• December 18, 2014

HATS OFF TO TUTOR: Huntsville bareback rider wins at Gatesville Rodeo

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Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 4:30 pm, Wed Oct 22, 2014.

GATESVILLE — When Bill Tutor read the name of the horse he drew he was excited — Lil Bay Annie.

The reason for his jubilance was pretty straightforward.

He had ridden and won on the back of her before a couple years ago at the Teague Rodeo and knew he’d have a quality run – his confidence proved prophetic as he scored an 82 in bareback to take first at the 76th Annual Gatesville Rodeo presented by the Gatesville Riding Club Rodeo.

“I would love to get on that horse every day if I could,” the Huntsville native said. “She is rider friendly so I was lucky to

 draw her.”

The 21-year old cowboy has been involved in the rodeo circuit most of his life and the last five years has competed on the CPRA circuit and also represents Sam Houston State’s rodeo club.

He was the last contestant to ride Saturday and knew what needed to be done to earn the title. However, he said he almost gave it away.

“I knew had the best horse so I went out and rode harder than I usually do. I tried to spur a little bigger and kick a little higher,” he said. “I left a couple of pints out there, but I’m not gonna gripe about a win.”

Ever the professional cowboy, he refused to take any credit for the victory placing it all firmly at the hooves of the mare.

“I should have let her lead me but she got a little ahead of me,” he said. “But she looked so good that it made me look good.”

Riggin Phillips and Jonathan Brown tied in first place in bull riding with an 81.

Saturday’s best ride was 79 by Hillsboro’s Cody Rostockyj. Talequa, Okla. native Tommy Cook’s 4.7-second finish in steer wrestling overtook Patrick Maas’ 5.2, while Hillsboro’s Tomile Rostockyj took first-prize in breakaway roping with a 2.34-second finish.

Landon Duncan continued the trend of final-day contestant victories with a 7.96-second time in tie-down roping to overtake Lawrence McCoullough’s second-day score of 8.12 seconds.

Sterling Crawley’s Day 1 score of 85 in saddle bronc held through the rodeo’s third day, with a 78 being the closest score — Travis Edwards, Dustin Fox and Cole Naleon all finished in third place, respectively.

Lipan duo Cory Smothers and Zack Bocco’s 5.7 time in team roping was overtaken by Dakota Shipp and Cody Pierce’s 4.27. In barrel racing, Caitlin Prentice’s time of 15.488 lasted through Saturday. Del Rio’s Irma Escamilla clocked-in at 15.58 seconds for the day’s best time.

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