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RED BLUFF, Calif. Saddle bronc rider Rusty Allen found his groove at the 85th Red Bluff Round-Up in Red Bluff, Calif., during the weekend.
Allen (Lehi, Utah) won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round with an 86-point ride on Big Bend Rodeo's Major Disaster en route to the average title. He finished with a two-head total of 166 points after finishing in a tie for fifth in the first round with an 80-point score aboard Western Rodeo's Pine Ridge. Allen finished just one point ahead of No. 1 ranked saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss for the average crown.
DeMoss (Heflin, La.) finished fourth in the first round after posting a score of 81 points on Western Rodeo's Trampoline and was second in the Tour Round with an 84 on Russell Rodeo's Nitro. Allen picked up checks totaling $4,406, while DeMoss added another $3,967 to his season earnings.
The Red Bluff Round-Up marked the 10th stop on the 2006 Wrangler ProRodeo Winter Tour. Contestants not only compete for money at the Tour rodeos, but for valuable Tour points that qualify them for the Pace Picante ProRodeo Chute-Out upon the conclusion of the Winter Tour.
The Pace Chute-Out will be held May 13-14 in Tulsa, Okla. All 12 stops on the Winter Tour will be televised on Fox Sports Network for the first time in history. Check local listings for times in your area.
Team ropers David Key and Kory Koontz continued to pick up valuable Tour points, winning the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round in 5.9 seconds. Key (Caldwell, Texas) and Koontz (Sudan, Texas) picked up their third Tour victory of the 2006 season. They got off to a quick start, winning the first Tour stop at the Sand Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in Odessa, Texas, and then returned to the top at the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede, picking up the Tour Round and average titles. They finished third in the average in Red Bluff with a four-head total of 28.1 seconds.
The average title in the team roping was shared by Nelson Linares and his partner, Travis Woodard and Trevor Brazile and Rich Skelton, who turned in identical four-head totals of 27.4 seconds. For Brazile (Decatur, Texas) and Skelton (Llano, Texas) this was their second consecutive average victory at a Tour rodeo. Two weeks ago they picked up the average title at the Clark County Fair and Rodeo in Logandale, Nev.
Linares (Plant City, Fla.) and Woodard (Stockton, Calif.) finished sixth in the first round with a 6.3-second run, finished out of the money in the second round, placed sixth in the third round with a time of 6.6 and secured a share of the average title with a 6.7-second run in the Tour Round for a fourth place finish.
Brazile and Skelton finished out of the money in the first and second round but rebounded in the third round with a 5.1-second run to take second in the round. They finished just one-tenth of a second ahead of Linares and Woodard in the Tour Round with a time of 6.6 seconds to finish in a tie for the average crown. Linares and Woodard collected checks totaling $3,353 each, while Brazile and Skelton won $4,238.
California bull rider Bobby Waller rose to the challenge in Red Bluff, winning the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and average titles. Waller (Quail Valley) rode Growney Rodeo's Cash Prize for 92 points to win the Tour Round and finish with a two-head total of 170 points 21 points ahead of the rest of the field. Waller finished eighth in the first round with a 78-point ride on Flying U Rodeo's Dark Water.
Joe Meling (Pendleton, Ore.) was second in the average race with 149 points on two head. Meling finished out of the money in the first round but finished third in the Tour Round with a 79 on Flying U Rodeo's Carrisa Plains. Waller pocketed $3,558, while Meling picked up $2,283
Bareback rider Rowdy Buechner was just one point shy in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round of sweeping both rounds en route to the average title. Buechner (Sandpoint, Idaho) won the first round with an 84-point score on Flying Five Rodeo's Rhonda Blue but in the Tour Round he finished with an 83 on Big Bend Rodeo's Miss America Title, one point behind 2002 world champion Bobby Mote who turned in an 84 on Big Bend Rodeo's Faded Dice. However, Buechner's two-head total of 167 points gave him the average title by five points over Mote (Culver, Ore.). Buechner won $5,772, while Mote cashed checks totaling $2,925.
Jerrad Hofstetter (Athens, Texas) finished atop the leaderboard in the tie-down roping in both the Wrangler Tour Round and the average race. Hofstetter stopped the clock in 9.3 seconds to win the Tour Round en route to the average title of 38.3 seconds on four head. Brazile finished second in the average with a total time of 39.1 seconds. Hofstetter collected checks totaling $4,766, while Brazile added another $4,118 to his Red Bluff winnings.
Levi Wisness was the top steer wrestler in Red Bluff.
Wisness (Keene, N.D.) won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round with a time of 6.0 seconds en route to the average title with a four-head total of 23.2 seconds. Wisness finished in a tie for third in the first round with a run of 5.5 seconds and tied for fifth in the third round with a 5.8-second run.
Wisness won the average with a 2.6 second margin over Clint Robinson (Spanish Fork, Utah). Robinson finished in a tie for first in the second round with a time of 4.8 seconds and was fourth in the Tour Round after stopping the clock in 8.1 seconds. Wisness left Red Bluff with $5,080, while Robinson picked up $5,087.
Lindsay Sears went two-for-two on Sunday finishing atop the leaderboard in the Tour Round and the average race. Sears (Nanton, Alberta) rounded the cloverleaf patter in 17.20 seconds to capture the round victory and finished with a three-run total of 52.75 seconds. She tied for sixth in the first round with a 17.70-second run but finished out of the money in the second round. All totaled she left Red Bluff with $3,751.
The next Wrangler ProRodeo Tour stop will be the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo on April 30.
21hBy Jackie MacMullan