Boquet surges past top riders
Newcome Dustin Boquet stole the thunder from a couple of former world champions to take the lead in the Liberty National Bank Xtreme Bulls Classic with an 89 aboard Magic Poison from the Frontier Rodeo Company.
The young cowboy from Bourg in far southern Louisiana, just south of Houma and close to the gulf, came into the Lawton event ranked 45th with just $2,385 in earnings in the Xtreme Bulls rankings. However, if his score holds up after 35 more challengers tonight, he'll definitely move up the charts considerably since the added money of $10,000 should give the winner a dandy check to make the drive worthwhile.
Those final 35 riders will challenge some of the best bulls in the world tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Plains Coliseum. General admission tickets are $20 each for anyone 9-years-old and up, while kids 8-and-under will be admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets can be purchased today at Crutchers for the West in downtown Lawton, or at the Coliseum box office.
Trey Benton III, a four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier is second after posting an 87 on Frontier's Tiger Twister. Cody Rostocky was next with an 86.5 on Dark Moment from the Frontier herd. Rostocky, from Lorena, Texas, made his strong ride just before four-time defending world champion Sage Kimzey was scheduled to ride.
Kimzey, who had drawn Shake Up from the Frontier herd, got out of the chute clean and immediately got into perfect position even though the bull had two hard jumps. But eventually the smooth world champ was under such control that he spurred with his outside leg, boosting the score to an 86 to climb into fourth place entering the second performance.
Jeff Askey wound up fifth with an 85 on Frontier's Lookin Up and an 85 on Frontier's Lookin Up and Wyatt Rogers had an 82 for sixth on Frontier's Master Charge.
The rest of the night pretty much belonged to the bulls and area fans who turned out got to see the very best from the "Mo" Betta Rodeo Company of Apache put on a dominating performance. "Mo" Betta owner Maury Tate sent out 13 bulls and just one cowboy survived.
National Finals Rodeo qualifiers Yellowstone and Oh-No led the assault on the cowboys, putting on dazzling efforts right out of the chute and tossing Lon Danley and Cole Fisher, respectively.