LAS VEGAS – Tie-down roper Cody Ohl tied the National Final Rodeo record for career wins in a single event with his 51st after tying for the victory in round seven on Wednesday night.
Ohl matched the record previously set by saddle bronc rider Billy Etbauer as he tied defending PRCA champion Tuf Cooper for the win with a time of 7.3 seconds.
“Every one of them (round wins) is special,” said Ohl. “I just can’t wait until I get that record, and it’s going to be very special. It’s all my kids talk about, and it’s going to be awesome.”
Cooper, the two-time PRCA champion from Decatur, Texas, remained first in the season standings with a time of 64.60 for seven rides. Ohl, a six-time PRCA champion, is fifth in the standings, but first in NFR earnings in his event.
Matt Shiozawa remained in first place in the aggregate standings with a time of 64.10 for seven rides despite not placing in the top six with a time of 9.3.
Other winners in round seven included Spencer Wright (saddle bronc riding), Sage Kimzey and Elliot Jacoby (bull riding), Lisa Lockhart (barrel racing), Richmond Cham-pion (bareback riding), Curtis Cassidy and Dakota Eldridge (steer wrestling), and Dustin Bird of Cut Bank and Paul Eaves (team roping).
Wright won his second NFR round with an 85 on Pretty Boy and remained in first place in the NFR aggregate with a score of 564.5 points for seven rides.
“I didn’t come down here thinking it was going to be bad, but it definitely has been a great trip so far,” Wright said. “I feel like I’m riding well and I’ve been lucky, too.”
Cort Scheer, who finished second with an 80.5 on Spur Strap, moved up to first in the PRCA saddle bronc standings. Heith DeMoss dropped to second after posting a sixth-place score of 77 on Awesome.
Kimzey had an 86.5 on Haunted Mesa and is the only bull rider to cover six of his seven bulls. His score was matched by Elliot Jacoby on Cactus Juice.
Kimzey leads both the PRCA standings and the aggregate standings after recording 499 points for six rides. He also leads all NFR competitors earnings of $96,391.
Lockhart had a time of 13.73 to win and is now second in both the WPRA barrel racing standings and the aggregate standings with a time of 103.14 for seven rides.
“I’m such a focused, stay-grounded person and I try not to let those things (the stand-ings) come into play,” Lockhart said. “In the end, they are going to pay the person who went and did their job the best. So I am just going to try and focus on that, ride my horse the best I can and stay consistent.”
Fallon Taylor was second with a time of 13.89 and increased her lead in both the WPRA standings and the NFR aggregate. She has a time of 103.08 for seven rides.
Champion picked up his second bareback riding win of the 2014 NFR by finishing first with an 86 on Angel Eyes.
Three-time PRCA champion Kaycee Feild of Spanish Fork, Utah, remained in first place in the 2014 season standings after tying for fourth with an 81.5 on American Trip. Four-time PRCA champion Bobby Mote remained the leader in the aggregate standings with 572 points for seven rides after tying for fourth with an 81.5 on Red Bandana.
Cassidy and Eldridge had times of 3.4, with Cassidy getting his second NFR win and Eldridge his first.
“I try to go for it (the win), and I had a good steer tonight and I was fortunate to get a great time,” said Eldridge.
Four-time PRCA champion Luke Branquinho tied for third in 3.9 and held onto first place in both the PRCA and NFR aggregate standings. Branquinho, who was sidelined with a right arm injury from July 18 until the opening round here, is now only $16,068 from becoming the eighth individual to win $1 million in career earnings at the NFR.
In team roping, header Bird and heeler Eaves notched their second win of this year’s NFR with a time of 3.70. Header Clay Tryan of Billings and heeler Jade Corkill were eighth with a time of 10.6, but remained first in the PRCA standings and moved into the top spot in the NFR aggregate standings with a time of 54.90 for seven rides. The defending PRCA champions are the only pair to make seven successful rides.