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Montana saddle bronc rider keeps momentum going at Caldwell Night Rodeo 2022

Sage Newman from Melstone, Montana, took the lead in the saddle bronc riding at the Caldwell Night Rodeo on Wednesday. Newman was just half a point off of the arena record at 90.5 riding Calgary Stampede’s horse named Burban. PRCA photo by Thomas Duncan.

By Susan Kanode for the Caldwell Night Rodeo

CALDWELL, Idaho (Aug. 17, 2022)— Saddle bronc rider Sage Newman is having the time of his life doing what he loves most, and that showed at the second performance of the Caldwell Night Rodeo.

When Newman, from Melstone, Montana, got to the rodeo, he was number one in the world standings. The way he rode here, he is likely to increase his lead over the man in second place, reigning world champion Stetson Wright. Wright will compete in saddle bronc riding on Friday night.

Newman was just half a point off of the arena record of 91 set in 2011 by Shawn Stroh. He rode Calgary Stampede’s horse Burban for 90.5 points and is now in the lead and will be back here on Saturday for Championship Night. If anyone moves him down the leaderboard, there will be a tie for the arena record or a brand new one.

An 18-year-old stole the show in the breakaway roping at the D & B Arena on Wednesday. Josie Conner from Iowa, Louisiana, has been the most consistent breakaway roper here so far. She stopped the clock in the first round held on Monday in 2.6 seconds and won $1,339 in a tie for second place.

 That time also gave her an opportunity to progress to the second round and rope in front of Caldwell’s fans. She is now leading the second round with a 2.7 second run and is leading the overall standings by a full second. Conner has a total time of 5.3 seconds on two head. Hope Thompson of Abilene is second with a total time of 6.3. Breakaway ropers need to be in the top six in the overall standings to have a chance at winning the Caldwell Night Rodeo championship.

Once again, the bulls from Powder River Rodeo dominated with just one successful ride. The first performance saw Trey Holston from Fort Scott, Kansas score 85.5 points on Cherry Bomb. Then Levi Gray of Dairy, Oregon was 85 on Wednesday night riding Grand Theft.

The third performance gets underway at 8 p.m. August 18th at D & B Arena where it is CNR Strong night raising funds for local cancer support.

This was the first year that breakaway roping was part of the professional competition in the D&B Supply Arena. There was a tie for the first-place spot and both women will get a pair of trophy spurs from the Caldwell Night Rodeo. Fowler, Colorado’s Erin Johnson and Loni Lester from Gonzales, Texas both finished the rodeo with total times of 8.3 seconds on three runs for the championship.

Kaycee Feild from Genola, Utah, tied for the bareback riding win with his traveling partner Cole Reiner from Kaycee, Wyoming. This was Reiner’s first win here and the third for Field.

Other champions were Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, in the steer wrestling, team ropers Tyler Wade, from Terrell, Texas and Trey Yates, from Pueblo, Colorado and barrel racer Ivy Saebens from Nowata, Okla.

Plans are underway for the 98th Caldwell Night Rodeo. More information is available at

CALDWELL, Idaho (Aug. 17, 2022) — The following are unofficial results from the Caldwell Night Rodeo.

Second Performance —

Bareback Riding: 1, Dean Thompson, Altamont, Utah, 86 points on Calgary Stampede’s Cincy Whitney, 2, Keenan Reed Hayes, hayden, Colo., 81.5. 3, Cole Reiner, Buffalo, Wyo., 79.5. 4, Jayco Roper, Oktaha, Okla., 78.5.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla., 4.3 seconds. 2, Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D., 4.8. 3, Talon Roseland, Marshalltown, Iowa, 5.1. 4, Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D., 5.6.

Team Roping: 1, Brenten Hall, Jay, Okla., and Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont., 5.7 seconds. 2, Jeff Flenniken, Caldwell, Idaho, and Jake Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 6.3. 3, Pedro Egurrola, Florence, Ariz., and J.C. Flake, Laramie, Wyo., 6.7. 4, Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 11.4.

Breakaway Roping: 1, Josei Conner, Iowa, LA., 2.7. 2, Codilynn McPherson, Plain city, Utah, 3.1. 3, Braylee Shepherd, Nephi, Utah, 3.3. 4, Brittany White, Jordan Valley, Ore., 13.2.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Sage Newman, Melstone, Mont., 90.5 points on Calgary Stampede’s Burban. 2, Dawson Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, 86.5. 3, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 83. 4, Kolby Wanchuk, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 81.5.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, (tie) Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas, and Brayden Roe, Wendell, Idaho, 8.4 seconds. 3, Cole Eiguren, Fruitland, Idaho, 8.6. 4, Dillon Mundorf, three Rivers, Texas, 14.8.

