Cowboys and Cowgirls Dazzle Crowd at 7th Cinch Chute Out
SAN ANGELO, TX — The seventh installment of the San Angelo Cinch Chute Out was just as electric as the previous six.
It was also the first year in which bullfighting from Bullfighters Only would be featured at the Chute Out.
Forty cowboys and cowgirls converged on San Angelo to compete for illustrious gold buckles and a $12,500 payday in Bareback and Saddle Bronc riding, Barrel Racing, Bull Riding and Tie-Down Roping.
Big names like 2018 San Angelo Saddle Bronc Champion Wade Sundell, Reserve World Champion Richmond Champion, Tie-Down Ropers Marty Yates, 23-time World Champion Trevor Brazile and Goldthwaite bull rider JW Harris were on hand to compete for titles in their respective events.
Each of the five events started off with eight contestants in the first round before dwindling down to four in the Gold Buckle round also known as the Chute Out Finals.
The night began with the Bareback Bronc Riding.
The champion of the 2018 San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, Logan Corbett, got things started with a qualified ride of 79.5 on Pete Carr’s bucking horse Alberta Child.
That mark would be bested by Champion, Steven Dent, Luke Creasy and JR Verzain who made up the final round in Bareback.
Dent, an eight-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, would set the bar too high for the competition and win the night with a score of 90.5 on Pete Carr’s horse Dirty Flirt.
“It was great,” the Nebraska cowboy said after his ride. “That horse really bucked. My first round horse really bucked. You can’t ask for two better horses to ride.”
One night after Amberleigh Moore blazed around the Coliseum floor in 14.14 seconds for the title, the Barrel Racers somehow managed to turn the heat up another notch.
Tiany Schuster set the pace with the fourth run of the first round and ran a blistering 14.07 around the three barrels.
Along with Schuster, Jana Bean, Tammy Fischer and Taci Betts qualified for the final round.
Despite her fast time in the first round, Schuster wouldn’t claim the gold buckle as Tammy Fischer and her palomino horse Ziva would post a 14.44 in the final round to win.
The Saddle Bronc Riders would take center stage following the Barrel Racers.
After a heated first round of qualified ride after qualified ride, Sundell, Brody Cress, Cody DeMoss and Isaac Diaz prevailed as the finalists.
Cress and DeMoss put the pressure on Sundell, the final rider, by scoring 89 and 89.5 respectively.
On the back of Harvey Northcott Rodeo’s Get Smart, Sundell would rise to the challenge and score 90 just one day after he took home the SASSR crown.
A stacked field of tie-down ropers took the arena floor next.
Despite winning the rodeo the night prior, Blane Cox would not qualify for the Chute Out.
Brazile, Yates, Marcos Costa and Shane Hanchey would be the four ropers to make up the final field.
With hands faster than Wyatt Earp, the Stephenville cowboy, and four-time NFR qualifier, Marty Yates would take home the prize after throwing down a lighting fast run of 6.87 seconds.
Lastly, it was time for the Bull Riders to electrify a sold-out crowd in the San Angelo Coliseum.
Only three of the eight contestants in the first round posted qualified rides forcing the fourth spot to be filled based on seconds ridden.
Cody Rostockyj, Douglas Duncan, Jeff Askey and JW Harris were the final four when all was said and done. The four would have to face a stable of Pete Carr bulls, including Air Marshall which San Angelo Champion Trey Benton III rode for a 90.5 on the first night of the rodeo.
Askey would be first to go in the final round, posting an 85 on the back of Funky Town.
Duncan and Rostockyj would not post scores, leaving it up to Harris to knock off Askey.
With help from a quality bull named Lineman, the Coleman-born cowboy would post an 89.5 to take the Chute Out crown and close out the night.