Top Performances Turned During Laramie Jubilee Days Rodeo
A weekend full of action at the rodeo arena at the Albany County Fairground wrapped up for Laramie Jubilee Days Sunday.
Champions were crowned in seven events, as money was on the line based on times and scores.
The bareback riding title was won by Jessy Davis from Montana. He rode Summit ProRodeo’s Indian Style to 86.5 points during Sunday’s performance and won $2,761.
Steer Wrestling’s champ came from Saturday night’s performance. South Dakota cowboy Taz Olson turned his steer over in 3.7 seconds, and it held up. He won $1,794.
Olson admitted he’s been sub-four seconds a couple of times.
“I knew he (the steer) was good. Aaron Vosler went on him before me (4.1 seconds) and was real good on him. I tried calling him, but he didn’t answer, but I knew he (the steer) was a good one.”
In team roping, a fast 4.8 second run by Clay Smith (OK) and Paul Eaves (MO) during Sunday afternoon took the top spot. They each won $1,868.
The saddle bronc riding title went to Douglas, WY cowboy Chet Johnson. He post and 88.5 score Saturday night on Summit ProRodeo’s Miller Time. He won $2,913 for his ride.
“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to the horse that JD Hamaker brought to town. That’s just a phenomenal horse, and he got better the farther he went and started higher in the air. Judges love that. Felt like I didn’t miss a jump and did my part. Being 88 is quite a special deal. It’s pretty hard to do, and it doesn’t happen that many times a year, being that high in the 80’s. It’s great, and being able to do that in your home state, how can you beat that?”
Kansas cowboy Cooper Martin won the tie-down roping with a run of 8.0 seconds. He earned $1,762 and bested a time that was set from Friday’s slack.
Barrel racing was won by Kim Schulze of Colorado with a time of 17.19 seconds. She won $2,342 for her victory.
The final title belonged to bull rider Josh Frost. The Utah cowboy rode Bat Masterson from Big Rafter Rodeo to an 85-point score Friday night.
“That was a really good bull. I knew him a little bit. My brother had been on him twice last year and bucked him off twice. He was kind of wild and liable to do anything. He jumped out of there (the chute) and turned back into my hand, and it wasn’t the easiest ride I’ve ever made, but I just kept hustling and got through it.”
Frost stayed atop the leaderboard all weekend and won $1,830 for his efforts.
Laramie Jubilee Days rodeo paid out $72,457 for 2017.