Over the course of two weekends, one ProRodeo world record was tied and three arena records fell.
First, at the Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo in Silver City, N.M., two-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Tilden Hooper matched the bareback riding world record on June 5 when he scored 94 points on Classic Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex.
The 94-pointer tied the record set by Wes Stevenson in Dallas in 2002 and later matched by Will Lowe in Omaha in 2003 and Ryan Gray a year ago in Eagle, Colo.
Interestingly, Bobby Mote tied the NFR arena record on Big Tex with a 91.5-point ride in 2008. In his only previous outing on the horse, Hooper scored 88 points in the 2007 RodeoHouston.
The Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo was where the rest of the records fell. Tyson Durfey started the avalanche when he tied his first-round calf in 8.6 seconds to finish second in the round. He then came back in the second round with an 8.3 to break the Sisters average record of 17.2 seconds set by Jerry Alley in 1997.
“It was a pretty cool experience,” Durfey said. “I’d been to Sisters five times before and never won anything. I thought those two runs might be good enough to win, but I never even thought about an arena record.”
Then, Shawn Greenfield had a 3.6-second run to win the second round of the steer wrestling and break the record of 3.8 seconds set by Sam Willis in 1991 and tied by Pat Nogle in 2005. B.J. Taruscio won the two-head average with a time of 9.5 seconds.
Finally, Saddle bronc rider Scott Miller had an 87-point ride on Big Bend Rodeo’s Kool Toddy that broke Jesse Kruse’s year-old record by a point and earned him $4,646.