GUYMON, Okla. – Steve Woosley is realistic
“It’d sure be nice to win with an 83, but there’s a lot of rodeo left,” said Woolsey, who has the lead in bull riding at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo after matching moves with Carr Pro Rodeo’s Kickapoo Warrior on Friday night at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. “There are still a lot of good bulls and a lot of good riders to go, but hopefully I can get a little something out of this.”
This is how Woolsey makes his living, riding bucking beasts eight seconds at a time. It’s not an easy life, but it’s the one he’s chosen. He’s pretty good at it, too. Woolsey has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo five times in his young career, but he’s still searching for that first world championship.
“Right now, it just feels good to be riding and feeling good,” he said, noting that he suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament earlier this season. “This is really the first time that I’ve felt this good.”
Woolsey has taken some time away from the arena to heal, but he can’t be on the injury list too long; unlike most professional sports, rodeo cowboys have no guarantees. In fact, they must pay an entry fee in order to compete, and they only get paid if they finish better than most of their competition.
“You can’t sit out until you’re healthy and expect to get paid,” he said. “The longer you’re out, the more you have to do when you can ride, so you don’t want to be out too long.”
Woolsey is not among the top 20 in the world standings, and he’ll have to move into the top 15 if by season’s end if he’s going to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for a sixth time.
“I like playing catch up,” he said with a laugh.
The ultimate dream, of course, is that gold buckle, a prize he’s been chasing since he first dreamed of being a rodeo cowboy. What does it take to reach that goal?
“You just have to stay solid,” he said. “Anyone can make all sorts of excuses, but you’ve got to have the right attitude. You’ve got to know you’re going to win.”
Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo
Bareback riding: 1. Heath Ford, Slocum, Texas, 84 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Grass Dancer; 2. Clint Cannon, Waller, Texas, 79; 3. Matt Crumpler, Winnie, Texas, 77; 4. Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo., 76; 5. Matt Croom, Fort Scott, Kan., 74; 6. Chris Harris, Itasca, Texas, 73.
Team roping: 1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Patrick Smith, Midland, Texas, 7.3 seconds; 2. Justin Yost, Hico, Texas/Kyle Crick, Lipan, Texas, 7.5; 3. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 8.2; 4. Jake Barns, Scottsdale, Ariz./Walt Woodard, Stephenville, Texas, 8.8; 5. Cole Cooper, Grand Junction, Colo./Jay McClain, Byers, Colo., 8.9; 6. Terry Graff, Long Pine, Neb./Matt Wilken, Smithfield, Neb., 14.6.
Steer roping: 1. Shay Good, Midland, Texas, 11.4 seconds; 2. Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas, 13.3; 3 Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 14.6; 4. Jimmie Cooper, Monument, N.M., 15.5; no other qualified times.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Luke Butterfield, Ponoka, Alberta, 82 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Empty Pockets; 2. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., and Jace Garrett, Alliance, Neb., 80; 4. Dustin Flundra, Pincher Creek, Alberta, and Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont., 75; 6. Ty Atchison, Jackson, Mo., 64.
Steer wrestling: 1. Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, 3.8 seconds; 2. T.J. Bohlender, Canyon, Texas, 3.7; 3. Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo., 5.4; 4. Gabe Burrows, Hugoton, Kan., and Termain Debose, Anderson, Texas, 6.0; 6. Jarrett Rasmussen, Valentine, Neb., 26.3.
Tie-down roping: 1. Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas, 8.7 seconds; 2. Jeremiah Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 8.8; 3. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 10.1; 4. Justin Maas, Giddings, Texas, 17.3; 5. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbock, Idaho, 17.7; 6. Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 18.2.
Barrel racing: 1. Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 17.24; 2. Alicia Stockton, Hillsboro, Texas, 17.34; 3. Diane Axmann, Loup City, Neb., 17.61; 4. Deb Christy, Norton, Kan., 17.75; 5. Darcy Clark, Wayne, Okla., 17.77; 6. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 17.87.
Bull riding: 1. Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah, 83 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Kickapoo Warrior; 2. Dillon Tyner, Hoyt, Colo., and Rankin Lindsey, Hillsboro, N.M., 81; 4. Ty Clearwater, Weatherford, Okla., 76; no other qualified rides.