On a night where rides came sparingly in a very muddy arena, Jordan Wacey Spears topped the field and won the 2018 Mr. T Xtreme Bulls in Laramie.

The Redding, CA cowboy got aboard the bull named ‘Reaper’ and rode him to 86.50 points. Spears was up first in the third section and had to wait and see if his score held up through 19 other bull riders. It did, and he’s your champion of the Mr. T.

Spears said of his ride,

“Just a great bull of J-K’s and Ty Renaldo. They have a great set of bulls, and I was just lucky enough to draw a nice one and ride to my ability and luckily it all worked out.”

Asked about the muddy arena and whether that was a factor, Spears said it can go either way.

“Some of the bulls might buck better in it, some of ‘em might have a little trouble with their footing. My job is to show up and stay on my bull no matter what the conditions, so that’s all I focused on today.”

The pace was set at the end of the first section when Timber Lake, SD cowboy Ardie Maier rode ‘G Easy’ to an 85.50 score.

Third place went to Tularosa, NM cowboy Lon Danley, who scored 82.50 points on ‘Road Trip.’ The night finished with seven rides overall.

A total of 37 cowboys competed in this year’s Mr. T. There were 29 cowboys tossed off. One cowboy, Yoder, WY’s Clayton Savage, had his bull pop-up in the chute. Savage got off and didn’t attempt to ride after that.

Here’s a look at Thursday night’s opening ceremony.

PRCA rodeo action takes center stage Friday through Sunday at the Albany County Fairgrounds. The performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The best times and scores from all three performances and Friday morning’s slack in three timed events (steer wrestling, tie-down roping, and team roping) will earn the money.

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