Game-changers: Sunday rodeo determines line up for the 2017 Cloverdale Rodeo finals

The stands were packed at the Stetson Bowl for Sunday afternoon’s rodeo, with more than 5,000 spectators in the stadium.

The performance, featuring the second round of Pool B contestants, was a study in rough dismounts, reshuffling the deck of competitors for Monday’s finals.

Many athletes were at the top of their game. Ladies barrel racing saw an amazing run by Becky Fuson, from Conrad, Montana, with a 15.918-second finish. Heath DeMoss, from Heflin, Louisiana, took top place in saddle bronc riding for the second day in a row, coming in with 87 points. Not quite the 91-point performance the crowd saw the night before, but still a first place finish.

Bull riding saw a major upset when Chase Outlaw, winner of last year’s $44,000 prize and a favourite for this year’s competition, failed to place. Instead, Wacey Finkbeiner, from Ponoka, Alberta, took first in Pool B bull riding yesterday, with 86 points.

The rodeo finals take place Monday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., where competitors will go head-to-head for $328,000 in prize money.

Sunday results, Pool B:

Bareback bronc riding

  1. Seth, Hardwick, Laramie WY 88 points
  2. Colt Kitaif, Mississippi 87.5 points
  3. Richie Champion, Woodland TX 87.5 points
  4. Chase Ericksen, Helena, MT 87 points
  5. Clayton Biglow, Clements, CA 86.5 points
  6. Kash Wilson, Twin Falls, ID 83 points
  7. Bobby Peters, Pincher Creek, AB 82 points
  8. Jessy Davis, Power, MT 81.5 points

Ladies barrel race

  1. Becky Fuson, Conrad, MT 15.918 seconds
  2. Nikki Hansen, Vail, SD 16.061 seconds
  3. Kylie Whiteside, Longview, AB 16.190 seconds
  4. Rachel Tiedeman, Vail, SD 16.257 seconds

Saddle bronc riding

  1. Heath DeMoss, Heflin, LO 87 points
  2. Luke Butterfield, Ponoka, AB 86.5
  3. Layton Green, Meeting Creek, AB 85.5 points
  4. Jim Berry, Rocky Mtn House, AB 84.5 points
  5. Cole Elshere, Faith, SD 84 points
  6. Toby Collins, Stephenville, TX 83 points
  7. Ty Kirkland, Wells, TX 82 points
  8. Pascal Isabelle, Quebec 79

Bull riding

  1. Wacey Finkbeiner, Ponoka, AB 86 points
  2. Tyler Taylor, Stephensville, TX 83 points
  3. Douglas Duncan, Oklahoma 81 points
  4. Tyler Harr, Arkansas 78 points

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A cowboy takes a moment to catch his breath while the pick-up men round up his bronc. (Sam Anderson)

A cowboy walks across the ring to retrieve his boot, fallen while dismounting a bronc. (Sam Anderson)

Sunday afternoon’s competition was a study in rough dismounts. (Sam Anderson)

Louisiana’s Heath DeMoss took first again on Sunday afternoon, with an 87-point ride. (Sam Anderson)

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