A severe head cold kept Shane Proctor out of the Xtreme Bulls lineup Tuesday night, but the Grand Coulee cowboy was back in action Friday night at the Horse Heaven Round-Up.
On a young bull who has yet to earn a name, Proctor turned in an impressive ride to earn an 89-point score and take the lead in the bull riding event.
“I took three flights to get here today,” said Proctor, the 2011 world champion. “He’s a 3-year-old bull, ,and I didn’t know what he was all about. I’ve won here the last two years, and I hope to make it three.”
Proctor is ranked eighth in the world standings with $65,314. A nice payday at the HHRU would go a long way in moving up in the standings.
“I’ve had a lot of luck the last month and a half,” Proctor said. “This ought to help.”
Steer wrestler Casey Martin made his first trip to the NFR last year, and he’d like to make it two in a row. He’s ranked 23rd in the world standings, but is less than $5,000 out of the top 15.
After a run of 3.5 seconds Friday night, he moved into a tie for the top time in the second go-round and a decent paycheck should be coming his way.
“It’s not easy to get a time like that,” Martin said. “Everything has to work to get it that fast, and it did. He was a little slower than most, and I got a really good start. I’m in the hunt (for the NFR) and getting closer.”
Austin Foss is a young man still trying to make his mark in the PRCA. He’s in the running for bareback rookie of the year title, sitting second behind leader Richie Champion by $896.
Friday night, Foss took over the lead in the bareback event, posting a score of 83 on a 13-year-old buckskin mare named Butter Milk.
“That was really fun,” said Foss, who placed fifth at the 2012 College National Finals while competing for Blue Mountain Community College. “She wanted to buck a little more than I expected after the first jump. I decided I should get with it.”
The Terrebonne, Ore., cowboy drew the same horse last year at the HHRU, but he opted to compete at a different rodeo.
“I’ve learned my lesson,” he said.
South Dakota cowboy Jesse Bail rode No Dice for an 81-point score in the saddle bronc, joining two others in a tie for third.
In the barrel racing, Mary Walker of Ennis, Texas, maneuvered the clover leaf pattern in 17.35 seconds to move into second place behind leader Pamela Capper of Cheney (17.34).
Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves had the hot run in the team roping with a time of 4.9 seconds, while Trevor Brazile had the fastest time of the night in tie-down roping at 9.2 seconds.