Local barrel racer ties for overall lead in Reno, Nev.

RENO, Nev.

— Jolee Lautaret of Kingman took over a share of the lead in the women's barrel racing on Monday at the Reno Rodeo.

Lautaret tied Terri Kaye Kirkland of Billings, Mont., with a time of 17.12 seconds and they tied for the overall lead.

They will both make their second run here during the fourth performance tonight at 7.

The first round of steer wrestling is complete and Sid Steiner from Bastrop, Texas is the big winner here so far.

Steiner, who is known for his flamboyant personality and style brought his steer to the ground in a blazing 4.2 seconds.

That run was worth $5,354 for the 2000 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier.

Second through fifth places were just one-tenth of a second slower.

Ben Goodman, from Beaumont, Texas, Jay Faulkner from Gooding, Idaho and Stockton Graves from Ponca City, Okla., each stopped the clock in 4.3 seconds.

Their runs earned them nearly $4,000 each.

At the Sunday night performance Billy Etbauer from Ree Heights, S.D.

had some trouble with the horse he was to ride in the saddle bronc riding.

After assessing the situation, the Wrangler judges gave Etbauer the option of coming back in Monday's performance and attempting to ride the horse again.

That wait was worth it for the four-time world champion.

At the end of the eight-second ride, an 81 point score was posted on the U.S.

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Etbauer is now tied for first place with Cliff Norris from Hattiesburg, Miss.

There is a new leader in the bareback riding.

Robert Bowers, from Brooks, Alberta, Canada, has been to the WNFR in the bull riding.

The all-around talent is looking for his first trip to Las Vegas in December to compete in that event in the bareback riding.

His 83-point ride on Midnight Holly from the Flying Five Rodeo Company could certainly help him accomplish that goal.

Trevor Brazile took the lead in the calf roping.

He roped his calf, ran down the rope, picked the calf up and brought it to the ground in 8.6 seconds.