Caine Riddle knows what it means to be a Prairie Circuit champion.
The Vernon, Texas, bareback rider has won the year-end title once and the finals average championship twice. He’s on the verge of adding another at this year’s Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, which wraps its three days of competition at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center.
“With all those horses we had tonight, you had to be on top of your game to ride them good,” said Riddle, who rode Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Rodeo Drive for 83 points to share the win in Friday’s second round. “I like to get on buckers more than anything, so it worked out good.”
Riddle tied with Blaine Kaufmann of Pretty Prairie, Kan., who rode Frontier Rodeo’s Time Out for 83.
It also helps just a little that Riddle knew the horse pretty well. Riddle’s mother, Dollie (Beutler) Riddle, is a secretary and timer for the family’s Elk City, Okla.-based livestock firm. Caine Riddle has been around the bucking stock almost all his life. Now the 29-year-old cowboy makes his living riding bucking horses.
“I’d never been on that horse, but I’d seen him quite a bit,” said Riddle, whose father, Rusty, was an eight-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier. “I was tickled to have him.”
Riddle is in a three-way tie for the average lead heading into tomorrow’s final go-round; his 162 points on two rides is matched by Jared Keylon of Uniontown, Kan., and Justin McDaniel of Porum, Okla. Riddle, who has $16,919, holds a $2,564 lead over Keylon for the year-end championship.
“All the horses are supposed to be good tomorrow,” Riddle said of the animals that have been selected to buck Saturday night. “Jared and me ride really good. We’ll leave it up to the judges. We’re just going to go out and ride our best; we’ll let them do their job and we’ll do our job, and things will be where they’re supposed to be.
Riddle finished the season atop the circuit standings, but also he was on the edge of qualifying for the NFR – he finished 18th in the world standings; only the top 15 qualify for ProRodeo’s championship.
All those years getting on Beutler horses in the form of practice is paying off.
“Getting on those horses, you dang sure know you’re going to have to try really hard or you’re going to put your face in the dirt,” he said. “When I was 21 or 22, I wasn’t as far along in my bareback riding as I am now. Now everything clicks.”
That’s what’s happening to Ryan Bestol of Hyannis, Neb. A saddle bronc rider who attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University on a rodeo scholarship, Bestol rode New Frontier Rodeo’s Big Bomber for 83 points to win the second round and $$1,174. He shared the first-round title on Thursday with Bobby Griswold of Geary, Okla.; Bestol’s two-ride total of 163 points puts him No. 1 in the race to the average championship.
“It’s pretty awesome,” he said. “I got on two hard-to-ride horses so far. That horse tonight was heavy with a big rare-out.
“It’s the best feeling in the world.”
Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo
Bareback riding: 1. (tie) Caine Riddle, on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Rodeo Drive, and Blaine Kaufman, on Frontier Rodeo’s Time Out, 83, $1,011 each; 3. Justin McDaniel, 82, $577; 4. Codi Myers, 77, $289. Average: 1. (tie) Justin McDaniel, Caine Riddle and Jared Keylon, 162 points on two rides; 4. Codi Myers, 159.
Steer wrestling: 1. Stockton Graves, 4.1 seconds, $1,174; 2. Clay Mindemann, 4.5, $880; 3. Ryan Swayze, 4.6; $587; 4. Jeff Miller, 5.1, $293. Average: 1. Stockton Graves, 9.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Beau Clark, 10.2; 3. Clay Mindemann, 12.4; 4. Jeff Miller, 13.8.
Team roping: 1. Clay Smith/ Billy Smith, 4.9 seconds, $1,174; 2. Destry Graham/Jimmy Thomas, 5.4, $880; 3. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 5.9, $587; 4. Hunter Munsell/Derrick Jantzen, 11.4, $293. Average: 1. Destry Graham/Jimmy Thomas, 13.8 on two runs; 2. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 14.7; 3. Hunter Munsell/Derrick Jantzen, 17.5; 4. Clay Smith/Billy Smith, 22.0.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Ryan Bestol, 83 points on New Frontier Rodeo’s Big Bomber, $1,174; 2. Casey McGooden, 74, $880; 3. Cody Hamm, 73, $587; Joseph Dean Lufkin, 72, $293. Average: 1. Ryan Bestol, 163 points on two rides; 2. Cody Hamm, 152; 3. Hardy Braden, 148; 4. Bobby Griswold, 144.
