Feather River College alumni Wyatt Denny places 1st and 2nd in Reno Rodeo


Wyatt Denny is a Feather River College Rodeo alumni who continues to make his mark on the National Rodeo scene. Photo submitted

The stands were speckled in red, white and blue for Patriot Night June 17 on the first night of PRCA action at the 103rd Reno Rodeo. Attendees were treated to an exciting flyover with two F-18s roaring over the arena at the conclusion of the National Anthem.

Nevada native and hometown favorite, Wyatt Denny tied for first with an 83.5 on Rosser Rodeo’s Time 2 Play, the same horse he rode in the first go in 2021. The other 83.5 ride went to 2018 Reno Rodeo Bareback Champion, Tim O’Connell, currently ranked No. 5 in the world standings.

Only three teams caught in team roping tonight with brothers Britt and Jake Smith besting big brother Clay (who’s currently No. 9 in the world standings) with an 8.1 second run for third place.

The No. 1 saddle bronc rider in the world, Sage Newman had a good ride with an 83 on Flying U Rodeo’s Maggy May but was bested by the youngest Wright brother, Statler Wright, who took home the highest score of the night with an impressive 88 on Rosser Rodeo’s Pendleton on Roc.

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Erin Johnson showed Reno why she is ranked No. 1 in the world with her 4.11 second run, the only run of the night without penalty.

The Nevada natives made their hometown rodeo proud with Hayle Gibson, Meghann McNulty and Savannah Wirth all placing under the 18 second mark.

Here are the night’s top results:

Bareback (score in points):

T1. Wyatt Denny, Minden, NV, 83.5 on Rosser Rodeo’s Time 2 Play

T1. Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, IA, 83.5 on Diamond G Rodeo’s Not This Time

  1. Cooper Cooke, Victor, ID, 83 on Flying U Rodeo’s Cat Caller

Steer Wrestling (score in seconds):

  1. Talon Roseland, Marshalltown, IA, 4.2
  2. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, AL, 4.3
  3. Tyler Waguespack, Gonzales, LA, 4.6

Team Roping (score in seconds):

  1. Marcus Battaglia, Ramona, CA & Jason Johe, San Luis Obispo, CA, 6.1
  2. Josh Siggins, Coolidge, AZ & Junior Zambrano, Nogales, AZ, 6.7
  3. Britt Smith, Broken Bow, OK & Jake Smith, Broken Bow, OK, 8.1

Saddle Bronc (score in points):

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  1. Statler Ray Wright, Beaver, UT, 88 on Rosser Rodeo’s Pendleton on Roc
  2. Sage Newman, Melstone, MT, 83 on Flying U Rodeo’s Maggy May
  3. Tanner Butner, Daniel, WY, 80 on Diamond G Rodeo’s Chucking Fire

Tie-Down Roping (score in seconds):

  1. Tate Teague, Lovelock, NV, 8.9
  2. Tyler Boxleitner, Loveland, CO, 9.4
  3. Ty Harris, San Angelo, TX, 10.7

Women’s Breakaway Roping (score in seconds):

  1. Erin Johnson, Fowler, CO, 4.11
  2. Tibba Smith, Hobbs NM, 12.7
  3. Codilynn McPhersson, Plain City, UT, 12.9

Barrel Racing (score in seconds):

  1. Hayle Gibson, Dayton, NV, 17.51
  2. Meghann McNulty, Carson City, NV, 17.54
  3. Savannah Wirth, Reno, NV, 17.64

Bull Riding (score in points):

  1. Reid Oftedahl, Raymond, MN, 80.5 on Western Rodeo’s The Wolf
  2. JaCauy Lathan Hale, Ganado, AZ, 70.0 on Diamond G Rodeo’s Adam’s Money Make
  3. JorDee Kim Nielson, Vernal, UT, 69.5 on Western Rodeo’s Drop Time

*Scores are unofficial until verified by the Rodeo Secretary.

 

About the Reno Rodeo

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The Reno Rodeo is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctioned sporting event, and one of the top rodeos in North America. Reno Rodeo Association is a non-profit organization made up of over 500 volunteers. The 2022 Reno Rodeo is scheduled for June 16-25. Competition includes bareback, team roping, saddle bronc, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, women’s barrel racing, women’s breakaway roping and bull riding.

 

Day two of the Reno Rodeo

RAM Truck Night featured cooler temperatures but plenty of hot rodeo action with high scoring rides, quick runs and another sold-out crowd. For the second night in a row Nevada native Wyatt Denny shared the coveted victory lap with an 86 on Rosser Rodeo’s Right on Q. Cooper Cooke shared in the Reno Rodeo excitement with an 86 on Rosser Rodeo’s Blue Indigo.

Sage Newman showed Reno why he’s the No. 1 ranked saddle bronc rider in the world with his impressive 89 ride on Flying U Rodeo’s Wicked Dream. The Wright family rounded out the saddle bronc standings with an 88.5 for Ryder Wright and an 86 for Jesse Wright. Sawyer Gilbert scorched the competition in breakaway roping with the fastest time of 2.4. The bulls got the best of the riders tonight with only Trey Benton III having a qualified ride with a 79.5 on All In Pro Rodeo’s Puncher.

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Here are the second night’s top results:

Bareback (score in points):

T1. Cooper Cooke, Victor, ID, 86 on Rosser Rodeo’s Blue Indigo

T1. Wyatt Denny, Minden, NV, 86 on Rosser Rodeo’s Right on Q

  1. Tilden Hooper, Carthage, TX, 85 on Flying U Rodeo’s Lil Bit

Steer Wrestling (score in seconds):

  1. Timmy Sparing, Helena, MT, 3.3
  2. Don Payne, Stephenville, TX, 5.2
  3. Hazen Smith, Malad City, ID, 5.9

Team Roping (score in seconds):

  1. Shay Dixon Carroll, Stephenville, TX & Evan Arnold, Stephenville, TX, 5.3
  2. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalka, AZ & Ty Romo, Whiteriver, AZ, 5.6
  3. Wyatt Imus, Brenham, TX & Caleb Anderson, Mocksville, NC, 5.7

Saddle Bronc (score in points):

  1. Sage Newman, Melstone, UT, 89 on Flying U Rodeo’s Wicked Dream
  2. Ryder Wright, Beaver, UT, 88.5 on Rosser Rodeo’s YETI Rambler

T3. Jesse Wright, Milford, UT, 86 on Rosser Rodeo’s California Dream

T3. Tanner Butner, Daniel, WY, 86 on Rosser Rodeo’s Flood Tide

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Tie-Down Roping (score in seconds):

  1. Riley Webb, Denton, TX, 7.9
  2. Luke Potter, Maple City, KS, 8.1
  3. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, LA, 8.8

Women’s Breakaway Roping (score in seconds):

  1. Sawyer Gilbert, Buffalo, SD, 2.4
  2. Martha Angelone, Stephenville, TX, 2.5
  3. Danielle Lowman, Gilbert, AZ, 2.8

WPRA Barrel Racing (score in seconds):

  1. Kacey Gartner, Walla Walla, WA, 17.45
  2. Abby Suftin, Homedale, ID, 17.56
  3. Oceana Champion, Ukiah, CA, 17.58

Bull Riding (score in points):

  1. Trey Benton III, Richards, TX, 79.50 on All In Pro Rodeo’s Puncher

*Scores are unofficial until verified by the Rodeo Secretary.

Feather River College alumni Wyatt Denny places 1st and 2nd in Reno Rodeo. Photo submitted