Gallup Lions Club pays out lucrative jackpots

By Sunnie Clahchischiligi
Special to the Times

CHURCH ROCK, N.M., June 20, 2013

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(Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

TOP: Delvin Tsosie grimaces as he attempts an eight-second ride Saturday evening in the bareback riding event of the Lions Club Rodeo in Church Rock, N.M. Tsosie rode for a score of 69 points.

SECOND FROM TOP: Tie-down roper Michael Bates chases after his calf Saturday evening at the Lions Club Rodeo in Church Rock. Bates tied the calf in a time of 16 seconds.

THIRD FROM TOP: Bull rider Nathaniel Nez clenches his mouth as he attempts to ride for a score Saturday evening during the Lions Club Rodeo at Red Rock Park in Church Rock. Nez did not make his ride.





T he 65th annual Gallup Lions Club rodeo was home to some big winners last weekend.

The annual rodeo was held at Red Rock Park from June 13-15. The rodeo had about $65,000 in cash payout and about $22,000 in added prize money.

The timed events included breakaway roping, steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing and team roping. The rough stock events included bareback, saddle bronc, junior bull riding and bull riding.

In the timed events, team roping paid out the most money as first-place finishers Aaron Tsinigini and James Begay, Jr., roped their draw in 4.81 seconds and earned a winning check of $1,947 each.

Falling in second place was the team of Travis Whitlow and Victor Aros. They stopped the clock in 4.88 seconds and earned $1,586 each in prize money.

In the women's category, breakaway roping had the highest amount of prize money. Tenai Lansing earned $1,391 for roping her draw in 2.3 seconds, finishing ahead of Sheila Sells-Denny who turned in a 2.58 run.

Denny said she was in the middle of her season and was looking to break her losing streak.

"Everything went the way I wanted it to … I finally really paid attention, made sure I did everything I was supposed," Denny said. "(I) just needed to relax."

Sells said she hoped to end her month-long losing streak, and to possibly start a winning streak as she prepares for the Indian National Finals Rodeo tour in California this weekend.

She credited her horse Breeze for her finish.

"I wouldn't have done so well without my horse. He works so well with me," she said. "That's (the winnings) going to help me go out to California."

Other local favorites who finished at the top in the timed events included: Kyle Francis in the steer wrestling event with a time of 6.43 and $1,207 in cash prizes; JD Kibbe in the calf roping with a time of 9.45 and $1,324 in prize money; and Marisa Simpson in barrel racing with a time of 15.954 and $1,140 in prizes.

In the rough stock events, Tustin Daye took home $2,255 with a score 87 points in the bull-riding event. Troy James followed in second place with a score 84 points, which earned him $1,852.

In the bareback riding event, Kyle Charley placed first with a score of 83.5 points and earned $997. Larry Carter, who finished in third place with a 70.5 ride, earned an extra $1,500 for winning the bonus round with a 79-point score. All together, Carter pocketed $2,026 for his efforts.

Local favorite Soshane Kee took home $1,342 for his first-place ride of 69 points in the saddle bronc event. In the bonus round, he rode his draw for 77.5 points and cashed in another $1,500.

Hadley Miller finished ahead of the pack in the bonus round with an 88-point ride. In the regular performance, Miller placed third overall with a score of 83.5 points and pocketed a grand total of $2,949.

In the junior bull riding event, Cordell Wilson was the only rider to complete the eight-second ride as he took home a whopping $1,724 with the 75-point ride he recorded. Gallup Lions Club Rodeo results


CHURCH ROCK, N.M. – The Gallup Lions Club Rodeo results are as follows:

Bareback

  • 1. Kyle Charley, 83.5 points, $997
  • 2. Earl Tsosie, Jr., 71 points, $665
  • 3. Larry Carter, 70.5 points, $526
  • 4. KC Peterson, 70 points, $338
  • 5. Shawn Benally, 69 points, $194

Bonus round

  • Larry Carter, 69 points, $1,500

Saddle bronc

  • 1. Shoshane Kee, 60 points, $1,342
  • 2. Herman George, 62 points, $1,007
  • 3. Jerrick Hildreth, 58 points, $701

