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Rodeo Action Rides into the Jim Young Arena

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Friday Evening

It was a pleasant evening at the Jim Young Arena as the rodeo action got underway Friday evening for the 38th annual event sponsored by the Raton Rodeo Association.

This year the Rocky Mountain Pro Rodeo Company provided the stock for the event and the rough stock was just that as many cowboys found the plowed arena dirt well before the 8-second buzzer. Logan Patterson scored an 81 in the bareback bronc riding as four of the seven cowboys managed to score points. Cody Patterson took advantage of a reride in the saddle bronc competition to score a 74 while Peter White the only other cowboy to complete an 8-second ride scored a 62.

Terry Zenkawich took the Friday evening Steer Wrestling with a 5.8 seconds while Brit Ellerman and T.J. Watts roped their steer in a 6.2 second run. Trell Etbauer marked the scorebook with a 8.1 in the tie-down calf roping which was much better than his 18.7 second run in the steer wrestling event.

The ladies made it exciting Friday evening as Jenna Duhon took the barrels in 17.37 seconds with Cindy Smith close behind at 17.40 and Lana Sproule close with a 17.58 run and Clayton New Mexico’s Johnna Garcia making a fourth place run at 17.73 seconds.

The bulls made it a 9-0 evening even putting the 2015 Raton Rodeo bull riding champ Cody Strite in the dirt. Most of the cowboys only made a couple of jumps out of the chute as the bulls twisted and spun the cowboys like rag dolls.

Saturday Evening

The Saturday evening performance of the Raton Rodeo saw lead changes and some real stiff competition in the steer wrestling event. Three cowboys lead by Jake Trujillo (4.6 seconds) posted times of less than five seconds. Justin Simon posted a 4.7 followed by Koty Kamm with a 4.9 second run. Seven of the cowboys had times faster than the fastest on Friday evening with runs of less than 5.6 seconds.

Logan Patterson held on to his lead from Friday night as Bob Reynolds was the cowboy to make the ride in the bareback with a65 score. Jace lane scored an 81 to take the Saddle Bronc competition.

The roping events saw the team of J.D. Yates and Trey Yates take the team roping with a 5.4 second time while Trey Yates made a 10.3 second Tie-Down Roping run. While Yates’ time put him in first place Saturday evening it still wasn’t good enough to beat Trell Etbauer 8.1 second run Friday evening. It was the slack roper Robert Mathis who won the event with 7.7 second run.

The ladies also made it a close competition as Shelby Spielman won the Saturday evening event with a 16.88 second run however it wasn’t quite fast enough to beat Kelly Yates who took first place in the rodeo from the slack run Saturday morning. She was followed by five cowgirls with times just under 18 seconds. Then the bulls did their job throwing the cowboys to the ground many in only a few jumps. The bulls take the rodeo with a 15-0 record.

2016 Raton Rodeo Results

 

The Raton Rodeo Association honored Leonard "Big Daddy" Lopez for all the support he gave to the rodeo in years past. Monty Colangelo presented the family with a plaque of their appreciation. L to R back Jamie Hephner, Ashley Long, Penny Lopez, Monty Colangelo, front row Colten Lopez, Tyson Lopez and Cooper King.

The Raton Rodeo Association honored Leonard “Big Daddy” Lopez for all the support he gave to the rodeo in years past. Monty Colangelo presented the family with a plaque of their appreciation. L to R back Jamie Hephner, Ashley Long, Penny Lopez, Monty Colangelo, front row Colten Lopez, Tyson Lopez and Cooper King.

 

Chauncey Kirby sets up on the horse and in his regular job is a nurse.

Chauncey Kirby sets up on the horse and in his regular job is a nurse.

 

Tyler Berghuis, a college freshman, manages to hold on as rides to the buzzer at Friday night edition of the Raton Rodeo

Tyler Berghuis, a college freshman, manages to hold on as rides to the buzzer at Friday night edition of the Raton Rodeo

 

Terry Zenkawich makes it look easy as he puts the steer down in 5.8 seconds for a first place in the steer wrestling event.

Terry Zenkawich makes it look easy as he puts the steer down in 5.8 seconds for a first place in the steer wrestling event.

