TicketForce rodeo clients are making headlines this week as the season continues in full swing.
Issaz Diaz's record-breaking ride at Dodge City Roundup
In Dodge City, Kansas, saddle bronc rider Isaac Diaz rode for an arena record 93 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman to win the Doge City (Kan.) Roundup (July 29 through Aug. 2). Diaz won the final round by six points and took the two-head average with 173 points.
“This was the third time I’ve had her,” Diaz said of Medicine Woman, the two-time Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year (2011, 2014). “This was by far the best she’s ever been for me. She was phenomenal.”
Medicine Woman also carried Wade Sundell to the Dodge City Roundup arena record of 92 points just last year.
Diaz was ecstatic after setting the arena record. “I’m on Cloud 9,” he said. “This was my career best, too. I didn’t even know I was capable of going 93.”
He also spoke about his dream of winning at the famous western Kansas rodeo, like other cowboys growing up.
“It’s awesome to win here,” he said. “You hear about Dodge City when you’re a little kid and you dream of winning her. In a bronc rider’s mind, Cheyenne (Wyo.), here and Ellensburg are the best short round all year long because of the stock they have.”
Other winners at the rodeo were all-around cowboy J.D. Yates, bareback rider Matt Bright, steer wrestler Stockton Graves, team ropers David Key and Martin Lucero, tie-down roper Caleb Smidt, barrel racer Tillar Murray, steer roper Scott Snedecor, and bull rider Aaron Pass.
Big Stars at the Coffeyville Rodeo in Kansas
The Inter-State Rodeo in Coffeyville (Kan.) saw two well-know saddle bronc riders stealing the spotlight. Cody Wright and Heith DeMoss each scored 79 points on Aug. 12, the opening night of the rodeo.
Wright, a two-time world champion, rode Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Half and Half, while DeMoss rode Dillinger.
DeMoss, who has qualified for six Wranger National Finals Rodeos, has entered the Coffeyville rodeo for as many years as he can remember, “because it’s a Bennie (Beutler) rodeo,” he said, referring to the stock contractor and his high-reputation bucking horses.
“You’re going to get on a bucker. You’re going to get tested, that’s for sure, and win, if you’re lucky,” he said.
Other leaders after the first night were bareback riders Joel Schlegel and Will Lowe, steer wrestler Zac Parringotn, tie-down roper Jeremy Kempker, team ropers Payden Emmet and Brye Crite, barrel racer Dusta Kimzey, and bull ride Jory Markiss.