July 7, 2012
American cowboys cash in on Day 2
By SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency
CALGARY - Four cowboys and one cowgirl from south of the border will need to figure out the Canadian exchange rate after cashing in on Day 2 of the Calgary Stampede.
Oklahoma cowboy Ryan Jarrett got things started for the Americans Saturday with a 7.1-second run in the tie-down roping on the final calf of the day.
Day 1 winner Cory Solomon, who won Friday on the final run, started things off with a quick 7.6-second time, and it held up through the next eight competitors before Jarrett swooped in to cash the $5,500 day money.
Lance Creek, Wyo., bulldogger Jason Miller laid down a speedy 3.3-second run to edge out Day 1 winner Luke Branquinho and Trevor Knowles, who both had runs of 3.8 seconds.
The saddle bronc boys were on their respective games Saturday, as eight riders broke the 80-point threshold.
Wyoming cowboy Chet Johnson rode Charlie Horse to a score of 86 points on a re-ride after his first horse stumbled in the centre of the ring. Johnson still scored an 80 on his first ride, but after Rylan Geiger and Rusty Allen both put up scores of 85.5, Johnson happily accepted the re-ride and eked out the Day 2 win.
After finishing out of the money on Day 1 of the Calgary Stampede, Jessy Davis rebounded with a solid performance Saturday.
Davis, of Power, Montana, took first place in the bareback on a hot and sunny afternoon with an 86.5 ride atop Gold Dust.
Brittany Fleck of Mandan, North Dakota, sped to a 17.57 run in the ladies barrel racing. Fleck outdistanced South Dakota cowgirl Lisa Lockhart, who posted a 17.78-second time.
Bullrider Chad Besplug of Claresholm, Alta., broke up the American party with an 86-point re-ride aboard bull Kish This to cash $5,500. Besplug finished tied for fifth Friday.
Clay Elliott of Nanton, Alta., won the novice saddle bronc with an 82.5 ride, while Cole Jamieson of Innisfail, Alta., topped the novice bareback with a 74.5-point ride.
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