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Cowboys chasing NFR glory shine on Night 2 at Missoula Stampede Rodeo

MISSOULA – Some of the cowboys and girls chasing the biggest prizes in rodeo stopped at the Western Montana Fair for a shot at some money Friday night, and a couple helped their chances to make the National Finals Rodeo.

Rhen Richard of Roosevelt, Utah proved why he ranks third in the world all-around standings. He teamed up with partner Quinn Kesler of Holden, Utah for a time of 4.8 seconds in team roping. The first guys out of the gate set a time that no one came close to the rest of the evening.

Then after a short break, Richard rode back into the arena and won another event. The No. 12 tie-down roper in the world scored 9.0 seconds, holding off Chad Johnson of Cut Bank for the title by .6 seconds.

Chase Brooks of Deer Lodge looked like he was going to make a big move in his chase for the NFR. The No. 14-ranked saddle bronc rider scored 86 points on Hullabaloo. But then the guy holding the last spot above the cutoff in 15th one-upped Brooks. Allen Boore of Axtell, Utah scored 87.5 on Marquee to put up the highest score of the rodeo.

The Missoula Stampede continues with one more performance at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Derek Buerkle

Derek Buerkle

Derek has worked in sports at KPAX-TV in Missoula since 2007. He grew up in Big Timber, Montana, and attended the University of Montana journalism program.
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