Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo: Finals
It is Championship Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas as we get set to crown the 2023 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Champions. Expect big scores and fast times from rodeo’s best.
Rocker Steiner has matched up with standout bareback horse Yippe Kibitz of Calgary Stampede. This horse and Clayton Biglow went for 89 points in last year’s Final Round but they were not able to surpass Kaycee Feild for the championship title. Steiner has to not only beat defending and six time World Champion Field but three time World Champion Tim O’Connell.
Big Will Lummus has been on a roll at Dickies Arena winning Round 1 and his Semifinal, Lummus is throwing down fast times every time he backs into the box. Meanwhile, Tucker Allen went through the Wildcard Round to finish second in his Semifinal and he heads in Saturday night’s performance with a shot at being the Champion.
Team ropers Tanner Tomlinson and Patrick Smith have made every run count in Fort Worth and it has taken them to the Final Round. Reigning World Champions Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira made it to the Finals after fighting their way back in the Wildcard Round and tied for third in their Semifinal with Jake Cooper and Billie Jack Saebens.
|Jake Clay||Billie Saebens|
|Cody Snow||Wesley Thorp|
|Kaleb Driggers||Junior Nogueira|
|Tanner Tomlinson||Patrick Smith|
|Reno Stoebner||Ryan Motes|
|Coy Rahlmann||Jonathan Torres|
|Andrew Ward||Buddy Hawkins|
|Tyler Wade||Travis Graves|
SADDLE BRONC RIDING
The saddle bronc riding brings us some of the biggest animal athletes. Ryder and Stetson Wright are matched up with two of Calgary Stampede’s best. It will be Ryder and Xplosive Skies while Stetson has Xena Warrior. A Canadian matchup for the night will come when Dawson Hay nods his head on Calgary’s Tokyo Bubbles.
Young guns and veterans will go head-to-head in the tie-down roping. Zack Jongbloed has tied the fastest run of the rodeo in the Wildcard Round with a 7.6 and Trevor Hale’s horsepower is some of the best in the game. World Champions Tuf Cooper and Shane Hanchey are among the eight calf ropers that stand between a rising superstar and a Fort Worth title.
Defending Fort Worth Breakaway Champion Kelsie Domer has her work cut out for her to win a second consecutive title despite being one of the fastest ladies of the rodeo. Rodeo Houston Champion Erin Johnson is looking for a big win while Joey Williams and Hali Williams have been consistent and quick in every round.
The horsepower in the barrel racing is going to be undeniable. Three World Champions are out among some fan favorites of the sport. Hailey Kinsel and Sister have been setting the pace when they run down the alley but Wenda Johnson is the arena record holder. Emily Beisel and Chongo placed second in both rounds and won their Semifinals making them another team to keep an eye on.
National Finals Rodeo bull riders Tristen Hutchings, Josh Frost and Stetson Wright are three of eight cowboys you will see in the Finals. Frost has matched up with Rafter G Rodeo’s High Brow Cat who is unridden.
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