Record bull ride closes Reno rodeo
RENO, Nev. (AP) – Oklahoma cowboy Shane Drury put an exclamation point on the 2001 Reno Rodeo, recording the highest score in bull riding in the event’s 82-year history.
Drury’s 95 points aboard the bull Riverdance gave him the bull riding championship in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,200 at the Reno Rodeo Arena.
”It feels great,” said Drury, 21, of Weatherford, who is coming back from a life-threatening injury during a bull ride last summer. ”It’s gonna be good. It’s my birthday this week. It’s a nice birthday present.”
So is the more than $10,000 in prize money he takes home with him.
Champions were crowned Sunday in seven events of the $530,181 rodeo. Orchard, Texas, cowboy Cody Ohl was named all-around champion for having won the most money in multiple events.
”It’s nice to be able to win some money at a rodeo like this,” said Ohl, who placed in the first round of team roping and made the finals in calf roping, finishing third overall. ”My year started off kind of slow, but it’s been picking up. I’ve been to four other rodeos this week and think I’ve won about $25,000.”
All the champions received mounted sets of silver spurs, the traditional trophy of the Reno Rodeo. The nine-day event drew more than 100,000 spectators.
Pete Hawkins of Weatherford, Texas, won the bareback competition, riding Samantha Skoal to an 81 in the title round. Like Drury, Hawkins suffered a devastating injury in 2000, breaking his back in four places.
”In just the past two or three weeks I’ve started feeling like the old Pete,” said Hawkins, who finished second in the world in 1999.
Other champions include:
– Charmayne James of Austin, Texas who won her third set of silver spurs in barrel racing.
– Daniel Green of Oakdale, Calif., and Allen Bach of Millsap, Texas in team roping. It is the third time Bach has been part of the champion team in Reno.
– Les Shepperson of Midwest, Wyo., in steer wrestling.
– Todd Hipsag of Firth, Neb., and Jess Martin of Dillon, Mont., who tied for the saddle bronc title.
– Jim Bob Mayes of Elgin, Texas, who captured the calf roping with a 9.2-second run.
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