Tie-down roping: 1. Blake Deckard, 8.1 seconds, $1,174; 2. Hunter Herrin, 8.7, $880; 3. Bryson Sechrist, 9.2, $587; 4. Clint Carpenter, 9.8, $293. Average: 1. Hunter Herrin, 19.5 seconds on two runs; 2. Bryson Sechrist, 20.1; 3. Trenton Johnson, 20.6; 4. Caddo Lewallen, 23.0.
Barrel racing: 1. Gretchen Benbenek, 16.69 seconds, $1,174; 2. P.J. Burger, 16.75, $880; 3. Angie Meadors, 16.98, $587; 5. Cindy Gillespie, 16.99, $293. Average: 1. P.J. Burger, 33.66 seconds on two runs; 2. Tana Renick, 34.24; 3. Cindy Gillespie, 34.38; 4. Kyra Stieerwalt, 34.56.
Bull riding: No qualified rides. Average: 1. Brad Harris, 90 points on one ride; 2. Trevor Kastner, 83; 3. Guthrie Murray, 81.
Caine Riddle knows what it means to be a Prairie Circuit champion.
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Golden Corral building remains vacant
In November 2012, Duncan’s Golden Corral closed its doors, leaving its building vacant on U.S. Highway 81.
More than a year later, the building still doesn’t have a new business. And it’s not the only building in such a condition. Buildings previously home to Hastings Entertainment and Goodies also remain vacant.
The gift of giving
Many young people have made out their list for Christmas, however, 11 Duncan Middle School students recently experienced the joy of giving rather than receiving.
Before Christmas each year, Love in Action, an organization through Eastside Church of Christ, makes aprons out of holiday themed fabric to take to nursing homes. This year, the group wasn’t able to purchase the fabric.
Jimmy’s Egg to arrive in March
Jimmy’s Egg is coming to Duncan.
In March, the breakfast and lunch restaurant will be taking over the old Legacy Bank location, just south of the Legacy Bank on U.S. Highway 81. This adds to other recent restaurant chains that have moved into Duncan in the past 12 months, including national chain Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar and Oklahoma chain Interurban.
Revolvers and Rhinestones to offer mounted shooting clinic
Cowboy mounted shooting is a fast-growing sport in the United States and now the Duncan community has the opportunity to learn skills from the best.
Revolvers and Rhinestones is presenting a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Clinic Dec. 20 with instructor Curt Moore. Beginning shooters, who have never shot off their horse, will be from 1-3 p.m. and intermediate shooters, who want to refine their skills, will be from 3-5 p.m. at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.
2014 proposed budget shows decrease in debt
The first draft of the proposed 2014 budget for the City of Duncan reflects a decline in debt and an increase in reserves.
Tuesday, members of the Duncan City Council reviewed the tentative budget, while City Manager Jim Frieda and City Financial Director Patti Clift discussed trends in the budgeting session and within various departments.
Police investigate theft at Cameron Measurements
Duncan police officers are investigating theft of steel stock and a 2006 Ford F-350 float bed pickup truck from Cameron Measurements.
Police are looking for three individuals who broke into the industrial business around 9 p.m. Sunday. The incident was reported before 8 a.m. Monday.
Two nights left to bid on Christmas Auction items
If you haven’t viewed the Christmas Auction yet this year, there are only two more nights to check out the many items up for bid.
Bids will be taken for various items from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and live viewing can be watched on Duncan Channel 10 or at duncanauction.org. Though several items have been sold, there are still plenty to catch your eye.
Outstanding warrant issued for third man in Comanche home invasion
Six felony charges have been filed and an outstanding warrant issued for a third Walters man thought to be involved in a January home invasion in Comanche.
Andrew Glenn Travis, 26, was identified by one of the arrested men as having driven the two men Jan. 29, to and from the home invasion. Charges against Travis include conjoin robbery, burglary in the first and second degrees, two charges of conspiracy, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. His bond has been set at $50,000.
Filing period ends, elections imminent
Marlow City Council, and Bray-Doyle and Central High school board will all have elections, while a new member will join the Duncan Board of Education uncontested.
The filing period for various school board positions and two Marlow City Council ward seats began Monday morning at the Stephens County Election Board Office. The period closed at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The election for those positions will be Feb. 11, 2014.
Demetra Cox was the only person to file for Office No. 4 of the Duncan Board of Education. The position is held by Lisa Presgrove, who has been on the board longer than any of the board’s other members.
Duncan man faces charge of bringing contraband into jail
A Duncan man, arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, received further charges after arriving at the Stephens County Jail, including the felony charge of introduction of controlled dangerous substance to penal facility.
Andrew Clint McCormick, 22, was arrested Friday, after being pulled over for speeding and failing to pass various sobriety tests. Officer Jason Downs was the arresting officer in the case against McCormick.
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