Barrel Racer Rides for a Cause at the National Western

by Siri Stevens
Barrel Racer Rides for a cause at the National Western

By Susan Kanode

For the National Western Stock Show

            DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 19, 2014) — With two action-packed performances at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo on Friday, fans had plenty of time to make some noise.

            Without a doubt, the most excited they got was during the barrel racing at the evening performance. On the same night as the Claire Davis Memorial Horse Show was held in the Events Center, barrel racer Kendra Dickson from Aubrey, Texas dedicated her performance at the rodeo to the young woman who lost her life from a gunshot wound sustained at her high school on Dec. 13. She lived for another eight days.

            Dickson, who is well known in rodeo circles for her caring nature and philanthropy was all decked out in black and gold and even had gold fringe on her horse’s tack representing the colors of the Arapahoe High School Warriors.

            The crowd in the Denver Coliseum erupted when Boyd Polhamus announced that Dickson was riding for Davis. To top it off, Dickson and her roan horse Dover stopped the clock in 15.52 seconds, the second fastest run of the rodeo here so far. And she gets to make another run here Saturday morning.

            “The people I’m staying with are friends of Claire’s family,” Dickson said. “God laid it on my heart that I should do this.”

            Dickson is also riding for Taylor Tornado a young boy with cancer. She has pledged a percentage of her earnings to Taylor Tornado Blows Away Neuroblastoma and the Claire Davis Fund.

            Edging Dickson out of the number one spot by just one-one hundredth of a second was Rachel Primm from Washoe Valley, Nev. The college rodeo standout had a 15.51.

            The crowd also went wild for one of their own at the afternoon performance when Joey Dickens from just up the road at Loveland had a blazing fast tie-down roping run at the matinee performance. He stopped the clock in 7.9 seconds, the fastest run of the rodeo so far.

            Markus Mariluch from Elko, Nev., also had the high-marked ride in bull riding Friday afternoon. He scored 88 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Summer Nights.

            There are three performances here on Saturday at 11 a.m., 3:30 and 8 p.m.

DENVER, Colo., (Jan. 19, 2014) – The following are unofficial results from the National Western Stock Show Rodeo.

Second Performance —

            Bareback Riding: 1, Brian Bain, Redmond, Ore., 83 points on Burns Rodeo’s -707 Boeing. 2, Micky Downare, Hartsel, Colo., 81. 3, Luke Creasy, Levelland, Texas, 80. 4, Kody Lamb, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 77.

            Steer Wrestling: 1, Joe Buffington, Wheatland, Wyo., 5.2 seconds. 2, Brian Snell, Wheatland, Wyo., 5.4. 3, Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 5.8. 4, Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo., 6.0.

            Team Roping: (three times) 1, Cole Cooper, Loma, Colo., and K.C. Curtis, Monroe, Utah, 6.3. 2, Ryan VonAhn, Sac City, Iowa, and J.W. Beck, 14.8. 3, Quisto Lopez, Beeville, Texas, and Keagan, Duncan, Midland, Texas, 15.8.

            Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Hardy Braden, Welch, Okla., 83 points on Burns Rodeo’s April Snow. 2, Kaleb Asay, Roan Wash, Wyo., 78. 3, Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 77. 4, Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 76.

            Tie-Down Roping: 1, Joey Dickens, Loveland, Colo., 7.9 seconds. 2, Ryan Bothum, Caddo, Okla., 8.8. 3, Mitch McAdow, Littleton, Colo., 10.2. 4, Mark Black, Pinedale, Wyo., 10.7.

            Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Andrea Cline, Springtown, Texas, 15.63 seconds. 2, Nicole Riggle, Scottsdale, Ariz., 15.80. 3, Ginger Greene, Jefferson, Colo., 15.83. 4, Gretchen Benbenek, Aubrey, Texas, 15.91.

            Bull Riding:  1, Markus Mariluch, Elko, Nev., 88 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls. 2, Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla., 84. 3, Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn., 80. 4, Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont., 76.

            Third Performance —

            Bareback Riding: 1, David Clapp, Sedalia, Mo., 79 points on Calgary Stampede’s Kauai Coconut. 2, (tie) Taylor Price Huntsville, Texas, and Jake Brown, Hillsboro, Texas, 78 each. 4, Josi Young, Buhl, Idaho, 77.

            Steer Wrestling: 1, Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah, 4.3 seconds. 2, Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 6.3. 3, (tie) Sterling Wallace, Justin, Texas, and Austin Courmier, Oakwood, Texas, 7.2 each. 4, Chisum Docheff, Longmont, Colo., 8.6.

            Team Roping: 1, David Motes, Tolar, Texas, and Evan Arnold, Santa Margarita, Calif., 5.9 seconds. 2, Donny Scantling, Buffalo, Wyo., and Seth Anderson, Hurley, S.D., 6.1. 3, Drew Horner, Plano, Texas, and Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan., 11.6. 4, Nick Becker, Garden City, Kan., and T.W. Wilson, Limon, Colo., 13.7.

            Saddle Bronc: 1, Ryan MacKenzie, Jordan Valley, Ore., 81 points on Calgary Stampede’s Sergeant Whitney. 2, J.D. Johnson, Tremonton, Utah, 80. 3, (tie) Max Filippin, Battle Mountain, Nev., and Brady Nicholes, Hoytsville, Utah, 76 each.

            Tie-Down Roping: 1, Chant DeForest, Wheatland, Calif., 8.7 seconds. 2, Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 9.2. 3, Blair Burk, Durant, Okla., 9.4. 4, Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla., 9.9.

Women’s Barrel Race: 
1, Rachel Primm, Washoe Valley, Nev., 15.51 seconds. 2, Kendra Dickson, Aubrey, Texas, 15.52. 3, C.J. Vondette, Rifle, Colo., 15.54. 4, Hanna Montey, Eaton, Colo., 15.67.

            Bull Riding: 1, Brady Portenier, Caldwell, Idaho, 81 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Black Out. 2, (tie) Cody Campbell, Summerville, Ore., and Dylan Dicey Vick, Escalon, Calif., 80 each. 4, Cody Sierks, Brewster, Neb., 73.

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