Beck wins bull riding championship


WALLA WALLA — A Prescott cowboy put the exclamation point on the 2012 Frontier Days Rodeo here at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Sunday night.

In the final event of the rodeo, Dakota Beck drew a bull named Freeze Frame. Freeze Frame got in the last word as it stomped on Beck at the 8-second whistle, but Beck won the war as Beck rode Freeze Frame to an 87 to win the bull riding championship.

“He (Freeze Frame) shot out and came around into my hand,” Beck said. “He got me out over the front of him at first, but I was able to sit back and make it work. It got a little loose at the end, and it was kind of a bad get-off. I kind of fell in the well before I was ready to get off. It happens every now and then.”

Beck took home $2,892.75 for winning the bull riding with his second-highest career score.

“My personal high is 92 at Steam Boat Springs, Colo., last year,” Beck said. “I’m doing alright as I’m setting fine to go to the circuit finals, and this (win) will definitely help.”

Ty Atchison set a new arena record in Saturday night saddle bronc riding with an 87 on Big Muddy.

It took Spencer Wright a re-ride on Sunday to win Sunday night go money.

Wright, a Milford, Utah, cowboy posted an 81 to win Sunday’s go.

Atchison’s saddle bronc riding title netted him the record and a $2,738.85 pay day.

Matt Sherwood and Joel Bach tied an arena record, as they caught their calf in second-go slack team roping competition in 4.1 seconds.

Arky Rogers and Cory Petska held the aggregate lead with a 9.5 going into Sunday’s performance, but the first pair out of the Sunday gate unseated Rogers and Petska.

Chad Masters on the horns and Clay O’Brien on the heels caught their calf in a Sunday-go best 4.8, and combined with their 4.6 on their first head took over the aggregate lead with a 9.4.

The 9.4 stood up as the Tennessee and Nevada cowboys, who have only been roping together for a year, held on to claim the Walla Walla title.

“It (4.8) was what we had to have to win it,” Masters said. “We made a decent run and looked up at the clock and it was 4.8.”

“I can’t do anything until he (Masters) catches the steer,” heeler Cooper said. “This rodeo ended up being real tough. We knew we had to be pretty fast.”

E.J. Roberts set a tie-down roping arena record to win the second-go in Tuesday slack. Roberts got his calf tied in 7.1, and it stood up Sunday.

New Mexico cowboy Beau Marshall had the best run of the Sunday performance with a 9.9.

Roberts, with his record-setting second go, also posted an arena best 15.7 on two to win the tie-down title and take home $4,053.60 in winnings.

Cooper Shofner led the second-go steer wrestling with a 3.8 and Casey Martin led the aggregate on two with a 9.5. The Sunday cowboys failed to catch the leaders as Shofner claimed second go money of $1,731.06 and Martin earned a total of $2,148.90 in earning the Walla Walla steer wrestling crown.

On Sunday, Greenleaf, Idaho, produced Sunday’s best. Andy Weldon wrestled his steer to the ground in 4.2 and earned $1,432.60.

“I drew a pretty good steer that gave me a chance,” Weldon said. “I got a pretty good start on him. If you get out on that steer and get him caught, he’s pretty good on the ground. I’ve been pretty cold (in winning) lately, so it was nice to break the ice right here.”

The cowgirls in barrels were looking up to two familiar nemesis coming into Sunday’s performance. Shada Brazile and the women’s all-time money leader, Sherry Cervi, led the pack with 17.10 runs around the Walla Walla arena.

No cowgirl could catch Brazile and Cervi, but the current fourth-place money winner, Mary Walker, posted a 17.24 to win the Sunday performance.

A Louisiana cowboy got Sunday off to a hat-flying start. Winn Ratliff came out of the bareback chute on Grey Dawn as his hat went flying, but Ratliff hung on to post a Sunday-go best 83.

“I had a scary moment,” Ratliff said. “The horse went forward and reared back on me and kind of smashed me. But, praise God, I just felt blessed to get by that. Then, I was able to get on my rigging and just do the best I could.”

The ride earned Ratliff third-place money of $1,230.24 for the rodeo. Bobby Mote won the bareback title and $2,636.25 with an 86 ride in Saturday’s go.

Some cowboys and cowgirls headed back to Ellensburg for today’s championship go. Most will head to Lewiston, then to Pendleton with the goal being to finish in the top 15 of their event and win a ticket to Las Vegas in December for the National Finals.

Frontier Days Final Results

Bareback Riding

  1. Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., 86, $2,636.25; 2. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 84, $2. 021.12; 3. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., 83. $1,230.24; 3. Mac Erickson, Sundance, Wyo., 83. $1,230.24.

Tie-Down Roping

Second Round — 1, E.J. Roberts, Stephenville, Texas, 7.1, $1,436.54; 2. Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas, 7.3. $1,188.86; 3. Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 7.5, $817.34; 3. Seth Hopper, Stanfield, Ore., 7.5, $817.34.

Aggregate — 1, Roberts, 15.7, $2. 154.80; 2. Lewis, 15.8, $1,783.29; 3. Blair Burk, Durant, Okla., 16.7, $1,411.77; 4, Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., 17.2. $1,040.25.

Steer Wrestling

Second Round — 1, Cooper Shofner Huntsville, Texas, 3.8, $1,731.06; 2. Andy Weldon, Greenleaf, Idaho, 4.2. $1,432.60; 3. B.J. Campbell, Aguila, Ariz., 4.3. $1,134.14; 4, Gabe Ledoux, Kaplan, La., 4.5 $835.68.

Aggregate — 1, Casey Martin, NA, 9.5, $1,731.06; 2. Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 9.7, $1,134.14; 2. Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D., 9.7, $1,134.14; 2. Campbell, 9.7, $1,134.14.

Saddle Bronc Riding

  1. Ty Atchison, Jackson, Mo., 87, $2. 738.85; 2. Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont., 86, $2. 099.78; 3. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 82. $1,278.12; 3. Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D., 82. $1,278.12.

Team Roping

Second Round — 1, Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz., and Joel Bach, Rhome, Texas, 4.1, $1,436.54 each; 2. Bryce Palmer, Milton-Freewater, and Garrett Rogers, Adams, Ore., 4.4, $1,188.86 each; 3. Blaine Linaweaver, Irvine, Calif., and Matt Garza, Las Cruces, N.M. 4.7, $941.18 each.

Aggregate — 1, Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn., and Clay Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 9.4, $2. 154.81 each; 2. Arky Rogers, Lake City, Fla., and Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 9.5, $1,783.29 each; 3. David Key, Stephenville, Texas, and Bucky Campbell, Benton City, Wash., 9.7, $1,226.01 each; 3. Luke Brown and Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, 9.7, $1,226.01 each.

Barrel Racing

  1. Shada Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 17.10, $2. 335.71; 1, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 17.10, $2. 335.71; 3. Molly Powell, Stephenville, Texas, 17.12. $1,767.57; 4, Kaley Bass, Davenport, Fla., 17.16, $1,515.06.

Bull Riding

  1. Dakota Beck, Prescott, Wash., 87, $2. 892.75; 2. Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo., 84, $1,639.22; 2. Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas, 84, $1,639.22; 2. Trey Benton, Rock Island, Texas, 84, $1,639.22.

Steer Roping

Aggregate — 1, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 54.5, $2. 075.43; 2. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., 60.6, $1,717.60; 3. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D., 36.1/3. $1,359.77; 4, Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 48.3/3. $1,001.93.

All Around

  1. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., $3,299.24, only contestant to place in two events.


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