DUNCAN, Okla. – Success in the Prairie Circuit in early May can be a major contributor to end-of-the-year prizes for cowboys and cowgirls who live within the Oklahoma-Kansas-Nebraska region.
Thousands of dollars have been paid out so far, and it’s still early in the circuit season. Since dollars equal championship points, each one is vital along the way to qualifying for the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20-Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Stephens County Arena in Duncan.
Steer roper Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan., has had the greatest success so far inside the circuit, earning more than $7,700. Most of that came from two Oklahoma events – the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo and the Will Rogers Stampede in Claremore. Patterson finished in a tie for fourth in the average in Guymon, then won the first round and the overall title in Claremore.
A three-time world champion, Patterson understands how important it is to do well at all events he can. As a circuit titlist, he knows those opportunities to cash in close to home are vital.
All-around cowboy Cody Doescher of Oklahoma City learned that quickly the first weekend in May. He earned more than $5,000 in both steer wrestling and team roping and finished high in Guymon’s all-around race. It also pushed him to the lead in the circuit’s all-around standings.
Doescher leads the No. 2 man, Ryan Jarrett of Comanche, Okla., by less than $160. That ground can be made up in a hurry, especially for Jarrett, who sits No. 1 in the world standings as of the first week of June. Jarrett isn’t the only southern Oklahoma cowboy to be near the top of the standings. Steer wrestler Shane Frey of Duncan owns a lead of less than $100 over Riley Duvall, a third-generation bulldogger from Checotah, Okla.
Meanwhile, Caddo Lewallen of Morrison, Okla., owns a lead of about $300 over Bryson Sechrist of Apache, Okla. Lewallen pocketed nearly $1,200 in Claremore, Okla., over Memorial Day weekend to shoot past Sechrist into the lead.
Saddle bronc rider Roper Kiesner of Ripley, Okla., is having the best start to his career. He sits atop the standings in his discipline with nearly $5,600 and owns a lead of more than $2,000 over the runner-up, Dalton Davis of Holcomb, Kan.
Other standings leaders are bareback Caine Riddle of Vernon, Texas; header Jesse Stipes of Salina, Okla.; heeler Buddy Hawkins II of Columbus, Kan.; bull rider Trevor Kastner of Ardmore, Okla.; and barrel racer Mary Burger of Pauls Valley, Okla. Burger also is the No. 1 cowgirl in the barrel racing world standings.
There are a number of opportunities still available for cowboys and cowgirls to secure their spots at the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo. Only the top 12 contestants on the money list at the conclusion of the regular season earn the right to compete in Duncan. That means every rodeo in the region will be major stops for them all.