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Kassie Mowry stopped the clock in 14.04 seconds during Thursday’s 10th performance of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. She won the second round and leads the aggregate heading into Friday’s championship round. She won the San Angelo title in 2017.

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Kassie Mowry was in a bit of a hurry during Thursday’s 10th performance of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

It’s good for her to be in that position, because she’s used to going fast. She trains barrel racing horses, and she’s pretty darn good at her job. She and her mount, Will, made everything happen in a rush, winning the second go-round and moving into the two-run aggregate lead. She will head into Friday’s championship round in the top spot with hopes of earning her second San Angelo title in six years.

Her job wasn’t done once the race was over, though. She loaded up her stead – Will, an 8-year-old gray gelding – and headed back home to Dublin, Texas, because she has a morning schedule to keep before returning to Tom Green County Friday evening.

“He always surprises people, because he’s so big that it looks like he’s just loping,” said Mowry, a three-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier. “He’s a big boy. He’s 17 hands tall, but he can clock really well.”

The tandem rounded the cloverleaf pattern in 14.04 seconds, the fastest of the rodeo. They have a two-run cumulative time of 29.86 seconds, the only team to post a sub-30-second aggregate. They finished the first round in a tie for second place, and with one night remaining, Mowry has already earned $11,753 in San Angelo.

“This rodeo has been huge for me,” she said. “I actually won this rodeo in 2017, and it was a qualifier to get into Houston. I was nowhere in the standings, but I got invited into Houston and won Houston. I made the NFR that year because of San Angelo and Houston.”

That’s valuable, because both rodeos are close to her home. Because she focuses her attention on training and showing colts through the futurity season, she expects her run in Angelo to be her last in ProRodeo until the first of July.

“I’m not able to be gone (rodeoing) very much because of the colts and the futurities,” Mowry said. “I have to make every run count.”

She’s doing that on Will, a big bruiser she estimates to weigh about 1,500 pounds. They’ll try their hand at the pattern inside Foster Communications Coliseum one more time.

“I have a lot of confidence in my horse,” she said. “I feel like if he leaves the barrels up, he usually clocks really good. I just have to be good with my timing. He’s a lot of horse to get around a barrel, so my timing is really important to his success.

“Because he’s had some injury issues, he’s really green for his age. He’s not been hauled a lot, but he’s big and he tries hard. He doesn’t back down.”

Rookie bareback rider Luke Thrash also doesn’t back down from a challenge. He rode J Bar J Rodeo’s Think Pink for 88.5 points to win the first round, earning nearly $7,600 and giving himself a shot at the elusive title come Friday night. With that, he moved into fifth in the Resistol Rookie of the Year standings and moved into the top 15 in the world standings.

There are still two nights of rodeo remaining in San Angelo. Friday features the top 12 contestants in each event battling for the rodeo’s title, and the Cinch Chute-Out will close out the three weeks of incredible action in west Texas.

Josh Frost rides Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Up The Ante for 88 points to secure his spot in the short round.

