Today is the day for 2023 RodeoHouston Champions to be crowned. After five Super Series bringing us big scores, fast times and narrowing down the playing field, ten cowboys and cowgirls from each event have one last round to fight for the title and coveted $50,000.
Reigning World Champion Jess Pope has matched up with the paint horse that turns heads at every rodeo, Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Dream Machine. In 2023, two big scores have been put on the board aboard Dream Machine and Pope is sure to bring a third.
|Cole Reiner||Disco Party|
|Keenan Hayes||Ain’t No Angel|
|Kaycee Feild||Guardian Angel|
|Jayco Roper||Night Delta|
|Leighton Berry||Shady Nights|
|Tim O’Connell||On Second Thought|
|Chad Rutherford||Freckled Frog|
|Sam Petersen||William Wallace|
|Richmond Champion||Scarlett Belle|
|Jess Pope||Dream Machine|
J.D. Struxness’s wreck during his Super Series did not slow him down as he battled back to be in the Final Round and gunning for that RodeoHouston Championship. Stetson Jorgensen and Tyler Waguespack are two that Struxness is up against.
Nelson Wyatt and Justin Davis have made their way into another Finals at their second big rodeo as a team. With multiple NFR teams in the draw like Tanner Tomlinson and Patrick Smith along with Brenten Hall and Paden Bray, the team roping is anybody’s game.
|Coy Rahlmann||Jonathan Torres|
|Levi Simpson||Corey Hendrick|
|Nelson Wyatt||Justin David|
|Cory Kidd V||Lane Mitchell|
|Marcus Theriot||Cole Curry|
|Chad Masters||Trey Yates|
|Cody Snow||Wesley Thorp|
|Rhen Richard||Jeremy Buhler|
|Tanner Tomlinson||Patrick Smith|
|Brenten Hall||Paden Bray|
SADDLE BRONC RIDING
Brody Cress’s matchup is Tokyo Bubbles, a standout bronc of Calgary Stampede’s that is also known for taking cowboys to the pay window. Meanwhile, reigning World Champion Zeke Thurston has drawn Cervi’s Ricky Bobby, a bronc that records can be set on.
|Brody Cress||Tokyo Bubbles|
|Kade Bruno||Alpha Dog|
|Isaac Diaz||Dance Hall|
|Ben Andersen||Toma Jo|
|Riggin Smith||Wild Cherry|
|Zeke Thurston||Ricky Bobby|
|Ross Griffin||Liza Jane|
|Chase Brooks||Cancun Moon|
|Ryder Wright||Pretty Woman|
The talk of the tie-down roping is the one and only Matt Shiozawa. Age is no thing for the Idaho calf roper as he gears up to rope against some of the today’s best young guns. He’s not the only veteran you’ll see. Tuf Cooper, Hunter Herrin and Adam Gray will be vying for a big win aw well.
The World’s best breakaway ropers have made it to the finals at RodeoHouston. JJ Hampton, Jackie Crawford and Martha Angelone along with reigning RodeoHouston Champion Erin Johnson are sure to put on a clinic before crowning a champion.
|Jordan Jo Hollabaugh|
Big names make up the barrel racing finals and a National Finals cowgirl that is on the roster is Sarah Rose Waguespack. She has made her return to ProRodeo in a big way on a special roan horse called Ranger.
|Sarah Rose Waguespack|
All eyes will be on JB Mauney come the bull riding. The $7 million cowboy has drawn Cervi’s Roll Tide. The bull was out at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo where he bucked off Riggin Shippy. Two more contenders for the title are Jeff Askey and Ky Hamilton who have both been on a hot streak.
|Ky Hamilton||Vitalix Flight Risk|
|JB Mauney||Roll Tide|
|Ernie Courson Jr.||Full Send|
|Creek Young||Chore Boy|
|Jeff Askey||White Trash|
|Chance Schott||Dirty Mike|
|Trey Benton III||Vitalix Hard Knox|