By Rhonda Stewart
Phoenix Rodeo Columnist
Silvano Alves was the winner after last weekend’s Professional Bull Riders event in Fresno, Calif., moving him back to within 257.46 points of the number one position in the world standings. Shane Proctor remains the top-ranked rider in the world standings with a 21.37 point lead over Marco Eguchi, with Alves in third.
L.J. Jenkins’ top-five finish moved him to 25th in the standings. He has been struggling following a dislocated shoulder which he sustained in the first event in New York.
This was not Asteroid’s best outing. He was not ridden, but he was only marked 44 points, the lowest score since he was marked 44 points in Weatherford, Texas, in the summer of 2011. Next week, he will be in the draw head-to-head with Bushwacker for the second time this season.
“It’s just another bull riding you know,” said Gene Melton who hauls Asteroid for Circle T Ranch and Rodeo.
But when these two bulls are showcased in the same event, there have been some of the best numbers – not only TV ratings, but live attendance has been up. Bushwacker has been the higher marked bull in nine of their fourteen previous head-to-head matchups.
Agnaldo Cardozo sustained multiple facial fractures – upper and lower jaw, right cheek, sinuses, and right eye socket, and a concussion. He will require surgery for the fractures and is expected to be out for at least four weeks. Cardozo was whipped face down on the back of Whirlygig II’s head.
The PBR will be at the Ty Murray Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. The event will be telecast at 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday on CBS Sports Network.
Sooner Barrel Racing Association will be back at the Checotah Round-Up Club on Saturday for the second jackpot of their 2013 series. Exhibitions will start at noon and the jackpot at 2 p.m., starting with the PeeWees (8 & Under), Youth (15 & Under) and then the Open. For more information, check out their website at soonerbarrels.com. If you would like to pre-enter the jackpot, text Kathy Sontag at (918) 237-9364.
Tonight, Rangeline Arena will offer team roping practice from 6-7:30 p.m. at $20 per horse/rider, followed by a No. 12 slide jackpot, pick one draw two at $50 a roper, enter up to three times. You need to be entered by 7:50 p.m.
On Saturday, Rangeline will hold a Buckle Roping, books open at 9 a.m. and roping at 10 a.m. It will be a 6-Point with a 4-Incentive, pick one draw two at $45 a roper. Enter two times on three head.
There will also be an All-Girl Roping, pick one draw two or draw all three at $45 per roper, enter two times. Contestants must be entered in the All-Girl Roping by noon. The last roping of the day will be a 10-point with a 8-Incentive, pick one draw two at $60 a roper, enter up to four times, capped at No. 6. Enter the No. 10-Point by 2 p.m.
On Sunday, Rangeline will hold another of their shodeos at 3 p.m. For more information on Rangeline events call Rick Hubler at (918) 557-9951.
Barton Arena Productions will be at the Checotah Round-Up Club with a saddle drawpot tonight. Call Bart at (918) 616-9269 for more information.
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Good luck wherever you compete this weekend – we will be at the Sooner at Checotah.
Reach Rhonda Stewart with rodeo news or comments at (918) 869-1498 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.