GERRY, NY ( RELEASE) More than 150 professional cowboys and cowgirls from nineteen states have registered to compete for $30,000 in prize money at the Gerry Fire Department’s 67th annual PRCA rodeo which opens this Thursday and continues for four performances through Sunday.
Here is the latest from the Rodeo!
The 67th version of the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department’s annual PRCA rodeo concluded on Sunday afternoon with the best of more than 150 cowboys and cowgirls from 19 states taking home their share of the $34,000 in prize money.
Rodeo is an unusual sport in that not only is none of the competitors paid to compete, but they must pay to entry fees to even have a chance at winning money. The entry fees range from $50 to $200 depending on the event, with the remaining prize money coming from the Fire Department and other rodeo sponsors. If they fail to place, their entry fee is gone along with their travel expenses
For the Gerry rodeo committee, this year’s event was a venture into the unknown as the number of performances was cut from the traditional six to four in order to provide a better quality show for the area fans. Rodeo chairman Tom Atwell says the change seemed to work out well, as more than 7300 fans attended the four performances, while almost 3000 barbeque dinners were served in spite of threatening weather and the poor economy. It also was a plus for the fans as there were more contestants participating at each show.
The All Around Cowboy award goes to the contestant who wins the most money while participating in at least two events. That honor went to Carmine Nastri, Ballston, NY., who won a total of $1596 in the tie down roping and the team roping. Clovis Crane, Lebanon, Pa., placed second, winning a total of $831 while competing in rodeo’s three toughest events - bareback and saddle bronc and bull riding. He was the only cowboy to compete in three events. The money awarded for this title is in addition to the money a cowboy collects in his individual event. Brandon Manning, Birdsboro, Pa., won the most money during the rodeo, taking first in the bull riding and winning $1405.90. However, he was not eligible for the All Around as this was his only event.
The other events and the money won by the first three competitors in each are listed below. The amount of money awarded is based on the $2800 put up by the fire department for each event plus the total of the entry fees and the number of qualified rides or times.
Bo Casper Fort Scott, Kan. $1197
Wacey Cody San Angelo, Tex. $897.75
Clovis Crane Lebanon, Pa. $598.50
Saddle Bronc Riding:
Doug Aldridge Carthage, Mo. $1097.25
Tyler West Fort Scott, Kan. $714.87
Kirk Nelson Branson, Mo. $714.87
Tie Down Roping:
Cody McCartney Ottawa Lake, Mich. $658.67
Zak Danison Groveport, Ohio $494
Carmine Nastri Ballston, NY $329.33
David Ballantyne Elverson, Pa. $521.18
Chris Soto Catlett, Va. $521.18
Eric Paul Fabian Schenectady, NY $390.86
Derek Carey Mechanicsville, NY $390.86
Carmine Nastri Ballston, NY $250.57
Casey Cox Fort Edward, NY $250.57
Joe Brown Oxford, Pa $677.67
Tom Farrelly Cayuga, NY $508.25
Jimmy Van Equinunk, Pa. $338.83
Brandon Manning Birdsboro, Pa. $1405.90
Josh Dixon Lewisville, Pa. $1033.75
Tommy Lanzalotti Franklinville, NJ $785.65
Kristine Roy Hagaman, NY $480.70
Nickie Stoltsfus McClure, Pa. $418
Jennifer Oberg Sewell, NJ $355.30
Despite the rain that fell in Jamestown and the surrounding area, the sun shone and not a drop fell in Gerry, and for the third straight night a near capacity crowd turned out for outstanding rodeo action in the Gerry Fire Department’s 67th PRCA rodeo.
This performance was the “Tough Enough To Wear Pink” night which saw the cowboys and cowgirls and many of the fans turn the arena into a sea of pink to help raise awareness of the curse of breast cancer which affects so many women and, in turn, their families and friends. Announcer Davey Kimm told the crowd that this particular performance was being dedicated to the memory of Temple Atwell, an EMT with the Gerry Fire Department and long-time advertising chairman for the rodeo who passed away in March after a long fight with this dreaded disease.
