Bar T has big night in final day of Pioneer Days Rodeo

Jul 24 2012 - 11:06pm

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Will Lowe competes in bareback riding during the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo in Ogden on Tuesday.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Will Lowe competes in bareback riding during the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo in Ogden on Tuesday.

OGDEN -- Bar T Rodeo Inc. had the bareback riding spotlight in the final performance of the $144,983 Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo.

Bar T, of Chester, Utah, bucked all but one of the bareback horses during Tuesday's fifth night of the 79th annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned event.

There was no change atop the leader board, but Jeff Flitton, of Bar T, was happy with his pen of horses.

"It was a good set of horses tonight," he said. "I would have liked them to be a little more on their game. None of the biggest scores were ours, but we got some guys in the money. We gave the riders a chance to show what they could do."

Bar T Rodeo Inc. won its second Remuda Award in 2011 for providing the best, most consistent pens of bucking horses to PRCA rodeos.

"That's a big deal because it's voted on by the cowboys," Flitton said. "You want to be as good as you can be. We like Ogden; we've been here four of the last six years. We like working with Stace (Smith) and would like to come back."

Wes Stevenson, of Lubbock, Texas, scored just 74 points on Bar T's Oakey Robin, a 12-year-old mare, who has been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo several times.

He didn't place among the nine bareback riders who won money at Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo.

"I had her once before at the finals," said the 32-year-old Stevenson. "Man, I just get on, do my job and let the judges worry about it. It doesn't really matter if I had her before.

"She went left out of the chute (from a left-side delivery) and then circled to the left and jumped and kicked," he said. "I thought I made a good ride on her, but she weakened a little at the end."

Stevenson, who is ranked No. 3 in the world bareback riding standings with $66,925, was indifferent regarding his draw.

"Any of them with four legs and hair," he said. "With this rodeo, every one of them you have a chance to win on. This is how we make our living and this is the best year I've had, so far.

"I'm doing my best and letting God take care of the rest," Stevenson said. "Things have been coming together all year. I've made enough to make the finals again, so now I'm chasing a gold buckle."

Stevenson is a seven-time Wrangler NFR qualifier, but has yet to win a world bareback riding title.

"I'll keep doing this as long as I'm having fun. I would like to get that world title," he said. Stevenson is up tonight at Nebraska's Big Rodeo in Burwell and hits Deadwood (S.D.) Days of '76 Rodeo on Thursday.

The "Wolf Pack," Will Lowe, Tom McFarland, Royce Ford and Stevenson, ride at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days -- a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Gold Rodeo -- on Friday and Saturday.

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