The first rodeo performance of the 86th annual North Texas Fair and Rodeo on Friday night opened to a capacity crowd that turned out to watch the cowboys and cowgirls of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association compete for points and money to try to earn a spot at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
In steer wrestling, Jarret New of Wimberley set the pace with his time of 4.4 seconds on the first steer out, which held the entire event for the win. Tyler Gibson of Tyler took second place with a 4.5 and Matt Burleson of Millsap was third with a 6.8.
Bloomfield, New Mexico, bronc rider Dylan Henson made his long trip to Denton worth it, when he marked a 78 on the Andrews Rodeo Co. bronc Lock and Load for the win. There were no other qualified rides in saddle bronc riding.
In the tie-down roping, C.R. Bradley of Collinsville posted a time of 9.3 seconds for the win, with Hondo’s Wes Wyrick placing second with a time of 12.3. Third place went to Boyd’s Chris Demases with a time of 19.9.
Chase Wylie and Ace Pearce ran away with the team roping with their time of 6.2 seconds. Splitting second and third with runs of 15 seconds were the teams of Dale Martin Jr. and Colt Baldwin and Lloyd Williams and Pete Carr.
Ladies barrel racing was the closest contest of the evening, with less than a second separating the top three times. Winning with her time of 17.10 seconds was Cresson cowgirl Nicole Laurence.
Placing second with a 17.25 was Brooke Rix of Skidmore, while Brandee Hawkins of Boyd was third at 17.30.
In bull riding, the contest definitely ended with the bulls on top.
Out of five attempts, no cowboys were able to score.
There were no qualified rides in bareback riding.