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Garrett Shadbolt rides Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Scarlet’s Web for 86 points on Thursday night to take the bareback riding lead at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo. (PHOTO BY PEGGY GANDER)

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Garrett Shadbolt knew a little bit of the history of Scarlet’s Web.

What he didn’t know was the 17-year-old bay mare’s history at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo. Over the last five years, cowboys have won the bareback riding title on the powerful horse three times. Now he’s trying to make it four.

During Thursday night’s second performance of Lovington’s rodeo, he rode Scarlet’s Web for 86 points to take the bareback riding lead. If he holds on, he will join cowboys J.R. Vezain, Clayton Biglow and Orin Larsen as winners inside Jake McClure Arena on the back of that talented bucking horse – all three men have qualified multiple times for the National Finals Rodeo.

“When I saw that horse next to my name (on the draw), I knew I had something special,” said Shadbolt, a ProRodeo rookie from Merriman, Nebraska. “I’ve seen NFR videos of her. She’s phenomenal.”

Over her career, she’s been selected to perform at the NFR 12 times because of her bucking prowess. Virtually every year, cowboys win a boatload of money in Las Vagas on her back. Part of it is her style, but a big reason for her talent is in her bloodlines: Her dam is Scarlett, a well-known bucking horse and producer; her father was Night Jacket, which has become one of the greatest sires of bucking horses in the sport.

For Shadbolt, he’s just getting his career started. He is 30th in the world standings and third in the rookie standings, and he’d like to move up considerably in both.

“I’ve been chasing Jesse Pope pretty hard in the rookie race,” Shadbolt said. “Last week, I won $5,000 and thought I might have caught up on Jess a bit, but he won more than that and pulled ahead even more.”

That’s part of the game, and he understands that. He also knows that the top prizes in the sport go to those that earn it, so he’ll keep working toward it.

“I want to get my rodeo count to 100,” he said, referring to the number of rodeos in which he hopes to compete. “If I go to 100, I know I gave it my best effort.”

Though most cowboys travel together as a posse, Shadbolt has been going by himself recently. On Thursday, though, he got one of the biggest influences in his life to make the trip down; his father flew the two down.

“I had the privilege of having my dad pull my bareback rigging,” he said about tightening the cinch around the horse to secure the rigging to the animal. “He flew me down and got to pull my rigging on that famous horse.”

A wrestler at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, he likes the physical nature of bareback riding. He hopes that carries over into a big payday in southeast New Mexico.

“Winning big rodeos is more important now than it’s ever been,” Shadbolt said. “I’m just putting the pedal to the metal on this last month or so of rodeo before the end of the year to get out to every tour rodeo I can to reel in those big checks.

“It can change things overnight at these big rodeos.”

Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Lovington, N.M.
Aug. 7-10
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Garrett Shadbolt, 86 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Good Time Charlie; 2. Kyle Charley, 84; 3. Wyatt Denny, 80; 4. Paden Hurst, 79; 5. Hunter Carter, 78; 6. (tie) Ethan Crouch and Kash Wilson, 73.
Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Tyler Pearson, 3.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Kalane Anders and Brady Dallin Reneau, 4.0; 4. (tie) Blake Knowles and Miguel Garcia, 4.2; 6. (tie) Jace Melvin, Miguel Garacia and Matt Reeves, 4.4. Second round leaders: 1. Cody Harmon, 3.1 seconds; 2. Dakota Eldridge, 3.4; 3. (tie) Nick Guy and Jacob Talley, 3.5; 5. Tyler Pearson, 3.7; 6. (tie) Kalane Anders and Russell Armenta, 3.8; 8. Sam Houston Powers, 4.0. Average leaders: 1. Tyler Pearson, 7.6 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Kalane Anders and Jacob Talley, 7.8; 4. Russell Armenta, 8.2; 5. Dakota Eldridge, 8.3; 6. Matt Reeves, 8.5; 7. Miguel Garcia, 8.7; 8. Justin Shaffer, 8.8.
Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Stetson Vest, 8.3 seconds; 2. Treg Schaack, 8.6; 3. (tie) Marty Yates and Clint Cooper, 8.8; 5. (tie) Michael Otero and Shad Mayfield, 9.1; 7. Cooper Martin, 9.4; 8. (tie) Brian Gar and Tyler Prcin, 9.5; 10. Reese Riemer, 9.6. Second round leaders: 1. Shad Mayfield, 7.3 seconds; 2. (tie) Ty Harris and Richard Newton, 7.6; 4. Tuf Cooper, 7.7; 5. Chance Oftedahl, 7.9; 6.  Randall Carlisle, 8.5; 7. (tie) Joseph Gernentz and Cooper Martin, 8.7. Average leaders: 1. Shad Mayfield, 16.4 seconds on two runs; 2. Stetson Vest, 17.2; 3. Richard Newton, 17.6; 4. (tie) Chance Oftedahl and Cooper Martin, 18.1; 6. Tyler Prcin, 18.6; 7. Ty Baker, 18.9; 9. Joseph Gernentz, 19.2.
Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Ryder Wright, 85.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Downtown; 2. Brody Cress, 83; 3. Tegan Smith, 82.5; 4. Joe Harper, 77; 5. Brandon Lansford, 74; 6. Rowdy Chesser, 73; no other qualified rides.
Steer roping: First round leaders: 1. Shay Good, 10.3 seconds; 2. Thomas Smith, 10.4; 3. Garrett Hale, 11.3; 4. Cody Lee, 11.9; 5. Landon McClaugherty, 12.1; 6. Chet Herren, 12.7; 7. Billy Good, 13.2; 8. Laramie Allen, 14.5. Second round leaders: 1. Roger Branch, 10.7 seconds; 2. Bryce Davis, 11.0; 3. Trevor Brazile, 11.1; 4. Billy Good, 11.4; 5. Thomas Smith, 11.7; 6. Darin Suit, 13.3; 7. Laramie Allen, 14.3; 8. Ryan Willberg, 14.5. Third round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 8.9 seconds; 2. Reo Lohse, 9.0; 3. (tie) Roger Branch and Chet Herren, 10.0; 5. J. Tom Fisher, 10.9; 6. Corey Ross, 12.1; 7. Garrett Hale, 12.4; 8. Billy Good, 15.3; no other qualified runs. Average leaders: 1. Billy Good, 39.9 seconds on three runs; 2. Cody Lee, 43.7; 3. Laramie Allen, 44.2; 4. Trevor Brazile, 20.0 seconds on two runs; 5. Roger Branch, 20.7; 6. Thomas Smith, 22.1; 7. Chet Herren, 22.7; 8. Garrett Hale, 23.7.
Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Paul David Tierney/Tanner Braden, 4.7 seconds; 2. Jake Cooper/Caleb Anderson, 4.9; 3. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 5.3; 4. Bubba Buckaloo/Shay Carroll, 5.5; 5. Nelson Wyatt/Levi Lord, 5.6; 6. Jeff Flenniken/Tyler Worley, 5.7; 7. Matt Sherwood/Hunter Koch, 6.0; 8. Charly Crawford/Logan Medlin, 6.5. Second round leaders: 1. Aaron Tsinigine/Patrick Smith, 4.1 seconds; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.4; 3. Kolton Schmidt/Jeremy Buhler, 4.5; 4. Charly Crawford/Logan  Medlin, 5.1; 5. Chace Thompson/Tyson Thompson, 5.2; 6. Edward Hawley Jr./Myles John, 5.3; 7. Jeff Flenniken/Tyler Worley, 5.4; 8. Jesse Clark/Shank Edwards, 5.7. Average leaders: 1. Jeff Flenniken/Tyler Worley, 11.1 seconds on two runs; 2. Charly Crawford/Logana Medlin, 11.6; 3. Chace Thompson/Tyson Thompson, 11.9; 4. Aaron Tsinigine/Patrick Smith, 13.0; 5. Jake Cooper/Caleb Anderson, 13.5; 6. Paul David Tierney/Tanner Braden, 15.9; 7. Michael Malmelat/T.J. Brown, 22.0; 8. Matt Sherwood/Hunter Koch, 25.3.
Barrel racing leaders: 1. Ericka Nelson, 17.50 seconds; 2. Lori Todd, 17.63; 3. Tierra Gray, 17.93; 4. Ilyssa Glass, 18.02; 5. Jessica Frost, 18.13; 6. Sharon Harrell, 18.16; 7. Jordan Kircher, 18.60; 8. Jenna Duhon, 19.58; 9. Nancy Velazquez, 24.61; no other qualified runs.
Bull riding leaders: 1. Daylon Swearingen, on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Tumble Weed, and Wyatt Nez, on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Super Villain, 85 points; 3. Chase Dougherty, 83; 4. Cole Meloncon, 81.5; no other qualified scores.


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