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Hoyt teen picks up first PBR buckle

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By Michael Hicks

 

Dillon Tyner had ridden at the Evergreen Rodeo four times prior to June 18, but he had never ridden bulls at the El Pinal Rodeo Grounds. Now he has and he’s got a Professional Bull Riders buckle to prove it.

The 18-year-old from Hoyt continued what has been an already successful year by being one of only three riders to score twice at the event. His averaged score of 78.25, including a finals-best 79.5 on Paradise City, was enough for his first PBR win in just his fourth try.

“I knew I had to ride my bull and let the judges do their job,” Tyner said. “I was just thinking hang on and see what happens.”

He beat out Granby’s Tarren Calhoun, who finished nearly three points back despite a 79 in the finals, and Jory Markiss of Longmont, the only other rider to score twice.

And as if that wasn’t enough, Tyner’s PBR win was just the beginning of a winning weekend. He competed also in the high school state finals in Craig, wrapping that up Sunday. He took second place to qualify for the nationals in Gillette, Wyo., next month.

“It feels great. I’ve been blessed by the Lord so much this year I don’t know what to say,” Tyner said.

FEELING GOOD. There’s no denying Tim Shirley can ride. He’s proven that time and again. But the former Conifer resident, who moved to Grant two years ago, had to prove he could do so while battling back from injury.

He can do that, too.

Shirley tore ligaments in his right elbow last November. He’s ridden in eight rodeos since that time, but none may have been as impressive as his ride on June 19. Not even a wrapped right arm could keep him from an 80 score in bareback riding and another victory. He edged out the score that Justin Moldaschel of Willis, Wyo., put on the board just four riders earlier and was enough to hold off Hartsel’s Monte Downare, who also scored an 80 on Sunday but couldn’t bump Shirley off the top of the leaderboard.

“It was good. I’ve kind of been on a slow track since I had elbow surgery a couple of months ago. I’m kind of slowly getting back into it. It felt pretty good,” Shirley said.

It felt, in his own words, better than he thought it was going to.

FATHER’S DAY PRESENT, ALMOST. Mitch McAdow can remember when his dad, Bruce, was riding at the Evergreen Rodeo. Now, the shoe is on the other foot. The 20-year-old Conifer High graduate is riding and his father is sitting in the stands.

The now-Littleton resident certainly made the old man proud during the tiedown roping competition. His 9.9-second score was good enough for second place behind Jason Hubbard of Wheatland, Wyo., heading into the rodeo’s final day. He eventually came in fourth after Sunday’s rides.

 McAdow, in his third ride at the Evergreen Rodeo, came to make the best run he possibly could. He couldn’t have asked for much better.

“My horse could’ve got back a little more, but she was outstanding. We finally got something done,” McAdow said.

LAST TO FIRST. Pueblo’s Priscilla Medina was the first rider out in the last grouping of barrel racers. She started off Sunday afternoon’s competition — the third set in two days, which included a number of slack riders early Sunday morning before the rodeo opened up to the paying customer.

But just as quickly as she started her ride she finished it with first place in her pocket and it held up. Her ride in 17.74 seconds edged out fellow Pueblo rider Kelley Schnaufer by 1/100th of a second to take top honors. Morrison’s Anne Jacobson finished in 18.75 seconds on Saturday.

She knew what the score was she had to beat, but, momentarily, she didn’t think she had beat it.

“I actually thought I caught the first barrel. So when they said my time I thought they were going to add five seconds and when they didn’t I was shocked,” Medina said.

She couldn’t see the barrel and she didn’t lack back. She just kept riding hard and it paid off.

DOWN ON THE JOB. It wasn’t anything Justin Pollmiller did, but the first horse he encountered in Sunday’s final day of bareback riding wasn’t going to cooperate.

No matter how hard the Chatfield High School graduate in Littleton tried he wasn’t going to keep the overzealous horse on its feet.

“He got a little excited, giving it everything he had and he accidentally fell down on me,” Pollmiller said.

Luckily for the recent birthday boy — Pollmiller celebrated his 19th birthday on June 1 — he got a re-ride. The second ride was much smoother, even if his 68-point total wasn’t enough to get him in the top five.

“It wasn’t quite as high as I’d like, but I was kind of happy with the re-ride horse. It was a good horse,” Pollmiller said.

LONG WAY FROM HOME. Now, the Professional Bull Riders draw competitors from all over, but nobody traveled as far this past weekend as Jeff Askey did.

Whereas most of the riders came from Colorado or nearby New Mexico, Utah, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming, Askey ventured all the way from Martin, Tenn., via Pennsylvania. So what brought the Keystone State native and recent University of Tennessee-Martin graduate here?

“I came down to win some money,” Askey said.

It was also rather convenient considering he spent the week in Casper, Wyo., competing at the college national finals. 

The eight-year bull riding expert reached the finals of the PBR Tour event, but he didn’t score on his final ride atop Victoria’s Secret, thus missing out on a top-three finish.

 

EVERGREEN RODEO RESULTS

June 18-20

El Pinal Rodeo Grounds

(Top 3 finishers)

PBR: Dillon Tyner, Hoyt 78.25; Tarren Calhoun, Grandby, 75.5; Jory Markiss, Longmont, 73.25

PRCA: Bareback Riding: Tim Shirley, Grant, 80; Monte Downare, Hartsel, 80; Justin Moldaschel, Willis, Wyo., 78; David Streweler, Golden, 78

Steer Wrestling: Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 3.9; John Franzen, Riverton, Wyo., 4.2; Sterling Wallace, Justin, Texas, 4.5; Reagon Walker, Ennis, Texas, 4.5

Team Roping: Jared Hollaway, Fort Collins/Jared Bilby, Bridgeport, Neb., 6.4; C.J. Scheller, Ault/Justin Johnson, Casper, Wyo., 6.8; Jay Tittel/Ryon Tittel, Pueblo, 6.9

Saddle Bronc Riding: James Willert, Kadoka, S.D., 72; Nate Oetter, Basalt, 71; Raytom Meiers, Mills, Wyo., 71; 

Tie Down Roping: Jeremiah Peek, Pueblo, 8.5; Darnell Johnson, Pueblo, 8.9; Jason Hubbard, Wheatland, Wyo., 9.8, 

Barrel Racing: Priscilla Medina, Pueblo, 17.74; Kelley Schnaufer, Pueblo, 17.75; Dianne Luark, Kersey, 17.90

Bull Riding: Clayton Savage, Casper, Wyo., 74; Colton Riley Lewis, Payton, 71; Cody Tesch, Berthoud, 68