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CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT RENO RODEO

RENO, Nev – June 27, 2010 -- Winning a pair of championship spurs from the Reno Rodeo can do a lot for any rodeo contestant’s resume. Two of the 2010 champions have been lucky enough to win them more than once.

Kory Koontz, from Sudan, Texas, won his third pair here on Saturday night. The veteran team roper won his first pair in 1996 roping with Matt Tyler, and his second in 2002 roping with Daniel Green. This year he did the heeling for Colby Lovell from Madisonville, Texas. They stopped the clock in 16 seconds and were the high money winners at the rodeo with $14,786 each.

Prior to tonight’s rodeo, Koontz was ranked 24th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Hea nearly doubled his 2010 earnings with what he won here and put himself in position to qualify for his 15th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR).  Lovell was ranked 18th. The top 15 in the world make the trip to Las Vegas to compete at the WNFR for world championships next December.

Rodeo contestants that win here will use the momentum and confidence they gained as they head into the lucrative Fourth Of July run. Known as Cowboy Christmas, more money is available in the next week at rodeos across the United States than at any other time of year.

Josh Peek has been chasing all-around dreams since he joined the PRCA  in 2002. He won the all-around and tie-down roping titles here in 2008. This year, he finished seventh in the tie-down roping, earned a check in steer wrestling and got his second all-around championship here.

Gabe LeDoux from Kaplan, La., won the steer wrestling and $13,624. LeDoux won the National Western Stock Show Rodeo in Denver last January and was in pursuit of his second WNFR qualification. In March, at Rodeo Houston, he broke his foot and found himself on the injured reserve list.

In 2009, he missed qualifying for the WNFR by just one spot. The money that he won here will move him into the top five in the world standings.

The Reno Rodeo is part of the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour presented by Justin Boots. The Final Round will air on In Country Television (broadcast on DISH Network 230 and DIRECTV 344) at 8 p.m. (ET) July 10. Check local listings for re-air dates.
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RENO, Nev. --- Following are unofficial results after the ninth performance at the Reno Rodeo, Saturday, June 26, 2010.

 Reno Rodeo Champions
All-Around, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., $6,319
won in tie-down roping and steer wrestling.
Bareback riding, (tie) Dusty LaValley, 246 points, $9,223
And D.V. Fennell, Neosho, Mo, $9,061
Steer Wrestling, Gabe LeDoux, Kaplan, La., 12.0 seconds, $13,624
Team Roping, Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas, and Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, 16.9 seconds, $14,786 each.
Saddle Bronc Riding, Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas, 249 points, $8,756
Tie-Down Roping, Joseph Parsons, 27.9 seconds, $8,155
Barrel Racing, Timi Lickley, Jerome, Idaho, 51.64 seconds, $7,787
Bull Riding, Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., 168 points, $9,118

Bareback Riding: (final round) 1, D.V. Fennell, Neosho, Mo., 85 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Diaper Dandy, $1,650. 2, Dusty LaValley, Bezanson, Alberta, 84, $1,250. 3, Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 83, $900. 4, (tie) Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, and Craig Wisehart, Stephenville, Texas, 80, $475. 6, Matt Bright, Azle, Texas, 77, $250. (total on three) 1, (tie) Fennell and LaValley, 246, $4,544 each. 3, Lowe, 241, $2,915. 4, Wisehart, 239, $1,888. 5, Hooper, 237, $1,200. 6, Bright, 236, $857. 7, (tie) Paul Jones, Elko, Nev., and Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D., 230, $600 each.     

Steer Wrestling: (final round) 1, Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 4.1 seconds, $1,173. 2, (tie) Matt Reeves, Pampa, Texas and Gabe LeDoux, Kaplan, La., 4.2, $944 each. 4, (tie) Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., and Andy Weldon, Greenleaf, Idaho, 4.4, $638. 6, Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas, 4.7, $408. 7, Shawn Greenfield, Lakeview, Ore., 5.4, $255. 8, Ken Lewis, La Junta, Colo., 5.8, $102. (total on three) 1, LeDoux, 12.0, $6.118. 2, Branquinho, 12.3, $5,320. 3, Reeves, 13.3, $4,522. 4, Weldon, 13.4, $3,724. 5, Peek, 13.6, $2,926. 6, Cure, 13.9, $2,128. 7, Greenfield, 14.6, $1,310. 8, Lewis, 14.8, $532.   

