Fields left Tulsa as the big money winner of the entire event picking up $20,000.

"I know she is happy for me," Fields said of his late mother. "She was a big supporter of my rodeo career so winning this for her on Mother's Day makes this day great."

Fields and 2004 World Champion Luke Branquinho enlisted the services of Rodney Burk's horse Zan, who is the two-time AQHA Steer Wrestler Horse of the Year, to capture the top two spots at the Pace Chute-out. Branquinho (Los Alamos, Calif.) finished with a time of 4.2 seconds

Bareback rider Andy Martinez was the only cowboy to defend his title at the Pace Chute-out. Martinez (Pavillion, Wyo.) won the title with an 89-point ride on Classic ProRodeo's Wise Guy in the championship round. The 24-year old, who won his first Pace title at the 2005 Pace Chute-out, left Tulsa with $19,500. Wes Stevenson (Kaufman, Texas) finished second in the money list with $12,375 after sharing the win in the first round on Saturday night with an 85-point ride and winning the semifinal round on Sunday with a 90-point ride on Andrews Rodeo's Roly Poly.

Speed Williams and Clay O'Brien Cooper began their partnership in January and they won their first premier event title as a team on Sunday afternoon after stopping the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. clock in 4.9 seconds. Williams (Llano, Texas,) and Cooper (Morgan Mill, Texas) made a clean sweep of the event winning or tying for the win in every round at the Pace Chute-out. In fact, they tied with the team of Travis Tryan and Allen Bach in the championship round but won the title after having the winning run in the semifinals with a run of 4.0 seconds. Williams has eight PRCA world titles to his name, while Cooper has seven but they don't have any as a team. This win might just be the catalyst for that title come December.

Canadian Rod Hay has qualified for 12 Pace series events but it wasn't until Sunday afternoon that he was able to put it all together and pick up a title. Hay (Wildwood, Alberta) won the championship round with an 80-point ride aboard Rafter G Rodeo's Billings to capture the title and a check worth $17,000. The 37-year-old also won the semifinal round with an 82 aboard his re-ride horse, Rafter G Rodeo's Black Bart. Hay received a re-ride on his first horse of the day, Sankey Rodeo's Big Surprise, after the horse ran him against the fence. His score of 69 would have qualified him for the championship round after the other four riders, including Dan Mortensen and Billy Etbauer, were bucked off. But as a true champion he took the re-ride and won $5,000 for the ride.

"It finally feels good to get a win at one of these after qualifying for so many," Hay said. "I am not sure if my wife or my mom will get the crystal cup."

In 2004, tie-down roper Monty Lewis burst onto the national roping scene winning his first world title and he hasn't slowed down. Lewis (Hereford, Texas) picked up his first Pace title in Tulsa with a winning run of 7.1 seconds. Fred Whitfield and Scott Kormos were second with times of 7.3 seconds. Whitfield (Hockley, Texas) won the semifinal round with a time of 7.4 seconds. Lewis won $15,000 for the weekend, while Whitfield was second with $8,875.

Barrel racer Mary Burger made the home state crowd proud winning her first Pace title. Burger (Pauls Valley, Okla.) won the semifinal round with a 12.71-second run and returned in the championship round to post a time of 12.70. Burger, a mother of two, celebrated Mother's Day by winning a total of $19,000. Brittany Pozzi, who has been on fire since March, finished second in the final round with a time of 12.99 seconds and picked up $10,750.

Bull rider Zack Oakes brought the Pace Chute-out to a dramatic close posting a 93-point ride on Joe Simon Rodeo's Dueces Wild to win his first Pace title. Oakes (Tonasket, Wash.) was the only bull rider to make the eight-second whistle in the championship round but he made it count. The 22-year-old also won the semifinal round with an 85 on Powder River Rodeo's Holy Moly. He pocketed $18,000 in Tulsa.

The top four in each event earned automatic berths into the ProRodeo Tour Championship Finale scheduled for Nov. 10-12 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Pace Chute-out from Tulsa will be televised on CBS, June 3 at 2 p.m. (ET).

Total Money
Bareback Riding | Steer Wrestling | Team Roping | Saddle Bronc Riding
Tie-Down Roping | Barrel Racing | Bull Riding
Event Winners
Round 1 | Semifinals | Finals