The dirt flew at last night's Tri-State Rodeo CINCH Shoot-Out as some of the country's best ropers, riders, and racers threw down for a chance at the $10,000 prize purse in Fort Madison, Iowa.
Here are some of our favorite moments from yesterday's action:
In just his second year as a pro, Trevor Reiste won the bull-riding title in front of his home state's crowd!
Tyler Waguespack put together a lightning-quick 4.95-second bulldogging run:
When Tyler Waguespack was 2 years old, he wrestled Ollie the Calf: a bright yellow Little Tikes toy horse with blue wheels and horns taped over the ears. As a toddler, Tyler would wait for his dad, Mike -- also a bulldogger -- to come home from work before the two would practice and practice again.
At Wednesday's CINCH Shoot-Out in Fort Madison, Iowa, he dealt with a lot more than an 8-pound piece of colorful plastic.
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A textbook tie-down roping run made Hunter Herrin $10K richer:
Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira, who turned 27 that day, lived up to their top billing as the No. 1 ream ropers in the world:
When Junior Nogueira visited fellow roper Robert Reynoso in Gilbert, Arizona, in 2013, he didn't plan on staying very long. He arrived with only $500, his spurs, and a vague desire to meet some of the many pro cowboys who lived in the area.
"It's true," Nogueira said during a phone conversation last week after riding in the Ellensburg Rodeo's slack round. "I just came here for a week. And then I ended up meeting Jake." As in, Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Jake Barnes.
Four years later, Nogueira is enjoying stellar results, having won ten rodeos after taking the title at the Tri-State Rodeo CINCH Shoot-Out in Fort Madison, Iowa, the same day he turned 27.
READ MORE: Junior Nogueira's Wild Ride From Brazil To A World Championship Title
PRCA No. 1 Tim O'Connell held on tight to snag the $10K prize in bareback:
Given Tim O'Connell's unprecedented success a year ago, it would be understandable if the first-time NFR gold buckle winner and PRCA season-earnings record holder experienced a brief championship hangover in 2017. But if anything, the defending bareback riding champ has an even more impressive follow-up act in mind.
A native of Zwingle, Iowa, O'Connell has held a tight grip on the PRCA standings throughout this season, amassing $188,298.78 in earnings -- over $61,000 more than the next closest rider. O'Connell's blistering earnings pace is already nearly $10,000 more than the amount he earned prior to the NFR last December, when he finished the year with a record season total of $374,272 on his way to the gold buckle.
This week, he not only added $10K to his impressive season tally, but also grabbed another win in front of a home-state crowd filled with family and friends at the Tri-State Rodeo CINCH Shout-Out in Fort Madison, Iowa, on Wednesday.
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