When you put two rodeo veterans together, it’s hard to go wrong.
Four-time world champion bareback rider Bobby Mote drew Spy for the third round of the Horse Heaven Round-Up on Friday night.
Spy, who is 25, gave Mote the best ride of the night — 85 points — and a tie for the lead with Kaycee Feild.
“That’s the third time I’ve been on him,” Mote said. “You’ve got to like the old horses — they know their job. That horse is a fine example. He loves his job and it shows. I’ll take him every time.”
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Mote, from Culver, Ore., is third in the world standings this week with $85,955, just $3,107 behind world leader Feild.
“Every little bit helps,” Mote said. “This is a start.”
Steer wrestler Matt Reeves knows he’ll have a tough time catching world leader Casey Martin, but he’s only $2,200 out of second place, and a 3.8-second run Friday will put a little money in his pocket, with more to come in the average, where he’s sitting second at 8.2 seconds.
Reeves almost didn’t get his second steer to the ground.
“He was pretty wild,” the Cross Plains, Texas, cowboy said. “He was under me when I got off and I thought I missed him, but I got him by the horns. It wasn’t a pretty start, but it ended well.”
Just like every visit Reeves has made to the HHRU.
“I’ve placed every time I’ve come here,” said Reeves of his previous trips in 2007, 2009-10 and 2012.
There were no 90-point rides in the saddle bronc Friday like there was Thursday, but Jesse Kruse, who is being held together with tape and a little faith, held on for an 85-point ride on Six Shooter to move into second overall behind Louie Brunson.
“It’s been a long year with a lot of injuries,” said Kruse, who limped across the platform behind the bucking chutes. “I broke my fibula, tore tendons in both ankles and broke a vertebra in my back. I’m falling apart.”
But the ride Friday helped soothe the wounds and should move him up a few spots from 26th in the world standings.
“Flying 5 has good horses,” Kruse said. “I don’t think I’ve been on him. I just need to keep placing with every thing I do. I still have a shot (at the NFR). I’ve been three times and would like to go back. I’m competing almost every day to make that happen.”
Ryan Jarrett had the quick run of the night in the tie-down roping at 7.5 seconds, but Hunter Herrin matched his run of 8 seconds in the first go to take the lead on two head at 16 seconds.
Clay Smith and Jake Smith turned in a 4.8-second run in the team roping, putting them in a tie for the top time in the second go-round with Arky Rogers and Walt Woodard.
Christy Loflin of Franktown, Colo., wasn’t able to knock Cheney’s Pamela Capper (17.15 seconds) out of the top spot in the barrel racing, but she maneuvered the course in 17.41 seconds to move into second place.
There only were two legal rides in the bull riding, with Clayton Foltyn posting the top score of 73 points. Shane Proctor, who rode Thursday, leads with an 83.
— Bobby Mote, 85 points.Tie-down roping
— Ryan Jarrett, 7.5 seconds. Steer wrestling — Matt Reeves, 3.8.Saddle bronc
— Jesse Kruse, 85 points.Team roping
— Clay Smith and Jake Smith, 4.8.Barrel racing
— Christy Loflin, 17.41.Bull riding
— Clayton Foltyn, 73 points.
— Cory Solomon 7.8 seconds.Steer wrestling
— Seth Brockman, 3.6.Team roping
— Luke Brown and Kollin Von Ahn, 5.0.
— Jesse Clark, 7.3 seconds.Steer wrestling
— (tie) Jake Rinehart and Tyler Waguespack, 3.5.Team roping
— Clay Smith and Jake Smith, 4.8 and Arky Rogers and Walt Woodard, 4.8.
— Hunter Herrin 16.0 seconds.Steer wrestling
— Wade Sumpter, 7.8.Team roping
— Brady Tryan and Matt Robertson, 11.3.