CASPER, Wyo. – Midway through the second go-round of the bareback riding late Monday night at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, Chadron State College bareback rider Rowdy Moon of Sargent, Nebraska, had ridden both of his broncs, meaning he is still in contention to make Saturday night.
Moon earned 65 points to finish 17th among the 31 bareback entries in the first go-round Sunday and tallied 71 points to place eighth among the 16 contestants during the first half of the second go-round Monday. The second half of the second go-round will be completed Tuesday.
After the first go-round and a half, Moon was one of 11 contestants to ride both of his broncs. Three bareback riders were thrown from one of their broncs and two others didn’t ride either of them.
Moon won’t compete in the third go-round until the final regular performance Friday night. After that session is over, the 12 contestants with the highest total scores will advance to the Saturday night finals.
Neither of the other two Chadron State entries got off to a good start in Casper. Kalane Anders of Bayard, Nebraska, failed to get a score in the first go-round of steer wrestling and Dakota Rice of Kellogg, Idaho, was tossed from both of his bulls.
Anders will make his second run in the steer wrestling Tuesday and will be in the third go-round Thursday night. Rice is due to help open the third go-round of bull riding Tuesday night in the rodeo’s first public performance.
Anders was one of 16 steer wrestlers who failed to get a score in the first go-round. The leader through the opening go-round is Cody Devers of Northwest Oklahoma State in 3.8 seconds. Ten others flipped their steers in five seconds or faster.
None of the 20 contestants who had competed twice in the bull riding after Monday’s action had stayed aboard both of their bulls until the eight-second whistle sounded. The top score in the first go-round belonged to Colby Demo of Feather River College in California with 82 points, but he was thrown from his second bull.