2006 URA Finals Recap
Whew, the finals is over and it was great!!! Before the first performance the board of directors took a look at the finances and decided to add $2,500 per event. This made the payoffs great and everyone seemed to really like the change.
Really liking the change was Amber Shafer who dominated every round in the barrel racing. She took home all three go round buckles. Trent Joy came ready to rope in the breakaway and won the first two go rounds.
Also winning two goes was the team of Brant Spurgin and Gerry Lisby, Jeff Miller in the steerwrestling, and Billy Griffin in the bareback riding.
Speaking of the bareback riding, Kurt Leimkuhler took advantage of drawing the bareback horse of the year from Buffington Rodeo Company and won the second go round. The bullriding saw four cowboys win the three rounds. In the first go round finals champion Steven Tracy and Jeep Steenhoek split the honors. Then in the second go Jeremiah Thompson took home the buckle. Bryan Huffman electrified the crowd with his go round win in the third go.
Calf Roping got faster for first place as the finals progressed, with Ryan Spurgin winning the first round, then Bill Huber took the second round on the way to winning the calf roping at the finals. Director Troy Gorrell tied his calf in 7.47 for the fastest time of the weekend in the third round.
Veteran Dan Smith put the pressure on John Johnson at finals. John responded to the pressure by winning the third go and assuring himself of the year end championship.
Sydney Buffington got the crowds ready to rodeo the first two nights with her trick riding. Then on Saturday she wowed the crowds during the rodeo with her trick riding. For anyone who hasn't met Sydney there isn't a friendlier person around.
Finals went great and the board will be meeting in January to start planning next years finals. Everyone who was there this year appreciated all the work that Kim Tatum put into the prizes. I can't even imagine gathering all that stuff up and then storing it until finals, let alone organizing who gets everything. Be sure and tell Kim thanks the next time you see her. Her job is one that takes all year, just so you contestants have great prizes at finals. Speaking of the finals prizes, it was neat this year to see what each director came up with for average awards. If you have any ideas for your event, please contact your director now, don't wait until finals. They have to start planning for the finals now.
Two big changes were made at the general membership meeting. Now you can enter the calf roping and the forty and over calf roping at URA rodeos. You just need to let Muff know which event you want to count for your all around points.
The other big change is that if you are a member of the High School Rodeo Association you can have your first year (only the very first year) of URA membership for free. You have to fill out an application and have it notarized. This will NOT count as your rookie year, but you will be eligible for any other awards and for the finals. Please contact any director or Muff for more information.
We have some winter rodeos scheduled, so don't forget to get your membership dues sent in and good luck this winter.
United Rodeo Association Secretary