Bonus round

  • Shoshane Kee, 77.5 points, $1,500

Bull riding

  • 1. Tustin Daye, 87 points, $2,255
  • 2. Troy James, 84 points, $1,852
  • 3. Hadley Miller, 83.5 points, $1,449
  • 4. Ernest Spencer, 80 points, $1,047
  • 5. Jacob Spencer, 79 points, $805
  • 6. Spud Jones, 78.5 points, $403
  • 7. Josh Snyder, 75 points, $241

Bonus round

  • Hadley Miller, 88 points, $1,500

Junior bull riding

  • Cordell Wilson, 75 points, $1,724

Calf roping

  • 1. JD Kibbe, 9.45 seconds, $1,324
  • 2. JoDan Mirabal, 9.69 seconds, $1,088
  • 3. Tyrin Alcott, 10.17 seconds, $851
  • 4. Gerald Daye, 10.48 seconds, $615
  • 5. Allen Charley, 10.78 seconds, $473
  • 6. Clayton Curley, 10.88 seconds, $237
  • 7. Ty Pablo, 11.03 seconds, $142

Steer wrestling

  • 1. Kyle Francis, 6.43 seconds, $1,207
  • 2. Mike Murphy, 8.36 seconds, $991
  • 3. Christian Pettigrew, 8.65 seconds, $776
  • 4. Jeremiah Jodie, 15.38 seconds, $560
  • 5. Olyne Morris, 16.34 seconds, $431
  • 6. Brad Begay, 16.88 seconds, $216
  • 7. Ethan Randall, 19.65 seconds, $129

Breakaway

  • 1. Tenai Lansing, 2.3 seconds, $1319
  • 2. Sheila Sells Denny, 2.58 seconds, $1,133
  • 3. LeighAnn Scribner, 2.98 seconds, $927
  • 4/5. Kersti Davis, 3.26 seconds, $592.50
  • 4/5. Elisha Paul, 3.26 seconds, $592.50
  • 6. Teresa Brevik, 3.37 seconds, $257
  • 7. Jenna Suazo, 3.49 seconds, $154
  • 8. Twila Jones, 3.64 seconds, $103

Open barrel racing

  • 1. Marisa Simpson, 15.954 seconds, $1,140
  • 2. Faith Holyan, 15.986 seconds, $950
  • 3. Laney Elkins, 16.121 seconds, $712
  • 4. Kylie Gilbert, 16.132 seconds, $522
  • 5. Payton McNiel, 16.188 seconds, $427
  • 6. Caren Lamb, 16.196 seconds, $333
  • 7. Autumn Rain Chee, 16.247 seconds, $238
  • 8. Casey Dove, 16.289 seconds, $190
  • 9. Bailey Bain, 16.31 seconds, $142
  • 10. Charmayne Gene, 16.401 seconds, $95

Incentive barrel racing

  • 1. Jody Heisler, 16.656 seconds, $651
  • 2. Brook Eaves, 16.661 seconds, $509
  • 3. Elisha Paul, 16.708 seconds, $366
  • 4. Linda Fagotti, 16.815 seconds, $244
  • 5. Tiffany Sanchez, 16.833 seconds, $163
  • 6. Justine Doka, 16.838 seconds, $102

Open team roping

  • 1. Aaron Tsinigine/James Begay Jr., 4.81 seconds, $3,894
  • 2. Travis Whitlow/Victor Aros, 4.88 seconds, $3,172
  • 3. Cooper Wimberly/Kory Bramwell, 5.13 seconds, $2,596
  • 4. Cooper Wimberly/Tim Gonzales, 5.28 seconds, $1,874
  • 5. Kyle Roberts/Brandon Gonzales, 5.31 seconds, $1,442
  • 6. OJ Williams/Chris Begay, 5.67 seconds, $722
  • 7. Travis Whitlow/Tyler Whitlow, 5.67 seconds, $432
  • 8. Jeremiah Platero/John Arviso, 6.02 seconds, $288

Incentive team roping

  • 1. Jeremiah Platero/John Arviso, 6.02 seconds, $1,498
  • 2. John Arviso/Wacey Carviso, 6.92 seconds, $1,000
  • 3. Jeremiah Platero/Donnie Barney, 7.31 seconds, $790
  • 4. Jerry McPhaul/Carl Sweazea, 7.73 seconds, $582
  • 5.Cam Dahozy/Dennison Boone, 11.02 seconds, 292