CLAREMORE, Okla. – Joel Schlegel has found young lady to his liking.
Sadie’s Gal is a 9-year-old dark brown mare from the Dallas-based livestock firm of Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo. On Saturday night, Schlegel matched moves with the horse for 84 points to take the bareback riding lead during the second performance of the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo.
“I got on her in Bay City (Texas) earlier this year and won that one,” said Schlegel, 27, of Burns, Colo. “She’s a really good horse that went to the National Finals Rodeo a couple years ago. She’s not the most famous one of Pete’s, but you can dang sure place on her anywhere she’s at.”
Carr is one of the most recognized stock contractors in the sport, having had more animals selected to the NFR each of the past three years than any other livestock producer in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
“When you get a horse like that, you have a shot to win every time if you do your job,” Schlegel said, noting that the score is based equally on a cowboy’s ability to ride and the animal’s ability to buck and kick.
This is the Carr firm’s fourth year producing Claremore’s rodeo, now celebrating its 70th year. The Will Rogers Stampede also is the two-time reigning PRCA Small Rodeo of the Year.
“I haven’t been to this rodeo in a few years, but I’d heard how good it is, especially now that they have Pete as the stock contractor and the horses he has,” Schlegel said. “Sometimes you enter a rodeo because it’s a good rodeo. If it’s enjoyable and fun, you tend to steer that way because there are so many rodeos going on.
“If you have a chance to come to one you like, you dang sure come.”
The Colorado cowboy has found several rodeos to his liking in 2016. Not only did he win in Bay City, he also collected the win on another Carr horse in Nacogdoches, Texas, in late March. He sits 44th in the world standings with the bulk of the big-money rodeo season remaining.
“I feel like this is the best I’ve ever ridden in my life,” Schlegel said. “I’ve had a lot of bumps and bruises over the years when I was in my early 20s that has held me back a little, but I feel great. I hope I can catch a lick and see if that gets me to the (National) Finals.”
For now, though, he’s enjoying his run through Oklahoma.
Will Rogers Stampede
Leaders through second performance
Bareback riding: 1. Joel Schlegel, 84 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sadie’s Gal; 2. Zach Hibler, 77.5; 3. Mark Kreder, 77; 4. Justin Pollmiller, 74.5; 5. Colt Kitaif, 74; 6. Blaine Kaufman, 73.
Steer wrestling: 1. Jarek VanPetten, 4.4 seconds; 2. Riley Duvall, 5.0; 3. (tie) Travis Burgett, Chance Howard and Jon Ragatz, 5.2; 6. Nick Guy, 5.5; 7. Jacob Talley, 5.6; 8. Mitchell Gardner, 5.7.
Tie-down roping: 1. Jesse Hinkle, 8.3 seconds; 2. Lane Jeffrey, 9.0; 3. Caddo Lewallen, 9.2; 4. Travis Rogers, 9.9; 5. Jared Mark Kempker, 10.2; 6. Clay Brown, 10.5.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Shade Etbauer, 85 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s The Darkness; 2. Curtis Garton, 83; 3. Dean Wadsworth, 80; 4. Will Smith, 79; 5. Cody Rud, 77.5; 5. Nat Stratton, 76.5; 6. Joe Lufkin, 75
Team roping: 1. Jesse Stipes/Buddy Hawkins II, 5.6 seconds; 2. Troy Boone/Kingston Chang, 5.8; 3. (tie) Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward and Phillip McCoy/Justin Fox, 5.9; 5. (tie) Casey Hicks/Braden Harmon, Payden Emmett/Justin Pruitt and Cole Sherwood/Steve Sherwood, 6.2; 8. Thompson Berryhill/Thomas Smith, 6.3.
Steer roping: First round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 10.7 seconds, $1,166; Kim Ziegelgruber, 12.2, $874; 3. Marty Poppino, 12.8, $583; 4. Vin Fisher Jr., 13.0, $291. Second round 1. Chet Herren, 10.9 seconds, $1,116; 2. J. Tom Fisher, 11.3, $874; 3. Ralph Williams, 11.5, $583; 4. (tie) Ryan O’Rourke and Guy Allen, 12.1, $146 each. Third round leaders: 1. Guy Allen, 9.9 seconds; 2. Rocky Patterson, 11.1; 3. Brady Garten, 11.4; 4. (tie) Lawson Plemons and Vin Fisher Jr., 12.0. Average leaders: 1. Rocky Patterson, 37.7 seconds on three runs; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., 36.0; 3. Thomas Smith, 40.8; 4. Tyrel Taton, 57.1.
Barrel racing: 1. Emily Miller, 17.80 seconds; 2. (tie) Stevi Hillman and Gretchen Benbenek, 17.83; 4. Paula Mercer, 17.88; 5. Tracy Nowlin, 17.89; 6. Chelsie Shoop, 17.92; 7. Sallye Williams, 17.94; 8. Kyra Stierwalt, 17.98; 9. Kyra Travis, 18.09; 10. Savannah Pearson, 18.15.
Bull riding: 1. Trevor Kastner, 87 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Resurrected; 2. Toby Collins, 80; 3. Lane Lasley, 73; no other qualified rides.