PRCA Bull Riding News and Notes: How the 20 San Antonio Semifinalists Advanced
BY BRETT NIERENGARTEN
The bull riding in San Antonio produced the widest range of outcomes in each bracket and a young cowboy and a veteran are head-and-shoulders above the rest of the field.
JR Stratford, 19, won every round in Bracket 5 to earn $8,750 and right behind him is seven-time World Champion Sage Kimzey, who swept Bracket 1 and banked $8,500. The next closest cowboy is Cole Fischer with $7,000 followed by 2020 World Champion Stetson Wright at $6,000.
Here is how the bull riding shook out through the first 15 performances at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
JR Stratford, $8,750
The Rodeo Rapid City champion put on a show by winning all three rounds in Bracket 5. He was marked between 86 and 89 points in every round.
Sage Kimzey, $8,500
The reigning World Champion continued his hot streak after winning Fort Worth. Kimzey, like Stratford, won every round he competed in. All three of Kimzey’s rides were 85 or more points.
Cole Fischer, $7,000
Cole Fischer won all $7,000 in one check thanks to a round in Bracket 2 in which every one except him bucked off.
Stetson Wright, $6,000
Stetson Wright, who also made over $6,000 in saddle bronc riding, rode all three of his bulls to win Bracket 3. His best ride was 89 points on Pass the Booze to win Round 2.
Hayes Weight, $5,250
Hayes Weight was second in Rounds 2 and 3 of Bracket 2 and also benefited from some ground money as only two cowboys made the whistle in Round 3.
Jeff Askey, $5,250
Jeff Askey made rides of 85 and 82.5 points to finish second in two rounds in Bracket 5. Like Weight, he benefited from only two cowboys riding in Round 3 of his bracket.
Gavin Michel, $5,083
Gavin Michel rode all three of his bulls in Bracket 4, his best ride coming on Stockyards Pro Rodeo’s Train Station for 86.5 points in Round 2.
Jordan Hansen, $4,500
Jordan Hansen won Bracket 3, Round 1 with 86.5 points on Lancaster & Jones Rodeo’s Eight Ball. He also was 85.5 for second in Round 2.
Clayton Savage, $3,750
Clayton Savage only rode one bull, but thanks to ground money, he won $3,750 for a win in Bracket 2, Round 2.
Chance Schott, $3,583
Chance Schott placed in two rounds in Bracket 4 with rides of 84.5 and 82 points to move on. He was second in the bracket behind Gavin Michel.
Ernie Courson, $3,500
Ernie Courson made all of his money on one bull ride when he split the Bracket 1, Round 1 title with Sage Kimzey. Each cowboy got $3,500 as the only two to ride that night.
Roscoe Jarboe, $3,500
The five-time NFR qualifier went 2-for-3 to tie Ernie Courson for second place in Bracket 1.
Lukasey Morris, $3,250
The Resistol Rookie leader was 83.5 points in Bracket 1, Round 1 and 82 in Round 3 to secure the final spot from the first crop of cowboys.
Bubba Greig, $2,833
The Bulls in the Ballpark champion won all of his money with an 88 point ride aboard Stockyards Pro Rodeo’s Ribbon of Darkness in Bracket 4, Round 1.
Garrett Wickett, $2,500
Similar to Bubba Greig, Garrett Wickett also won all of his money on a Stockyards bull in Bracket 4. His triumph came in Round 2 when he was 87.5 on Big R.
Parker Breding, $2,500
The four-time NFR qualifier rode 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Space Unicorn for 88 points to win Bracket 2, Round 2. He advanced in the fourth spot of the bracket.
Trevor Kastner, $2,500
Trevor Kastner rode 2-of-3 in Bracket 5, finishing third in the first round and fourth in the second round. He finished third in the bracket behind JR Stratford and Jeff Askey.
Creek Young, $2,250
The 2021 Resistol Rookie of the Year covered his bull in Rounds 2 and 3. His best finish in Bracket 3 was tie for third.
Garrett Smith, $2,000
Garrett Smith rode one bull in Bracket 3 and it was for 86.5 points in Round 3, which gave him just enough money to advance to the Semifinals.
Trevor Reiste, $2,000
Like Garrett Smith, Trevor Reiste was also second in one round to advance, he did with 85 points in Bracket 5, Round 2.
Every event in San Antonio had four athletes from five brackets move on to form two Semifinals, which are Thursday and Friday on The Cowboy Channel and The Cowboy Channel+ App. Each Semifinal round will produce five finalists. There will also be one wild card competitor who qualifies for Saturday night’s Short Round. The cowboy with the most total money at the end of the rodeo, wins.