CALDWELL, Idaho (Aug. 20, 2021)— Loni Lester from Gonzales, Texas is hoping to make history at the Caldwell Night Rodeo as the first breakaway roping champion crowned in the D&B Supply Arena.
Lester competed in that event as well as barrel racing while attending Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. She qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo all four years and in 2017 was the National Intercollegiate Breakaway Roping champion. She took advantage of her rodeo scholarship and earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Now, she is pursuing her dreams in the rodeo arena.
While she didn’t place in the first round, she had a very solid 3.2 second run during slack on Monday. She came back Friday night and had the fastest run of the performance at 2.7. That got her a second-round check for $1,833. Then combined with her previous time, she moved into the top two women who have qualified for Saturday night’s Championship Finals.
Lester is following Erin Johnson from Fowler, Colorado who had a time of 2.3 seconds to win $2,108. While the women were separated by four-tenths of a second in the round, only one-tenth separates them in the overall standings.
Regardless of what happens during Saturday night’s rodeo the breakaway ropers have been a welcome addition to the 97th edition of the Caldwell Night Rodeo and when one of them is crowned a champion and makes a victory lap around the arena, it will be a first.
Kaycee Feild made a bid for his third Caldwell Night Rodeo championship. The five-time and reigning world champion is also defending his 2019 title here. He won it the first time in 2012. Feild from Genola, Utah, won the first round here with an 87-point ride on Outlaw Buckers Rodeo’s American Thumper. That added $3,145 to his checking account and he stands to increase it substantially Saturday night.
The Championship Finals at the Caldwell Night Rodeo will start at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
FOURTH PERFORMANCE --
Bareback riding: 1, Kaycee Field, Genola, Utah, 87 points on Outlaw Buckers Rodeo’s American Thumper. 2, Cole Reiner, Kaycee, Wyo., 84.5. 3, (tie) Clay Stone, Blackfoot, Idaho; Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.; Colton Clemens, Blackfoot, Idaho; and Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas; 81.5 each.
Steer wrestling: (one qualified time) Jacob Talley, Keatchie, La., 14.0.
Team roping: (three times) 1, Jared McFarlane, Wilder, Idaho and Taylor Duby, Nampa, Idaho, 5.4 seconds. 2, Jared Thompson, Horseshoe Bend, Idaho and Paul Dunn, Caldwell, Idaho, 8.4. 3, Scott McCulloch, Meridian, Idaho, and Matt Azevedo, Nampa, Idaho, 20.2.
Breakaway roping: 1, Loni Lester, Gonzales, Texas, 2.7. 2, Amber Crawford, Springtown, Texas, 3.3. 3, Samantha Fulton, Miller, S.D., 4.3. 4, Kara Burns, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 12.4.
Saddle bronc riding: 1, Dawson Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, 84 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Lip Ripper. 2, Ben Andersen, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, 82.5. 3, Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta, 82.0. 4, Mitch Pollock, Winnemucca, Nev., 81.
Tie down roping: 1, Hudson Wallace, George West, Texas, 8.8 seconds. 2, Brushton Minton, Witter Springs, Calif., 9.6. 3, Sherman Lasker, Brookshire, Texas, 19.10. 4, Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 21.4.
Barrel racing: 1, Hayle Gibson, Redcrest, Calif., 17.16. 2, Katie Pasco, Morro Bay, Calif., 17.33. 3, Nellie Miller, Cottonwood, Calif., 17.14. 4, Ali Anton, Healdsburg, Calif., 17.96.
Bull riding: (one ride) 1, Dustin Boquet, Bourg, La., 82 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Best of Show.
Bareback Riding: (first round winners and finals qualifiers) 1, Kaycee Feild, Genola, Utah, 87 points on Outlaw Buckers Rodeo’s American Thumper, $3,145. 2, Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba, $2,411. 3, Clayton Biglow, Clements, Calif., 85, $1,782. 4, Cole Reiner, Kaycee, Wyoming, 84.5, $1,153. 5, (tie) Caleb Bennett, Corvallis, Mont., and Jess Pope, Waverly, Kan., 84 and $629 each. 7, Garett Shadbolt, Merriman, Neb., 82.5, $419. 8, (tie) Jamie Howlett, Wasta, S.D., and Trenton Montero, Winnemucca, Neva., 82, $157. 10, (tie) Kash Wilson, Gooding, Idaho; Clay Stone, Blackfoot, Idaho; Colton Clemens, Blackfoot, Idaho; Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.; and Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas; 81.5.
Steer Wrestling: (second round winners) 1, Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, idaho, 3.7 seconds, $3,174. 2, Riley Reiss, Manning, N.D., 4.0, 42,760. 3, Tristan Martin, Sulphur, La., 4.1, $2,346. 4, Cash Robb, Altamont, Utah, 4.2, $1,932.5, (tie) J.D. Struxness, Milan, Minn., and Dalton Massey, Hermiston, Ore., 4.3, $1,311. 7, (tie) Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla.; Blare Romsa, Laramie, Wyo.; Judd Austin, Spanish Fork, Utah; and Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta; 4.4, $242. (finals qualifiers) 1(tie) Tristan Martin, Sulphur, La; Walt Arnold, Coleman, Texas; and Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas; 8.9. 4, Marc Joiner, Loranger, La., 9.1. 5, J.D. Struxness, Milan, Minn., 9.3. 6, Dylan Schroeder, Waller, Texas, 9.5. 7, Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 9.6. 8, Taz Olson, Prairie City, S.D., 9.7. 9, Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D., 10.0. 10, Laramie Warren, Adair, Okla., 10.1. 11, Chance Howard, Sadler, Okla., 10.4. 12, Ty Allred, Tooele, Utah, 10.5.
