SALT LAKE CITY — Fans were treated to a stacked lineup in the bull riding competition Thursday at the Days of ’47 Rodeo. The group featured the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked riders in Oklahoma’s Sage Kimzey and Brennon Eldred. Kimzey, who was making his debut at the Days of ’47 Rodeo, was the world’s best bull rider last season, but he finished second with a 78.0 Thursday to 23rd-ranked Jeff Askey’s 82.0.
“My bull got caught up in the chutes and was a little too close to get going early, but he was good after that,” said Kimzey.
The slow start likely cost Kimzey points, while Askey put together a strong ride to move into second overall behind Utah’s Wesley Silcox. Eldred finished fifth with a 75.0 There were mixed results for the Uintah Basin’s Dalan Duncan and Joe Frost. Frost, who finished second to Kimzey last season in the world rankings, was bucked early on while Duncan recorded a 77.0 to tie for third on the night with Cody Rostockyj.
“I had a good ride tonight,” said Duncan. “It was a great time to do that in front of my family.”
Frost admitted Thursday was a disappointment after he hit for 83.0 at another rodeo this week.
“The eight second rule got me tonight,” said the Randlett native. “This just shows you’ve never got it figured out even though you should be able to.”
In the steer wrestling, Beau Clark had the opposite experience from Frost after admitting he had “no luck” in Ogden’s Rodeo Wednesday. The Montana native wrestled his steer down in 4.1 seconds to take the overall lead in the event.
“Utah is amazing with rodeos,” said Clark. “The stands are full and the people are really into it — it’s a special place, and tonight was a lot of fun.”
Tremonton’s Baylor Roche finished tied for second behind Clark with Wyatt Smith of Rexburg, Idaho, at 4.7 seconds.
Local Quinn Kesler fared well in team roping. The Holden native and his partner, Matt Sherwood of Pima, Arizona, moved into first overall with a time of 3.8.
Louisiana’s Winn Ratliff recorded the best bareback effort with a 79.0 and was followed by Tremonton’s Caleb Bennett and Hillsboro, Texas’ Jake Brown at 77.0.
Sam Spreadborough had the best effort of the night with an 85.0 in saddle bronc. The effort moves him into the overall lead.
Georgia’s Sarah Rose McDonald won barrel racing with a 13.3, while Alabama’s Michael Otero won tie down roping in 7.1 seconds to round out the night.
The Days of ’47 Rodeo moves into its fourth night of action Friday at EnergySolutions Arena with a 7 p.m. start time.
Bareback riding: 1. Winn Ratliff, 79.0; 2. Jake Brown, 77.0; 2. Caleb Bennett, 77.0; 4. Grant Denny, 69.0
Steer wrestling: 1. Beau Clark, 4.1; 2. Baylor Roche, 4.7, Wyatt Smith, 4.7; 4. Bray Armes, 5.4
Team roping: 1. Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 3.8; 2. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 3.9; 3. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 4.1; 4. Rhett Anderson/Cole Wilson, 4.7; 5. Brandon Webb/Kaleb Driggers, 4.8
Saddle bronc: 1. Sam Spreadborough, 85.0; 2. Troy Crowser 79.0; 3. Dean Wadsworth, 76.0; Chad Ferley, 76.0; 3. Bradley Harter, 76.0.
Tie down roping: 1. Michael Otero, 7.1; Tuf Cooper, 7.6; 3. Randall Carlisle, 8.7; 4. Ryan Jarrett, 8.8; 5. Alwin Bouchard, 10.2
Barrel racing: 1. Sarah Rose McDonald, 13.3; 2. Jana Bean, 13.5; 3. Christine Laughlin, 13.58; Shelby Herrmann, 13.64; 4. Shelby Herrmann, 13.64, 5. Britta O’Keeffe
Bull riding: 1. Jeff Askey, 82.0; 2. Sage Kimzey, 78.0; 3. Dalan Duncan, 77.0; 3. Cody Rostockyj, 77.0; 5. Brennon Eldred, 75.0.