The Re-Ride That Paid Big Money In San Angelo
SAN ANGELO, TX — The rodeo announcer Boyd Polhamus said it. "Come on, San Angelo! Bring it!" And that kicked off the 12th performance that was the title night at the 2021 San Angelo Rodeo on Friday, April 23.
In team roping, the duo of Clay Tryan and Jake Long, with 28 National Final Rodeo appearances between the two, won the title. Friday night Tryan clinched his second win in San Angelo while Jake Long clinched his first thanks to a 4.4-second time. Two go-rounds with a combined time of 12.2 seconds sealed the deal.
In barrel racing, what a finish it was. Carly Taylor set the bar with a 14.07-second time. That appeared tough to beat until the fastest barrel racer of 2021's rodeo, Dona Kay Rule chimed in with a 14.07 time of her own. It looked like a title night for Rule. Then, on the final run of the evening, Wenda Johnson appeared. Her 14.09-second score gave her the win overall. Johnson's collection of 3 runs throughout three go-rounds of the rodeo with 44.1 seconds combined clinched her a check for over $8,300 for winning the 2021 barrel racing championship.
In bareback riding, the theme was similar to barrel racing. The top guy of toppled. Garrett Shadbolt, the Utah cowboy rode a horse named Night Flight for 90 points. A little later, the 2019 San Angelo Rodeo champion Caleb Bennett took a horse named Night Crawler for a ride but since this bronc galloped out of the gate, the judges gave him a re-ride.
In the second ride, Bennett showed San Angelo why he's won over a million and a half dollars as a rodeo man. Riding a horse named Faded Night for 89 points gave the 7-time NFR qualifier his second win in San Angelo in the last 3 years.
After the ride we had a chat with the 32-year-old cowboy. Watch the highlights and the interview above, presented by Michelob Ultra.