Aragon, Dollarhide win on same horse
Robert Aragon and Steve Dollarhide had a lot in common at the Andy Devine Days Rodeo at the Mohave County Fairgrounds over the weekend.
The two saddle bronc riders rode the same horse, Aragon rode on Saturday and Dollarhide on Sunday, they scored the same number of points, 76, and they both earned a share of first place and they both took home checks for $638.26.
On Saturday, Aragon shook his head and looked at his boots when asked if he thought his 76-point ride on Thunder Rolls would be good enough to keep him in the money.
"I don't know.
There are some other guys who have some good horses here (Sunday)," Aragon said.
"Steve Dollarhide has this horse."
Dollarhide was hoping to coax a few more points out of Thunder Rolls than Aragon, but he had trouble from the start.
When the gate opened to let Dollarhide and Thunder Rolls into the arena the big buckskin horse just stood and stared at the empty arena.
"He stalled really bad in there and didn't want to leave," Dollarhide said.
The rodeo crew shut the gate, Dollarhide got settled in the saddle again and this time when
Thunder Rolls saw the open gate he burst into the arena and started the same high rear kick and rocking buck that Aragon had the day before.
"I kind of got a bad go," Dollarhide said.
"I would have liked to had a better go at him.
"He's a good horse.
He feels pretty good.
I've seen him before, but I've never been on him before."
Dollarhide, who was born in Kingman and now lives in Wikieup, won here last year and also won in Laughlin.
He met his family in Kingman late Saturday night when he returned from rodeos in California.
"I like it.
It's close to home when I come to Kingman," Dollarhide said.
"This is where we go to do our shopping."
There's an added incentive for Dollarhide when he competes close to home — winning.
He won saddle bronc at last year's Andy Devine Days and he won at the Laughlin rodeo this spring.
"I've done pretty well here," Dollarhide said.
"I've won a few times here.
I don't remember right now how many, but I've won it three or four times."
Dollarhide is currently in 10th place in the National Finals Rodeo standings.
The top 15 performers in every event will be invited to compete for the biggest money of the year in December at the NFR.
"This year my year started off pretty good.
I had a good winter run.
I won some good rodeos and did pretty well at some real good rodeos," Dollarhide said.
"Fall is easy, kind of.
But, rodeo gets old this time of year.
I'm ready to go home and be with my family.
I'm tired of the road."
In other events Jolee Lautaret of Kingman won the barrel racing with a time of 17.49 seconds.
Her mother, Dolli Lautaret, finished fourth in 17.83 seconds.
Randon Adams won the All Around Cowboy title with winnings of $1,623.48.
He tied for fourth in calf roping and was on the winning team with Camish Jennings in team roping.
Paul Jones' bareback bronc riding score of 80 points held up from Saturday for the overall win and he earned $744.96 for his eight-second ride.
In bulldogging Brian Cline turned his steer in 4.1 seconds for a $1,086.40 payday.
Justin Truman won the calf roping with a time of 8.7 seconds and earned $1,105.80 and Cody Robertson's score of 75 points in bull riding on Saturday held up through Sunday to earn the Ganado cowboy $977.76.
Bull riding provided a highlight to Sunday's rodeo.
Rodeo director and president of the Kingsmen (a local community service group that stages the rodeo as a fund raiser) Mark Wimpee met a challenge to ride a bull.
Wimpee led off the bull riding with a short ride and a fast tumble from Hidden Dragon.
While he was waiting behind the chutes for his time to come up to ride stock contractor Jerry Honeycutt asked him "Are you nervous?"
"No," Wimpee answered.
"I would be," Honeycutt said.
"Don't say that," Wimpee said with a laugh.
His ride lasted about two seconds before he tumbled off Hidden Dragon.
"It was fun," Wimpee said.
"I wish I'd been able to stay on a little longer."
Andy Devine Days Rodeo
Unofficial results and payouts of the Andy Devine Days Rodeo at the Mohave County Fairgrounds
1, Randon Adams, $1,623.48; 2, Bill Snure 1,394.30; 3, Brock Andrus 973.10; 4, Brent Lewis 829.35; 5, Cody De Mers 558.72.
Bareback bronc riding
1, Paul Jones, 80, $744.96; 2, Cody De Mers, 76, 558.72; 3, Bobby Mote, 75, 372.48; 4, Tom McFarland, Guy Murphy, 74, 93.12.
1, Brian Cline, 4.1, $1,086.40; 2, Clayton Tuscherer, 4.6, 814.80; 3, Cameron Harmann, C.J.
Aragon, 4.9, 407.40.
1, Justin Truman, 8.7, $1,105.80; 2, Brent Lewis, 9.1, 829.35; 3, John Boyd, Jr., 552.90; 4, Bill Snure, Randon Adams, 10.3, 138.22.
Saddle Bronc riding
1, Steve Dollarhide, Robert Aragon, 76, $638.26; 3, Dan Erickson, 70, 364.72; 4, Brandon Biebelle, 62, 182.36.
1, Camish Jennings and Randon Adams, 4.8, $1,485.26; 2, Clay Tryan and Caleb Twisselman, 5.0, 1,229.18; 3, Mel Coleman and Brock Andrus, 5.2, 973.10; 4, Lance Brooks and Clyaton Grant, 5.3, 717.02; 5, Chad Masters and Michael Jones, 5.9, 460.94; 6, Bill Snure and Tad Sproul, 6.0, 256.08.
1, Jolee Lautaret, 17.49, $592.84; 2, Renee Gossett, 17.67, 515.52; 3, Joanie Cowden, 17.76, 438.19; 4, Dolli Lautaret, 17.83, 360.86; 5, Shyann Haddock, 17.85, 283.53; 6, Sherrylynn Johnson, 18.04, 206.20; 7, Ramona Holderman, 18.15, 128.88; 8, Christin Maule, 18.16, 51.55.
1, Cody Robertson, 75, $977.76; 2, Wacey Barta, 70, 733.32; 3, Michael Paul Seng, 68, 488.88; 4, Terrance Granger, 65, 244.44.