National Circuit Finals Rodeo: Ethan Thouvenell goes for broke

by Ed Godfrey Published: April 6, 2013
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photo - Chad Alesky of Monroeton, Pa., prays before the start of the National Circuit Finals Rodeo at the State Fair Arena, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Chad Alesky of Monroeton, Pa., prays before the start of the National Circuit Finals Rodeo at the State Fair Arena, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Mote also won the National Circuit Finals Rodeo two years ago on a tiebreaker.

“I will take it any way I can get it,” Mote said.

CHAMPS AGAIN

Two contestants defended their national titles from one year ago in the National Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Idaho cowboy Matt Shiozawa captured the tie-down roping, and Texas cowgirl Brittany Pozzi won the barrel racing for a second straight year.

SECOND AGAIN

Former Oklahoman Carlee Pierce finished second to Pozzi in the barrel racing for the second consecutive year.

Pierce, of Stephenville, Texas, won Thursday and Saturday afternoon's go-rounds on her horse, Dillion, and might have won the national title Saturday night if not for clipping the first barrel in the finals.

“I think it cost me the win but, hey, second place is a good check,” said Pierce, who spent most of her life in the Freedom/Woodward area.

Pierce actually won more cash ($20,429) than Pozzi ($18,783) in the rodeo, but Pozzi received the $20,000 voucher for the Ram pickup for being the champion.

OTHER OKLAHOMANS IN THE FIELD

Bulldogger Stockton Graves, formerly of Newkirk and now the rodeo coach at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, finished second in the steer wrestling to Thouvenell.

Joe Frost, a member of the rodeo team at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, finished second in bull riding to Iowa cowboy John Young.

Frost is the second cousin of Lane Frost of Atoka, who died after being struck by a bull during the Frontier Days Rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyo., in 1989.

Apache cowboy Bryson Sechrist finished fifth in the tie-down roping in the semifinals, just missing the cut for the final four.

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by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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