This isn't their first rodeo: Riders race to dominate Days of '47
West Valley City • If bareback riders Steven Dent, Ryan Gray, Bobby Mote and Jason Havens were weary after starting their three-rodeo day in Cheyenne and finishing at the Maverik Center, it didn't show.
Dent and Gray scored matching 86s in the final round of the Days of '47 Rodeo on Monday night to move into a three-way tie for the overall championship.
Cody DeMers, of Kimberly, Idaho, posted his 86 in Round 3 on Wednesday.
It appeared DeMers' score would hold up at least until Dent, Gray, Mote and Havens arrived.
Their day began 500 miles away at Frontier Days in Wyoming.
After a long drive and quick stop at the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Ogden, the four raced to West Valley City.
They made it just in time to dominate the final round of the Days of '47.
Dent, who is from Mullen, Neb., and Gray, who lives in Cheney, Wash., posted scores of 86. They moved into a tie for first place with DeMers.
Mote, a veteran from Culver, Oregon, scored an 85, which enabled him to tie Tilden Hooper of Carthage, Texas, for fourth place.
Havens, who is from Prineville, Oregon, posted an 83, which was good enough for eighth at the Days of '47.
It was easily the best round of bareback riding at this year's rodeo, which offered a total purse of $141,000.
For Dent, DeMers and Gray, the victory will help in their quest to secure a berth in the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.
Dent started the night in 10th place in the season bareback standings with $42,330 in season earnings.
DeMers sat one spot behind him in 11th place, while Gray was 26th, with $25,447.
Since only the top 15 in the season standings qualify for the National Finals, Gray hopes his effort at the Days of '47 will trigger a late surge that will carry him to the seventh NFR of his career.
Gray finished sixth in the world last year.
The seventh round of the Days of '47 produced a change at the top of the leaderboard in only one other event.
In barrel racing, Brittany Pozzi, of Victoria, Texas, showed why she is ranked No. 1 in the world standings by turning in a time of 13.77 seconds.
Pozzi overtook Carlee Pierce, of Woodward, Okla., and Jessi Eagleberger, of Stringtown, Okla., who led going into the final performance with times of 13.98 seconds.
In saddle bronc, Levi Berry, of Morgan, Utah, topped Round 7 with a score of 80.
But reigning world champion Cody Wright, of Milford finished in a four-way tie atop the Days of '47 standings with Cody Angland of New South Wales, Australia, Will Smith of Marshall, Mo., and Tyler Corrington of Hastings, Minn.
All four posted scores of 83.
In bull riding, only two of 14 cowboys completed their ride in the final round. Bart Miller of Oshkosh, Neb., finished with an 83.
He placed sixth overall behind tri-winners Travis Atkinson of Lehi, Chance Smart of Philadelphia, Miss., and Jake Wade of Alamo, Nev.
They posted scores of 86.
R Steer wrestler Ryan Jarrett of Comanche, Okla., wins Round 7 with a time of 3.8 seconds, earning him third place in the second go-round.
• Adam Gray of Seymour, Okla., wins the tie-down roping in 7.6 seconds. He moves into second place in the second go-round.
• No. 1-ranked barrel racer Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, Texas, wins the round and the overall championship with a time of 13.77 seconds.