Team roping: (second round winners) 1, (tie)Tate Kirchenschlager, Yuma, Colo., and Cole Davison, Stephenville, Texas; and Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 4.2 seconds and $4,892 each. 3, (tie) Jake Orman, Prairie, Miss., and Brye Crites, Welch, Okla.; Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah and Caleb Hendrix, Fallon, Nev.; and Coy Rahlmann, Ellsinore, Mo., and Douglas Rich, Herrick, Ill., 4.3 and $1,883 each. 6, (tie) Nick Sartain, Bandera, Texas, and Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla.; and Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz.,, and Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.; 4.4, $874 each. 8, Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla., and Logan Medlin, Tatum, N.M., 4.6, $269. (finals qualifiers) 1, Wade and Yates, 8.9. 2, Tanner Tomlinson, Angleton, Texas, and Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 10.4. 3, Kaleb Driggers, Hoboken, Ga., and Junior Nogueira, Presidente Prude, Brazil, 10.7. 4, Nick Sartain, Bandera, Texas, and Reagan Ward, Edmond, Okla., 10.9. 5, Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 11.0. 6, Levi Simpson, Ponoka, Alberta, and Tyler Worley, Berryville, Ark., 11.0. 7, Jason Stewart, Pendleton, Ore., and Jason Duby, Klamath Falls, Ore., 11.2. 8, Jake Clay, Sapulpa, Okla., and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 11.3. 9, Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C., and Hunter Koch, Vernon, Texas, 11.5. 10, Andrew Ward, Edmond, Okla., and Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan., 11.6. 11, Brenten Hall, Jay, Okla., and Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont., 11.9. 12, Rhett Anderson, Anabella, Utah and Max Kuttler, American Falls, Idaho, 12.0.
Breakaway roping: (second round winners) 1, Erin Johnson, Fowler, Colo., 2.3 seconds, $2,108. 2, Loni Lester, Gonzales, Texas, 2.7, $1,833. 3, Amanda Coleman, Stephenville, Texas, 3.0, $1,558. 4, Amber Crawford, Springtown, Texas, 3.3, $1,383. 5, (tie) Shelby Logan, Marsing, Idaho, and Codilynn Mcpherson, West Warren, Utah, 3.5 and $871 each. 7, Ashley Goforth, Azle, Texas, 3.7, $458. 8, Erika Chartrand, Randlett, Utah, 4.0, $183. (finals qualifiers) 1, Johnson, 5.8. 2, Lester, 5.9. 3, Crawford, 6.0. 4, Coleman, 6.1. 5, McPherson, 6.8. 6, Goforth, 6.9.
Saddle bronc riding: (first round winners and finals qualifiers) 1, Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah, 88 points on Burch Rodeo’s Lily Stomper, $3,184. 2, (tie) Allen Boore, Axtell, Utah and Jarrod Hammons, Stephenville, Texas, 86 and $2,123 each. 4, Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 85, 41,167. 5, (tie) Wyatt Casper, Pampa, Texas; Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas; and Lucas Macza, High River, Alberta; 84.5 and $566 each. 8, Dawson Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, 84, $318. 9, Lefty Holman, Visalia, Calif., 83.5. 10, (tie) Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah and Ben Anderson, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, 82.5. 12, Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta, 82.
Tie-down roping: (second round) 1, Shad Mayfield, Clovis, N.M., 7.6 seconds, $3,518. 2, (tie) Kincade Henry, Mount Pleasant, Texas, and Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 7.7 and $2,830 each. 4, (tie) Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas, and Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 8.1, $1,912. 6, Jake Pratt, Ellensburg, Wash., 8.3, $1,224. 7, Brayden Roe, Wendell, Idaho, 8.4, $765. 8, Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas, 8.5, $306. (finals qualifiers) 1, Mayfield, 15.3. 2, Smidt, 16.1. 3, Yates, 16.2. 4, Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas, 16.9. 5, Austin Atkinson, Anderson, Texas, 17.8. 6, Hudson Wallace, George West, Texas, 17.9. 7, Kyle Lucas, Carstairs, Alberta, 18.0. 8, Macon Murphy, Keatchie, La., 18.1. 9, Braydon Roe, Wendell, Idaho, 18.2. 10, Richard Newton, Portales, N.M., 18.4. 11, Adam Gray, Seymoure, Texas, 18.5. 12, Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas, 19.3.
Bull Riding: (five rides) 1, Stetson Wright, Milford, Utah, 92 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Top Shelf. 2, Jesse Hopper, Mangum, Okla., 87. 3, J.C. Mortensen, Paulden, Ariz., 85.5. 4, Dustin Boquet, Bourg, La., 82. 5, Jate Rae Frost, Randlett, Utah, 79.