The name game
Cody Rodeo Tyler a fan favorite at PBR event at Fair
The man with rodeo in his name and his blood became a fan favorite Thursday night at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.
Cody Rodeo Tyler turned in an 83-point ride on the bull “Wagon Burner” early in the Professional Bull Riding Touring Pro Division event, drawing cheers from the crowd. He was one of 10 qualifying rides in the preliminary rounds, filling the championship round entirely with riders who scored 80 points or more.
The stage was set for Tyler in the championship round. He currently sits at No. 31 in the PBR Touring Pro rankings, one spot away from a trip to the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas and a chance at the Built Ford Tough Tour, the PBR’s top division.
But late in Tyler’s championship ride, he was dumped by “Strange Clouds” near the eight-second buzzer, costing him a top-three finish and, maybe, a spot in the top 30.
Still, the Oklahoma cowboy was all smiles after the wipeout. He chatted with fans near the chutes and took pictures with two families before he gathered up his things.
“I had a really good bull during the first ride,” Tyler said. “He kinda kicked hard out of there and came around to the right, which is right in my wheelhouse. He stayed there for about six-and-a-half seconds before he came back around to left. It was just a really good ride.
“Heck, even with the last ride there, it’s good to get out here and see some beautiful country. Any time I can see some mountains and get out of flat Oklahoma is a great night for me.”
Tyler said he’ll continue trying to breaking into the top 30, driving up to Montana for his next rodeo. That’s just what Cody Rodeo Tyler does.
Tyler said his father has been around rodeos his whole life, leading fans and fellow competitors to ask just how he got his name.
“He always told me that a lot of people thought I was conceived at the Cody Nite Rodeo in Wyoming,” Tyler said. “But I’ve got a little brother named Brody Bronc, so my dad, he’s just a rodeo guy. Simple as that.”
After 10 riders posted qualifying rides to get into the championship round, only two managed the mark in the finals.
Arizona cowboy Justin Granger took home the victory, posting the night’s best ride — 89 points during the championship round. His total score of 172.5 was enough to beat Fernando Novais, who scored 168.5 across two rides.
Granger posted the first qualifying ride of the night, the only successful rider among the first eight riders. The first few rides included hard falls and one cowboy having his left leg stomped on by a bull. Two bull fighters had to carry the competitor out of the arena, where paramedics treated him behind the chutes.
Granger said the result in the championship was unexpected.
“I was pretty surprised,” Granger said. “That bull was pretty nice, but he bucked a little bit and I got to loosen it up and spur him.”
Rifle’s Ryan Osborne was the lone area rider in the qualifying round. Osborne lasted nearly eight seconds, but was thrown from the back of the bull almost as the buzzer sounded. He landed on his feet, but was visibly unhappy with the result.
Bad luck didn’t hit Berthoud’s Cody Tesch until the championship round. Tesch was tied for second with an 87.5-point ride when he settled in for the championship ride.
After the chute opened, the bull spun tight circles and dumped Tesch off the left side, near a fence. Tesch wasn’t injured, but slammed the gate as he left the arena.
Another close call came in the early rounds, when Skeeter Kingsolver lasted just shy of seven seconds on his ride. The highly ranked cowboy was thrown to the dirt and got quickly to his feet, only to be slammed back down by the bull’s charge. The bull was quickly corralled and Kingsolver tipped his hat to the crowd as he walked out of the arena.
Mike Lee, the 2004 PBR World Champion, scored twice during the preliminary rounds and put up a round-best 88 on his second ride. He was tossed off in the championship round, however, by the highly ranked bull “Sir Mix-a-Lot.”