With only a few weeks left in the 2020 Pro Rodeo season, six-time NFR Qualifier Colby Lovell and 2018 World Champion Heeler Paul Eaves excelled throughout the week of Aug. 3 through Aug. 9, as they added a total of $8,521 to each of their PRCA season earnings.
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They tied Joshua Torres and his brother Jonathan to win the Sikeston (Missouri) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo with a 4.3-second run, worth $5,139 a man; won the Auto Plaza Group PRCA Reginal Rodeo in Farmington, Missouri, with a 4.6-second run, worth $1,034 a man; placed sixth at the Cache County Fair and Rodeo in Logan, Utah, with a 4.9-second run, worth $1,386 a man; and tied Tyler Wade and Billie Jack Saebens for seventh at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte, Nebraska, with a 5.2-second run, worth $962 a man.
"We just drew good steers," Lovell said. "It was pretty cool. My grandma passed away that morning from the coronavirus, so to win both of those rodeos that day was pretty neat."
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Lovell has headed all season on his grade, bay roan gelding, Bartender.
"He’s been a great horse for me," Lovell said. "He tries every time. He’s very tough. He has no problem taking every steer, every run, every jackpot. A lot of horses can’t take that. He never gets sore and never acts sore—never gets stocked up at the trailer. He’s a good rodeo horse and he gets stronger, I swear, as the year goes on. He tries harder and is going to give you everything he’s got. I’m not saying that he’s the best horse out here, but he does good for me."
Lovell, who is in the hunt for his first world title, is roping for his family, but he also has a special angel in Cody NesSmith, who recently passed, giving Lovell the extra push he needs.
"To have a chance at the [world title] would be huge just for me and my family and the time away from my kids and my wife," Lovell said. "The struggles and the practice and the all-night drives, that would be for me and my family; but for Cody, he wanted to be [at the NFR] bad, and it gives some light at the end of the tunnel. Cody loved roping and he loved rodeo. He was a true American team roper. That’s what he loved to do. He wanted to see every video after every run I made after every rodeo. He was a good guy and he kept a humbleness in me about life and being a father and a husband. It’s been a good deal for me, rodeoing, because it’s kept me positive.
"Cody made his mom and dad promise that they would go to the NFR and be there for him, for me. It was pretty neat. Cody impacted me, my kids and my wife. Everything happens for a reason and Cody was put in my life for something. He’s helped me. He changed my life. I know that."
Lovell, who is currently third in the PRCA world standings with $59,458.91, has accomplished his previous goal of qualifying for the NFR. His next goal isn't just to merely qualify for the NFR, but to qualify every time with a chance at winning a world title.
"When I started this journey with Paul (who is sixth in the PRCA world standings with $50,109.31) I told myself that, if I ever rodeo again, I wanted to be in contention at the end of the race every time," Lovell said about what keeps him motivated. "I would do whatever it took to have a chance to win the World. I don’t care if they have the NFR at a person’s backyard this year or have it at Vegas, or whatever is going to happen—we don’t know—but whatever happens, I want to have a chance at the end and try and turn as many steers as possible. Every steer I run, I think about the end of the race."
Velva, N.D. 1. Jason Thorstenson/Jace Crabb, 6.1 seconds, $737 each; 2. Nate Horner/Jesse Dale, 7.3, $553; 3. Jordan Staton/Carey Bevan, 11.2, $369; 4. Cooper White/Tucker White, 13.6, $184.
Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J. 1. Eric Fabian/Derek Carey, 6.6 seconds, $1,009 each; 2. Chuck Smith/Kevin Brown, 6.8, $757; 3. Dylan Beam/T.R. Serio, 7.5, $504; 4. Terry Shetron/J.R. Myers, 8.5, $252.
Sioux Falls, S.D. 1. Jason Schaffer/Cole Robinson, 5.0 seconds, $1,266 each; 2. Cameron Irwin/Rory Brown, 5.7, $1,048; 3. Tim Nelson/Jake Nelson, 5.9, $829; 4. Shaw Loiseau/Cole Stevens, 6.1, $611; 5. (tie) Jeff Johnston/Ty Talsma and Tate Kirchenschlager/Ross Ashford, 6.2, $306 each.
Mesquite, Texas 1. Joe Hub Baker/Chuck Butler, 6.5 seconds, $582 each; 2. Stratton Lopez/Andy Smallwood, 7.0, $437; 3. Wade Kreutzer/Boogie Ray, 15.9, $291; 4. Rudy Danley/Ray Danley, 17.8, $146.
Lamar, Colo. 1. Gavin Foster/Bradley Johnson, 4.6 seconds, $1,758 each; 2. Brent McInerney/Tanner McInerney, 4.7, $1,455; 3. Erich Rogers/Paden Bray, 5.3, $1,152; 4. Matt Sherwood/Trey Yates, 5.6, $849; 5. Lee Kiehne/Ryon Tittel, 6.6, $546; 6. Paul Beckett/Jayden Johnson, 7.5, $303.
