Corder nabs second place spot before hometown crowd

A star-studded lineup of some of the best bull riders in the nation drew a capacity crowd to the G. Rollie White Complex Saturday night for the Bad Company Rodeo Extravaganza bull riding. With a large contingent of fans on hand cheering him on, local favorite Reed Corder of Melvin came out in the second group of the long go round and posted a score of 86 on the bull Freak Out which gave him the lead for the high score. That lead was short lived as only four riders later, Charles Litchfield of Bluffdale rode Dizzy for a 90.5 score. The top 10 riders in the long go round advanced to the short go to vie for the money spots. Corder again posted a complete eight-second ride that scored 80 points giving him fourth place in the short go and a 166.0 average on two rides. The two ride total tied him with Ronnie Whitfield of Houston for second place on the night. The finish netted Corder a $2,433.60 paycheck plus an additional $912.60 added for the number two ride in the long go round. In all, 43 cowboys took to the ring Saturday night and kept the crowds going late into the evening. When it was all said and done, Mike Lee of Paradise took the top spot by scoring a combined total of 168.0 points on two rides. Whitfield and Corder split second place followed by Owen Dunn of Weatherford with a 163.5, Charles Litchfield with a 90.5, Garrett Frey of Eunice, La. with an 83.0 and Felipe Aragon and Jim Sharp tying for seventh with scores of 82.5. Breaking the streak of rodeo events without serious injury, Paulo Gouveia, of Keller, was transported to the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital after taking a hard hit to the face from his bull. Gouveia suffered a fractured jaw and numerous broken teeth and was airlifted to a San Angelo hospital for surgery. A second cowboy, Howard Bailey of Crosby, was also transported to the local hospital with what initially appeared to be a broken leg. X-rays and an examination at the emergency room revealed a torn calf muscle which happened when the bull stepped on the back of his leg. In the team roping events held Friday and Sunday, the rodeo arena was again filled with local and out of town visitors. In the first roping on Friday, 80 teams competed in the first round and 60 competed in the second. In Sunday’s roping, 88 teams signed up for the first go and 73 in the second. “We really had a great turnout for both the bull riding and the team roping,” said event organizer Casey Duggan. “These cowboys are some of the best in the nation and they proved it tonight and gave the crowd a good show.” The next Bad Company Rodeo event coming to the G. R. White Complex will be the County Team Roping Finals, Oct. 11-13. The finals will feature the top qualifiers from this season’s round of county team roping challenges. Ropers from Huntsville to Fort Bend, Colo. will be in Brady competing for the title as top team ropers. Qualifiers from the McCulloch County Team Roping Challenge who will be competing in the October event are Dale Harrell, Donnie Weiss, Dwayne Hogg, Harold Gage, Jody Webster, Joe Fincher, Kirby Jones, Pal Shannon, Ryder Lee, Tommy Morrison, Tory Morrison and Tyler Wright.

Leave a Comment