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Woman’s events at Puyallup Rodeo steal the show

Josi Connor got some help in her bid for a National Finals Breakaway Roping qualification at the Cinch Playoffs at the Puyallup Rodeo on Friday night. Connor stopped the clock in 2.7 seconds, the fastest time at the rodeo so far. PRCA photo by Kent Soule.

Written by Susan Kanode

PUYALLUP, WA – Friday night lights were all about female competitors at the second performance of the Cinch Playoffs at the Puyallup Rodeo.

Breakaway roping has been added here for the first time and it has proven to be very popular with the fans. They were cheering loud on Friday when Josie Connor of Iowa, Louisiana, stopped the clock in 2.7 seconds, the fastest time at the rodeo so far.

It was an important win for Connor. She is currently outside the top 15 that qualify to compete for world titles. She will add $3,600 to her earnings. Unfortunately, that’s the only check that she will get at the Washington State Fair. She failed to connect on Thursday night so won’t be advancing to the Puyallup Rodeo’s semifinals on Sunday.

Barrel racer Leslie Smalygo is making a bid for her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and helped her cause substantially on Thursday and Friday. She placed third in the first round Thursday, came back and had the fastest time of the rodeo on Friday night and she will be running again here on Sunday at the semifinals.

After placing third in the first round of barrel racing, Oklahoma’s Leslie Smalygo came back on Friday and won the second round. Her 13.82-second run aboard her great horse “Gus” earned her $3,600 at the Cinch Playoffs at the Puyallup Rodeo. PRCA photo by Kent Soule.

Riding her great horse “Gus” she stopped the clock in 13.82 seconds to win $3,600. Combined with her

First round time of 13.90, she will be a crowd favorite on Sunday at the semifinals. Prior to the Puyallup Rodeo, Smalygo was one spot out of the top 15. She has already earned enough to edge her into a better position, but if she wins the big prize here on Sunday, she will be competing in Las Vegas at rodeo’s championships in December.

A new group of contestants will make their first appearance at the Cinch Playoffs on Saturday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. Their times and scores will be added together with the top four from that set joining the top four from the first group to make an 8-man semifinals in all of the events.         

The following are unofficial results from the Cinch Playoffs at the Puyallup Rodeo, part of the Washington State Fair. Payoffs are subject to change.

Second Performance—

Bareback Riding: 1, Jayco Roper, Oktaha, Okla., 86.5 points on Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s Ninja Bob, $3,600. 2, Caleb Bennett, Corvallis, Mont., 84, $2,700. 3, Leighton Berry, Weatherford, Texas, 83.5, $1,800. 4, Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn., 83, $900. 

Breakaway Roping: 1, Josie Connor, Iowa, La., 2.7 seconds, $3,600. 2, Erin Johnson, Fowler, Colo., 3.1, $2,700. 3, (tie) Beau Peterson, Council Grove, Kan., and Tacy Webb, Midway, Texas, 3.2, $1,350 each.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 3.8 seconds, $3,600. 2, Rowdy Parrott, Mamou, La., 4.0, $2,700. 3, Justin Shaffer, Hallsville, Texas, 4.4, $1,800. 4, Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 4.5, $900.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (in progress) 1, 1, Layton Green, Millarville, Alberta, 88 points on Korkow Rodeo’s Onion Ring. 2, Mitch Pollock, Winnemucca, Nevada, 86. 3, Kolby Wanchuck, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 83. 4, Kole Ashbacher, Arrowood, Alberta, 81.5.

Team Roping: 1, Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 4.6, $3,600. 2, Tanner Tomlinson, Angleton, Texas, and Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 4.9, $2,700. 3, Clint Summers, Lake City, Fla., and Ross Ashford, Lott, Texas, 5.8, $1,800. 4, Cody Snow, Los Olivos, Calif., and Wesley Thorp, Throckmorton, Texas, 6.5, $900.

Tie-Down Roping: 1, Marcos Costa, Iretama, Brazil, 7.5 seconds, $3,600. 2, Taylor Santos, Creston, California, 7.7, $2,700. 3, Shad Mayfield, Clovis, N.M., 7.8, $1,800. 4, Cooper Martin, Alma, Kan., 8.4, $900.

Barrel Racing: 1, Leslie Smalygo, Skiatook, Okla., 13.82, $3,600. 2, Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas, 13.88, $2,700. 3, Molly Otto, Grand Forks, N.D., 14.00, $1,800. 4, Emily Beisel, Weatherford, Okla., 14.11, $900.

Bull Riding: 1, (tie) Ky John Hamilton, Mackay, Australia, on Korkow Rodeo’s Mental Case and Reid Oftedahl, Raymond, Minn., on Corey and Lange Rodeo’s Cold Turkey, 82 points and $3,150 each. 3, Jordan Wacey Spears, Redding, Calif., 80.5, $1,800. 4, Trey Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 74, $900.

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