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Champions Crowned at National Western Stock Show Rodeo

Garrett Shadbolt of Merriman, Nebraska earned his first championship at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo with an 89.5=point effort on Cervi Brothers Rodeo’s horse named On Second Thought. NWSS photo by Ric Andersen.

Susan Kanode for National Western Stock Show

DENVER, Colo. – Championship Sunday at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo presented by Centura Health came to a close in the Denver Coliseum.

The winners were crowned based on how well they did during Sunday’s rodeo with the highest scores and fastest times in each event leaving as the champion. A sold-out crowd saw outstanding performances in each event.

It started with Garrett Shadbolt’s 89.5-point score in the bareback riding. The Merriman, Nebraska, resident rodeo Cervi Brothers Rodeo’s horse named On Second Thought for the title and earned a total of $6,181. It was a special win for Shadbolt who has been coming here nearly every year since joining the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 2018.

Clay Smith and Jake Long have each won team roping titles in the Denver Coliseum, but the one in 2023 was the first that they earned together. They had a picture-perfect run at 3.9 seconds and left here with $6,821 each.

In the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, the win went to McDade, Texas, barrel racer Jimmie Smith and no one was more surprised at the outcome. Smith barely advanced to the semifinals out of her bracket, then was in the last spot to get to the finals.

Riding her mare A Valiant Nicky “Nicky” she stopped the clock in 14.83 seconds, the fastest run of the whole rodeo. Smith-Tew has ridden Nicky at outdoor rodeos most of the time, but with her success here, she may be changing her mind. They earned nearly $5,000.

Stetson Wright added his name to the list of family members who have won here when he rode Cervi Brothers Rodeo’s horse named Ed Bishop for 90 points. His father, uncle and older brother all have their names in the National Western history books.

Other winners were Jace Melvin, from Fort Pierre, S.D., in the steer wrestling, Riley Webb, from Denton, Texas, in the tie-down roping and Bryce Burnell from Sheridan, Wyoming in the bull riding.

Plans are already underway for the 118th National Western Stock Show in 2024, the best 16 days in January.

117th National Western Stock Show Winners

Bareback Riding – Garrett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., 89.5 points, $6,181

Steer Wrestling — Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D., 4.2 seconds, $4,758

Team Roping – Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 3.9 seconds, $6,821

Saddle Bronc Riding – Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah, 90 points, $4,636

Tie-down Roping – Riley Mason Webb, Denton, Texas, 7.2 seconds, $4,782

Barrel Racing – Jimmie Smith-Tew, McDade, Texas, 14.83 seconds, $4,782.

Bull Riding, Bryce Burnell, Sheridan, Wyo., 91 points, $4,581

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