- Paul Cooley
2021 Gerry Rodeo - Friday Wrap-Up
The largest crowd in years filled the stands to capacity for the third performance of the 76th annual Gerry Volunteer Fire Department PRCA rodeo and were treated to some of the best action of the week.
Highlighting the early action was the saddle bronc event where Trey Watts, Marshall, Missouri, posted an 83 point ride on a bronc named Gray Smoke, and Parker Kempfer, Deer Park, Florida, followed close behind with 81 points for the two top rides of the week.
The other big news is that the cowboys finally ruined the shutout that the bulls had thrown at them the first two performances as there were three successful rides, with an ironman performance by Grayson Cole, Fredonia, Pennsylvania, who rode two bulls just minutes apart for scores of 62 and 72 points. The high point ride of the night and for the week came via Boots Son, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who scored 79 on Painted Pony’s National Finals Rodeo bull, Jack’s Sour Mash.
The steer wrestlers again had a tough time as only four of the 12 competitors were able to post times on what seems to be a very large and fast pen of steers. The best time of the night was by Chad Stoltzfus, Conowingo, Maryland, at 10.5 seconds, followed by Ty Brown, Palmyra, Indiana, at 15.4 seconds.
Troy Musser, Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, and his partner Britt Brockius, Moore Haven, Pennsylvania, teamed up to rope the head and back legs of their steer in just 8.7 seconds, only to see two New York cowboys, Darren Morgan and Jake Edwards from Fort Ann, post the fastest time of the week at 6.2 seconds.
Two cowgirls were successful in the breakaway roping as Tara Gale, Hammonton, New Jersey, tied for the fastest time of the rodeo, roping her calf in 3.7, tying her with Sierra Ellsworth’s time posted on opening night.
Five tie-down ropers were successful in roping and tying the legs of their calves, led by veteran J.R. Myers, Felton, Pennsylvania, at 8.7 seconds, easily beating the times of the other competitors. Myers also tied for first place in the first go-round with an 11.7 mark.
April Masterson, Lincoln, Vermont, posted the rodeo’s fastest time of the week by circling the barrels in 15.27 seconds, while two sisters from Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, Casey Allen and Cathy Allen, wee second and third with Casey beating her sister by three-tenths of a second with a 15.3 time.
Other highlights included an exhibition bull ride by 11-year-old Landon Barber of like Lucerne, New York, who thrilled the crowd with a successful outing on his medium sized bull. Landon has been competing in the Junior rodeos across the East. Funnyman Keith Isley’s trained horse act was one of the best ever seen here in Gerry, and he kept the action moving with his humor and interaction with the fans.
The final performance of this 76th rodeo will kick off at 8 pm tonight as the cowboys and cowgirls who have traveled to Gerry from across the nation will try again to take home some of the $50,000 prize money. The barbeque beef dinners will be served from 5-8 with Chef Bruce Gustafson reporting that almost 1000 dinners were served prior to this performance. The Midway will also be open prior to rodeo action.
The special free kids’ rodeo, ages 3-8, will begin at 4:00 in the rodeo arena with registration at 3:00. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed little cowboy and cowgirl
Additional information is available at the rodeo website www.gerryrodeo.org or by phone at (716) 985-4847 or 1-888-985-4847.