GERRY - Thursday night's performance of the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department's 69th annual rodeo was dedicated to military members and firemen and police as announcer Greg Simas and the fans in attendance saluted those who preserve our freedoms. Simas then led the fans in a prayer of thanksgiving followed by a rousing rendition of the national anthem by 7-year-old Gabriel Graham.
The two hours of non-stop rodeo action got underway with Kirk Nelson of Branson, Mo., tying the best score from opening night in the saddle bronc event as he posted a total of 154 points on his two mounts. He had to do it the hard way, however, as the judges gave him re-rides on his first two horses because the horses failed to provide him with a fair chance to perform. This meant he had to ride four broncs on the night before finally posting his score.
No cowboy had a successful ride in the bareback competition, leaving Brian Leddy from Roll, Okla., alone in first with a 75-point ride on opening night.
Above, Mike Adams of West Grove, Pa., competes in the bull-riding competition at the Gerry Rodeo on Thursday. Below, Brian Leddy of Roll, Okla., hangs on in the bareback riding competition. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Lisa Monacelli
The Painted Pony bulls again had an outstanding night as they tossed all but one cowboy, Mike Adams of West Grove, Pa. Adams, the reigning First Frontier Circuit champ, rode Chad's Pride for 75 points to move into second place for the week behind John Jacobs, a South Dakota cowboy, who scored 78 points on Wednesday. Troy Alexander, who is a scientist working in the Defense Department in Washington, drew two tough bulls and was bucked off twice.
The girls barrel racing again had outstanding competition with seven girls posting times under 17 seconds. Nicole Yost, Mt. Morris, Pa., posted the second fastest time of the week at 15.52 seconds, followed closely by Incarnata Reo from Waterford, N.Y.
Chad Stoltzfus of Rising Sun, Md., had an outstanding night in the steer wrestling as he posted times of 5.4 and 6.8 seconds to take over first in that event. Fifty-three-year-old Tom Farrelly of Cayuga, N.Y., had a fast 6.0 time, but failed to throw his second steer.
The roping events saw the father-son team of Colby Clement and Cory Clement from Pedricktown, N.J., rope the head and legs of their second steer in a very fast 7.9 seconds in the team roping. Their first steer was roped in 14.3 seconds to give them first place for the week.
The tie-down roping event had Jeremy Olson, who traveled from Cottage Grove, Wis., tie his two calves in a total of 22.2 seconds to move into second place behind the best time of 20.0 flat scored by Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga., on opening night.
The rodeo continues with performances both tonight and Saturday night at 8 with a matinee at 2 Saturday afternoon. The barbecue beef dinners will be served both evenings from 5-8.
A free kids rodeo will be held at 11 Saturday morning for kids 8 and under. Rodeo related games will be held in the arena with the kids getting to meet the rodeo cowboys and cowgirls as well as the clowns and the reigning Miss New York Rodeo and Miss Teen Rodeo New York. Additional information is available at the rodeo website www.gerryrodeo.org or by phone at (716) 985-4847 or 1-888-985-4847