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Home Things to Do Rodeos Cheyenne Frontier Days Triumph for Tie-down Roper Scott Kormos Proves Emotional

Cheyenne Frontier Days Triumph for Tie-down Roper Scott Kormos Proves Emotional

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Scott Kormos didn't expect to share a celebratory cry with his wife, Laine, on July 28, 2013 when the veteran tie-down roper began the final round of the 117th annual Cheyenne Frontier Days buried in eighth place.

And he still didn't expect too much after his terrific 12.4-second run that wowed the big crowd at Frontier Park Arena. But his three-head average of 39.5 seconds stood up, a mere four-tenths of a second ahead of runner-up Stetson Vest, who began the finals in 11th place.

scott_kormos"With the guys ahead of me, I thought I had no chance to win first," Kormos said. "When I had a great run, I thought, ‘Well, I got fourth.'"

Instead, he emerged victorious and was overcome with emotion when greeted by his wife.

"There were tears of joy with her," he said. "Any win is good, but this is the Daddy of 'em All. I can't put into words what this means to me. This is probably the biggest win of my career."

Kormos pocketed $19,462 from Frontier Days, making him the rodeo's top money winner and moving him from ninth to fifth in the July 29 world standings. He was a disappointing 40th in the 2012 world standings, after reaching the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in 2004 and 2006-11. He appears to be a lock to return this season.

Kormos also won the June 29 through July 4 Greeley (Colo.) Stampede.

"I had a good Fourth and won over $20,000 ($20,490)," he said.

But he'd "never won anything" at Cheyenne, he said.

"So when I was third in the first round (good for $5,651), I was smiling," Kormos said. "I snuck into the top 12 and made the finals, so I just did the best I could."

He was riding Trevor Thiel's horse, Muenster, a horse he's ridden twice at the Wrangler NFR, and it was good enough to top the field for a win he'll never forget.

The other champions at this Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Gold rodeo were all-around cowboy Tuf Cooper ($6,910 in tie-down roping and team roping), rookie bareback rider Taylor Price (261 points on three head), steer wrestler Matt Reeves (23.1 seconds on three head), team ropers Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill (26.4 seconds on three head), saddle bronc riders Wade Sundell and Chad Ferley (254 points on three head each), steer roper Trevor Brazile (57.0 seconds on three head), bull rider Cody Whitney (248 points on three head) and barrel racer Christy Loflin (52.50 seconds on three runs).

The huge $857,612 payout at Cheyenne prompted a number of changes at the top of the world standings, although only one involved any of the individual champions at the ‘Daddy of 'Em All.' Cooper, the all-around winner, took over the lead in the tie-down roping from Sterling Smith, who had been in first place since Feb. 25.

Cooper was joined atop the world standings leader board by bareback rider Ryan Gray, who finished second in Cheyenne to jump ahead of reigning World Champion Kaycee Feild, and saddle bronc rider Tyler Corrington, who tied for fifth at the ‘Daddy' and won in Deadwood, S.D., to pass up two-time World Champion Cody Wright.

But the biggest jump? That belonged to Whitney. He went from 88th to 45th with his second-consecutive bull riding win in Cheyenne.

Editor's Note: Story courtesy Bob Stephens/PRCA


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