Hayden, Davis claim rodeo titles

Jon Mitchell
Post Independent Sports Editor

CARBONDALE — Quinton Hayden and Tiana Davis already had their respective rodeo titles wrapped up coming into Thursday’s season finale of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo. So what better way to end the season than to put a proverbial exclamation point on it?

Hayden was the only cowboy to score in bull riding and Davis notched the only steer-riding score, and each wrapped up their event’s season titles at the Carbondale Rodeo Grounds.

Hayden’s score of 79 was good enough for a winner-take-all payday of $1,350, bringing his season total to $5,985. Coming in second in the standings was Coy Zang, who finished the season winning $1,237.50.

In steer riding, which is more a “bull riding for kids” event with much smaller payouts, Davis, a Rifle cowgirl, finished with $740 for the season, including a winner-take-all purse of $75 after her 70 was the only ride to score. Colt Rohrig, also from Rifle, finished second at $135.

The most saturated, competitive event over the course of the season was team roping.

In No. 8 Team Roping, Brian Brown finished first at $2,867 in season winnings as a header, while the top heeler was Matt Nieslanik with $2,002. No. 11 Team Roping winners included Cody Carnahan ($1,656, header) and Court Will ($2,060, heeler).

Ronnie Will took the barrel racing title, with her $2,644 in season earnings edging out second place Sydney Surin ($2,354). Winning the junior barrel racing title was Tye Wedhorn, who had $245 in season earnings.

Jesse Cordova (roper) and Brittaney Moon (runner) teamed up to win the season title in dally ribbon roping, with each earning $730 for the season. Claiming first in breakaway roping was Drake Groom, who won $235 over the course of the season.

Complete results from each individual rodeo, along with final standings, can be found at

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