Clovis Rodeo opening night draws record turnout for bull riding

The Fresno BeeApril 24, 2014 

The Clovis Rodeo got off to a rollicking start Thursday before the largest opening-night crowd in the event's 100-year history.

More than 9,000 packed the historic rodeo grounds as Dakota Beck of Moses Lake, Wash., bested 39 other PBR Touring Pro Division bull riders to take home the $12,500 winner's check.

One of only three contestants to survive 8 seconds twice aboard a snarling, bucking bull, Beck finished with a two-round total of 173 points. Peyton Stewart of Charlotte, N.C., was second (171) and Brazilian Kaique Pacheco de Oliveira was third (169).

Ty Pozzobon of Merritt, B.C., set the early bar with an opening-round score of 89, but he got bucked off in the final.

Both local entrants, Visalia's Bobby Roberts and Springville's Sam Matthews, were eliminated on their first ride.

Tickets are available for all three remaining rodeo performances, with Sunday the most plentiful and Saturday the most scarce, officials said.

Friday's action

5:30 p.m.: Opening ceremonies; PRCA rodeo competition (bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, bull riding); women's barrel racing; kids' mutton busting.

9 p.m. (approximately): Tyler Farr concert, free with paid rodeo admission.

Where: Clovis Rodeo Grounds, east of Clovis Avenue between Barstow Avenue and Fifth Street.

Of note: The Clovis Rodeo Parade through downtown Clovis begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

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