Rodeo Austin: Performance 3

Austin Perf 3

After two performances, the competition is already tough at Rodeo Austin. Performance 3 is set to bring us a set of brothers in both bareback and steer wrestling while a legendary fan favorite could be the first to make the eight in the bull riding.


Reigning World Champion Jess Pope and younger brother, Ty, have each matched up with a Rafter G Rodeo horse. Jess has Memory Maker while Ty’s draw is Hot Flash. Memory Maker’s only out of 2023 ended with an 88-point score on the board in Fort Worth.

Caleb BennettSouthwest
Leighton BerryAnkle Biter
Richmond ChampionSecret Agent Man
Cole ReinerWrangler Moon
Jess PopeMemory Maker
Ty PopeHot Flash


Rowdy and Remey Parrott are the brother duo out in the steer wrestling. Rowdy pulled a go-round check in 2022 while Remey’s run was out of the money. Coming into this round, their times will have to hold in the Top 24 for eight more performances to advance to the Semifinals.

Joshua Hefner
Paul Melvin
Gus Franzen
Cody Cabral
Dalton Massey
Mike McGinn
Remey Parrott
Rowdy Parrott


Kaleb Driggers and Junior Noguiera just picked up a big win in Arlington and that momentum is sure to be carried into Austin. The two’s 2023 success has the reigning World Champions sitting inside the Top 5 in the PRCA World Standings.

Shane PhillipWill Woodfin
Payden EmmettLucas Falconer
Kaleb DriggersJunior Noguiera
Tanner JamesJason Johe
Landon McClaughertyJoel Galvan Jr.
Jr DeesRoss Ashford
Hayes SmithJustin Davis
Jayse TettonhorstTroll Tettenhorst


Among the horses out in the saddle bronc is Rafter G Rodeo’s Golden Glo, who Mitch Pollock rode for 85 points in Fort Worth. In Austin, it is Jake Finlay who matched up with the horse. Rafter G’ Jezebelle is Ryder Wright’s draw. He will have an inside scoop as Spencer Wright rode the horse earlier this season in Fort Worth.

Tyrel RobertsOrange Crush
Trey WattsTexan
Jake FinlayGolden Glo
Kaul RunfolaMrs. Wolowitz
Rusty WrightSnidley Whiplish
Ryder WrightJezebelle
Stetson WrightMission Belles
Q McWhorterThree Belles


Westyn Hughes and Sterling Smith are two Texas calf ropers you will catch in Performance 3. Hughes currently sits No. 1 in the PRCA World Standings while Smith is just one spot out of the Top 15. Smith has won the first round of Rodeo Austin before while Hughes has not roped at Rodeo Austin since 2019 according to the PRCA.

Clay McCuistion
Jayce Johnson
Trent Creager
Dylan Hancock
Preston Pederson
Westyn Hughes
Sterling Smith
Ryan Thibodeaux


Cadee Williams and Brighton Bauman have both tasted success in the 2023 season, can that continue in Austin. This is the first year for Austin to have breakaway roping and it is currently led by a pair of 2.6-second runs.

Cadee Williams
Taylor Munsell
Tiera Zapalac
Justine Doka
Lynn Smith
Sawyer Gilbert
Brighton Bauman
Ari-Anna Flynn


There are many familiar names in the barrel racing of Performance 3. That include Sarah Rose McDonald and her horse, Ranger, as well as Bayleigh Choate, Paige Jones, and Jackie Ganter. Jones’ is the No. 1 barrel racer making it back to Houston’s Semifinals from her Super Series on her horse, Bazinga. Choate’s chosen horse so far this season has been Dash while Ganter has ran both Tycoon and Sailor.

Sarah Rose Waguespack
Fonda Melby
Bayleigh Choate
Kaycee Killingsworth
Karen Little
Paige Jones
Shali Lord
Jackie Ganter


The legendary JB Mauney is back again, this time, matched up with Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Black Panther. The bull’s average score for the 2023 season is 41.80 points and Mauney could be the first qualified ride of Austin.

Kode Whitford
Brody Yeary
Trey Holston
T Parker
Clayton Appelhans
Brennon Eldred
Riley Harris
JB Mauney

An 86 leads the bareback, Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins lead the team roping by almost 6 seconds, there has been one sub-15 second run in the barrel racing and there are zero qualified bull rides. Performance 3 could shift it all.