Cowboys with Wyoming ties had a tough night in the third go-round of the National Finals Rodeo on Saturday in Las Vegas.
None of the five finished in the money, although Hillsdale saddle bronc rider Brody Cress did move to third in the average with an 82.5-point ride on top of Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Manhatten Moon. Cress duplicated his score from Friday night, when he finished third in the round, but that was only good for a 10th-place finish Saturday.
Fellow saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston who rodeoed at Sheridan College, tied for 12th with a score of 79.5 points. The defending world champion is now third in the world standings and 12th in the average.
In bareback bronc riding, former Central Wyoming College cowboy Ty Breuer was eighth with a 78.5 and Cowley native JR Vezain was ninth with a 78. Former Gillette College cowboy Chason Floyd had a no-time in steer wrestling.
Three-time defending world champion bull rider Sage Kimzey tied for the third-round win with Cole Melancon as both had 91.5-point rides – the highest roughstock scores of this year’s NFR. Kimzey is now second in the average behind Trey Benton III and increased his lead in the world standings to almost $40,000 over Garrett Smith.
Also picking up wins Saturday were bareback bronc rider Tim O’Connell, who also had a 91.5-point ride; saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley; steer wrestler Kyle Irwin; team ropers Luke Brown and Jake Long; tie-down roper Timber Moore; and barrel racer Hailey Kinsel.