The DeMoss family is having the time of its life.
Saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss was joined on stage yesterday afternoon by his wife, Margie, after he claimed the $100,000 bonus. Margie, who was visibly emotional, probably initiated a few tears in the stands as well.
"This is unreal," said DeMoss, who hails from Heflin, La. "I don't even know how to explain how it feels."
It's completely understandable as to why the rodeo contestants seem to be at a loss for words when asked about what it's like to win the Calgary Stampede's bonus round, as this is the only place in the world where they can win that kind of money in one day.
The 26-year-old DeMoss, the reserve world champion in 2006, snuck into the final day of competition via Saturday's wildcard round.
He then tapped out a second-best 88.5-point ride in the long round, sewing up his spot in the sudden-death four man showdown, joining Rod Hay, Rusty Allen and Jeff Willert.
After drawing their bonus round picks on the Stampede stage during intermission, DeMoss wasn't completely thrilled.
He admitted winning the $100,000 might have been a long shot after drawing Calgary's Gallant Warrior, which doesn't come with a great reputation.
"When we drew, I didn't think it was very probable," he said.
"I got on him last year as a matter of fact.
"I think I was about the same points on him last year, too.
"That horse had a bunch of swoops today and wasn't really what he was supposed to be, but it panned out.
"The judges were really good to me I thought."
SADDLE BRONC LEADERS
1. Cody DeMoss $100,000
2. Jeff Willert $25,000
3-4. Rusty Allen $12,500
3-4. Rod Hay $12,500