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
March 31-April 14

Because of technical issues, not all events have round payouts.
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Luke Thrash, 88.5 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Think Pink, $7,569; 2. Andy Gingerich, 87.5, $5,803; 3. (tie) Jess Pope, Clayton Biglow, Cole Reiner and Leighton Berry, 87, $2,523 each; 7. Orin Larsen, 86.5, $1,009; 8. Shane O’Connell, 86, $757; 9. Bronc Marriott, 85.5; 10. (tie) Richmond Champion and Jacek Frost, 84.5; 12. (tie) R.C. Landingham, Caleb Bennett and Kody Lamb, 84.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Dakota Eldridge, 3.4 seconds, $6,530; 2. (tie) Will Lummus and Josh Garner, 3.5, $5,252 each; 4. Jay Williamson, 3.7, $3,975; 5. (tie) Eli Lord, Logan Kenline, Denard Butler and Remey Parrott, 3.8, $1,845 each. Second round leaders: 1. Cash Robb, 3.2 seconds, $6,530; 2. (tie) Justin Shaffer and Cody Devers, 3.5, $5,252 each; 4. (tie) Tanner Milan and Brandon Harrison, 3.8, $3,549 each; 6. Stan Branco, 3.9, $2,271; 7. (tie) Tucker Allen, Joe Nelson and Talon Roseland, 4.1, $662 each. Average leaders: 1. Ty Erickson, 8.1 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Cody Devers, Will Lummus and Eli Lord, 8.2; 5. Jesse Brown, 8.3; 6. Jay Williamson, 8.4; 7. (tie) Talon Roseland and Jacob Talley, 8.5; 9. Cash Robb, 8.6; 10. (tie) Paul Melvin and Mason Couch, 8.8; 12. Tyler Pearson, 8.9.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Jaxson Tucker/Wyatt Cox and J.C. Yeahquo/L.J. Yeahquo, 3.9 seconds, $5,188 each; 3. Dustin Equsquiza/Levi Lord, Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira and Cyle Denison/Cody Hogan, 4.0, $3,378 each; 6. Chad Masters/Trey Yates, 4.1, $1,930; 7. (tie) Shay Carrol/Evan Arnold, Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins and Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 4.2, $563 each. Second round leaders: 1. Erich Rogers/Paul Eaves, 3.4 seconds; 2. Brenten Hall/Paden Bray, 3.6 seconds; 3. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 3.7; 4. (tie) Coy Brittain/Colton Brittain and Billy Bob Brown/Kirby Blankenship, 4.0 seconds; 6. (tie) Derrick Begay/Colter Todd and Garett Chick/B.J. Dugger, 4.1; 8. (tie) Tanner Green/Caleb Green and Reno Stoebner/Whit Kitchens, 4.2. Average leaders: 1. J.C. Yeahquo/L.J. Yeahquo, 8.4 seconds on two runs; 2. Tanner Green/Caleb Green, 8.7; 3. Ty Arnold/Kaden Michael Profili, 8.8; 4. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins, 9.1; 5. Chad Masters/Trey Yates, 9.3; 6. Tyler Mangus/Max Kuttler, 9.3; 7. (tie) Jake Clay/Kollin VonAhn, Jaxson Tucker/Wyatt Cox and Garrett Tonozzi/Corey Hendrick, 9.5; 10. Tanner James/Jason Johe, 9.6; 11. (tie) McCray Profili/McCoy Profili and Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 9.7.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Dawson Hay, 90.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s South Point Gambler; 2. Brody Cress, 87.5; 3. Wyatt Casper, 86; 4. Ian McGivney, 85; 5. (tie) Sage Newman and Ben Andersen, 84.5; 7. (tie) Cash Wilson and Tanner Butner, 84; 9. (tie) Ryder Wright, Statler Wright and Jacobs Crawley, 83.5; 12. (tie) Wade Sundell, Ross Griffin, Brandon Lansford, Zac Dallas and Kolby Wanchuk, 83.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Brush Minton, Hayden Ford and Chase Webster, 7.6 seconds, $6,105 each; 4. King Pickett, 7.8, $4,273; 5. (tie) Quade Hiatt, Michael Otero and Ty Harris, 7.9, $2,442 each; 8. Kyle Lucas, 8.0, $610. Second round leaders: 1. Justin Smith, 6.9 seconds, 2. J.T. Adamson, 7.2; 3. (tie) Cory Solomon and Preston Pederson, 7.4; 5. (tie) John Douch and Trenton Smith, 7.6; 7. (tie) Caleb Smidt, Cimarron Boardman and Beau Cooper, 7.7. Average leaders: 1. Justin Smith, 15.3 seconds on two runs; 2. J.T. Adamson, 15.8; 3. Michael Otero, 16.3; 4. Trevor Hale, 16.5; 5. Brush Minton, 16.6; 6. Hayden Ford, 16.7; 7. Cody Waldrop, 16.8; 8. (tie) Westyn Hughes, Ty Harris, Joel Harris, Kyle Lucas and Chase Webster, 17.0.  

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Kassie Mowry, 14.04 seconds, $6,582’; 2. Shelley Morgan, 14.12, $5,642; 3. Dona Kay Rule, 14.13, $4,701; 4. Summer Kosel, 14.16, $4,074; 5. Ilyssa Riley, 14.17, $3,134; 6. Hailey Kinsel, 14.20, $2,507; 7. Jennifer Driver, 14.22, $1,881; 8. (tie) Wenda Johnson and Kelly Allen, 14.23, $1,097 each; 10. Kaycee Killingsworth, 14.25, $627. Average leaders: 1. Kassie Mowry 29.86 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Summer Kosel and Jimmie Smith-Tew, 30.06; 4. Hailey Kinsel, 30.15; 5. Kelly Allen, 30.19; 6. Taycie Matthews, 30.20; 7. (tie) Dona Kay Rule and Timber Allenbrand, 30.27; 9. Shelley Morgan, 30.27; 10. Lindsay Sears, 30.31; 11. Emily Beisel, 30.33; 12. Ilyssa Riley, 30.34.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Deklan Garland, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Smokin Again, and Trey Benton III, on Stockyards Rodeo’s Just Another Gangster, 88.5 points; 3. Josh Frost, 88; 4. Koby Radley, 86; 5. (tie) Jax Woodward and J.C. Mortensen, 85.5; 7. Ernie Courson Jr., 85; 8. (tie) Colby Demo and Coy Pollmeier, 83.5; 10. (tie) Colton Kelly and Sage Kimzey, 82.5; 12. Cody Teel, 82.


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