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Caldwell Night Rodeo is a favorite stop for barrel racing trio

Ride that steer, cowgirl!

Barrel racing was "kind of the same thing every time," says 14-year-old Haylynne Miller. So she's been riding steers this year instead, "''cause it looked fun." Steer riding, for kids 7-10 years old, precedes the Caldwell Night Rodeo.
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Barrel racing was "kind of the same thing every time," says 14-year-old Haylynne Miller. So she's been riding steers this year instead, "''cause it looked fun." Steer riding, for kids 7-10 years old, precedes the Caldwell Night Rodeo.

The cowboys and cowgirls are the stars at the Caldwell Night Rodeo — that’s an official slogan.

In return, the CNR is a big hit amongst competitors.

Three barrel racers welcomed the opportunity to ride in one of their favorite events Wednesday night at the Caldwell Rodeo Grounds. Caldwell cowgirls Jessie Telford and Tanya Robinson relished the rare opportunity to compete close to home, while Utah rider Kimmie Wall — the No. 6 barrel racer in the world — continues to enjoy success on Idaho soil.

As an extra one-night attraction at the Caldwell Night Rodeo, world champion bullfighters go one-on-one with Spanish fighting bulls. The rounds last a minimum of 40 seconds and a maximum of 60; the bullfighters are judged on their acrobatics, stun

Wall, the defending CNR champion, is an up-and-coming star on the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association circuit. She finished 19th in the world standings last season, following up a 20th-place finish that earned her runner-up honors in the 2014 Rookie of the Year race.

With more than $88,000 in 2016 winnings, Wall and her horse, Foxy, already have galloped well past her previous career high.

“It’s been a Cinderella season,” Wall said. “Foxy has been phenomenal all year, and we’ve placed almost everywhere we’ve went. I’m really proud of her.”

Idaho rodeos have been particularly fruitful for Wall, who also won the Snake River Stampede (Nampa) and War Bonnet Roundup (Idaho Falls) in 2014. After Wednesday night’s run, she’s in the top-five and on pace to return Saturday with a chance to defend her CNR title in the championship round. She’s also competing at rodeos in Gooding and Burley this week.

“I love Idaho,” Wall said. “The ground is good, the weather is nice, the people are nice and rodeos here have been really good to us. Hopefully, we’ll be back (in Caldwell) this weekend.”

While Wall is in contention for a National Finals Rodeo title, Telford is enjoying a successful campaign in her own right. She’s currently the top Idaho cowgirl in the WPRA standings, ranking 40th with more than $26,000 in winnings.

Telford has been highly efficient, however — her earnings have come from just 25 rodeos, the fewest of anyone in the top-40, and roughly half the number of entries of most NFR contenders.

“I have a really young horse, Famous Cool Whip, so I really didn’t plan on riding him too hard this year,” Telford said. “But he’s been great all year, pretty much everywhere we’ve been. Except for here.”

Telford’s performance Wednesday won’t be enough to get her into the CNR final — a recurring theme she and Famous Cool Whip will look to buck next year.

“We’ve been a little snake bitten,” Telford said. “We never seem to do well at the hometown rodeos. But it’s always nice to compete here, and I’m really happy with the season we’ve had overall.”

Robinson also fell short of the money round, but that didn’t stop her from enjoying her first time competing at the CNR.

“It’s definitely a lot of fun here,” Robinson said. “I have a lot people I know supporting me in the stands, and my kids are here with all their little friends, so it’s great. It’s nice to have a quality rodeo like this in your own backyard.”

COMPETITION HIGHLIGHT

In the always-popular bull riding competition, Canadian cowboy Lonnie West was the last — and only — man left standing Wednesday night. The Albertan rider scored 78.5 points aboard Landshark, earning the crowd’s loudest roar of the night.

Wednesday’s other nine bull riders were unable to stay aboard for eight seconds, one night after all bull riders were bucked off Tuesday night.

Wednesday’s results

Bareback Riding: 1, (two rides) 1, Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 80 points on Burch Rodeo’s Big Blue. 2, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 77.5.

Steer wrestling: 1, Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan., 4.9 seconds. 2, Jacob Edler, Alva, Okla., 5.0. 3, Trever Nelson, Coleman, Okla., 6.9. 4, Ross Mosher, Augusta, Mont., 7.1.

