Two nationally acclaimed cowboys who regularly compete in the annual Cherokee PRCA Rodeo each spring have captured major awards and significant purses in recent PRCA Rodeos in Georgia and Texas.
Barnes PRCA/MJM Rodeos of Cherokee and Peterson annually provide livestock for the popular rodeos and many nationally renowned cowboys compete at Cherokee because of their love and respect for the Bob Barnes family and the quality of their stock and the rodeos they produce.
Joey Bell of Athens, Texas, a frequent contestant at Cherokee, won the steer wrestling at the recent San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo with a winning time of 3.6 seconds. That big win parlayed into the event's largest payday totaling $19,445 for Bell, plus an $8,000 gas card. In addition, Bell's horse - Big Iron - was named the top animal athlete in steer wrestling to earn another $1,500.
Heith DeMoss of Heflin, La., also a frequent Cherokee Rodeo contestant, soared to new heights by winning first place in the final round of saddle bronc riding, winning $16,334 plus an $8,000 gas card.
DeMoss, and his brother Cody have participated in the Cherokee PRCA Rodeo for several years. Heith was second and Cody tied for third place in the saddle bronc riding at the recent Georgia National Junior Livestock Show & PRCA Rodeo in Perry, Ga. aboard Barnes/MJM's Wild Falls and Little Stone, respectively.
"Cody and Heith DeMoss started and have been around us for several years," said a proud Bob Barnes. "Heath won second in Perry, Ga., then drove 100 miles to Atlanta and flew to San Antonio for the finals and won $16,344.
"Joey Bell (frequent qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev.) started around us out East and comes to Cherokee every year. He won $19,445 and the Best Horse Award. Some Cherokee-area folks go to the Finals in Las Vegas, but don't come to the Cherokee Rodeo where we have a lot of the same cowboys," added Barnes.
At the Georgia Rodeo, 339 contestants competed for a total purse of $37,990, with Barnes PRCA/MJM livestock involved in many winning rides in all events.
Steven Peebles of Redmond, Or. won $1,267.30 in bareback riding on N5 Dodge Hills for a 1/2 split with Brandon Holmes, Livingston, Al. on #340 Bow tie with 83 points. Matthew Smith of Martin, Tenn., won third on R8 Buffalo Ridge; BeeJay Scott of Otley, Ia., split 4/5 on 2Y2 Ft Tooke, along with Chip Dees IV of Philadephia, Miss. on S7 Bent Spoon. Dustin Smith of Rome, Ga., was sixth on IRO Century.
Brody Bolton of Odessa, Texas scored 87 on Y2 Who's Askin, winning first place for $4874.73 in saddle bronc riding. Heith DeMoss was second on 543 Wild Falls, winning $1,420.25; Billy Herbert of Marble Falls. Texas, was third on #334 Little Stone, winning $1,022.58; Cody deMoss and Bryan Hammons of Victoria, Texas had a 4/5 split onTX 2N8 Three Bags Full; and there was a 6-split between Buck Ryan of Blackfoot, Idaho on 327 LV Light, and Nick Laduke, Livermore, Calif. on #543 Wild Falls.
The bull ridng was won by Kevin Ventura, Bandera. Texas, on 402 Red Rabbit, with 86 points and $1,855.92. There was a 2/3 split on #173 Red Horse with 85 points for Brandon Sartin of Zachary, La., and Shane Duncan of Auburn, Al., each winning $1,209 on 173 Red Rabbit. Jay Dunford of Menoken, N.D. on S31 Timon, split 5/6 with Cole Hermanson of Mandan, N.D. on #11 Eclipse.
Codie Poe of Provencal, La. was the tie down roping with an 8.7 clocking to win first and $1,088.22. Clint Thomas of Ranger, Ga., won the steer wrestling with a time of 3.5, and Tammy Bruso won $1,151.11 in the women's barrel race.