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Rodeo goes on despite weather

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By Todd Brewer / For the Denton Record-Chronicle

Rain and mud can’t stop participants from putting on good show

Thunderstorms rolling through the area cooled temperatures for the second performance of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo at the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo on Saturday night.

The North Texas State Fairgrounds arena was a little sloppy, but the cowboys and cowgirls put on a good show for the spectators who stuck it out through the rain.

There were only two contestants in the bareback bronc riding, but they both made the whistle to notch a score. Justin McDaniel, gunning for another National Finals Rodeo qualification, won the round with a score of 81 on the mare Trophy Wife. Blake Dornak of Cypress posted a 70 on Vodka to finish second in the money.

Steer wrestling combined with mud makes for a good show, and Saturday was no exception. Austin Courmier of Oakwood threw his steer in 3.1 seconds for the win. Second place went to Mitchell Gardner of Dover, Okla., with his run of 4.2. Finishing in third was Jared Thompson of Everly, Iowa, with a 5.3.

Saddle bronc riding saw Florida cowboy James Greeson top the four-man field with his score of 72. The only other qualified ride was by Cody Anthony of Monahans with a 71.

Tie-down calf roping saw some slow times, partially due to the weather and partially to bad luck. Finishing on top was Clay Smith of Broken Bow, Okla., with a time of 10.1 seconds. Stetson Alridge of Georgia had a 12.8-second run. In third place with a 15.4 was Marty McQuistion of Collinsville.

In team roping, a 6.0-second run put Clay and Billy Smith in the lead, with Quisto Lopez and JarrettGutierrez right behind with a 6.1. A broken barrier added a 10-second penalty to the 6.1 posted by Jeff Kanady and Wes Miller for a 16.1 and third place.

Barrel racing saw faster times than Friday despite the sloppy conditions. Nicki Zimmerman posted a 16.69 to take the lead. Tisa Miller’s 17.51 was good enough for second place, with Kortney Fisher rounding out the top three with her run of 18.19.

The bull riders were blanked again, with no qualified rides for the second night in a row.