Team Roping:  (final round) 1, Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas, and Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, 5.7 seconds, $1,363 each. 2, (tie) Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore., and Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.; and Chad Masters, Clarksville, Tenn., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.; 6.0, $1,086 each. 4, (tie) Blake Hirdes, Turlock, Calif., and Gary Ford, Denair, Calif., 6.1, $741. 6, (tie) Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz., and Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 6.5, $385. 8, Justin Davis, Madisonville, Texas, and Cole Davison, Madisonville, Texas, 6.6, $119. (total on three): 1, Lovell and Koontz, 16.9, $7,409. 2, Masters and Corkill, 18.0, $6,443. 3, Luke Brown, and Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, 18.1, $5,477. 4, Crawford and Cardoza, 18.3, $4,510. 5, Davis and Davison, 18.5, $3,544. 6, Adam Wallace, Greenbriar, Ark., and Chad Harper, Prattsville, Ark., 19.1, $2,577. 7, Begay and de la Cruz, 19.5, $1,611. 8, Hirdes and Ford, 20.1, $644.

Saddle Bronc Riding:  (final round) 1, Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 89 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s Spring Planting, $1,650. 2, Anthony Bello, Kamas, Utah, 85, $1,250. 3, Isaac Diaz, Davie, Fla., 83, $900. 4, (tie) Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.; Cody Taton, Mud Butte, S.D.; and Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 82, $400 each. (total on three) 1, Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas, 249, $4,805. 2, Rusty Allen, Eagle Mountain, Utah, 247, $3,684. 3, Wright, 246, $2,723. 4, Sundell, 243, $1,762. 5, Bello, 241, $1,121. 6, Cody Taton, Mud Butte, S.D., 239, $801. 7, Diaz, 237, $641. 8, Muncy, 235, $480.
                                            
Tie Down Roping: (final round) 1, George Rowland, Paradise, Texas, 8.6 seconds, $1,253. 2, Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas, 8.8, $1,090. 3, Joseph Parsons, 9.1, $927. 4, Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo., 9.4, $763. 5, Jack Vanderlans, Temeculah, Calif., 9.8, $600. 6, Shane Slack, Idabel, Okla., 10.4, $436. 7, (tie) Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, and Jerrad Hofstetter, Portales, N.M., 10.5, $191 each. (total on three)  1, Parsons, 27.9, 6,313. 2, Rowland, 28.7, $5,490. 3, Slack, 28.9, $4,666. 4, Hofstetter, 29.2, $3,843. 5, Cooper, 29.4, $3,019. 6, Slone, 29.6, $2,196. 7, Peek, 31.3, $1,372. 8, Vanderlans, 31.6, $549.

Barrel Racing:  (final round) 1, Timi Lickley, Jerome, Idaho, 17.02 seconds, $2,283. 2, Nellie Williams, Cottonwood, Calif., 17.18, $1,712. 3, Carmen Creekbaum, Carson City, Nev., 17.23, $1,141. 4, Jody Sheffield, South Weber, Utah, 17.27, $571. (total on three) 1, Lickley, 51.64, $4,623. 2, Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas, 51.70, $3,962. 3, Williams, 51.82, $3,302. 4, Creekbaum, 51.98, $2,862. 5, Lindsay Sears, Nanton, Alberta, 52.03, $2,201. 6, Sheffield, 56.79, $881. 7, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 52,70, $1,321. 8, Jolene Stewart, Springer, Okla., 56.79, $881. 9, Kyna Johnson, Middleton, Idaho, 57.06, $660. 10, Brenda Mays, Terrebone, Ore., 57.06, $440.

Bull Riding:  (final round) 1, (tie) D.J. Domangue, Odessa, Texas, on Flying U Rodeo’s Pretty Boy Blue, and Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., on Flying U Rodeo’s Domino Theory, 86 points, $1,450 each. 3, Jacob O’Mara, Prairieville, La., 85, $900. 4, Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah, 83, $500. (on two) 1, Maier, 168, $6,347. 2, Woolsey, 166, $4,866. 3, O’Mara, 182, $3,596. 4, Domangue, 161, $2,327. (on one) 5, Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, 90, $1,481. 6, Will Farrell, 84, $1,058. 7, Ben McPherson, Nephi, Utah, 83, $846. 8, (tie) Rankin Lindsey, Hillsboro, N.M., and Douglas Duncan, Alvin, Texas, 81, $317 each.

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