10-year-old buckskin mare
DAM: Coca Cola
Bucked off Matt Bright in Round 1 and was the high-marked bareback horse.
D.V. Fennell scored 82 points in the fifth go-round.
Heath Ford scored 84 to finish third and Joe Gunderson posted an 83 to finish in a tie for fourth at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo.
J.R. Vezain posted an 84-point ride to finish in a tie for fifth place at the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo.
Casey Colletti and Tanner Aus both scored 86 points to finish in a tie for third place at the Eagle County (Colo.) Fair and Rodeo.
Caleb Bennett finished in a tie for eighth place with an 84 at the Lea County (N.M.) Fair and Rodeo.
Steven Anding scored 88 points to win the Waller County (Texas) Fair and Rodeo in its inaugural year in the PRCA.
Caleb Bennett scored 84 and Casey Colletti scored 83, and both cowboys placed at the Eagle County (Colo.) Fair & rodeo.
Tilden Hooper finished in a tie for fifth place with an 84 at the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo.
Bee Jay Scott and Cody DeMers each scored 84s on Grass Dancer to finish in a tie for fourth place at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo.
Grass Dancer shares the world record for the highest bareback score in the history of the PRCA. She’s been part of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times.
“The combination of things really made a difference for me that day,” said Ryan Gray, who rode Grass Dancer for the world record-tying 94 points at the Eagle County (Colo.) Fair & Rodeo in 2009. “The horses were feeling good, and it was cool in Eagle. Grass Dancer is a great horse, and she had a great day. The match-up was there, and everything came together.”
“She was a saddle bronc horse that I moved over to bareback and has been a feature horse ever since,” said Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo. “She’s probably a better outdoor horse, but the bareback riders still take her to the NFR because of all her outstanding trips during the year outdoors.”
“I’ve gotten on that horse three or four times,” said Tilden Hooper, a three-time NFR qualifier from Carthage, Texas, who placed on Grass Dancer in Pecos, Texas, in 2010. “I was probably one of the first people to get on that horse. That horse really gets in the air. She has some nasty trips some times. She can jump in the air, break over and kick. I had her at Pecos, and I messed her up to be a really big score. She is always a horse that I look highly on.”