Mote picks up pair of checks Saturday
Two local cowboys rode away from the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which concluded Saturday in Las Vegas, with substantially heavier wallets.
Bobby Mote, who recently moved from Culver, picked up nearly $45,000 on the rodeo's final day. His 86-point ride atop First Kiss earned him second in the final go-round to pick up $14,429.09 worth of go money, but that was just the first big money he collected.
His ride helped him maintain his third spot in the event average and gave him a total score of 809.5 points on 10 qualified rides. He finished in the money seven times during the NFR, posting a sixth-place ride in the first and ninth go-rounds, fourth in the fourth and ninth and second in rounds five, six and 10.
In all, Mote made $59,483.11 in go money alone. For his third-place finish in the average, he pocketed an extra $30,036 to make his grand total at the NFR to $89,519.11.
He ended the year third in the bareback world standings with season earnings just north of $200,000 at $200,289 in the event.
Kaycee Feild, of Payson, Utah scored a huge payday with the win in the average in bareback riding, winning more than $42,000 to add to his season winnings. He also won the world championship with earnings of $276,850.
In the all-around category, Mote added some roping money to his sum and slid into second in the world all-around standings with $210,506.03 in season earnings.
Another Culver cowboy, Brian Bain, made some noise in the bareback event as well. He made nine qualified rides, only to be bucked off in Saturday's final round. He finished in the money three times (rounds two, five and nine) and netted $26,306.08.
Bain finished the year 14th in the world standings with season earnings of $85,185.42.
Other local competitors in the WNFR included Terrebonne roper Russell Cardoza, who picked up some team toping money with partner Colby Lovell with an eighth-place average finish for $4,417.
Barrel racer Brenda Mays, of Terrebonne, won the event average and made a bundle of cash. She was awarded $46,821 for her winning time of 141.79 seconds on 10 qualified runs. She finished seventh in the world standings with $137,748.
Ennis, Texas cowgirl Mary Walker finished No. 1 in the world with $274,233.