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Home Things to Do Rodeos Billy Etbauer Steals the Show at Cheyenne Frontier Days 2009 Rodeo

Billy Etbauer Steals the Show at Cheyenne Frontier Days 2009 Rodeo

Five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider wins his first Cheyenne Frontier Days title

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Who knew? Billy Etbauer actually had a gap in his trophy case.

A five-time world champion saddle bronc rider and 20-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, Etbauer had never won a buckle and saddle at the Cheyenne Frontier Days 2009 Rodeo until he captured the three-head average July 26 with 251 points.

His thrilling 89-point ride on Vold Rodeo Company's Painted Valley in the finale lifted him from a tie for second place with Heith DeMoss from Heflin, La., and past Wade Sundell, from Boxholm, Iowa, who had led after two rounds with 165 points.

"It's unreal," Etbauer said. "I've been blessed and done so well here in the past that I could never complain. But it's just unreal to have finally won it. This is a cowboy's rodeo, a big arena, great fans and it's one that you always come to Cheyenne just hoping to do well."

Having several members of his family in attendance made the achievement even sweeter for Etbauer. His parents made the trip from South Dakota. His brother, Dan Etbauer, was one of the pick-up men in the arena and his nephew, Trell Etbauer, competed in the saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and steer wrestling.

Certainly, Etbauer's timing couldn't have been much better. Prior to the 113th edition of the "Daddy of ‘em All," Etbauer was ranked 19th in the PRCA World Standings. With the $14,718 he won at Cheyenne, he moved up to 14th and is well on his way to a record-extending 21st consecutive Wrangler NFR qualification.

"Really, you're not any older than you act," said Etbauer, 46. "Every day's a blessing, so (I just take it) horse by horse, day by day and jump by jump. We'll just see what happens."

Etbauer overcame a charge by three-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Chet Johnson, who tied the arena record with a 90-point ride on Barnes PRCA Rodeo's Cat Power and finished second in the average, two points behind Etbauer.

One of the biggest men among the 1,499 competitors at Cheyenne also turned out to be the biggest money winner. South Dakota cowboy Jake Rinehart, who is 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds, placed in every round of the steer wrestling and had a total time of 22.9 seconds to win $23,413.

Rinehart's big week allowed him to take over first place in the PRCA World Standings with $81,134, just $859 ahead of Curtis Cassidy.

Right behind Rinehart was five-time World Champion Tie-Down Roper Cody Ohl who netted $21,441. Ohl, from Hico, Texas, had a time of 36.7 seconds on three head for the championship. It was his third tie-down roping title at Cheyenne, and he has also won the CFD all-around championship twice.

This year's all-around champion came from the roughstock end of the arena. Clayton Foltyn, from El Campo, Texas, won $9,277 in bareback riding and bull riding. Foltyn is a third-generation rodeo contestant who qualified for the Wrangler NFR in bull riding in 2004. Since then he has struggled with injuries that have prevented him from getting on bareback horses and limited his bull riding appearances. The bareback horse he got on in Cheyenne July 24 was only the third horse he had been on this year.

"There were probably 20 better cowboys here than me," Foltyn told The Associated Press, "but I drew well and I won. It's (a matter of) just which guy is having his week."

Scott Snedecor, the two-time and reigning steer roping world champion, earned $17,759 by winning at Cheyenne and moved ahead of Rocky Patterson into first place in the PRCA World Standings. That was the only other change atop the leader board, apart from Rinehart.

Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Champions Results

All-around - Clayton Foltyn, El Campo, Texas, $9,277, bareback riding and bull riding
Bareback riding -Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 259 points, $15,128
Steer wrestling - Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D., 22.9 seconds, $23,413
Team roping - Chad Masters, Clarksville, Tenn./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 27.7 seconds, $12,204 each
Saddle bronc riding - Billy Etbauer, Edmond, Okla., 251 points, $14,718
Tie-down roping - Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 36.7 seconds, $21,441
Women's barrel racing - Tiffany Fox, Fox, Okla., 52.50 seconds, $16,964
Bull riding - Brad Pierce, Baird, Texas, 256 points, $14,910
Steer roping - Scott Snedecor, Uvalde, Texas, 41.8 seconds, $17,759
Rookie saddle bronc riding - Wayne Kogianes, Provo, Utah, 211 points, $4,225

Editor's note: Story courtesy PRO Rodeo

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