SPECIAL HORSE AND A SPECIAL RIDE

by Ruth Nicolaus

Barrel racing horse makes recovery, leads St. Paul Rodeo with Oregon cowgirl

St. Paul, Ore. (July 2, 2019) – A special horse made a special run tonight at the St. Paul Rodeo.

High On A Bronsin, an eighteen-year-old black gelding whose barn name is Splinter, carried barrel racer Bobbie Correa to the lead in the barrel racing at the 84th annual St. Paul Rodeo.

Splinter was back after sitting out three years due to a suspensory injury and a tear in the soft tissue, and his owner and rider, Correa, wasn’t sure he’d ever be back to running barrels.

“I’ve just hoped and prayed and never gave up,” she said, of Splinter’s injury and recovery.

Together, the team clocked a 17.79 second run to take the lead by two-hundredths over the number two cowgirl, Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Florida.

St. Paul was the third rodeo back for the pair. They tied for twelfth place at the Prineville, Ore. rodeo last weekend, and after running in Molalla, Ore., on Monday night, they’re sitting third.

The horse is a character, Correa said. “He’s really sweet, but he has a fire in him. He knows he has a job, and I just try to stay out of his way and let him work. I’m along for the ride.”

Splinter, named after one of the Ninja turtles, has another name, given to him by other barrel racers, Correa said. “A lot of people give him the nickname “dragon,” because he gets a little wild. But it’s a contained wild.”

Correa, who lives in Echo, Ore., is a licensed equine therapist and has a master’s license as an aesthetician. She had a job lined up, but because of Splinty’s return to competition and his skill at running barrels, won’t start till September. “Since I’ve been able to rodeo (on Splinter), my family said you need to rodeo.” Her parents, Sue Ellen and David Correa, and her whole family, have been supportive, she said.

At Splinter’s age and with the severity of the injury, it was unusual for the horse to make the recovery. But Correa is delighted.

“I’m over the moon, just being back on him and have him come back so fast.”

Other high scores and fast times from slack and the first night of rodeo at the St. Paul Rodeo are bareback rider Tony Barrington, Elko, Nev. (81 points); steer wrestler Cimarron Thompson, Hobbs, N.M. (4.0 seconds); tie-down roper King Pickett, Collinsville, Texas (9.0 seconds); saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. (81 points); team ropers Cody Snow, Stephenville, Texas and Wesley Thorp, Stephenville, Texas (5.0 seconds). No bull riders made a qualified ride.

The second performance of the 84th annual St. Paul Rodeo is July 3 at 7:30 pm. The rodeo continues through July 6 with performances at 7:30 pm each night and a 1:30 pm matinee on July 4. Fireworks follow each night of rodeo.

Tickets are available online at www.StPaulRodeo.com and at the gate. For more information, visit the website.

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Results from the slack and evening performance, St. Paul Rodeo, July 2, 2019

Bareback Riding

  1. Tony Barrington, Elko, Nev. 80.5 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Mayhem; 2.Dantan Bertsch, Eastend, Sask. 78; 3.Wyatt Bloom, Bozeman, Mont. 76.5; 4. Leighton Berry, Weatherford, Texas 76.

Steer wrestling

1st round leaders:

  1. Nick Guy, Parker, Colo. 4.5 seconds; 2. Kalane Anders, 5.4; 3. Aaron Vosler, Cheyenne, Wyo. 8.9; 4. Blake Knowles, Heppner, Ore. 10.2.

2nd round leaders:

  1. Cimarron Thompson, Hobbs, N.M.  4.0 seconds; 2.Sean Santucci, Prineville, Ore. 5.0; 3.Nick Guy, Parker, Colo. 6.1; 4. Mike McGinn, Haines, Ore. 7.1.

Bull riding

No qualified rides.

Tie-down roping

1st round leaders:

  1. Treg Schaack, Stinnett, Texas 9.2 seconds; 2. Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas 11.0; 3. Ty Baker, Van Horn, Texas 11.2; 4. Tyler Forsberg, Fillmore, Calif.

2nd round leaders:

  1. King Pickett, Collinsville, Texas 9.0 seconds; 2. Justin Brinkerhoff, Corinne, Utah 9.1; 3. Tyler Prcin, Alvord, Texas 11.0; 4. (tie) Jason Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. and Treg Schaack, Stinnett, Texas 4.0 each.

Saddle bronc riding

  1. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. 81 points on Big Stone’s Batter Up; 2. CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah 80; 3. Jake Watson, Hudsons Hope, B.C. 77; 4. Dawson Hay, Wildwood, Alb. 76.

Team roping

1st round leaders

1, Cody Snow, Stephenville, Texas/Wesley Thorp, Stephenville, Texas 5.8 seconds; 2. Cody Hilzendeger, Baldwin, N.D./JC Flake, Laramie, Wyo. 7.0; 3. Kelsey Parchman, Cumberland City, Tenn./Matt Kasner, Valentine, Neb. 10.3; 4. Nelson Wyatt, Llano, Texas/Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D. 11.4.

2nd round leaders

  1. Cody Snow, Stephenville, Texas/Wesley Thorp, Stephenville, Texas 5.0 seconds; 2. McKennan Buckner, Powell Butte, Ore./Bill Justus, Haines, Ore. 5.9; 3. Logan Olson, Stephenville, Texas/Blaine Vick, Dublin, Texas 10.0; 4. Chace Thompson, Munday, Texas/Tyson Thompson, Munday, Texas 11.3;

Barrel racing

  1. Bobbie Correa, Echo, Ore. 17.79 seconds; 2. Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla. 17.81; 3. Holly Schoenberg, Kennewick, Wash. 17.87; 4. Cheyenne Allan, Mabton, Wash. 17.88.

 

** All results are unofficial.  For more information, visit www.StPaulRodeo.com.

 

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