12 Must-See Moments of Performance #2 (18th WCRR)
It was a sold-out house Friday night, and the WCRR crowd knows how to show proper respect as the colors are presented. Bruce Beeman of the Broken H Ranch and Stierwalt Ranch team turned in a solid ride Friday night, with a score of 76. Sean Prater of the Whitmire Land and Cattle and Sweetwater Cattle team takes a voluntary dismount after spending 8 seconds in the saddle of an airborne bronc. He had the night-high score of 81 and was tied for second place in the go-round. The team from Pitchfork and Land and Cattle-Okla. Division and Barrett Cattle storm toward their yearlings during the stray gathering. In the lead is Zack Peters riding Docs Silver Brow. The trick-roping group Los Hermanos Escamilla earned a standing ovation on Friday with their mastery of ropes. Because the ropers didn’t bring their own horses from Mexico, they borrowed mounts once they got to Amarillo. Here, one of the ropers rides Olenas Playboy Fancy, owned by Pitchfork Land and Cattle Co. The event was stray gathering, but we had an impromptu bronc riding when Brad Good’s horse decided not to play nice anymore. Brad rides for Swenson Land and Cattle, and even with the difficulties, the team turned in a time of 79.13. Robert Sperry of the Nesham Ranch and Roedeske Cattle Co. shows intense focus during Friday night’s stray gathering. Three in the pen! The team from Driver Land and Cattle Co. drives in their yearlings in the team penning event. The Crutch Ranch mixed things up in Friday night’s team penning by borrowing sombreros from Los Hermanos Escamilla, the phenomenal Mexican trick ropers who provided arena entertainment during the WCRR. Craig McKenzie takes one for the team during the wild cow milking event Friday The performance topped the first go-round scores. Craig’s team — Nesham Ranch & Roedeske Cattle Co. – stopped the clock at :38.15. Jordan Driver (Garden City, Texas) competes on Hot Holly Dolly, aka “Crackers” in the WRCA Junior Youth Cowhorse Championship on Friday. She is 11 and competes in junior rodeos in barrel racing, pole bending, breakaway roping, team roping and more. Her dad, Dane Driver, rode the same horse during the WCRR. Cowboy singer Jeff Gore entertains Amarillo fourth-graders at Ridgecrest Elementary as part of an outreach program to get kids interested in in ranching.