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Rodeo Houston Update: 2022 SUPER SERIES II CHAMPIONS

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RODEOHOUSTON® Super Series II Winners Saddle Up for Semifinals

Competitors were at the top of their games on Saturday, March 5, as they vied for the top four spots in each RODEOHOUSTON Super Series event.


Tyler Mulligan roped his way to the top of Super Series II with a time of 7.8 seconds in the third round.

“It’s just a great, big rodeo, so you just have to focus on getting the job done,” Mulligan said.

Advancing to a Semifinal Round

  • Tyler Mulligan: Bartlesville, Oklahoma – $6,750
  • Blane Cox: Cameron, Texas – $5,000
  • JD McCuistion: Collinsville, Texas – $2,583
  • Taylor Santos: Creston, California – $2,583


Rocker Steiner rode into the first-place position in the Super Series II Bareback Riding event.

“Look good. Feel good. Ride good. Seems to be working,” said Steiner.

Advancing to Semifinal Round

  • Rocker Steiner: Weatherford, Texas – $6,850
  • Shane O’Connell: Rapid City, South Dakota – $3,850
  • Mason Clements: Spanish Fork, Utah – $3,350
  • Tim Murphy: Cleveland, Texas – $2,000


Team dynamics worked well and sent the duo of Tyler Waters and Tyler McKnight to the Semifinal.

“We have both just been doing this for so long. Timing fell together, and we became partners,” said McKnight.

Advancing to Semifinal Round:

  • Tyler Waters: Stephenville, Texas; and Tyler McKnight: Pollok, Texas – $9,500
  • Aaron Tsinigine: Tuba City, Arizona; and Kyle Lockett: Visalia, California – $9,500
  • Tanner Tomlinson: Angelton, Texas; and Patrick Smith: Lipan, Texas – $7,500
  • Kolton Schmidt: Barrhead, Alberta, Canada; and Wyatt Cox: Arroyo Grande, California – $6,000


Rusty Wright held onto the top spot to win Super Series II in Saddle Bronc Riding.

“The atmosphere and hospitality of Houston is great, and it was one of the first big rodeos I was able to come to,” said Wright.

Advancing to Semifinal Round

  • Rusty Wright: Beaver, Utah – $6,250
  • Leon Fountain: Socorro, New Mexico – $5,875
  • Kole Ashbacher: Arrowwood, Alberta, Canada – $4,750
  • Jacobs Crawley: Stephenville, Texas – $1,375


JD Struxness fought his way to the top as he secured his position in the Semifinals.

“My hazer was a huge part of my success tonight from running beside the steer to lending me his horse,” said Struxness.

Advancing to Semifinal Round

  • JD Struxness: Perrin, Texas – $5,750
  • Don Payne: Stephenville, Texas – $3,500
  • Nick Guy: Parker, Colorado – $3,000
  • Dustin Merritt: Edmond, Oklahoma — $3,000


Kelley Carrington raced around the barrels for the victory Saturday night.

Advancing to Semifinal Round

  • Kelley Carrington: Boston, California – $4,750
  • Lois Ferguson: West, Texas – $4,750
  • Ashley Castleberry: Montgomery, Texas – $3,000
  • Cheyenne Wimberly: Stephenville, Texas – $3,000


Trevor Kastner held tight to the first-place position to advance to the Semifinals.

“Winning the Super Series is great,” said Kastner. “It gives you the chance to win the whole Rodeo.”

Advancing to Semifinal Round

  • Trevor Kastner: Roff, Oklahoma – $5,000
  • Garrett Smith: Rexburg, Idaho – $4,000
  • Gavin Michel: Nixa, Missouri – $3,000
  • Lou Morris: Union City, Oklahoma – $2,000


The second round of Breakaway Roping, a new event at RODEOHOUSTON in 2022, was held Saturday, March 5. Shelby Boisjoli took the win, with a 2.6 second run.

Advancing to the Semifinal Round

  • Shelby Boisjoli: Stephenville, Texas – $3,000
  • Hope Thompson: Abilene, Texas – $2,000

The top four from each event, from each Super Series will advance to a Semifinal Round. The top four from each event in the Semifinal rounds will advance to the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Championship, Saturday, March 19. The remaining six from each event in the two semifinals will compete in the Wild Card Round, Friday, March 18, where the top two from each event will advance to the Championship. Each event champion will walk away with a $50,000 payout, in addition to previous winnings. The RODEOHOUSTON Super Series includes the RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout: North America’s Champions® presented by Crown Royal, on Saturday, March 12.


The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $550 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2022 Rodeo continues through March 20. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.

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