Frontier bulls steal spotlight on first day of Buc Days Rodeo

April 24, 2015

By Kirk Copeland
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(Corpus Christi, TX.) – All 15 of Frontier Rodeo’s bulls threw their riders Thursday evening at American Bank Center as the Buc Days Pro Rodeo got underway with a full slate of events.

After the first night of the four-day gathering held in conjunction with Corpus Christi’s Buccaneer Days Festival, several riders came away with impressive showings, most notably Jacobs Crawley in saddle bronc riding and Bill Tutor in bareback.

Other leaders heading into day two include Riley Duvall and Justin Blain Davis in steer wrestling; Caleb Mitchell and Steve Northcott in team roping; Joseph Gernentz in tie-down roping; and Cassidy Kruse in barrel racing.

The Buc Days Pro Rodeo will resume Friday at 7:30 p.m. and continue through the weekend.

Crawley was all set to ride a more familiar mount to him – Top Gear – in the first round, but the horse suffered a minor injury Thursday afternoon and was held out of the competition as a precaution. Instead, the Stephenville, Texas-native drew Griz, and responded with a brilliant ride that earned an 87 from the judges.

“I’ve seen Griz a bunch, but I’d never ridden him and I knew he was going to be something else,” said Crawley, the 2013 National Finals Rodeo saddle bronc champion. “Sure enough, he gave me all I could handle, but I was locked in and I wasn’t going to let him throw me. Great horse.”

Crawley’s closest competition came from Josh Reynolds, who rode Letter Rip to an 83, and Garet Aldridge, who posted a 77 on Midnight Delight.

Tutor, from Huntsville, Texas, was the last rider in the first event of the night, and he got the crowd roaring with his 88 on Times Up. While Tutor has a convincing five-point lead after round one, a trio of cowboys are within striking distance – Jake Brown (83 on Cross Fire), Steven Dent (82 on Delta Force) and Zachariah Phillips (80 on Dry Crop).

Duvall and Davis each posted times of 4.5 seconds to tie for the lead in steer wrestling after day one. Jacob Talley (4.9 secs.) and Hunter Cure (5.0) round out the top four entering Friday’s action.

Just three teams of riders came away with two successful rides in team roping Thursday, and the Mitchell/Northcott tandem posted the lowest aggregate time at 11.4 seconds, followed closely by Logan and Jordan Olson with an 11.6. Drew Horner and Jake Smith have work to do to catch the leaders, clocking a 21.2 aggregate.

Gernentz leads a quartet of cowboys with a time of 8.0 seconds in tie-down roping. Clay Long is just behind with an 8.1, while Hunter Herrin (8.8) and Landyn Duncan (9.0) remain in the hunt.

Gillette, Wyoming’s Kruse grabbed the top spot after one round in barrel racing with a time of 13.70 seconds. Abby Pursifull (13.90), Michelle Lummus (14.01), Rachel Rule (14.04) and Liz Herrin (14.05) are all still in prime striking distance.

“It was a fun first day for sure,” said Crawley. “The crowd is into it, the horses are great, and I’m having a great time!”

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