 

The team of Britt Ellerman and T.J. Watts takes a total of 6.2 seconds to win the Friday evening team roping event.

The team of Britt Ellerman and T.J. Watts takes a total of 6.2 seconds to win the Friday evening team roping event.

 

The big loop makes a figure 8 as Trell Etbauer catches his calf and makes the tie in 8.1 seconds for a first place in the tie-down roping Friday night

The big loop makes a figure 8 as Trell Etbauer catches his calf and makes the tie in 8.1 seconds for a first place in the tie-down roping Friday night

 

They call it red-neck barrel racing

They call it red-neck barrel racing

 

It took Jenna Duhon 17.37 seconds to make the run around the barrels just three hundredths of a second faster than Cindy Smith who cornered the barrels in 17.40 seconds

It took Jenna Duhon 17.37 seconds to make the run around the barrels just three hundredths of a second faster than Cindy Smith who cornered the barrels in 17.40 seconds

 

Taking advantage of a reride Cody Peterson scored a 74 and was only one of two cowboys to make the 8-second ride. Peter White scored a 62 on his ride.

Taking advantage of a reride Cody Peterson scored a 74 and was only one of two cowboys to make the 8-second ride. Peter White scored a 62 on his ride.

 

It was a long night for the bull riders or should we say it was a real quick ride as it turned out for Ace Rainwater. The bulls won the contest 9-0 as most riders could only hold on for a couple seconds as the bulls spun and twisted to topple the cowboys Friday evening at the Raton Rodeo.

It was a long night for the bull riders or should we say it was a real quick ride as it turned out for Ace Rainwater. The bulls won the contest 9-0 as most riders could only hold on for a couple seconds as the bulls spun and twisted to topple the cowboys Friday evening at the Raton Rodeo.

 

Cody Strite won last year's Raton Rodeo but the bull had other ideas as Strite soon found the dirt well before the 8-second buzzer sounded at the 2016 Raton Rodeo.

Cody Strite won last year’s Raton Rodeo but the bull had other ideas as Strite soon found the dirt well before the 8-second buzzer sounded at the 2016 Raton Rodeo.

 

Pueblo Colorado Cowboy Bob Reynolds was the only cowboy to make the 8-second ride Saturday evening at the Raton Rodeo where he scored a 65.

Pueblo Colorado Cowboy Bob Reynolds was the only cowboy to make the 8-second ride Saturday evening at the Raton Rodeo where he scored a 65.

 

Jake Trujillo makes a 4.6 second run to take the money in the steer wrestling at the Raton Rodeo.

Jake Trujillo makes a 4.6 second run to take the money in the steer wrestling at the Raton Rodeo.

 

The team of J.D. Yates and Trey Yates showed em how its done with a 5.4 second catch in the Team Roping event Saturday evening at the Raton Rodeo

The team of J.D. Yates and Trey Yates showed em how its done with a 5.4 second catch in the Team Roping event Saturday evening at the Raton Rodeo

 

Over the weekend the horses took the win in the Saddle Bronc competition with 6 out of 10 rides. Jace Lane however rode to an 81 score Saturday evening.

Over the weekend the horses took the win in the Saddle Bronc competition with 6 out of 10 rides. Jace Lane however rode to an 81 score Saturday evening.

 

Trey Yates from Pueblo made a 10.3 second run on the calf to take first place Saturday evening, However it was Robert M from the slack performance that took the big money at the Raton Rodeo.

Trey Yates from Pueblo made a 10.3 second run on the calf to take first place Saturday evening, However it was Robert M from the slack performance that took the big money at the Raton Rodeo.

 

Shelby Spielman rounded the barrels in a blazing 16.88 seconds Saturday evening to put her in the big money in the Barrel Racing at Raton Rodeo.

Shelby Spielman rounded the barrels in a blazing 16.88 seconds Saturday evening to put her in the big money in the Barrel Racing at Raton Rodeo.

 

Channing Moore like all of the other cowboys didn't make the 8-second ride on his bull Saturday evening. The bulls take the Raton Rodeo 15-0.

Channing Moore like all of the other cowboys didn’t make the 8-second ride on his bull Saturday evening. The bulls take the Raton Rodeo 15-0.

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