Farmington, Mo. 1. Colby Lovell/Paul Eaves, 4.6 seconds, $1,034 each; 2. Lane Goebel/J.W. Beck, 4.7, $856; 3. Coy Rahlmann/Ryan Von Ahn, 4.9, $677; 4. Curry Kirchner/Chad Mathes, 5.2, $499; 5. Kadin Boardman/Gabe Gwaltney, 6.3, $321; 6. (tie) Keith Hanna/Corey Barnett and Jason Arndt/Bob Loosenort, 6.7, $89 each.
Afton, Wyo. 1. Kal Fuller/Reagan Ward, 4.1 seconds, $1,785 each; 2. (tie) Tyler Wade/Billie Jack Saebens and Jr. Dees/Coleby Payne, 4.4, $1,436 each; 4. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 4.5, $1,086; 5. (tie) Cyle Denison/Lane Mitchell and Cody Tew/Zachary Schweigert, 4.6, $737 each; 7. Nelson Wyatt/Levi Lord, 4.7, $388; 8. (tie) Steven Duby/Evan Arnold and Kolton Schmidt/Hunter Koch, 4.9, $78 each.
New Plymouth, Idaho 1. Rhett Anderson/Cullen Teller, 4.4 seconds, $1,431 each; 2. Quinn Kesler/Colby Siddoway, 4.6, $1,184; 3. (tie) Aaron Tsinigine/Kyle Lockett and Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 4.9, $814 each; 5. Dillon Holyfield/Breck Ward, 7.2, $444; 6. Cody Craig/Blake Craig, 10.4, $247.
Logan, Utah 1. Cody Snow/Junior Nogueira, 4.3 seconds, $3,291 each; 2. (tie) Jr. Dees/Coleby Payne and Steven Duby/Evan Arnold, 4.6, $2,771 each; 4. (tie) Cyle Denison/Lane Mitchell and Jack Graham/Calgary Smith, 4.8, $2,078 each; 6. (tie) Colby Lovell/Paul Eaves and Aaron Tsinigine/Kyle Lockett, 4.9, $1,386 each; 8. (tie) Matt Sherwood/Trey Yates and Chad Masters/Wesley Thorp, 5.0, $693 each; 10. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 5.3, $173.
Sikeston, Mo. 1. (tie) Colby Lovell/Paul Eaves and Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 4.3 seconds, $5,139 each; 3. (tie) Clay Tryan/Jake Long, Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves and Paul David Tierney/Matt Kasner, 4.5, $3,712 each; 6. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 4.6, $2,570; 7. (tie) Luke Brown/Patrick Smith and Steven Duby/Evan Arnold, 4.9, $1,713 each; 9. (tie) Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II and Cody Snow/Junior Nogueira, 5.0, $571 each.
North Platte, Neb. 1. Nelson Wyatt/Levi Lord, 3.8 seconds, $3,046 each; 2. Steven Duby/Evan Arnold, 4.6, $2,725; 3. (tie) Clint Summers/Douglas Rich and Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 5.0, $2,244 each; 5. (tie) Jake Orman/Brye Crites and Aaron Tsinigine/Kyle Lockett, 5.1, $1,603 each; 7. (tie) Tyler Wade/Billie Jack Saebens and Colby Lovell/Paul Eaves, 5.2, $962 each; 9. Reno Stoebner/Colton Brittain, 5.3, $481; 10. (tie) Jake Cooper/Caleb Anderson and Clayton Van Aken/Levi Tyan, 5.4, $80 each.
Lawton, Okla. 1. Bubba Buckaloo/Cole Davison, 4.0 seconds, $5,581 each; 2. Cody Snow/Junior Nogueira, 4.3, $4,994; 3. Kellan Johnson/Carson Johnson, 4.5, $4,406; 4. (tie) Garrett Tonozzi/Dustin Davis and Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan, 4.6, $3,525 each; 6. Charly Crawford/Logan Medlin, 4.8, $2,644; 7. (tie) Cory Kidd V/Clay Futrell and Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 5.0, $1,763 each; 9. (tie) Luke Brown/Patrick Smith and Casey Tew/Jared Fillmore, 5.1, $588 each.
Big Timber, Mont. 1. Jace Johnson/Jake Beard, 6.1 seconds, $1,015 each; 2. Delon Parker/Ryan Zurcher, 6.2, $761; 3. Ian Austiguy/Sam Levine, 7.2, $508; 4. Jason Carlson/Kyle DeSaveur, 7.7, $254.
Yuma, Colo. 1. Rhett Anderson/Cullen Teller, 4.5 seconds, $1,969 each; 2. Dawson Graham/Dillon Graham, 4.6, $1,630; 3. (tie) Matt Sherwood/Trey Yates and Clint Summers/Douglas Rich, 4.7, $1,120 each; 5. Cory Smothers/Brandon Gonzales, 4.8, $611; 6. Aaron Tsinigine/Kyle Lockett, 5.1, $340.