By Susan Kanode for the Puyallup Rodeo
PUYALLUP, Washington – Friday night lights were all about female competitors at the second performance of the Cinch Playoffs at the Puyallup Rodeo.
Breakaway roping has been added here for the first time and it has proven to be very popular with the fans. They were cheering loud on Friday when Josie Connor of Iowa, Louisiana, stopped the clock in 2.7 seconds, the fastest time at the rodeo so far.
It was an important win for Connor. She is currently outside the top 15 that qualify to compete for world titles. She will add $3,600 to her earnings. Unfortunately, that’s the only check that she will get at the Washington State Fair. She failed to connect on Thursday night so won’t be advancing to the Puyallup Rodeo’s semifinals on Sunday.
Barrel racer Leslie Smalygo is making a bid for her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and helped her cause substantially on Thursday and Friday. She placed third in the first round Thursday, came back and had the fastest time of the rodeo on Friday night and she will be running again here on Sunday at the semifinals.
Riding her great horse “Gus” she stopped the clock in 13.82 seconds to win $3,600. Combined with her First round time of 13.90, she will be a crowd favorite on Sunday at the semifinals. Prior to the Puyallup Rodeo, Smalygo was one spot out of the top 15. She has already earned enough to edge her into a better position, but if she wins the big prize here on Sunday, she will be competing in Las Vegas at rodeo’s championships in December.
A new group of contestants will make their first appearance at the Cinch Playoffs on Saturday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. Their times and scores will be added together with the top four from that set joining the top four from the first group to make an 8-man semifinals in all of the events.
The following are unofficial results from the Cinch Playoffs at the Puyallup Rodeo, part of the Washington State Fair. Payoffs are subject to change.
Bareback riding: 1, Jayco Roper, Oktaha, Okla., 86.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s Ninja Bob, $3,600. 2, Caleb Bennett, Corvallis, Mont., 84, $2,700. 3, Leighton Berry, Weatherford, Texas, 83.5, $1,800. 4, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 83, $900.
Breakaway roping: 1, Josie Connor, Iowa, La., 2.7 seconds, $3,600. 2, Erin Johnson, Fowler, Colo., 3.1, $2,700. 3, (tie) Beau Peterson, Council Grove, Kan., and Tacy Webb, Midway, Texas, 3.2, $1,350 each.
Steer wrestling: 1, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 3.8 seconds, $3,600. 2, Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 4.0, $2,700. 3, Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas, 4.4, $1,800. 4, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 4.5, $900.
Saddle bronc riding: (in progress) 1, 1, Layton Green, Millarville, Alberta, 88 points on Korkow Rodeo’s Onion Ring. 2, Mitch Pollock, Winnemucca, Nevada, 86. 3, Kolby Wanchuck, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 83. 4, Kole Ashbacher, Arrowood, Alberta, 81.5.
Team roping: 1, Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 4.6, $3,600. 2, Tanner Tomlinson, Angleton, Texas, and Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 4.9, $2,700. 3, Clint Summers, Lake City, Fla., and Ross Ashford, Lott, Texas, 5.8, $1,800. 4, Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas, 6.5, $900.
Tie-down roping: 1, Marcos Costa, Iretama, Brazil, 7.5 seconds, $3,600. 2, Taylor Santos, Creston, California, 7.7, $2,700. 3, Shad Mayfield, Clovis, N.M., 7.8, $1,800. 4, Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan., 8.4, $900.
Barrel Racing: 1, Leslie Smalygo, Skiatook, Okla., 13.82, $3,600. 2, Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas, 13.88, $2,700. 3, Molly Otto, Grand Forks, N.D., 14.00, $1,800. 4, Emily Beisel, Weatherford, Okla., 14.11, $900.
Bull riding: 1, (tie) Ky John Hamilton, Mackay, Australia, on Korkow Rodeo’s Mental Case and Reid Oftedahl, Raymond, Minn., on Corey and Lange Rodeo’s Cold Turkey, 82 points and $3,150 each. 3, Jordan Wacey Spears, Redding, Calif., 80.5, $1,800. 4, Trey Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 74, $900.
For more information and tickets: https://www.thefair.com/rodeo/
Where: Washington State Fair
110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371
When: Thursday, Sept. 8 – Sunday, Sept. 11
The Washington State Fair is one of the biggest fairs in the world, and the largest in the Pacific Northwest. It started in 1900 in Puyallup, and welcomes more than a million guests to the single largest attended event in the state. Star-studded entertainment, the Puyallup Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers and animals are mainstays of the 20-day event that kicks off the Friday of Labor Day weekend. For more information about the Sept. 2-25, 2022 Washington State Fair (closed Tuesdays and Sept. 7), visit www.thefair.com.
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