Ty Erickson Keeps Rig Rolling In Rapid City

RAPID CITY, SD -- The beat goes on for the best rig in bulldogging.

Ty Erickson, Clayton Hass and reigning world champion Tyler Waguespack are picking up right where they left off at the end of the 2016 season, and that's bad news for other steer wrestlers.

Erickson was the latest to take a victory lap when he won the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots event on Feb. 1 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

His time of 3.6 seconds edged the rest of the field by two-10ths of a second and earned him $3,944.

"The Champions Challenge events are against the best guys in the world, so it always feels good to win at them," said the 26-year-old from Helena, Montana.

"It was a good atmosphere, and a good crowd. It's a fun rodeo and a pretty cool little community there -- we hung out in Rapid City for a few days, and there were a lot of people who knew the Champions Challenge was in town, and they were excited about going to watch it."
Erickson, who represents Team Wrangler, entered the week third in the world standings, trailing only his traveling partners -- Waguespack sat in first, about $5,000 ahead of Hass and $10,000 ahead of Erickson.

Hass is fresh off a huge win in Denver on Jan. 22, and Waguespack has been collecting big checks everywhere in 2017.

The Rapid City WCC win pushed Erickson over the $20,000 mark in season earnings, meaning all three men in the group are having a great winter so far.

"Everybody in our rig bulldogs so well that it doesn't feel like there's a bottom guy," Erickson said. "It really helps having three guys who are always pushing each other to be better. It makes it more fun that way, and when one of us isn't winning, the other two are encouraging him and trying to get him back to winning."

Aside from the immense talent all three men possess, they also own the best horsepower in the business. However, Erickson wasn't riding prized horse Cadillac in Rapid City. Cadillac -- the 2016 PRCA/AQHA Horse of the Year -- was resting in Fort Worth, so the trio rode Waguespack's horse, Outlaw.

"When you have three good horses, you can send them to different places and pick ones that fit certain setups," Erickson said. "We knew they were going to run fresh steers here, and Outlaw scores so good and is honest - a lot like Cadillac. You always have a good chance to win."

Erickson finished seventh in the 2016 world standings, a result which has driven him to continue to keep his foot on the gas early in 2017.

"I didn't have the NFR I wanted to, but all a guy can do is go home and start practicing and get ready for the next year," he said. "I had a good (Montana) Circuit Finals, won some money in Denver and now we're trying to win everywhere we go."

Other winners at the $92,800 rodeo were Team Coors bareback rider Orin Larsen (86 points on C5 McDonald's Spit Fire), Team Resistol team ropers Clay Smith and Paul Eaves (4.1 seconds), Team Justin Boots saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (87.5 points on Sutton Rodeos' Chuckulator), Team Wrangler tie-down roper Marcos Costa (8.3 seconds), Team Justin Boots barrel racer Tiany Schuster (12.67 seconds) and Team RAM bull rider Cole Melancon (89 points on Burch Rodeo's Alabama High Test).

Courtesy of PRCA

Like what you see? Sign up for our newsletter to stay current on all the latest rodeo news and your favorite content from FloRodeo.

2019 CPRA Rodeo Season Kicks Off Next Weekend With Agribition

There’s no rest for competitors who want to make it back to the Canadian Finals Rodeo for its second trip to Red Deer, Alberta, next year. While the long winter looms ahead, competitors will receive an early chance to start the standings race at the Canadian Western Agribition. 

Rising Star: Bailey Gregg, 15-Year-Old All-Around Cowgirl

Team roper, barrel racer, goat tier, and a rodeo queen with a strong working cow horse background. Fifteen-year-old Bailey Gregg truly is an all-around cowgirl.

Look Out South Dakota, The Steer Wrestlers Are Coming Your Way

Rapid City, South Dakota, better get ready for the “big boys” of rodeo this weekend. The Kjerstad Event Center will play host to a qualifier for the 2019 edition of The American this Saturday that’s bound to bring out some tough competition.

VOTE: What Is The Best Song About Rodeo?

We love it when country artists “sing a little ditty” about our favorite sport, but which song reigns supreme? From old to new, classic country to modern-day twang, we’ve strung together a list of some of our favorite rodeo songs of all time and want you to decide which one is the best of the best.

Don't Have Time To Rewatch The Entire CFR? Watch All The Highlights Here

If you don't have time to watch the full replays of the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo, we have your "mini-fix" right here. Watch all the round winning rides and runs from each round of CFR45 in the highlight videos below:

We Called It. 2018 IS Scott Guenthner's Year

When Scott Guenthner took home the title at the Ponoka Stampede all the way back in July, we started asking ourselves if this could be his year? 

Levi Simpson & Jeremy Buhler Take Home Back-To-Back Canadian Titles

Despite a last-minute rush to even qualify for the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo, Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler have proven to be unstoppable on Canadian soil for two years in a row. The pair walked out of Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta, as the Canadian champion team ropers for the second time as a team, and Simpson's fourth title in his career.

Watch The Entire 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo AGAIN

The Canadian Finals Rodeo's debut in the city of Red Deer, Alberta, was one for the record books — literally. The three Larsen brothers made history as the first set of three siblings to compete in three different events in performance one, Jake Vold broke the CFR record in the bareback in performance two, and barrel racer Callahan Crossley continued to set — and raise — the bar of the new arena record each night. 

'Love Ya Buddy': Champion Sends Message To Vezain At CFR45

'Love Ya Buddy': Champion Sends Message To Vezain At CFR45

Newly crowned Canadian champion bareback rider Richmond Champion gave a special message to his friend and fellow bareback rider J.R. Vezain during his interview. Vezain is currently recovering from a spinal injury he sustained near the end of the 2018 rodeo season.

Competitor Crossover: Who's Competing In The CFR & Rising Stars?

Looking at the list of young cowboys and cowgirls that are competing in the Rising Stars Junior CFR means looking at the next generation of potential professionals. Some of those competitors are proving that to be true–not sometime in the future–but today.