Athlete participants announced for WCRA Rodeo Showdown

Jess Lockwood is scheduled to compete in Las Vegas on May 5-6. Photo: Andy Watson/


  • The WCRA has announced which participants will compete at the WCRA Rodeo Showdown at Helldorado Days.
  • The rodeo will feature a unique format where the field will be cut in half following each round of competition.
  • The final two athletes in each discipline will compete head-to-head in the Showdown Round for the $25,000 top prize.

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LAS VEGAS –The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) has joined forces with the all-new WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance) to create and promote events that will offer some of the largest prize purses in the industry. The WCRA Rodeo Showdown at Helldorado Days, a professional rodeo with a new format and a nearly $400,000 prize purse, will occur May 5-6 with a lineup of well-known competitors from the rodeo realm.

The WCRA Rodeo Showdown at Helldorado Days will include the seven standard disciplines of rodeo (Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding).

In a unique and progressive format, uncommon in rodeo, no scores will carry forward and the field of athletes will be cut in half after each round until there are only two athletes remaining. The final two athletes in each discipline will compete head-to-head in the Showdown Round for the $25,000 top prize.

Athletes competing at the inaugural WCRA event in Las Vegas are:  


Caleb Bennett (Tremonton, Utah)
Clayton Biglow (Clements, California)
Richmond Champion (The Woodlands, Texas)
Mason Clements (Santaquin, Utah)
Kaycee Feild (Payson, Utah)
Tim O’Connell (Zwingle, Iowa)
JR Vezain (Cowley, Wyoming)
Jake Vold (Ponoka, Canada)

Barrel Racing:

Sydni Blanchard (Pueblo, Colorado)
Ivy Conrado (Hudson, Colorado)
Stevi Hillman (Weatherford, Texas)
Hailey Kinsel (Cotulla, Texas)
Lisa Lockhart (Oelrichs, South Dakota)
Nellie Miller (Cottonwood, California)
Amberleigh Moore (Salem, Oregon)
Tiany Schuster (Krum, Texas)

Bull Riding:

Dener Barbosa (Paulo de Faria, Brazil)
Luciano de Castro (Guzolandia, Brazil)
Sage Kimzey (Strong City, Oklahoma)
Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil)
Ramon de Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana)
Claudio Montanha Jr. (Ribeirao dos Indios, Brazil)
Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas)

Saddle Bronc:

Hardy Braden (Welch, Oklahoma)
CoBurn Bradshaw (Beaver, Utah)
Jacobs Crawley (Stephenville, Texas)
Sterling Crawley (Stephenville, Texas)
Brody Cress (Hillsdale, Wyoming)
Cort Scheer (Elsmere, Nebraska)
Zeke Thurston (Big Valley, Canada)
Ryder Wright (Milford, Utah)

Steer Wrestling:

Dakota Eldridge (Elko, Nevada)
Ty Erickson (Helena, Montana)
Scott Guenthner (Provost, Canada)
Olin Hannum (Malad, Idaho)
Kyle Irwin (Robertsdale, Alabama)
Tanner Milan (Cochrane, Canada)
Tyler Pearson (Louisville, Mississippi)
JD Struxness (Appleton, Minnesota)

Team Roping:

Trevor Brazile (Decatur, Texas) & Rich Skelton (Llano, Texas)
Luke Brown (Morgan Mill, Texas) & Jake Long (Coffeyville, Kansas)
Charly Crawford (Prineville, Oregon) & Travis Graves (Jay, Oklahoma)
Kaleb Driggers (Hoboken, Georgia) & Junior Nogueira (Presidente Prudente, Brazil)
Dustin Egusquiza (Mariana, Florida) & Kory Koontz (Sudan , Texas)
Chad Masters (Clarksville, Tennessee) & Cory Petska (Marana, Arizona)
Riley Minor (Ellensburg, Washington) & Brady Minor (Ellensburg, Washington)
Coleman Proctor (Pryor, Oklahoma) & Billie Jack Saebens (Nowata, Oklahoma)
Clay Smith (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) & Paul Eaves (Lonedell, Missouri)

Tie Down Roping:

Trevor Brazile (Decatur, Texas)
Tuf Cooper (Decatur, Texas)
Marcos Costa (Childress, Texas)
Blane Cox (South Cameron, Texas)
Shane Hanchey (Sulphur, Louisiana)
Caleb Smidt (Huntsville, Texas)
Cory Soloman (Prairie View, Texas)
Cade Swor (Chico, Texas)
Marty Yates (Stephenville, Texas)

Tickets for the multi-day event which will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV, range in price from $10 to $100 and are available by calling PBR Direct at (800) 732-1727 or visiting 

For complete information about the WCRA Rodeo Showdown at Helldorado Days, please visit

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