The bareback bronc event saw no qualified rides which left Bo Casper, a Kansas cowboy in first place with an 80 point ride posted on Friday night. Kirk Nelson, who hails from Branson, Mo., rode River Wall for 73 points to move into a first place tie for the week. The second best ride on the night was posted by Wacey Cody, San Angelo, Tx,.who scored 71 points on a bronc named Lieutenant. This event concluded with one of the best bucking mares ever, 22 year-old Twilight Rose, a two-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, circling the arena accompanied by her latest foal.
Cody McCartney, Bloomington, Ind., roped his calf in 9.3 seconds, the fastest time of the week in the tie-down roping competition. He was followed closely by Jeff Magoteaux, Hillard, Ohio, at 11.8 seconds. The team roping also saw the fastest time of the week as two New York cowboys, Eric Paul Fabian of Schenectady and Derek Carey, Mechanicsville, roped the horns and hind legs of their steer in 7.0 seconds.
In the steer wrestling the steers had a big advantage over the cowboys as there were a number of misses by the cowboys as they leaped rom their horses. J.C. Smith, Aspers, Pa., had the one of the few successful runs as he threw his steer in11.9 seconds which left him far short of the 5.6 second outing for Tom Farrelly on opening night.
The barrel racers evidently liked the condition of the arena as they had the three fastest times of the week with Kristine, Hagaman, NY, cicling the barrels in 15.34 seconds. She was followed by Terrah Hanks, Eaton Rapids, Mich., at 15.37, and Jennifer Oberg, Sewell, NJ, at 15.39.
Brandon Manning, Birdsboro, Pa., took over first place in the bull riding with a 78 point outing on a bull named t-Bone. Tommy Lanzalotti, Franklinville NJ., moved into third place for the week with a 73 point ride on Heartless Dixie. Barnes’ bull Tom Cat showed no respect for Dr.Troy Alexander, a biologist with the Pentagon, who traveled from Maryland today, only to be tossed to the arena dirt.
The highlight of the kids’ events came in the mutton bustin’ when a Ashton Warner, a girl from nearby Sherman beat all the boys with an 89 point ride on her sheep.
The rodeo will conclude with an afternoon show at 2:00 today. The barbeque beef dinners will begin at 11:30 and continue until show time. Additional information is available at www.gerryrodeo.org. Or by phone at (716) 985-4847.
All proceeds from the rodeo go to the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department to provide fire and rescue protection for the area. Plans are already underway for th 68th consecutive rodeo in August of 2012.
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in Colorado Springs made the announcement following the deadline for entries this past Friday. The list is led by the women’s barrel racing which has 42 entries, followed by 30 competitors in tie-down roping, and 25 bull riders. All of the competitors must be current members of either the PRCA or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Cowgirls Association (WPRCA), and registration for all sanctioned rodeos is done through the Colorado Springs office.
This week’s competition begins on Thursday evening at 8:00 and continues Friday and Saturday evenings with a final show on Sunday at 2:00 PM. All seven traditional rodeo events - bareback and saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and bull riding - will be featured at each performance.
Each competitor must pay an entry fee for any event entered, with those fees ranging from $55 to $125, depending on the event. These entry fees are added to money put up by the fire department and other sponsors to provide the total prize money. In addition, the winner of each event is presented with a specially designed Montana Silversmiths belt buckle. The stock contractor for the 22nd year is the Barnes Rodeo Company of Peterson, Iowa, which has been producing rodeos across the country for 58 years.
In addition to the rodeo competition, the show will include comedy provided by rodeo clown Johnny “Backflip” Dudley with his mechanical bull and Flower, his pet skunk. Special events for the kids in the crowd include mutton”bustin”, the calf scramble, and the nickel dive, all of which allow the kids to actually get into the rodeo arena. The midway has more than 20 vendors with everything from candy apples and cotton candy to Western wear and souvenirs, along with face painting, sand art, and pony rides for the kids.
The famous barbeque beef dinners, cooked over open wood fires, are the highlight of the week for many and are served beginning at 5:00 each evening and at 11:30 AM on Sunday. Full dinners including dessert and drink cost $10 for adults and combination tickets for both the rodeo and dinner are available at reduced rates.
Now in its 67th year, this is the longest consecutively running rodeo east of the Mississippi and all proceeds benefit the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department, which responds to more than 350 fire and emergency calls each year.
Additional information is available by phone at (716) 985-4847 or toll free at 1-888-985-4847 or on the web at www.gerryrodeo.org.