News and Notes from Around the PRCA…courtesy of prorodeo.com
K.C. Jones engineers big win in Caldwell
CALDWELL, Idaho - Steer wrestler K.C. Jones is having a season to remember.
The 43-year-old Decatur, Texas, cowboy is putting himself in the best position of his career to win a coveted gold buckle.
Jones’ hot streak continued at the Aug. 12-16 Caldwell Night Rodeo, as he won the average title with a time of 15.5 seconds on three head.
"This is just awesome," Jones said after his win. "The fans here were great and it was just a great atmosphere. It was like a standing-room-only crowd."
Weekend highlights, Aug. 11-17
- Brazile watch: With two more all-around titles over the weekend, in Canby, Ore., and Billings, Mont., Trevor Brazile pushed his season earnings to $203,908, surpassing the $200,000 mark for a record ninth consecutive year (2006-14) and the 13th time in 14 seasons. Apart from leading the all-around standings, Brazile is second in steer roping, third in team roping and third in tie-down roping. If he remains in the top 15 in all three of his events, he will tie Tee Woolman’s career record of 45 National Finals qualifications.
- Here he comes: Knocked out of the Cowboy Christmas run due an injury suffered on his ranch, five-time World Champion Tie-down Roper Cody Ohl was just 54th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings on July 14 and seemingly a longshot to make his 20th Wrangler NFR. Only there’s this one thing about Ohl: He never quits and he’s extraordinarily talented. OK, so maybe that’s two things, but in the last month he’s won $33,413 and jumped from that low point of 54th to 16th, just $79 out of the final WNFR qualifying spot. This past weekend, Ohl banked $8,955 by winning in Canby, Ore. (16.9 seconds on two head), tying for the win in Billings, Mont. (8.7), tying for second in Moses Lake, Wash. (8.2) and finishing third in Kalispell, Mont. (9.4).
- A Canadian resurgence: It has been four years since there has been more than one Canadian qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and a like number since Canadians have qualified in three or more events in the same year. Until now. Probably. With six weeks left in the regular season, Jake Vold is holding down the 10th spot in the bareback riding standings after a win in Kalispell, Mont., this past weekend. Steer wrestler Curtis Cassidy moved from 14th to 12th after wins in Kalispell and Lynden, Wash., and saddle bronc rider Dustin Flundra had a win in Pincher Creek, Alberta, to stand 11th. Bareback rider Luke Creasy gave himself a shot to join the Maple Leaf contingent in Vegas by winning at the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo, finishing in a tie for third in Jasper, Alberta, and a tie for fifth in Canby, Ore., to earn $8,623 and move from 21st place to 16th.
- Statement of arrival: Charlie Kogianes, a 22-year-old saddle bronc rider, made his mark at a pair of Idaho rodeos over the weekend. The Provo, Utah, native bought his PRCA card in May 2014, and before this weekend had total earnings of $2,788. However, Kogianes was tops at two rodeos which featured high-level competition. He won the Gooding (Idaho) ProRodeo with an 84-point ride on Summit Pro Rodeo’s Big Wig, beating the likes of WNFR cowboys Cody DeMoss, Wade Sundell and Isaac Diaz, and earning $2,228. He then won the Cassia County Fair & Rodeo in Burley, Idaho, with an 83-point trip on Bar T Rodeo’s Round Robin, edging two-time World Champion Cody Wright and Brady Nicholes, and collecting another $1,675.