Andy Martinez received a nice consolation prize after a disappointing second round at the Calgary Stampede.
The former Central Wyoming College bareback rider won Saturday night's short go-round and the five-day aggregate at the Central Wyoming Rodeo.
He left the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds Outdoor Arena $3,489.25 richer.
"That'll help," Martinez said enthusiastically.
Martinez will take all the cash he can get. He ranks No. 5 in the current Jack Daniel's World Standings and is on pace to make his second consecutive appearance in the National Finals Rodeo. The Pavillion cowboy entered the week $12,169 behind Royce Ford of Hudson, Colo., the top bareback rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
He also entered the week in good standing at the lucrative Calgary Stampede. But Martinez was saddled with 76 points in Wednesday's second-round performance and finished one spot out of a berth in today's short go.
Martinez planned to be in Canada today nonetheless. Traveling partner Kelly Timberman of Mills qualified for the short go.
"Kelly's in, so we'll go watch him win some money," Martinez said.
Martinez posted the top bareback riding score Saturday night in Casper when he rode Cervi Championship Rodeo's Grit Your Teeth for 87 points. He recorded a two-head score of 169. Bobby Mote of Redmond, Ore., took second in the aggregate with 164 points, which earned him $1,908.42.
Timberman was second in the short go with 84 points on Brand Inspection Pet and fourth in the aggregate with a 160. Timberman, the defending world champion, pocketed $1,662.72 in Casper. He also will take all the money he can get. Timberman is gaining steam after a slow season, and despite being ranked 26th overall, he's intent on making the top 15 by season's end and defending his title at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas in December.
Timberman can greatly enhance his standing with a strong showing today in Calgary. He enters the 10-man short go tied for sixth with Davey Shields Jr. of Bashaw, Alberta, Canada. Each had 167 points on two head. Cimmaron Gerke of Fort Worth, Texas, the 2003 College National Finals Rodeo champion at the Casper Events Center, leads the aggregate with 177 points. Former Central Wyoming College and University of Wyoming contestant Heath Ford is fourth at 169.
After today's short go, the top four finishers in each event will advance to the winner-take-all, $50,000 bonus round.
Several contestants with ties to the Cowboy State are up in today's Calgary short round.
Cheyenne steer wrestler Frank Thompson is sitting fourth with 7.5 seconds, just five-tenths of a second behind the leader, Beau Franzen of Goodwell, Okla. Former UW Cowboy Birch Negaard is seventh with an 8.0 on two runs.
Kaycee's Bryce Miller is tied for ninth in saddle bronc riding with a 161, just six points behind the leader, Scott Bresee of Ponoka, Alberta.
And in barrel racing, Casper's Jonee Crozier is ninth with 35.53 seconds. Linda Vick of Hesperia, Calif., is the leader at 34.9.
Back in Casper on Saturday night, Negaard took second in the short go and in the aggregate. His run of 4.5 seconds on Saturday gave him 8.6 for the week.
Cody DeMoss of Crowville, La., doubled up in saddle bronc riding. He won the short go with 83 points on Smokeless Rio Bravo and took the aggregate with 160 on two. DeMoss came away with $4,187.50.
Gillette's Chet Johnson, who also is making a bid for his first NFR berth, was second in the short round and second overall. Johnson, who entered the week ranked 11th in the Jack Daniel's World Standings, scored 79 points on Boot Scootin' Boogie in the final round and had 156 on two. He collected $3,193.75 at the Central Wyoming Rodeo.
Only six bull riders showed up for the short round out of a possible 12, and none reached the 8-second buzzer. That meant all four contestants earned $416.66 in short-go money. Sonny Murphy of Herriman, Utah, was named the aggregate winner based on his 75-point ride in the long go-round. That earned him another $2,368.12.
Bareback Riding: 1. Andy Martinez, Pavillion, 87 points on Grit Your Teeth, $1,000; 2. Kelly Timberman, Mills, 84, $750; 3. Jason Havens, Bend, Ore., 83; 4. Bobby Mote, Redmond, Ore., 81, $250.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1. Cody DeMoss, Crowville, La., 83 points on Smokeless Rio Bravo, $1,000; 2. Chet Johnson, Gillette, 79, $750; 3. Cody Taton, Newell, S.D., 77, $500; 4. (tie) Denny Hay, Mayerthorp, Alberta, Canada, and Jeremiah Diffee, Hatfield, Ark., 75, $125.
Bull Riding: No qualified rides.
Steer Wrestling: 1. Jason Lahr, Emporia, Kan., 4.4 seconds, $1,140; 2. Birch Negaard, Buffalo, S.D., 4.5, $855; 3. (tie) Cole Fritzlan, and Ken Lewis, 4.8, $427.50.
Tie-Down Roping: 1. Justin Maass, Giddings, Texas, 9.3 seconds, $1,060; 2. (tie) Joe Beaver, Huntsville, Texas, and Fred Whitfield, Hockley, Texas, 9.4, $662.50; 4. Stran Smith, Childress, Texas, 9.6, $265.
