The opening performance of the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo featured the cowboys and cowgirls of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association on the first of three nights of pro rodeo action.
Evan Jayne of Marseilles, France, put to use the skills he learned in his father’s European wild west show to claim the top spot in bareback bronc riding with a score of 76 aboard Dollar Whiskey. Chad Rutherford of Itasca placed second with his score of 75 on Original Sin. Placing third was Columbia, Mo., native David Clapp with a 70 on Jamboree.
Steer wrestling saw some quick times, with Brother Loud of Kaufman leading the pack with a 4.3-second run. Right behind was C.J. Kerr of Paradise with a time of 4.4. Rounding out the top three was Jon Carpenter of Whitesboro with a 5.0-second run.
Saddle bronc riding saw lots of action, but only two cowboys made the whistle for a score. Dean Wadsworth of Ozona was in the top spot with his score of 73 on Tater Tot. Second place went to Zach Vickers of Iowa Park with a 62.
Tie-down calf roping featured the man leading the world standings, Justin Maass of Giddings. Maass stayed true to form and won with a time of 9.4 seconds, ahead of Zane Blandford of Lampasas (14.2) and Tyler Gifford of Gustine (15.9).
Team roping saw Justin Lovell and Michael Fortenberry’s time of 6.6 win the round, followed by Ada, Okla., cowboys Dustin and Jess Morgan at 7.0. Placing third was the team of BJ Dugger and Chris Lawson with an 11.0.
Barrel racing was a close contest, with a little over half a second separating the top three. Sioux Smith of Simonton was the quickest with her time of 17.23 seconds. Right behind was Brittany Grant of New Waverly with a 17.53 and Bluff Dale’s Aimee Kay (17.89).
There were no qualified rides in bull riding.
Pro rodeo action continues at 7:30 tonight at the North Texas State Fairgrounds.