One day after placing fifth in his first-ever round at the National Finals Rodeo, Ellensburg’s Jake Pratt suffered a no-time in round two. His roping counterparts from Ellensburg, team roping brothers, Brady and Riley Minor, earned a qualified time on Friday, but not without miscue as a leg penalty added another 5 seconds on an otherwise solid run. Their 4.7-second run, which would have finished fifth in the round, ballooned to 9.7.

The silver lining? The trio of Ellensburg ropers have eight more runs to make up for Friday.

While Pratt stubbed his toe on Friday, Caleb Smidt has done just the opposite. One day after winning round one, Smidt placed second (7.8) to Marty Yates (7.6). Smidt and Yates have 15.4 and 15.8-second aggregates on two. The duo, as well as Reese Reimer (sixth on Friday) are the only three to place in both rounds.

Clay Smith and Paul Eaves bounced back quickly after their no-time in round one to win Friday’s team roping with a 4.0-second steer. Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp had a similar night as the two also had a no-time on Thursday, but stopped their steer in 4.1 seconds for second place.

Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira lead the average over Bubba Buckaloo and Chase Tryan by just a tenth of a second, 9.1 to 9.2.

It’s early, but it’s safe to say that Cort Scheer is rolling. After Thursday’s 86.5, Scheer blew that out of the water with a 92 on Hi Lo Rodeo’s Larry Culpepper. The Ellensburg average winner has earned $62,462 already.

It might not be the same kind of money, but it’s certainly a similar storyline. Salem, Oregon’s Amberleigh Moore has two second-place finishes in two nights of barrel racing. Her 13.67-second round was just .02 off of Thursday’s run for $20,731 for the second night in a row. Lisa Lockhart, who tipped a barrel in round one, took home top billing with her 13.65.

In bulldogging, steer wrestler Tyler Pearson stopped Friday’s clock in 3.8 seconds for first-place money, but Tyler Waguespack leads the early average with a 7.8 on two after his 4.2-second run to split fifth place. The two have won the last two world titles.

Tilden Hooper’s 87.5 on Rafter G’s Ankle Biter narrowly edged Steven Dent’s 87 on Kesler Rodeo’s Uptown Flash in Friday’s bareback round. Hooper is splitting third in the average with Clayton Biglow and everyone is chasing Mason Clements in the average. Clements and four-time world champion Kaycee Feild split fourth on Friday.

Joe Frost won Friday’s bull riding with a 90-point ride on Powder River’s Misfire. With just three bull riders covering, Frost, Chase Dougherty and Koby Radley not only earned go-round money for their respective places, but also split the remainder of a purse that pays six deep each night. Therefore, Frost’s $26,231 payday increased to $33,564. Frost has an 8.5-point advantage in the average on Dougherty as those two are the only two who have covered both bulls thus far in Las Vegas.

Tonight’s third round begins at 7.


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