Team Roping: 1. Charles Pogue/Boogie Ray, 5.4 seconds, $840; 2. Blaine Linaweaver/B.J. Campbell, 5.8, $630; 3. Cody Dempsey/Coley Frerck, 6.1, $420; 4. (tie) Logan Olson/Cody Hintz, and Scott MacKey/Craig Mader, 6.3, $105.
Barrel Racing: 1. Sheri Sinor Estrada, Alamogordo, N.M., 16.78 seconds, $1,023.16; 2. Talina Bird, Lubbock, Texas, 16.81, $767.37; 3. Kassie Mowry, Springer, Okla., 17.19, $511.58; 4. Sabrina Ketcham, Yeso, N.M., 17.28, $255.79.
(On Two Head)
Bareback Riding: 1. Andy Martinez, Pavillion, 169 points, $2,489.25; 2. Bobby Mote, Redmond, Ore., 164, $1,908.42; 3. Jason Havens, Bend, Ore., 161, $1,410.57; 4. Kelly Timberman, Mills, 160, $912.72; 5. Silas Richards, Azle, Texas, 157, $580.82; 6. Clint Cannon, Waller, Texas, 150, $414.87; 7. Tyson Thompson, Templeton, Calif., 82, $331.90; 8. (tie) Scott Montague; Chris Timberman, Casper; and Rowdy Buechner, 75, $82.97.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1. Cody DeMoss, Crowville, La., 160, $3,187.50; 2. Chet Johnson, Gillette, 156, $2,443.75; 3. Cody Taton, Newell, S.D., 153, $1,806.25; 4. Jeremiah Diffee, Hatfield, Ark., 151, $1,168.75; 5. Denny Hay, Mayerthorp, Alberta, $743.75; 6. Dustin Thompson, Brookes, Alberta, 140, $531.25; 7. Rod Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, 79, $425; 8. Ben Morrow, Calgary, Alberta, 76, $318.75.
Bull Riding: (on one qualified ride) 1. Sonny Murphy, Herriman, Utah, 75 points, $2,368.12; 2. Levi Smith, Steamboat Rock, Iowa, 73, $1,815.56; 3. (tie) Jarrod Craig, and Jake Booco, 71, $1,105.12; 5. Pistol Robinson, 70, $552.56; 6. Cody Beeson, 66, $394.68.
Steer Wrestling: 1. Jason Lahr, Emporia, Kan., 8.5 seconds, $3,621.63; 2. Birch Negaard, Buffalo, S.D., 8.6, $3,149.25; 3. Ken Lewis, 8.8, $2,676.86; 4. Dane Hanna, 8.9, $2,204.47; 5. (tie) Garrett Nokes; Ronnie Fields, Oklahoma City; and Cole Fritzlan, 9.2, $1,259.69; 8. Hank Hollenbeck, 9.5, $314.92.
Tie-Down Roping: 1. Justin Maass, Giddings, Texas, 17.8 seconds, $3,447.98; 2. Fred Whitfield, Hockley, Texas, 18.2, $2,998.25; 3. Stran Smith, Childress, Texas, 18.9, $2,548.51; 4. Joe Beaver, Huntsville, Texas, 19.6, $2,098.77; 5. (tie) Trevor Brazile, and Houston Hutto, 20.5, $1,424.16; 7. Royce Lynch, 21.4, $749.56; 8. Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 22.7, $299.82.
Team Roping: 1. Charles Pogue/Boogie Ray, 16.7 seconds, $2,471.18 each; 2. Tyler Dempsey/Coley Frerck, 17.7, $2,148.85; 3. David Key/Clayton Grant, 17.8, $1,826.52; 4. Joe Beaver/Dennis Gatz, 18.2, $1,504.19; 5. Britt Givens/Shane Hampton, 18.6, $1,181.86; 6. Blaine Linaweaver/B.J. Campbell, 18.9, $859.54; 7. Scott MacKey/Craig Mader, 19.1, $537.21; 8. Logan Olson/Cody Hintz, 19.4, $214.88.
Barrel Racing: 1. Sheri Sinor Estrada, Alamogordo, N.M., 33.72 seconds, $2,417.21; 2. Talina Bird, Lubbock, Texas, 33.92, $2,071.89; 3. Sabrina Ketcham, Yeso, N.M., 34.25, $1,726.58; 4. Kassie Mowry, Springer, Okla., 34.28, $1,496.37; 5. Chani Payne, Sulphur Springs, Texas, 34.39, $1,151.05; 6. (tie) Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., and Megan McLeod, Star, Idaho, 34.42, $805.73; 8. Marisa Simpson, Alpine, Ariz., $460.42; 9. Tiffany Henkel, Fort Meyers, Fla., 34.51, $345.31; 10. Jonee Crozier, Casper, 34.52, $230.21.