The inaugural Cowboy Channel Jr. NFR finals results

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Here is a look at the results of the Jr. NFR finals at AT&T Stadium Saturday afternoon. Six cowboys and cowgirls qualified for the finals of each event.

Bareback Riding

Colorado cowboy Keenan Hayes scored 84 points on Fringe Jacket to win the bareback riding, finishing 3.5 points clear of second-place Mason Stuller.

“It’s awesome,” Hayes said. “Awesome facility, awesome horses.......I couldn’t ask for more.”

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Hayes credits his experiences as a high school wrestler for helping him prepare for the rigors of bareback riding.

“I think wrestling has helped me out a lot, it’s got me in shape,” he said. “With having to make weight every weekend, wrestling all the time; it takes a lot determination and I think that helps a lot in rodeo.”

Hayes is 17 and graduates high school in May so he hopes the jump straight to ProRodeo is in his future.

Results

Name Score
Keenan Hayes 84.00
Mason Stuller 80.50
Bradlee Miller 77.00
Trevor Lattin 75.00
Ty Pope 70.00
Brayze Schill 53.00

Breakaway Roping

Texas cowgirl Jade Kenney won the breakaway roping with a time of 3.10 seconds and was the only one of the six finalists to have a qualified run.

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“You’ve got to make a good run on the good calves and a great run on the even better calves,” she said. “I just tried to use my calf and go out and play my game.”

Results

Name Time
Jade Kenney 3.10
Anna Jorgenson 0.00
Abigail James 0.00
Aspen Miller 0.00
Logan Gentry 0.00
Jordi Edens 0.00

Team Roping

Just like in breakaway roping, the team ropers struggled to notch qualifying times as well.

Cayden Harmon/Hayden Powell had the winning time of 5.71 seconds, ahead of Will Faris/Tristan Sullivan’s run of 6.04 seconds.

“When the first [three] teams had a little trouble, we just went to make a good run,” Harmon said. “But when we won it, it felt pretty good.”

Steer Wrestling

Ryan Nettle was the top bulldogger at the Jr. NFR finals and his time of 4.27 seconds but because he qualified for the finals of RFD-TV’s The American, John Mayes was named the Jr. NFR steer wrestling champion with a run of 4.52 seconds.

The steer Mayes originally drew was accidentally turned out early by an official, so his winning run came on a steer he had no time to study, so he relied on muscle memory.

“I studied that first steer that I had, then they gave me that extra steer,” he said. “I didn’t have a clue what it did. I just hoped that it ran.”

Results

Name Time
Ryan Nettle 4.27
John Mayes 4.52
Grant Soileau 5.28
Gus Franzen 5.80
Quade Hiatt 6.14
Trace Harris 8.47

Tie-Down Roping

After finishing fifth in the bulldogging, Quade Hiatt didn’t have much time to rest as he turned right around to have the top time in the tie-down roping with 6.97 seconds. However, because Hiatt was in the finals of RFD-TV’s The American as well, he was ineligible to the Jr. NFR champion, meaning the title went to Trevor Hale.

Hale had a run of 7.41 seconds.

“It was really tough and a great group of guys,” Hale said. “I just got lucky and had a good calf and a great run......I got out good at the barrier, and my horse ran to the calf just right and gave me a good shot, I just had to turn the calf around and I had to make great ground work and not make any mistakes. I had to make a really smooth run”

Hiatt can still win plenty of money as he is one of eight cowboys still alive in the tie-down roping and one of six still eligible for the $1,000,000 prize.

Results

Name Time
Quade Hiatt 6.97
Trevor Hale 7.41
Nick Achille 7.76
Conner Atkinson 7.82
Chance Thiessen 10.28
Riley Webb 16.76

Barrel Racing

At just 14-years-old, Patton Ann Lynch won the barrel racing championship at the Cowboy Channel’s Jr. NFR and she did so on her 10-year-old horse Nos.

“He’s good at everything,” she said. “He’s consistent and I can trust him.”

Lynch notched a time of 16.114 seconds to claim the title, more than three-tenths ahead of second-place Paige Jones.

Results

Name Time
Patton Ann Lynch 16.114
Paige Jones 16.458
Skyler Nicholas 17.791
Acey Pinkson 20.495
Bradi Good 21.291
Emily Wilkens N/A

Saddle Bronc Riding

Texas cowboy Gus Gaillard was one of just two young cowboys to have a ride of 70 points or better and the only one to have more than 75 points as he rode Shallygaster for 75.5 to become the Cowboy Channel Jr. NFR champion.

“I felt like I had a big advantage knowing what I was getting on,” he said. “I just kept hustling and moving me feet.”

Frank Florez was the other cowboy who scored better than 70, riding Blueeyes for 71.5 points.

Results

Name Score
Gus Gaillard 75.50
Frank Florez 71.50
Coy Herbert 62.00
Deaglan Lundquist 54.00
Dylan Stevenson 0.00
TW Flowers 0.00

Bull Riding

Caden Bunch, 16, was the only cowboy over 80 in the bull riding. He scored 81.5 points on Cowboy Cool to win the Jr. NFR title.

The only other 8-second ride belonged to Koltin Hevelow, who had 76.5 points on Mini Me.

Results

Name Score
Caden Bunch 81.50
Koltin Hevelow 76.50
Joah Bashorun 0.00
Lukasey Morris 0.00
Mason Spain 0.00
Canyon Bass 0.00

Meet the NFR Athletes is Presented by Montana Silversmiths
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Meet the NFR Athlete is presented by Montana Silversmiths
Meet the NFR Athletes is presented by Montana Silversmiths
Meet the NFR Athletes is presented by Montana Silversmiths
Meet the NFR Athletes is presented by Montana Silversmiths
Meet the NFR Athletes is presented by Montana Silversmiths