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PRESCOTT, Ariz. Steer wrestler Rod Lyman celebrated America's birthday with a fireworks-type performance at the World's Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Ariz.
Lyman (Victor, Mont.) smoked the field with a three-head total of 16.6 seconds, while Justin Blaine Davis was second with a 19.1. Lyman, a 16-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, finished in a tie for fourth in the first round posting a 5.4-second run and placed second in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round with a time of 5.1. Lyman added $4,375 to his 2006 rodeo earnings and moved to the top of the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour standings with 23.50 points, just half a point better than reigning world champion Lee Graves.
Davis (Bartonville, Texas) won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round stopping the clock in 4.3 seconds.
The World's Oldest Rodeo marked the second 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 Prescott, on the Summer Tour will be televised on Fox Sports Network. Check local listings for times in your area.
Bareback rider Andy Martinez has been on a tear since winning the Pace Picante ProRodeo Chute-out title in May. Martinez (Pavillion, Wyo.) captured the average title with 165 points on two head and moved to the top of the Tour standings with 49 points. Martinez, who won the Tour round at the first stop in Reno, Nev., finished second in the first round at Prescott with an 81-point ride aboard Salt River Rodeo's Pit Stop. He returned in the Tour Round to finish one point out of the top spot with an 84 on Vold Rodeo's I'm A Tiger. Jerad Schlegel (Burns, Colo.) rode Vold Rodeo's Sheep Tick for 85 points to win the Tour Round and finish in a tie for second in the average with Wes Stevenson with a two-head total of 160 points. Martinez pocketed $5,022.
Texas team ropers David Key and Kory Koontz made good use of their time in Arizona during the busy Cowboy Christmas run. Key (Caldwell) and Koontz (Sudan) won the average with a three-head total of 18.4 seconds. The duo won the first round with a time of 5.9 seconds, was fourth in the second round after posting a time of 6.2 and finished fourth in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round with a time of 6.3 seconds. All totaled they each left Prescott $5,697 richer.
David Motes and Richard Durham picked up the Tour Round victory after stopping the clock in 5.7 seconds. Shain Sproul and Cory Petska lead the Tour standings with 39 points with Key and Koontz right on their heels with 33.
Canadian Rod Hay took care of business in Prescott, winning the Tour Round and average titles. Hay (Wildwood, Alberta) rode Frontier Rodeo's Linda Lou for 87-points to win the Tour Round and finished with a two-head total of 166 points. He finished in a tie for fifth in the first round with a 79 on Salt River Rodeo's Saddle Tramp. Hay picked up checks worth $5,939.
World standings leader Cody DeMoss finished three points behind Hay for the average title. DeMoss (Heflin, La.) finished with 163 points and picked up $6,008 to extend his lead in the world standings. DeMoss also leads the saddle bronc riding field in the Tour standings with 31.50 points.
Justin Maass captured the Tour Round and average victories in Prescott. Maass (Giddings, Texas) won the Tour Round with an 8.2-second run and picked up the average title with 27.0 seconds on three head. Maass, who finished in a tie for fifth in the first round with an 8.8, picked up checks totaling $3,840.
Barrel racer Sheri Sinor Estrada placed in every round and won the Tour Round en route to the average title in Prescott. Sinor Estrada (Alamogordo, N.M.) finished fourth in the first round with a 17.51-second run, was third in the second round with a run of 17.47 and won the Tour Round, stopping the clock in 17.06 seconds. She finished with a three-run total of 52.04 seconds, faster than two-time world champion Sherry Cervi, who tallied a 52.46-second average.
The bulls were the big winners during the Tour round in Prescott.
Shawn Proctor (Tooele, Utah) was the only one to make the eight-second whistle. He rode Broken Arrow Rodeo's Superjacket for 82 points, giving him the average title with 154 points on two head. 2004 World Champion Dustin Elliott finished second in the average with 83 points on one, after first round winner Jarrod Craig missed the Tour Round. Craig (Hillsboro, Texas) won the first round with an 85 on Broken Arrow's China Grove. Proctor won checks totaling $4,447, while Elliott picked up $5,035.
This was the first year for Prescott to be a stop on the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour. The first formalized rodeo in Prescott was in 1888, with the local committee of the Yavapai County Fair Association beginning in 1913.
The next stop on the Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour will be the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 16).
Not all the fireworks were in the sky during the Fourth of July. Steer wrestler Rod Lyman was busy putting on his own blazing show during the Tour stop in Prescott, Ariz. While the bulls were taking care of their riders, Lyman grabbed the average title.