BIGFORK — Cole Wagner posted the lone score in bull riding to the delight of a sold-out arena during the first performance of the Bigfork Summer Pro Rodeo on Friday night.
The Valier cowboy notched 86 points on a twisting, turning Blackberry Smoke.
Bradley Hays of Whitefish leads a tightly-bunched, tie-down roping field with his 10-second go. Haven Meged of Miles City is second, 10.3.
Pascal Isabelle of Okotokos, Alberta, tops the bareback riding with his 77.5-point ride on Midnight Dolloy.
Six scores were marked in the saddle bronc. Travis Nelson of Broadus heads that list with his 82-point show on Pikuni Cougar.
The PRCA rodeo will continue tonight. Gates open at 6 p.m. with arena action at 7.
Bigfork Summer Pro Rodeo
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Pascal Isabelle, Okotokos, Alberta, 77.5 points on New West Rodeo Productions’ Midnight Dolly; 2. Cacheman Hill, Baker, 72; 3. Wyatt Johnson, Payton, Utah, 71; 4. Troy Kirkpatrick, Wise River, 67; 5. Dustin Morigeau, Dixon, 56; no other qualified rides.
Steer wrestling leaders: 1. Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta, 3.7 seconds; 2. Tanner Milan, Cochrane, Alberta, 5.0; 3. (tie) Joseph Guze and Josh Boka, 5.1 each; 5. Jake Malek, 5.5; 6. Will Powell, 5.6.
Team roping leaders: 1. Will Powell/Caleb Guardipee, 6.5 seconds; 2. Shawn Bessette/Sid Sporer, 7.4; 3. Chris Staley, Ledore, Idaho/Ty Schofield, Idaho Falls, 8.3; 4. Kal Fuller, Bozeman/Matt Robertson, Augusta, 10.6; 5. Jade Stoddard/Matt Williams, 10.7; 6. Clay Robertson, Augusta/Ryle Whitford, Browning 11.1.
Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Travis Nelson, Broadus, 82 points on New West Rodeo Productions’ Pikuni Cougar; 2. Kolby Wanchuk, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 78.5; 3. Colter Heckman, Choteau, 75; 4. Dawson Dahm, Tomahawk, Calif., 67; 5. Wyatt Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 65; 6. Kole Ashbacher, Arrowwood, Alberta, 61.
Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Bradley Hays, Whitefish, 10.0 seconds; 2. Haven Meged, Miles City, 10.3; 3. Sam Levine, 11.6; 4. Zane Holdbrook, Roberts, 12.7; 5. (tie) Jack Graham and Jade Gardner, Winnett, 14.0 each.
Barrel racing leaders: 1. Brittney Barnett, 17.45 seconds; 2. Callahan Crossley, 17.48; 3. Tia Murphy, 17.69; 4. Whitney Levine, 17.88; 5. Mikell Hougen, 17.97; 6. Brooke Wilson, Augusta, 17.98.
Bull riding leaders: 1. Cole Wagner, Valier, 86 points on New West Rodeo Productions’ Blackberry Smoke; no other qualified rides.
Total payoff: $43,870. Stock contractor: New West Rodeo Productions. Rodeo secretary: Edie Longfellow. Officials: Del Nose and Ron Howard. Timers: Suzanne Wyrick-Weekes and Nikki Whitford.
Announcer: Ray Champ. Bullfighters: Tyson Hutchison and Jamie Cox. Flankmen: Cash Whitford and Craig Wentz. Chute boss: Roy Whitford. Pickup men: Ryle Whitford, Cameron Brooks and David Lewis.