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CALDWELL, Idaho Saddle bronc rider Cody Wright is one of the more quite cowboys on the circuit today, but he let his riding do the talking at the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo on Saturday night.
Wright (Milford, Utah) won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round en route to the average title and a $7,070 payday. The 29-year old rode Burch Rodeo's Mullin Hill for 86 points to win the Tour Round and finish just one point ahead of Jesse Bail for the round victory. Wright finished the two head average with 170 points, two points ahead of Bryce Miller with 166. Wright turned in an 82-point ride aboard Burch Rodeo's Kern River to finish fourth in the first round, a round won by 2002 World Champion Glen O'Neill with an 86-point ride aboard Powder River Rodeo's Sundown.
Cody Wright (above) rode Burch Rodeo's Mullin Hill for 86 points to win the Tour Round and finish just one point ahead of Jesse Bail for the round victory.
The Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo marked the eighth stop on the 2006 Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour. Contestants not only compete for money at the Tour rodeos, but for valuable Tour points that qualify them for the ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale upon the conclusion of the Summer Tour.
The ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale will be held Sept. 28-30 in Omaha, Neb. Eight of the 12 stops, including Caldwell, on the Summer Tour will be televised on Fox Sports Network. Check local listings for times in your area.
The biggest money winner coming out of Caldwell this year was two-time world champion bareback rider Will Lowe, who finished atop the leaderboard in both rounds and won a total of $8,961. Lowe (Canyon, Texas) tied for the first round victory with 2004 World Champion Kelly Timberman (Mills, Wyo.). Lowe rode Burch Rodeo's Glass Slipper for 86 points, while Timberman matched wits with Calgary Stampede's Gorgeous Connie.
It was a logjam on the leaderboard in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round with three cowboys tying for first Jess Davis, Royce Ford and Lowe. Lowe drew another horse out of the Burch Rodeo string, this time Big 85, while Davis climbed aboard Calgary Stampede's Coconut Roll and Ford was matched with Powder River Rodeo's Big Chill. They all rode to identical 84 point scores to share the Tour Round victory. However, Lowe's two scores put him atop the leaderboard in the average with 170 points on two head. Scotty Drennan (Buffalo, Texas) finished second with 167.
Tie-down roper Mike Johnson continues to persevere despite the injuries he has sustained this year. Johnson (Henryetta, Okla.) started the year nursing a groin injury sustained at the 2005 Wrangler NFR and, as of late, has been battling an eye injury that happened when a rope popped back and hit him in the eye. On Saturday night, he proved that injuries aren't going to get him down as he roped and tied his calf in 7.9 seconds to win the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and finished third in the average with a three-head total of 25.3 seconds.
Idaho's own Matt Shiozawa picked up the average win with a total time of 24.8 seconds on three head, while Cody Ohl (Hico, Texas) finished second with a total time of 25.2 seconds. Shiozawa (Chubbuck, Idaho) finished sixth in the first round with a time of 8.3 seconds and tied for the win, with Jon Peek, in the second round with a rodeo best time of 7.8 seconds. Although he finished out of the money in the Tour Round, Shiozawa still picked up checks totaling $7,883.
California steer wrestler Ethan Thouvenell emerged victorious in Caldwell winning the three-head average with a total time of 15.0 seconds. Thouvenell (Knights Landing, Calif.) finished out of the money in the first round but returned in the second round for a third place finish after posting a time of 4.3 seconds. He secured the average title with a 4.9-second run in the Tour Round, which was quick enough for a third place finish in the round. Tanner Milan (Cochrane, Alberta) won the Tour Round with a rodeo best time of 3.7 seconds. Thouvenell won checks totaling $6,695, while Milan picked up $5,630.
Team ropers Matt Sherwood and Walt Woodard are on track to qualify for their first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as a team and they helped their cause with another $6,520 each after winning the average title in Caldwell. Sherwood (Snowflake, Ariz.) and Woodard (Stockton, Calif.) won the three-head average with a time of 16.4 seconds after placing in all three rounds. In the first round, they roped their steer in 5.6 seconds for a third place finish, took second in the second round with a 5.3-second run and was second in the Tour Round with a run of 5.5 seconds. Britt Williams (Hammond, Mont.) and Caleb Twisselman (Santa Margarita, Calif.) won the Tour Round stopping the clock in 5.3 seconds. They finished second to Sherwood and Woodard in the average with a time of 17.7 seconds.
Barrel racer Brittany Pozzi extended her lead in the world standings, winning the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round en route to the average title. Pozzi (Victoria, Texas) rounded the cloverleaf pattern in 17.36 seconds to win the Tour Round and secure the average crown with a total time of 52.71 seconds on three runs. Tana Poppino (Big Cabin, Okla.) narrowly missed the average title finishing with a time of 52.72 seconds. Pozzi added an additional $7,110 to her 2006 season earnings.
It was a rough night for the bull riders as all 12 of them hit the arena dirt before the eight-second whistle in the Tour Round. As a result, the average title was shared by D.J. Domangue (San Angelo, Texas) and Logan Knibbe (Rockdale, Texas). Domangue rode Powder River Rodeo's Black Smoke in the first round, while Knibbe battled Powder River Rodeo's Holy Moley. They each scored 91 points, tying for the first round title, which eventually scored them shares of the average title as well. They each won $8,376.
The next stop on the Wrangler ProRodeo Summer Tour will be the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo on Sept. 4.