SILVER CITY, N.M. – An amazing crowd witnessed a young bull rider make a veteran ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Junior Bonner on the final night of the Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo this past Saturday night at Southwest Horseman’s Park.
It was just one of many highlights of the four-night exposition, which featured many of the top bull riders in the game, many of whom competed in a special night of bull riding Wednesday, June 4.
Turner, of Stephenville, Texas, posted a 90-point ride to win the bull riding and collect more than $3,700. He beat a field that included former world champions and numerous qualifiers to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
The Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo highlighted a mixed bag of 2014 champions, from three-time world champion steer roper Rocky Patterson and two-time world champion saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy to a pair of NFR qualifiers: barrel racer Michele McLeod and bareback rider Jared Smith, who shared the event title with Bill Tutor.
Muncy, 26, of Corona, N.M., scored 86 points and $1,644 by matching moves with Carr’s Ginger, a 21-year-old bay mare that has performed at the NFR five times in her career. Smith and Tutor shared the bareback riding crown with 85-point rides; Smith rode Carr’s Sundown, while Tutor was matched with Carr’s Touched By An Angel.
Other winners were all-around champion Cutter Parsons, who competed in tie-down roping and steer wrestling; team ropers Arky Rogers and Travis Woodard; steer wrestler Monty Eakin; and tie-down roper Donovan Yazzie.