Barrel Racing:  1, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 17.36. 2, Jennifer Kalafatic, Caldwell, Idaho, 17.44. 3, Hayden Madsen, Honeyville, Utah, 17.68. 4, Emily Beisel, Weatherford, Okla., 17.82.

Bull Riding: (one ride) Levi Gray, Dairy, Oregon, 85 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Grand Theft.

The following are current leaders –

Bareback Riding: 1, Rocker Shane Steiner, Weatherford, Texas, 88 points on Outlawbuckers Rodeo’s Turn Back Time. 2, Dean Thompson, Altamont, Utah, 86. 3, Tyler Nelson, Victor, Idaho, 84.0. 4, Caleb Bennett, Corvallis, Mont., 82.0. 5, Keenan Reed Hayes, Hayden, Colo., 81.5. 6, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 81.

Steer Wrestling: (second round) 1, (tie) Coby Brown, Wallsburg, Utah, and Stetson Jorgensen, Blackfoot, Idaho, 3.8 seconds each. 3, Tanner Bruner, Ramona, Kan., 3.9. 4, (tie) Walt Arnold, Coleman, Texas, 4.1. 5, (tie) Cody Devers, Balko, Okla.; Gus Franzen, Kearney, Neb.; Tristan Martin, Sulphur, La.; and Wil Lummus, Byhalia, Miss.; 4.2 each. (total on two) 1, Brunner, 8.2. 2, Stan Branco, Chowchilla, Calif., 8.5. 3, Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla., 8.8. 4, (tie) Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas, and Don Payne, Stephenville, Texas, 9.0. 6, Lummus, 9.1.

Team Roping: (second round) 1, (tie) Lightning Aguilera, Athens, Texas, and Coleby Payne, Stephenville, Texas; and Jack Graham, Lakeview, Ore., and Jason Duby, Klamath Falls, Ore.; 4.4 seconds each. 3, Rhett Anderson, Annabella, Utah and Junior Zambrano, Nogales, Ariz., 4.5. 4, (tie) Jake Orman, Prairie, Miss., and Brye Crites, Welch, Okla.; Coy Rahlmann, Elsinore, Mo., and Douglas Rich, Herrick, Ill.; and Dalton and Blaine turner, Sidney, Ark.; 4.6. (total on two) 1, Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 9.8. 2, Rahlmann and Rrich, 10.5. 3, Hall and Tryan, 10.9. 4, Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., 11.5. 5, Jr. Dees, Aurora, S.D., and Levi Lord, Sturgis, S.D., 11.7. 6, Aguilera and Payne, 12.7.

Breakaway roping: (second round) 1, Josie Conner, Iowa, La., 2.7 seconds. 2, Alex Loiselle, Paris, Texas, 3.0.  3, Codilynn McPherson, Plain City, Utah, 3.1. 4, Hope Thompson, Abilene, Texas, 3.2. (total on two) 1, Conner, 5.3. 2, Thompson, 6.3. 3, Loiselle, 6.4. 4, Braylee Shepherd, Nephi, Utah, 6.6. 5, McPherson, 6.6. 6, (tie) Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas, and Sarah Morrissey, Ellensburg, Wash., 7.4.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Sage Newman, Melstone, Mont., 90.5 points on Calgary Stampede’s Burban. 2, Dawson Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, 86.5. 3, Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 86. 4, Kade Bruno, Challis, Idaho, 84. 5, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 83. 6, Kolby Wanchuk, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 81.5.

Tie down roping: (second round) 1, Jake Hannum, Plain City, Utah, 7.6 seconds. 2, (tie) Sy Felton, Weatherford, Texas, and Chance Thiessen, Elk City, Okla., 7.8 each. 4, Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City, 8.0. (total on two) Macon Murphy, Keatchie, La., 15.9. 2, John Douch, Huntsville, Texas, 16.4. 3, King Pickett, Stephenville, Texas, 17.0. 4, Tierney, 17.4. 5, Haven Meged, Miles City, Mont., 17.5. 6, (tie) Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, and Colton Farquer, Oakdale, Calif., 17.6 each.

Barrel Racing: (second round) 1, Paige Jones, Wayne, Okla., 17.03. 2, Bailey Choate, Fort Worth, Texas, 17.04. 3, Margo Crowther, Fort Myers, Florida, 17.12. 4, Macee McAllister, St. George, Utah, 17.22. (total on two) 1, Crowther, 34.46. 2, Jones, 34.60. 3, Shannon McReynolds, La Luz, N.M.,   34.70. 4, Choate, 34.73.  5, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 34.78. 6, McAllister, 34.85.

Bull Riding: 1. Trey Holston, Fort Scott, Kan., 85.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Cherry Bomb. 2, Levi Gray, Dairy, Ore., 85.

Bull Riding – Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah, 92 points $7,670

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