SALT LAKE CITY — The Days of ’47 Rodeo started off with a bang Friday night as the first three events yielded new overall leaders. In bareback riding, Canada’s Orin Larsen recorded an 83.0 to take over the lead. Then it was Trevor Knowles’ turn in steer wrestling. The Oregon rider’s 3.9 time was the first of the rodeo to crack the 4-second barrier.
“I’ll take any time as long as it’s first,” said Knowles. “That was an awesome run.”
In team roping, New Mexico’s Jake Cooper and Texas’ Tyler McKnight put up an impressive 3.6 time to leap ahead of Utah’s Quinn Kesler and Arizona’s Matt Sherwood, who recorded 3.8 Thursday.
But saddle bronc riding didn’t have the same results, as only two riders scored. Santaquin’s Chase Bennett won with a 71.0.
Two other locals competed in saddle bronc. Garland’s Jake Larson had his ride disqualified, while Eagle Mountain’s Rusty Allen, last year’s Days of ’47 Rodeo event winner, was bucked just after the halfway mark.
It wasn’t the storybook ending to his Days of ’47 career Allen was hoping for since the cowboy is retiring at the end of the season after a successful 20-year run. But the rest of his week at the Ogden and Spanish Fork rodeos went well.
Allen admitted it’s pretty neat to be able to travel no more than 60 miles from his house to compete in three rodeos in one week in front of his family. Allen will finish out the season, which will include more rodeos in Utah.
“As a kid you always think it’s never going to end, but realistically I didn’t plan on it going this long,” said Allen of his career. “I didn’t have a plan of when I was going to be done. The main reason I’m deciding I’m done is I’m tired of being gone. My family has paid a hell of a price for me being gone all of the time. My kids are getting older, and I want to be around.”
Despite getting bucked, Allen received a roar from the record-setting crowd of 8,466.
“We have been really happy with the attendance every day,” said Rodeo Committee secretary Chantelle Martin. “Last night (Thursday) set the new single night attendance record for us being back at EnergySolutions, and we broke that again Friday.”
The rest of the night followed saddle bronc with no other competitors taking overall leads. West Jordan’s Terri Wood Gates finished second in barrel racing at 13.79, which leaves her hanging on to 10th place. The top 10 finishers get payouts for their efforts, with the rodeo concluding Saturday at 7 p.m.
Bull riding was the most disappointing event of the night as no riders recorded scores, including Honeyville’s Tim Bingham, who was the Days of ’47 co-champion last year.
“We just had some tough bulls tonight that weren’t rider friendly,” said Bingham. “Sometimes that just happens.”
Utah's Wesley Silcox is the only local to lead an event (bull riding) heading into Saturday.
Bareback riding: 1. Orin Larsen, 83.0; 2. Kody Lamb, 78.0; 2. Clayton Jon Biglow, 78.0; 4. George Gillespie IV, 76.0; 5. Jordan Pelton, 72.0
Steer wrestling: 1. Trevor Knowles, 3.9; 2. Luke Branquinho, 4.1; 3. Blake Knowles, 4.2; 4. Charles Harris, 5.7; 5. Jace Melvin, 6.5
Team roping: 1. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 3.6; 2. Cody Snow/Dugan Kelly, 4.6; 3. Brady Tryan/B.J. Campbell, 4.8; 3. Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 4.8; 5. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.1
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Chase Bennett, 71.0; 2. Cody Anthony, 64.0
Tie down roping: 1. Marshall Leonard, 8.2; 2. Trent Creager, 8.3; 3. Clint Kindred, 8.5; 4. Trey Young, 8.7; 5. Bart Brunson, 10.0
Barrel racing: 1. Alexa Lake, 13.53; 2. Terri Wood Gates, 13.79; 3. Jackie Ganter, 13.91; 4. Chloe Hoovestal, 13.93; 5. Rachel Dice, 14.08
Bull riding: No rides recorded