Cody Ohl said earlier this year he was ready to go after another gold buckle.
“I have six world championships but I’d like to have one more before I’m done,” Ohl said. “I’m on a roll right now to have a good winter. I know I have the ability to win another world title in me.”
He wasn’t just talking. Ohl, 37, who is from Hico, has finished in the money in tie-down roping at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s three largest winter rodeos – Denver, Fort Worth and San Antonio.
Ohl tied for third at Denver’s National Western Stock Show Rodeo on Jan. 23. On Feb. 5, he finished eighth at the Fort Worth Stock Show. And during the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo on Feb. 19, Ohl clinched the title after turning in a final-round time of 7.4 seconds and earned $16,853 for winning.
After all that, Ohl was ranked second in last week’s tie-down roping world standings with $26,642. Clint Cooper, who finished third in San Antonio after turning in a 7.8 in the final, was ranked No. 1 with $33,337.
During the San Antonio rodeo’s final round, Kaycee Field of Payson, Utah, clinched the bareback riding title after turning in an arena record score of 93 aboard a bronc named Multi-Chem Brother, owned by the JK Rodeo Co.
He also finished as the high money winner with $18,927.
Other champions were Stockton Graves, Newkirk, Okla., $17,371 in steer wrestling; Chad Masters, Clarksville, Tenn., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., $15,038 each, in team roping; Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., $18,408, in saddle bronc riding; Britany Fleck, Mandan, N.D., $14, 519 in barrel racing; Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., $17,890 in bull riding.
n PBR update: Like the National Football League, the Professional Bull Riders allow competitors to challenge a judge’s call.
In most cases, a rider will ask the judges to review the instant replay to determine whether he stayed on for the required eight seconds if a judge believes he came up a split second short.
If it’s ruled the judge made the correct call, the rider must pay $500. If the decision goes in the rider’s favor, there’s no charge.
A rider also is allowed to challenge a call on a rival competitor. And that’s what Colby Yates did when a finals berth was at stake at the Dickies PBR Iron Cowboy Invitational on Feb. 19 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
According to the judge’s stopwatch, defending Iron Cowboy champion Valdiron de Oliveira had stayed on longer than Yates, meaning that Yates would be eliminated during the semifinal round. The judges clocked de Oliveira at 3.38 seconds and said Yates had ridden for 3.23.
But Yates believed he had stayed on longer and asked for a review. When the judges closely examined de Oliveira’s ride on a bull named Perfect Poison, they ruled that he had stayed on for 3.01 seconds, which meant that Yates was on slightly longer.
The reversed call helped Yates advance to the lucrative final round of the event.
“This is a competition and I felt that Valdiron was off before I was and so I had to do what I had to do and it worked out in my favor,” Yates said. “I knew that if it went in my favor, I would be guaranteed some money. But at that point, I didn’t want the $25,000. I wanted the $50,000.”
During the final round, Yates, who grew up in Fort Worth and lives in Sulphur Springs, snared the $50,000 winner’s prize by edging No. 1 seed Austin Meier 2.45 to 2.34 seconds.
The PBR used a tournament bracket format to determine the champion, and the rider with the highest score advanced to the next round. If one rider stayed on and the other bucked off, the cowboy who made the qualified ride moved on. If both riders were bucked off in a match, the cowboy who stayed on the longest moved on. Yates clinched the title by staying on longer than Meier.
n CBR update: The Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge, which is part of the Championship Bull Riding national tour, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 5 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth. For ticket information, call Billy Bob’s Nightclub at 817-624-7117 or visit .
Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has written a rodeo column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram during the past two decades. E-mail him at .