Ferley takes love for the game to No. 1 in Guymon

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Chad Ferley, the 2006 world champion saddle bronc rider, matches moves with Frontier Rodeo's Griz during the second performance of the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo on Sunday afternoon. He leads the bronc riding with an 87. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)
Chad Ferley, the 2006 world champion saddle bronc rider, matches moves with Frontier Rodeo's Griz during the second performance of the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo on Sunday afternoon. He leads the bronc riding with an 87. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

GUYMON, Okla. – The accolades are great, and the gold buckles are awesome, but that’s not why Chad Ferley competes in rodeo.

Chad Ferley
Chad Ferley

“I’m just out here to make as much money as I can and get on good bucking horses,” said Ferley, the 2006 world champion saddle bronc rider from Oelrichs, S.D. “If you get on a good bucking horse, it makes your day even better. If it happens at the end that you get a gold, it’s great.”

Ferley had a great time on Saturday afternoon, posting an 87-point ride on Frontier Rodeo Co.’s Griz to take the lead at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. He’s two points ahead of 2009 world champion Jesse Kruse heading into the final two performances of Oklahoma’s Richest Rodeo, celebrating its 80th anniversary this weekend.

“I didn’t know a lot about that horse,” Ferley said. “I knew it was good. I knew it’d been to the NFR, but she was good.”

Both Ferley and Griz were atop their game on a hot Sunday afternoon in the state’s Panhandle region. That marking should guarantee Ferley a good paycheck, if not the outright win – it would be the first time in his 12-year career that he had won this rodeo.

“I’ve placed here a couple of times,” he said. “The last couple of years I didn’t have very good horses, but I had a good one today.”

Cody Scheck
Cody Scheck

Cody Scheck of Ellinwood, Kan., has had mixed reviews at Pioneer Days Rodeo over the last few years. Scheck, a three-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, moved into the lead of this year’s championship with a solid 12.1-second run on Saturday afternoon – he sits atop the fifth-round and average standings, having tied down four of five steers in 70.5 seconds.

Doing well in Guymon is important to the Kansas cowboy.

It means a lot,” he said. “When I first started, I always did good at Guymon. They had the steer roping out at Texhoma, and it was kind of a pasture doctoring contest. The last three years, I don’t think I’ve scratched at Guymon.”

Through the first four rounds, Scheck had earned just $656, but he is in position to add to that. Of course, the top cowboys in the aggregate have yet to compete, so he’s keeping that in mind with performances set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Making any money here helps because it gives you some money as you set out on the summer run,” Scheck said.

Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo
Second performance
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Kaycee Feild, 86 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Change; 2. Will Lowe, 84; 3. Richie Champion and Ryan Gray, 81.0; 5. Jessy Davis, 80. 6. Jared Keylon, 77; 7. Matt Bright, 75; 8. Kyle Brennecke, 74.
Team roping: Third-round leaders: 1. Bobby Joe Hill/Mickey Gomez, 7.1 seconds; 2. Erich Rogers/Kory Koontz, 7.2; 3. Ty Blasingame/Rich Skelton, 7.6; 4. Miles Williams/Justen Johnson, 7.7; 5. Brock Hanson/Ryan Motes, 8.3; 6. Jake Barnes/Jhett Johnson and David Key/Travis Woodard, 8.7; 6. Cody Lee/Cole Keith Jackson, 8.8. Average leaders: 1. Jake Barnes/Jhett Johnson, 21.8 on three runs; 2. David Key/Travis Woodard and Cody Lee/Cole Keith Jackson, 25.1; 4. Bobby Joe Hill/Mickey Gomez, 29.1; 5. Tyler Wade/Tyler Barton, 30.7; 6. Casey Hicks/Nick simmons, 34.2; 7. Bobby Boyd/Shain Sproul, 25.1; 8. Brock Hanson/Ryan Motes, 13.3 on two.
Steer roping: Fifth-round leaders: 1. Cody Scheck, 12.1 seconds; 2. Cody Lee, 12.4; 3. Rocky Patterson, 13.0; 4. Chet Herren, 13.5; 5. Cash Myers, 13.9; 6. Justin Bay, 15.4; 7. Will Gasperson, 16.4; 8. Jim Folk, 17.7. Average leaders: Cody Scheck, 70.5 seconds on four runs; 2. Will Gasperson, 73.2; 3. Shay Good, 77.2; 4. Cody Lee, 40.9 on three; 5. Chet Herren, 47.3; 6. Rocky Patterson, 47.5 on three; 7. Shorty Garten, 48.7; 8. Cash Myers, 49.4.
Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Chad Ferley, 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Griz; 2. Jesse Kruse, 85 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Corner Guard; 2. Jesse Bail, 83; 4. Jeff Willert, 82; 5. Cody Martin, 81; 6. Jeremy Ray Melancon, 79; 7. Joaquin Real and Justin Browning, 78.
Steer wrestling: Third-round leaders: 1. Sean Mulligan, 4.1 seconds; 2. Casey Martin and Shayde Etherton, 4.3; 4. Hunter Cure, 4.7; 5. Cooper Shofner, 4.8; 6. Todd Suhn, 5.0; 7. Matt Reeves, 5.1; 8. Mitchell Gardner and Dru Melvin, 5.3. Average leaders: 1. Todd Suhn, 13.9 seconds; 2. Mitchell Gardner, 14.7; 3. Cooper Shofner, 15.3, 4. Dru Melvin, 17.5; 5. Sean Mulligan, 17.9; 6. Brent Sutton, 20.8; 7. Shayde Etherton, 22.8 on three; 2. Casey Martin and Gabe Taylor, 23.0.
Tie-down roping: Third-round leaders: 1. Dane Kissack and Fred Whitfield, 7.6 seconds; 3. Cody McCartney, 7.9; 4. Ace Slone, 8.1; 5. Blair Burk, 8.5; 6. Cody Prescott, 9.0; Cimarron Thompson, 9.7; 8. Colby Lovell and Jeremiah Peek, 10.1. Average leaders: 1. Blair Burk, 24.2 seconds on three; 2. Cody McCartney, 24.4; 3. Jeremiah Peek, 27.4; 4. Cody Prescott, 28.3; 5. Fred Whitfield, 28.8; 6. Dane Kissack, 29.3; 7. Clint Cooper, 29.7; 6. Ace Slone, 31.9.
Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Stevi Hillman and Sabrina Ketcham, 17.19 seconds; 3. Kaley Bass, 17.24; 4. Sherry Cervi, 17.25; 5. Fallon Taylor, 17.36; 6. Brittany Grant, 17.45; 7. Meagan Reichert, 17.46; 8. Rainy Graham, 17.56; 9. Lisa Ogden and Kara Large, 17.55.  Average leaders: 1. Sherry Cervi, 34.55 seconds on two; 2. Kaley Bass, 34.80; 3. Brittany Gratn, 34.90; 4. Meagan Reichert, 34.99; 5. Lisa Ogden, 35.18; 6. Stevi Hillman, 35.22; 7. Kassidy Dennison, 35.27; 8. Delores Toole, 35.37.
Bull riding leaders: 1. Josh Koschel, 84 points on Frontier Rodoe’s Tiger Lips; 2. Dustin Elliott, 82 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Charlie’s Bandito; 2. Jimmy Anderson, 77; 3. Clayton Savage, 74; 4. Brett Stall, 66.


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