Competition rises as rodeo circuit nears its conclusion

by nathan oster

Several Big Horn County cowboys and cowgirls find themselves right in the thick of things at the midway point of the inaugural season of the Big Horn Rodeo Circuit.

Comprised of 10 rodeos in seven towns, the circuit was formed to bring small town rodeos together for the promotion and growth of all who are associated with the circuit.

With the Washakie and Big Horn county fair rodeos on tap this weekend — Washakie’s is Friday night, Big Horn’s Saturday night — here’s how each event stands:

  • Casey Good of Greybull is leading the calf roping with 22 total points. Talon Cooper trails closely on his heels with 17, followed by Gene Good with 11.
  • Shawn Billy of Greybull has opened up a commanding lead in the team roping-heeler competition. A big winner in Meeteetse, he has 38 total points. J.T. Collingwood sits in second with 23, followed by Travis Griemsman with 19. Clark Hufty is next with 18.
  • Scott Collingwood of Greybull leads in the team roping-header standings with 39 points, followed by Casey Good with 23 and Shawn Bird with 17.
  • T.J. Willis of Cowley is setting the pace in the saddle bronc. He has 23 points, but is followed closely by Philip Whiteman with 11 and Davin McAllister with 10.
  • Andy Mumm of Powell is leading the bareback bronc riding with 38 points, five more than T.J. Willis, who currently sits in second. Luke Wozney right on their tails as well, with 29 points.
  • Six women are credited with 10 points apiece in breakaway. The group includes Cooper Bott, Lacee Good, Jennifer Jorgenson, Tori Lewis, Callie Nelson and Kaylee Reimler.
  • In the ladies barrel racing, Donna Daniels of Riverton and Colette Fenster of Buffalo each have 25 points. Sitting in third is Desiree Cooper with 11.
  • Jose Perez of Powell, with 20 points, leads the bull riding, followed by a pack of three riders, Bryce Burnell, Cody Culver and Drew Flynn, each with 10 points.
  • In the junior rodeo events, Paige Flom of Park City, Mont., leads in barrels with 47 points, followed by Scotty Flitner with 31 and Tori Steed with 20.

Zane Fitzgerald of Cody is running away in steer wrestling. He has 30 points, 20 more than Jack Steed, who sits in second with 10 points.

In breakaway, Tyler Collingwood of Greybull is leading, with Jack Steed of Lovell and Alli Lungren of Greybull running close behind.

Next up on the circuit schedule is the Washakie County Fair Rodeo at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by the Big Horn County Fair Rodeo Saturday at 7 p.m.

The circuit will conclude with the annual Labor Day rodeo in Meeteetse on Monday, Sept. 7, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded to the season’s high-point winners in each event as well as the all-arounds.

“What an exciting half it has been,” said Tess Fremlin, president of the Big Horn Rodeo Circuit. “All the hard work is paying off for each rodeo involved, bringing more contestants in the arena and spectators in the grandstands. While there are some kinks to work out for next year, it seems that everyone is happy with the results so far.”

For more information, or to follow the current standings, visit bighornrodeocircuit.org.