The Magic 8 Ball is a toy used for fortunetelling.
Tyler Pearson may have wanted to know how he was going to do in the steer wrestling Wednesday night at the Horse Heaven Round-Up, but instead of getting his fortune told, he used his 8-Ball to help him get the top run of the night.
Borrowing Jake Rinehart’s horse 8-Ball, Pearson turfed his steer in 4.5 seconds, besting Stan Branco and Tanner Milan by one-tenth of a second.
“It was all horse power. I had a good horse,” said Pearson, who is 18th in the world standings, less than $5,000 out of the top 15. “My steer wasn’t supposed to be that great so I took a chance and had a great start at the barrier.”
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Cody Wright, the eldest of the Wright brothers from Milford, Utah, is having a great summer in the Northwest.
The world leader in the saddle bronc was fourth at the Farm-City Pro Rodeo in Hermiston two weeks ago, picking up a paycheck worth $1,094.
On Wednesday night, he turned in an 84-point ride on Blue Blazes to top the leaderboard.
“It has been a good summer and I’ve drawn some good horses,” said Wright, who has an $11,000 lead over second-place cowboy Tyler Corrington. “I’ve never been on that horse before, but it was a good one.”
Taos Muncy was second with an 82 on Six Shooter, but no one else had better than a 78.
“Sometimes you have big scores and other nights they aren’t there,” Wright said. “You just hope you are on top.”
Kaycee Feild, the world leader in the bareback event, turned in an 85-point ride on an 8-year-old black gelding that has yet to earn a name for itself.
“I see a horse with no name and I get on it any way,” Feild said. “It could be the next Grated Coconut.”
Feild, who has less than a $1,000 lead over Ryan Gray, took a break last week from riding and went camping near Joseph, Ore., to recharge his batteries.
“The horses I have been on lately have been 77-78 points and I’m catching the last hole in the money,” Feild said. “I haven’t been able to capitalize and whip some butt. I have to realize how great my job is. You can’t doubt yourself. You have to have that drive, that grrrr when you get on the horse. You have to have fun. I did that tonight.”
In the bull riding, it was bulls 10, cowboys 3, but the top ride of the night was lucky No. 13 — Tag Elliott of Thatcher, Utah, who posted a 79.
Kathy Grimes had the hot run of the night in the barrels with a 17.64. Michelle McLeod, who won the Farm-City Pro Rodeo, crossed the line in 17:49, but she knocked over a barrel, which added 5 seconds to her time.
Keven Daniel and Chase Tryan topped the team roping with a 5.3-second run. Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith were at 4.9, but with Smith catching just one back foot, they were assessed a 5-second penalty.
Russell Cardoza of Terrebone, Ore., trussed up his calf in 8.7 seconds, knocking Clif Cooper out of the top spot with the second-to-last run of the night.”