Champions of the first Southern Showdown start the 2022 ProRodeo season off right!

Champions of the first Southern Showdown start the 2022 ProRodeo season off right!

The curtain has closed on the first-ever Silver Spurs Southern Showdown. With a weekend dedicated to highlighting locally raised Silver Spurs stock, born-to-buck bulls and wild broncs gave professional cowboys the thrill of a showdown! The books for the 2022 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) season opened on Friday, October 1st, across the nation. The Southern Showdown kicked off a new year of competition, with money earned counting for the 2022 world standings. With a $10,000 purse for each event, cowboys from across the United States gathered for a night of big bucks at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee. Find out who made the 8 and cashed a big check on the blog!

Brown bucking horse in an in-door arena with bareback rider

In the bareback riding, 2019 NFR qualifier and 2021 Southeastern Circuit Finals champion Taylor Broussard punched an 84-point ride on Five Star Rodeo's Spots and Dots to earn $3,271 and start the season off right! Several bareback riders also found themselves on the leaderboard, including 2. Zach Hibler, 83.5, $2,508; 3. Winn Ratliff, 81, $1,854; 4. Tanner Phipps, 79, $1,199; 5. Hunter Carter, 77, $763; 6. Tim Murphy, 76, $545; 7. (tie) Matthew Smith and Trenten Montero, 75, $382 each.In the saddle bronc riding, 7X NFR qualifier Isaac Diaz rode Five Star Rodeo’s Girl Crush for 84 points and $3,328. Also included in the prize money includes 2. Taygen Schuelke, 83.5, $2,551; 3. (tie) Parker Kempfer and Joe Farren, 82, $1,553 each; 5. (tie) Ross Griffin and Carter Elshere, 81.5, $666 each; 7. Jacobs Crawley, 80.5, $444; 8. Jarrod Hammons, 79.5, $333.In the bull riding, 7th generation rodeo athlete Lukasey Morris took on NFR bucking bull Baker Act for 83.5 points and $5,582, outscoring veteran bull rider Cain Smith. Smith clocked 8 seconds for a score of 76 and $4,852 in prize money. The PRCA bull riding saw no other qualified rides. (All totals include ground money).

bull rider riding a brown and white spotted bucking bull in front of blue chutes

Florida native, Hunter Carter, competed in bareback riding and bull riding at the Southern Showdown to win $763 and the all-around cowboy title.Total payoff: $32,430. Stock contractor: Silver Spurs Club. Sub-contractors: Five Star Rodeo and JC Kitaif ProRodeos. Rodeo secretary: Jody Cox. Officials: Ken Dunn, Steve Knowles, and Dusty Whidden. Timers: Emilie White and Kathy Baker. Announcer: Greg Simas. Bullfighters: Richard Guthrie and Mike Driver. Clown/barrelman: Keith Isley. Flankmen: George Kempfer, J.C. Kitaif and Paul Bowers Jr. Chute boss: Scott Ramsey. Pickup men: Hunter Holley and Jake Anuez. Photographers: Mike Rastelli and Jessie Burns. Music director: Jill Franzen Loden.To feature local and future NFR qualifiers, the Silver Spurs Southern Showdown opened junior barrel racing up to competitors 7 to 14 in age. Sydnee Crawley clocked a time of 16.42 to land in 1st place and won $320. Young barrel racers, Dally Expositio, 16.71, $270; Jolene Phillips, 16.88, $160; and Ava Boisclair, 16.92, $80, also found success in Kissimmee. If you missed extreme action this past weekend, the 11th annual Monster Bulls and 148th Silver Spurs Rodeo is just around the corner! Join us on February 12 and 18-20, 2022 for more wild rides and the 80th anniversary of the Silver Spurs Riding Club.