Team roping: 1, Jake Stanley, Hermiston, Ore., and Bucky Campbell, Benton City, Wash., 7.3. 2, Lane Ivy, Adrian, Texas, and B.J. Dugger, Three Rivers, Texas, 10.2. 3, Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta and Jeremy Buhler, Abbotsford, B.C., 10.4. 4, David Temple, New Plymouth, Idaho and Tee Jay Brown, Ontario, Ore., 10.3.

Saddle bronc riding: 1, CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 80.5. 2, (tie) Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, and Tyrell Smith, Great Falls, Mont., 80 each. 4, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 79.5.

Tie-down roping: 1, Kyle Lucas, Carstairs, Alberta, 8.8 seconds. 2, Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., 9.0. 3, Clint Arave, Blackfoot, Idaho, 9.8. 4, Joe Keating, Sour Lake, Texas, 10.9.

Barrel racing: 1, Kelsey Lutjen, Casas Grande, Ariz., 17.51 seconds. 2, Katelyn Mcleod, Whitesboro, Texas, 17.54. 3, Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah, 17.91. 4, Chenae Vest, Roosevelt, Utah, 17.96.

Bull riding: (one ride) 1, Lonnie West, Cadogan, Alberta, 78.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Landshark.

Current leaders:

Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Casey Breuer, Mandan, N.D., 80 points on Burch Rodeo’s Big Blue. 2, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, 8. 3, Cody Kiser, Carson City, Nev., 77. 4, Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, 76. 5, Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas, 74. 6, Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La., 73.5.

Steer wrestling: (second round) 1, Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 4.1 seconds. 2, (tie) Straws Milan, Cochrane, Alberta, and Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 4.2. 4, (tie) Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho, and Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 4.4. (total on two) 1, Judd Austin, Preston, Idaho, 9.8 seconds. 2, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 9.9. 3, Nick Guy, Sparta, Wisc., 10.1. 4, Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho, 10.2. 5, (tie) Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., and Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., 10.4.

Team roping: (second round) Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., and Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 4.7. 2, Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 4.8. 3, Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif., and Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif., 5.0. 4, John Alley, Adams, Tenn., and Clark, Adcock, Smithville, Tenn., 5.6. (total on two) 1, (tie) Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., and Junior Nogueiria, Burleson, Texas; and Randon Adams, Logandale, Nev., and Jory Levy, Logandale, Nev.; 12.1 each. 3, J.B. James Jr., Bennett, Colo., and Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz., 13.7. 4, Lane Ivy, Adrian, Texas, and B.J. Dugger, Three Rivers, Texas, 15.3. 5, Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif., 17.0. 6, Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz., and Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah, 19.0.

Saddle bronc riding: (first round) 1, Joe Lufkin, Sallisaw, Okla., 87.5 points on Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic Fringe. 2, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 82.5. 3, CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 80.5. 4, (tie) Tyrell Smith, Great Falls, Mont., and Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 80. 6, Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 79.5.

Tie-down roping: (second round) 1, Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas, 7.9 seconds. 2, (tie) Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas, and Cody McCartney, Ottawa Lake, Mich., 8.2. 4, Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, 8.4. (total on two) 1, Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas, 16.9. 2, Tyson Durfey, Weatherford, Texas, 17.7. 3, Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 18.1. 4, Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D., 18.3. 5, J.C. Malone, Hooper, Utah, 18.4. 6, Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 18.5.

Barrel racing: (second round) 1, Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 17.37. 2, Danna Jo Whitford, Browning, Mont., 17.41. 3, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 17.44. 4, Jolee Lautaret – Jordan, Kingman, Ariz., 17.49. (total on two) 1, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 34.72. 2, Katelyn Mcleod, Whitesboro, Texas, 35.12. 3, Kelsey Lutjen, Casa Grande, Ariz., 35.25. 4, Jolee Lautaret – Jordan, Kingman, Ariz., 35.41. 5, Kimmie Wall, Roosevelt, Utah, 35.42. 6, 3, Danna Jo Whitford, Browning, Mont., 35.52.

Bull riding: (one ride) 1, Lonnie West, Cadogan, Alberta, 78.5 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Landshark.

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