Spencer Wright of Milford, Utah, in action during saddle bronc riding competition at Frontier Park Tuesday afternoon.
Wright brothers take flight
Spencer and Cody dominate bronc riding during Tuesday CFD
By Scott Nulph
CHEYENNE – Spencer Wright
watched in the Frontier Park Arena on Tuesday as his brother,
Cody, recorded an 82 during the first session of saddle bronc
And even though Spencer was happy for his brother, he knew he had the horse to take him down in what was the fourth performance of the 118th Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.
And he did just that.
Spencer Wright rode Goin South to 84 points to grab the second go-round lead from Cody and pull within two points of his brother for the aggregate lead at 159.
“When you get a horse like that, you’ve just got to capitalize on it,” Spencer Wright said. “You’ve just got to use a horse like that and not mess him up.”
And about that beating your brother thing?
“I really wouldn’t know any other way,” Spencer Wright added. “You can’t ask for any better help than your family. We’re all rooting for each other.”
The Wright brothers highlighted a big day that saw the second go lead change hands in bull riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing.
And the aggregate leads also were shattered in tie-down roping and steer wrestling.
The day also produced the third and fourth bull riders to record second scores to almost guarantee themselves spots in Sunday’s finals.
Austin Meier of Kinta, Oklahoma, was the third bull rider to finish off a second bull with an 87 in the first session. That’s good for second in the second go and first in the aggregate at 167.
After an 80 on Monday, Meier said the biggest thing Tuesday was just not to make a mistake.
“There’s a little bit or pressure (to get that second score),” he said. “It’s just how you control it and how you funnel it.
“You can use it to your advantage or make it cripple you. Today I used it to my advantage and kept that gas pedal mashed.”
Competing in just his second CFD, Meier is trying to become the second member of his family to win a CFD bull riding title.
Cousin Rusty Patrick won the title in 2002 with Meier in attendance.
“That’s always been a dream of mine, to keep it in my family,” Meier said. “Last year I came here and got one bull rode. Yesterday I made a good ride and got another one today. I’m just on cloud nine right now.”
In the final session of bulls, 19-year-old Sage Kimzey continued his torrid pace with a 78 to become the fourth cowboy to cover two bulls.
That puts Kimzey in third place in the aggregate at 161. He already has won over $100,000 this season to lead the world standings,
Also in the bulls, Chandler Bownds of Lubbock, Texas, took over the second go lead with a 90.
Bownds didn’t record a score on his first bull, but said he hopes his score might be good enough to bring him back for the short go.
“You just let it all hang out when you don’t ride your first one,” he said.
Bownds has been competing since early July with a damaged right riding hand that likely will need surgery.
“Your goal is to get a high score to maybe make it back, and I was lucky enough to do that,” he said.
Aubrey, Texas, cowgirl Taylor Langdon put up a great run to take over the second go lead with a time of 17.56 seconds.
That also puts Langdon third in the aggregate at 36.19.
But she wasn’t the only rider to have a good day, nor the only one from Aubrey.
Fellow Aubrey resident Gretchen Benbenek was just behind Langdon at 17.90 for second in the second go and second in the aggregate (36.15).
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Brett Smith on the sidelines during a UW game last October. The undrafted quarterback signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
Former Poke Smith signs with Toronto of the CFL
By Robert Gagliardi
LAS VEGAS – Former University
of Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith was signed Monday by the
Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
Smith is in Toronto and listed on the team’s practice squad. The CFL’s season has started, and Toronto has a 1-3 record.
Smith left UW after his junior season and declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft. He wasn’t drafted but was picked up as a rookie free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, after its first rookie mini-camp Tampa Bay cut Smith and he didn’t land with another NFL team.
He spent a few months in the world of a different kind of work.
“I went back home (to Salem, Oregon) and was out and did some work on my grandpa’s farm,” said Smith. “I was just killing some time and making sure I was staying sharp and waited for the next call.
“Obviously, I was pretty disappointed with the whole Tampa Bay situation. It is what it is, and I moved on from it. It was out of my control. I just said whoever calls next is where I’m going to go, and it’s Toronto.”
Smith was one of 98 underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft, but one of 36 not drafted.
Smith left UW as the school’s career leader in total offense (10,365 yards, and the only one to surpass 10,000 yards), touchdown passes (76), touchdowns responsible for (97) and single-game total offense (640 yards). He also is second in career passing yards (8,834).
Before Toronto’s last game July 18 against Ottawa, it listed three quarterbacks on its depth chart. Starter Ricky Ray was named as one of the CFL’s top 50 players of all time earlier this year, and was the league’s Eastern Division Player of the Year last season.
Ray’s backups are Trevor Harris and Mitchell Gale.
All of Toronto’s top three quarterbacks played college football in the United States. Ray played at Sacramento State, Harris at Edinboro (Pennsylvania) and Gale at Abilene Christian (Texas).
“There’s a lot to grasp in an extremely short time,” Smith said. “Getting to know the guys, meeting the coaches and making sure I know how this program works.”
Smith said he knows one of the Toronto players, starting outside linebacker Shane Horton. Both have the same agent.
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