Battle to the Finals

This week was a battle, there is only one rodeo left before we find out who is crowned the champion of the 2023 True Western Roundup Open Rodeo Series. Here are this week’s results.

Ranch Bronc:

  1. Kevin Faulk 67 points
  2. No Qualified Rides

This name might look a little familiar, Kevin Faulk hits the top of the leader board again this week with a 67 point ride on Cathy’s Clown of W/A Rodeo. He has sealed the deal to take home, for the second year in a row, the saddle bronc champion title.

Chute Doggin’:

  1. Kelby Oliver

This week we had two entires in the chute dogging event. Kelby Oliver from Cortez, Colo., came out on top tipping his steer to the ground under the 30 second time limit. An honorable mention to Dax Kunch of Durango who brought this event to True Western Roundup. He had a strong start out of the chute but his feet got out from under him and the steer slipped away.

Mutton Bustin’:

  1. Terrell Begaye 90 points
  2. Diesel Thompson 85 points

The scores and the names should look familiar this week. Terrell Begaye has also closed the door and will be the mutton busting champion for the 2023 season as long as he holds on for one more ride. Thompson has drawn good sheep and made an easy 85 point ride.

Calf Riding:

  1. Kiara Davis 80 points
  2. Cash Canterbury 79 points

Davis has been a familiar name in the past winning multiple mutton busting championship titles. She is back this time atop a calf and she is still kicking tail. Canterbury also had an outstanding ride taking second place. We will see who claims the buckle next week.

Tie-down Roping:

  1. Rance Rathjen 13.1 sec
  2. Hardy Tozer 11.8 sec

Rathjen hits the top again this week holding a strong lead to be the champion of this years tie down roping. Jim has finally made the top two this week after a miss last week. This is another close call on who will come out on top.

Saddle Bronc:

  1. Monte Faulkner 70 points
  2. No Other Qualified Rides

Believe it or not, Story was not in attendance Wednesday night and this has shaken up the leaderboard. Faulkner stuck it out on Plowboy from W/A Rodeo to tie for the top spot overall in the series. Both Story and Faulkner are National High School State Saddle Bronc Champions their states, Colorado and New Mexico. This will be a battle of the champions before they head to the National Finals in Gillette, Wyo. This one has me excited for next weeks finals.

Open Team Roping:

  1. Chance Hine, Body Hine 4.4 sec
  2. Michael Snooks, Calvin Brevik 5.1 sec

The Hine brothers brought the heat this week roping a smoking time of 4.4 seconds. Not far behind was Snooks and Brevik. This event we never know who will end up our champion. Snooks has hit the leaderboard twice so he is sitting well to be the header to win.

Open Bull Riding:

  1. Xavier Xman Antez. 82 points
  2. Tyler McClane 76 points

The entires were deep this week in the open bulls with nine riders getting out. Antez had one heck of a ride on Painted Desert to take the top spot. McClane also stuck it out on Snuffy to claim the second spot. This is anyone’s game as there were no qualified rides last week. Antez is sitting well to be our series champion.

Novice Bull Riding:


There were no qualified rides this week but that is good news for Higgins who rode last week. This is still anyone’s title to claim.

Steer Wrestling:

  1. Caleb Lake 8.2 sec
  2. Cody Reddin 11.5 sec

The leaderboard has been shaken up for the first time in the steer wrestling. Bayfield local, Caleb Lake, claimed the top spot with a great run. His steer drifted to the left a bit but he got out and made it happen. Reddin has been in the money before and he made it happen again. This one should get interesting next week.


  1. Shylene Drumm 2.4 sec
  2. Stormi Cruzan 2.4 sec
  3. Kallee Foster 3.3 sec
  4. Whitney Lake 3.3 sec

Oh boy were the big names entered this week. Drumm, who recently came home from the Junior High School National Finals leaving in the Top 9 all around showed the crowd what she’s made of roping a 2.4. Cruzan also brought the heat in the slack tying for first. Notable runs tying for the second place spot were also made by Kallee Foster and Whitney Lake with 3.3 second runs.

Junior Breakaway(13 under):

  1. Riggin Foster 3.0 sec

Riggin Foster came to win it Wednesday night roping a three flat and being the only qualified time in the juniors. He is sitting well to be the champion. It all comes down to next week.

Businessman’s Team Roping:

  1. Jeremy Foster, Jake Cruzan 6.0 sec
  2. Kylie McLean, Teagan Taylor 7.1 sec

Another scramble of the leaderboard, new names taking the lead this week. The team roping is about to get exciting next week at the finals.


  1. Jaida Woody 18.05 sec
  2. Evan Segura 18.11 sec

An unfortunate mishap with last weeks leaders, Kate Brofft and Kourtney Schurmann knocking barrels left it wide open. Woody ran a smoking time with Segura hot on her tail, with only one more run to go this is anyone’s race.

Jr Barrels:

  1. Emma Kendall 19.54

A new name graces the leader board this week, Kendall also the True Western Roundup Jr. Princess had a steady clean run earning her this weeks top spot.

Well, some events are locked down while others are going to be a nail biter, Those Tres Rios buckles are shined up and ready to be claimed on July 5.

Here are this weeks highlight gallery.

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