Kyle Hughes has been around ProRodeo for more than a decade, best known as a great all-around cowboy.
On Friday night during the opening round of Super Series II at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the talented Colorado hand made a significant statement with a blistering 3.2-second run. The feat matched an arena record. More importantly, it gave Hughes the $2,000 first-place prize, a giant advantage in qualifying for the next level in the bracketed format.
Two-time and reigning bulldogging world champ Dean Gorsuch posted a 4.0-second run to finish second and collect $1,000. Les Shepperson had a 4.4 to finish third, earning $500.
Saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer, coming off his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, scored an 80.5 to win saddle bronc riding, followed by Tyler Corrington’s 78 and Josh Reynolds’ 75. Team ropers Ty Blasingame and Cody Hintz won the round with a 4.9, while Texan Scott Kormos won tie-down roping in 7.8 seconds.
Second-generation bareback rider Kaycee Feild scored 85 points for the win, just two points ahead of Joe Gunderson. Bull rider Clayton Foltyn had an 86.5 to win the round, where just three cowboys earned qualified rides.
Barrel racer Sherry Cervi, the three-time champion, rounded the cloverleaf pattern in 14.31 seconds. She finished 26/100ths of a second ahead of Jill Moody, who won the NFR average title in December.
The race continues with Saturday’s second go-round of Super Series II.