SAN ANGELO, TX — As excited as the fans looked on opening night, the rough stock was the exact opposite. Angry and mean was the nicest way to describe the broncos and bulls as they threw Cowboys around all evening.

In the Bareback Riding, Clayton Biglow led the way on Stevie Knicks when he posted an 87 in the opening minutes of the Rodeo. Six other riders managed to post qualifying rides, but none matched Biglow’s energy during his run.

The Saddle Bronc riders fared worse as multiple riders found themselves in the air more often than not. In fact, Jacob Benham took flight when “Black Magic” tossed into a flip to land on his head. Luckily, no injury occurred, but this fall was just the first of many.

Finally, in the Bull Riding, the bulls showed utter contempt for all but one of the riders. During the first ride, Texas native Dalton Walling found himself on the wrong side of “Little Bill” when the bull decided to hold a serious grudge against his rider. Little Bill showed how big he actually was when he stepped on Walling before the Rodeo Clowns could chase him off. Walling limped off the floor, but that incident set the tone for several attempts to come.

In one of the final rides of the evening, Levi Schonebaum from Burke, South Dakota, hopped on the back of the bull, “This is it,” and finally won the battle of wills against the bulls. Schonebaum heroically held on for the full eight seconds and posted a 77 for the only qualifying ride of the night. 

The following are the results from Performance #1

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Clayton Biglow, 87 points on Macza Pro Rodeo’s Stevie Knicks; 2. Richmond Champion, 84.5; 3. R.C. Landingham, 84; 4. Chad Rutherford, 81.5; 5. Yance Day, 80; 6. Clay Stone, 79; 7. Will Norstrom, 73; no other qualified rides. 

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Dakota Eldridge, 3.4 seconds; 2. Will Lummus, 3.5; 3. Jay Williamson, 3.7; 4. (tie) Eli Lord, Logan Kenline and Denard Butler, 3.8; 7. Wade Steffen, 4.0; 8. Grant Peterson, 4.1. Second round leaders: 1. Cody Devers, 3.5 seconds; 2. Brandon Harrison, 3.8; 3. Stan Branco, 3.9; 4. (tie) Joe Nelson and Talon Roseland, 4.1; 6. (tie) Trey Jackson and Levi Rudd. Average leaders: 1. Cody Devers, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2. Jay Williamson, 8.4; 3. Talon Roseland, 8.5; 4. Mason Couch, 8.8; 5. Boyd Sawyer, 9.3; 6. Gage Hesse, 9.7.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. J.C. Yeahquo/L.J. Yeahquo, 3.9 seconds; 2. Cyle Denison/Cody Hogan, 4.0; 3. (tie) McCray Profili/McCoyh Profili and Bubba Buckaloo/Riley Wakefield, 4.3; 5. (tie) Ty Arnold/Kaden Profili, Clint Keller/Morgan Jones and Korbin Rice/Jake South, 4.4; 8. (tie) Tanner Green/Caleb Green and Garrett Tonozzi/Corey Hendrick, 4.5. Second round leaders: 1. (tie) Coy Brittain/Colton Brittain and Billy Bob Brown/Kirby Blankenship, 4.0 seconds; 3. Garett Chick/B.J. Dugger, 4.1; 4. (tie) Tanner Green/Caleb Green and Reno Stoebner/Whit Kitchens, 4.2; 6. J.C. Yeahquo/L.J. Yeahquo, 4.5. Average leaders: 1. J.C. Yeahquo/L.J. Yeahquo, 8.4 seconds on two runs; 2. Tanner Green/Caleb Green, 8.7; 3. Garrett Tonozzi/Corey Hendrick, 9.5; 4. Tanner James/Jason Johe, 9.6; 5. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 9.7; 6. Jase Staudt/Jhett Trenary; 9.8.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Wade Sundell, 83 points on Macza Pro Rodeo’s Pearl Harbour; 2. Kai Rockhill, 82.5; 3. Carson Bingham, 80; 4. Jacob Benham, 78; 5. (tie) Darcy Radel and Chris Williams76; 7. Lavern Borntreger, 74; 8. Brady Hill, 72. 

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Hayden Ford and Chase Webster, 7.6 seconds; 3. (tie) Blake Ash, Roan Hudson and Ryan Jarrett, 8.1; 6. Cory Rowland, 8.3; 7. (tie) Austin Thomas Hines, Justin Smith and Sy Felton, 8.4. Second round leaders: 1. Justin Smith, 6.9 seconds, 2. Jerry Adamson, 7.2; 3. Preston Pederson, 7.4; 4. Trenton Smith, 7.6; 5. (tie) Cimarron Boardman and Beau Cooper, 7.7. Average leaders: 1. Justin Smith, 15.3 seconds on two runs; 2. Jerry Adamson, 15.8; 3. Hayden Ford, 16.7; 4. Cody Waldrop, 16.8; 5. Chase Webster, 17.0; 6. Beau Cooper, 17.1. 

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Jimmie Smith-Tew, 15.80 second., $6,582; 2. (tie) Timber Allenbrand and Kassie Mowry, 15.82, $5,171 each; 4. Taycie Matthews, 15.83, $4,074; 5. Janet Staton, 15.89, $3,134; 6. Summer Kosel, 15.90, $2,507; 7. (tie) Nicole Driggers, Jackie Ganter, Katie Halbert and Amanda Welsh, 1,175 each. Second round leaders: 1. Nicole Love, 14.27 seconds; 2. Reagan Goudeau, 14.48; 3. (tie) Karsen Jackson and Seirra Scott-Williams, 14.57; 5. Andrea Haden, 14.72; 6. Lila Rose Jardine, 14.84; 7. Kallie Gates, 14.96; 8. Mitzi Duke, 15.38; 9. Heidi Gibson, 15.68; 10. Graced Gardiner, 19.80. Average leaders: 1. Nicole Love, 30.87 seconds on two runs; 2. Karsen Jackson, 30.88; 3. Reagan Goudeau, 31.11; 4. Sierra Scott-Williams, 31.22; 5. Andrea Haden, 31.36; 6. Lila Rose Jardine, 31.48; 7. Kallie Yates, 31.55; 8. Mitzi Duke, 31.98; 9. Heidi Gibson, 32.323; 10. Grace Gardiner, 36.38. 

Bull riding leaders: 1. Levi Schonebaum, 77 points on Lancaster & Jones’ This Is It; no other qualified rides.

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