There’s something about a great family tradition that molds the next generation.
In rodeo, that sentiment is especially strong. That family legacy was quite powerful Friday night during the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, where Trell Etbauer and Riley Duvall stopped the clock in 4.0 seconds to win the second round of steer wrestling at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center in Duncan.
Etbauer and Duvall are well known names in rodeo, especially in Oklahoma. Trell’s father, Robert, is a two-time world champion saddle bronc rider, while his uncle, Billy, is a five-time titlist. Roy Duvall is Riley’s great-uncle, and he owns three gold buckles; Riley’s dad, Sam, and uncle, Spud, are qualifiers to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
“I just feel lucky to be out of the family I’m from,” said Riley Duvall of Checotah, Okla. “I had a great opportunity with that. I love rodeo no matter what my family is like, so it’s pretty handy that they’ve all been involved in rodeo so long.”
That’s the way it was for the Etbauer clan. Robert and his brothers, Dan and Billy, transplanted to Oklahoma from South Dakota, then the excelled on the national stage.
“Rodeo is what I grew up around, and it’s about all I know,” said Trell Etbauer, who grew up in the Oklahoma Panhandle community of Goodwell. “I enjoy it, and I’m thankful I get to do what I love to do. I’m glad I have a great family that supports me and helps me out all the time.”
They took advantage of their opportunities Friday. With their runs, the tandem pocketed checks worth $1,031.
“The average is all I think about,” Duvall said, noting that the average title will go to the cowboy that has the best three-run cumulative time when the circuit finals concludes Saturday night. “Stockton (Graves) has the year-end title won, so the only way I can get to Oklahoma City is to win the average.”
Year-end and average champions in each event qualify for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, which takes place next spring in Oklahoma City.
“Just getting to go Oklahoma City is good so good around here, because that’s where the big money is at,” said Duvall, who won the steer wrestling average at the 2011 circuit finals.
Etbauer is a three-time circuit all-around champion, and he’s in position to claim a third. He is second in the standings behind Graves, who qualified for the circuit finals only in steer wrestling. Etbauer, though, is competing in three events: bulldogging, tie-down roping and saddle bronc riding. He’ll have three times the opportunity on championship Saturday night.
“Stockton’s real good in the average so far, so I just need to go get the go-round money in all three events,” Etbauer said.
It sure set up for a fun final night of the 2013 season.
Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo
Bareback riding: First round: 1. (tie) Brian Leddy, on New Frontier Rodeo’s Full House, and Caine Ridde, on New Frontier Rodeo’s Barely Legal, 77 points, $1,014 each; 3. (tie) Brody Cooper and Justin Lindquist, 68, $435 each. Second round: 1. Caine Riddle, 73 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Blue Yonder, $1,159; 2. Monty Goodwin, 71, $869; 3. Brian Leddy, 69, $580; 4. Logan Glendy, 63, $290.
Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Chancey Larson, 4.3 seconds, $1,178; 2. Colt Stearns, 4.4, $884; 3. Kyle Irwin, 4.5, $489; 4. Stockton Graves, 4.6, $295. Second round: 1. (tie) Trell Etbauer and Riley Duvall, 4.0 seconds, $1,031; 3. Dean Gorsuch, 4.1, $589; 4. Stockton Graves, 4.4, $295.
Team roping: First round: 1. Tavis Walters/Tad Sheets, 6.2 seconds, $1,178; 2. Troy Boone, 6.4, $884; 3. Joe Macoubrie/Dawson McMaster, 7.0, $589; 4. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, $295. Second round: 1. Nick Sartain/Kollin VonAhn, 4.8 seconds, $1,178; 2. Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward, 5.8, $884; 3. (tie) Joe Macoubrie/Dawson McMaster and Troy Boone/Derrick Peterson, 6.0, $442.
Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Travis Sheets, 79 points on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Dreamer, $1,178; 2. Joe Harper, 78, $884; 3. Weston Ireland, 72, $589; 4. Trell Etbauer, 69, $295. Second round: 1. Ty Atchison, 82 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Sand Creek, $1,178; 2. Casey mcGooden, 75, $884; 3. Roper Kiesner, 74, $589; 4. Travis Sheets, 68, $295.
Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Jerome Schneeberger, 8.8 seconds, $1,178; 2. Caddo Lewallen, 9.7, $884; 3. Garrett Nokes, 10.3, $589; 4. Cole Wilson, 11.0, $295. Second round: 1. Bryson Sechrist, 8.2 seconds, $1,178; 2. Caddo Lewallen, 8.5, $884; 3. Garrett Nokes, 9.3, $589; 4. Ryan Bothum, 9.5, $295.
Barrel racing: First round: 1. Emily Miller, 16.28 seconds, $1,178; 2. June Holeman, 16.46, $884; 3. (tie) Gretchen Benbenek and Kyra Stierwalt, 16.50, $442 each. Second round: 1. June Holeman, 16.03 seconds, $1,178; 2. Kyra Stierwalt, 16.18, $884; 3. Gretchen Benbenek, 16.26, $589; 4. Carol Chesher, 16.33, $295.
Bull riding: First round: 1. (tie) Brennon Eldred, on New Frontier Rodeo’s Night Rider, and Trevor Kastner, on Beutler and Son Rodeo’s Turbo Ryder, 82 points, $1,031 each; 3. Sage Kimzey, 78, $589; 4. Sam Wyatt, 72, $295. Second round: 1. Sam Wyatt, 87 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s Newsflash, $1,178; 2. Sage Kimzey, 85, $884; 3. (tie) Cody Sierks and Trevor Kastner, 82, $442 each.
Steer roping: First round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 10.6 seconds, $932; 2. Justin McKee, 13.0, $699; 3. (tie) Dee Kyler Jr. and Mike Chase, 13.1, $349 each. Second round: 1. Brodie Poppino, 9.7 seconds, $932; 2. Rocky Patterson, 10.7, $699; 3. Chet Herren, 10.9, $466; 4. Rod Hartess, 11.1, $233. Third round: 1. Chet Herren, 10.6, $932; 2. Mike Chase, 11.1, $699; 3. Roger Branch, 11.4, $466; 4. Rod Hartness, 11.9, $233. Average: 1. Rocky Patterson, 36.2 seconds on three runs, $1,398; 2. Rod Hartness, 38.9, $1,048; 3. Cecil Wilson, 46.0, $699; 4. Justin McKee, 46.9, $349.
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