Dollarhide dominates in Kingman

Steve Dollarhide won his third straight Andy Devine Days Rodeo saddle bronc title at the Mohave County Fairgrounds on Sunday.

The cowboy from Wikieup posted a 76-point ride on Ridge Runner to edge out Randy Jones and Justen Washburn who each scored 75 points on their rides.

"That was a pretty nice horse," Dollarhide said.

"I've seen him before.

Justen (Washburn) had him a few weeks ago in Evanston, Wyo."

Dollarhide said the horse was just a straight up honest bucking horse that didn't do anything fancy.

Ridge Runner broke out of the chute and went almost straight across the arena bucking high and kicking out his hind legs.

"That's what you want," Dollarhide said.

Dollarhide said it's always special to win the hometown rodeo and to win it three times in a row with his family there made it even better.

He had his young son Jordan with him behind the chutes and said they just returned from Poway, Calif., where things hadn't gone as well.

Dollarhide also said his wife and two daughters were in the stands watching.

"I talked to them on the phone and they were on their way," Dollarhide said.

"I haven't seen them yet."

Last year when Dollarhide won in Kingman he was pretty much a lock to make the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December, but this year he has some ground to make up if he is going to return to the NFR.

"I'm down there.

I think I'll make the tour finals in Dallas," Dollarhide said.

"I'm a little behind right now, but I've been behind before.

"Winter was really good.

I had some other things going in the summer.

I was trying to buy some cows and couldn't get the time to get out.

I got nothing done in July and August, but I'm doing better now.

Hopefully It will turnaround ...

it's already turning around."

Winners of the Andy Devine Days rodeo in other events included steer wrestler Austin Manning who turned his steer in 4.0 seconds, calf roper Jack Vanderlans who won first place for a 7.9-second run in calf roping, team ropers Michael De Van and Dennis Watkins who roped their steer in 5.0 seconds, barrel racer Sherry Cervi who had the weekend's fastest run of 17.74 seconds.

In other rough stock events bareback bronc rider Kyle Bowers' 77-point ride on Saturday held up to win and bull rider Nathan Jones made a 75-point ride on Buckshot on Sunday to edge out Larry Leist and Terrance Granger who each had 74-point rides.

Jones didn't feel that Buckshot challenged him much, but he was glad it worked out that he took home first-place money.

"He wasn't that good.

He was just hard to ride," Jones said.

"All I had to do was cover him."

Jones was sure he could do that and with 27 out of 30 bull riders being bucked off this weekend, he was pretty sure he would be in the money here.

"I was feeling confident," Jones said.

"It's my job."

He said no matter how big or how small the rodeo, a win is important to him.

"Everything helps me," Jones said.

"Every round you make helps a little bit mentally and physically."

The biggest money winner at the rodeo was calf roper Vanderlans who earned a check for $1,164.

The total payout for the two-day rodeo was $22,775.80.