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Savage Leads Elizabeth
The final leaderboard put up Saturday night at the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo southeast of Denver showed two Team Wyoming men at the top. Bull riders Clayton Savage and Seth Glause finished 1-2. Clayton leads Elizabeth with 83 points.
We will have Seth’s 78-point outing for you in our next installment but beware there is a bitter pill to swallow at the end of it. He hit the ground hard and while nothing is definitive yet pain in the elbow and left shoulder was evident. If you’ve been with us for a few years you are already well aware of the shoulder surgeries and rehabs that have plagued his career of late. No putting the cart before the horse though. We’ll have the ride for you here Sunday morning and pray for the best.
Savage was on a Summit Rodeo Co. handful called “Give ‘er a Whirl” and boy did he live up to that name. Our Yoder, WY man lived up to his rep too and stayed on top no matter what was happening underneath. Clayton rode one for a score to open the weekend in Elizabeth at the Xtreme Bulls on Friday night so he’s got the summer started right. Here is his twirl on whirl to the lead:
It is testament to his popularity that when Seth Glause is getting ready to ride there are plenty of people behind the chute offering a helping hand and encouragement. The good natured all-around hand who is always there for everyone else got the job done Saturday night at the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo near Denver. The Team WYO man was on ‘In Kahoots’ from the Summit Rodeo Co. pen of bulls and made the whistle for 78 points. Glause is winning second-place money depending on today’s outcome.
The end of the ride resulted in injury though just how severe is unknown. Seth went straight to the Justin Sports Medicine trailer and the savvy folks in there got his left elbow and shoulder iced immediately. The Cheyenne cowboy kept his head high but was visibly concerned. He said when he hit the ground it felt like the shoulder popped out which would be next to impossible since he’s had fusion surgery to both shoulders in recent years. Seth is going to wait a couple of days to see what develops. We admit to developing a close friendship with Seth and his family and all that can be done now is offer moral support and let him know we are there for him. We will be, always.
Now let’s ride! Summit bull man Jesse Hill was nice enough to wear a wireless mic for us to put you right next to Seth for a Saturday night spin.
Forty, smorty. Age is just a number, right? It is if you have the drive, focus and ability of Kelly Timberman. The first cowboy to be sponsored by the state as part of the Team Wyoming program retired to help his daughter finish high school and get into college. Last fall Kelly decided to train hard and return to the PRCA circuit in 2016. Now 40, he is as strong as ever and the riding skills of the 2004 world champion bareback rider are coming back quickly.
The Elizabeth Stampede south of Denver was Timberman’s fifth rodeo since cracking out again and he made a big Sunday of it scoring 83 points to tie for first place earning $1,640.
We will have a special feature, maybe even two, with Kelly this week so stick with us. Here is his Elizabeth, CO win on Summit Pro Rodeo Co. bucker ‘Trailer Home.’
Team WYO steer wrestler Seth Brockman enjoyed the beautiful Sunday weather in Elizabeth, Colorado a horseback and was among the top six earning money at the Stampede. In fact, Wyoming bulldoggers collected the checks for all six placements with Riverton’s John Franzen winning the event flattening his draw in 4.7 seconds.
Wheatland man Joe Buffington tied for 2nd/3rd. Blare Romsa from Laramie – the reigning state high school champion steer wrestler – was fourth in Elizabeth. Seth Schafer our of Yoder finished fifth and Brockman, sixth.
Mr. B looks ready to go for summer. He had a runner on Sunday but sped down the arena handily wearing his “Wyoming” with cowboy pride.
Big smiles were the order of the day after pro bareback rider Tyler Scales tied for the best spur out at the Elizabeth Stampede last weekend. Summit Pro Rodeo based in Centennial, WY is stock contractor for the Colorado event and horseman JD Hamaker (left) took us along for a spirited session behind the bucking chutes.
Hamaker and partner Jesse Hill must have been murder on the monkey bars as kids. They are both still pretty adept at scaling fences and gates.
When possible we enjoy taking you right to the heart of rodeo action and thanks to the Elizabeth Stampede committee, Summit Pro Rodeo and the PRCA you’ll seldom get much closer than what’s on the video docket today and tomorrow.
It’s offspring day as we go up close one more time behind the bucking chutes at the Elizabeth Stampede in Colorado with a live microphone on Summit Pro Rodeo’s JD Hamaker who operates out of Centennial, WY.
One of his boys, Blaze (pictured), will be aboard in this bronc riding section. And a superstar of the Summit string, Big Wig, takes his turn as well. He is a son of one of the most famous bucking horses in recent pro rodeo history – Lunatic Fringe.
Let ‘Er Buck!