Tim Bingham, Clayton Biglow among champions in San Angelo
The Short-Go in San Angelo provided plenty of excitement Friday night as seven champions were crowned.
Reigning world champion Clayton Biglow did not take long to make his mark in the 2020 season as he scored 173 points on two head to win the championship in San Angelo.
Biglow had 89 points to notch the top ride in the Short-Go to claim victory.
“San Angelo is just pretty good to me,” Biglow, the arena record holder, said. “I love it here.”
Leighton Barry and Richmond Champion tied for second with 171.5 points on two head.
1. Clayton Biglow, 173 points on two head
T2. Leighton Berry, 171.5
T2. Richmond Champion, 171.5
T4. Chad Rutherford, 170.5
T4. Taylor Broussard, 170.5
Matt Reeves had the last run of the Short-Go and won the championship in style. He needed a time of 5.5 seconds or less to beat Cade Stanton and he stopped the clock at a blistering 3.7 seconds.
The 41-year-old finished with an aggregate time of 12.4 seconds on three head.
“Man, turning 40 has been good to me,” Reeves said. “I got a really neat horse right there and I have another one too and the horses are so good that you can’t beat it.....I’ve never won this rodeo so it is great to win more things and have more fun.”
Cade Stanton finished in second, almost two seconds behind Reeves.
1. Matt Reeves, 12.4 seconds on three head
2. Cade Staton, 14.3
3. Tanner Brunner, 14.5
4. Cody Harmon, 14.6
Aaron Tsinigine and Kyle Lockett had a time of 13.7 seconds on three head to earn first place, finishing 1.8 seconds clear of Kolton Schmidt/Hunter Koch, who had a time of 15.3 on three head.
At 4.8 seconds, Aaron Tsinigine/Kyle Lockett had the top time of the final round.
“It’s just a great rodeo, a great town, and you get some money to keep on going,” he said.
The pair plans to rope together in Houston.
1. Aaron Tsinigine/Kyle Lockett, 13.7 seconds on three head
2. Kolton Schmidt/Hunter Koch, 15.3
3. Cory Smothers/Brandon Gonzales
4. Colton Campbell/Jordan Ketscher, 15.9
Saddle Bronc Riding
Clayton Biglow wasn’t the only world champion to make his mark on the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, the other was Canadian cowboy Zeke Thurston.
Thurston’s first ride was 90 points on Hampton Pro Rodeo’s Rising Tide so all he needed was an 83 to clinch the championship in the final Saddle Bronc ride of Friday night and he scored an 86 to bring his total to 176 points on two head. He finished 3.5 points ahead of second-place Allen Boore.
It was Thurston’s first career win in San Angelo.
“This is an awesome rodeo, I’ve come here before and come close, won the long round a few times but to get it done this year is great,” he said.
Boore finished with 172.5 points on two head and Rusty Wright, who won the National Western earlier this year, was third.
1. Zeke Thurston, 176 points on two head
2. Allen Boore, 172.5
3. Rusty Wright, 171
4. Jacobs Crawley, 167.5
Bryson Sechrist earned more than $12,000 en route to his championship in San Angelo and that money has set him up to rodeo full-time for the rest of the year.
"“Winning this is really big and sets me up for the summer and gives me more confidence too since my goal is to make the NFR this year,” Sechrist told ProRodeo.com.
He finished with an aggregate time of 24.8 seconds on three head, .3 better than Caleb Smidt and Cooper Martin who tied for second in a crowded leaderboard.
“This is one of the biggest wins in my career,” Sechrist said. “It’s pretty close to being like the NFR because everyone enters here and all the top guys are here.”
1. Bryson Sechrist, 24.8 seconds on three head
T2. Caleb Smidt, 25.1
T2.Cooper Martin, 25.1
4. Stetson Vest, 25.3
Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi was the first out in the Short-Go and she took advantage with a run of 13.93 seconds, the only sub-14 run of the rodeo.
She finished with a time of 44.15 seconds on three runs.
1. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 44.15 seconds on three runs
2. Wenda Johnson, 44.83
3. Emily Efured, 44.76
4. Randee Prindle, 44.81
Only one man had an 8-second ride in the Short-Go and that man was Tim Bingham, who did so on a dislocated shoulder.
Bingham scored 76 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s White Walker and that was all he needed. He was 160.5 points on two head.
Stetson Wright, who entered the Short-Go in first, finished second with 89 points.
1. Tim Bingham, 160.5 points on two head
2. Stetson Wright, 89 on one head
3. Bayle Worden, 88.5
4. Elliot Jacoby, 86.5