Maybe it’s fate.
Or unfinished business.
Professional Bull Rider Roscoe Jarboe keeps getting paired with “Mr. Moody” in a rare rodeo repeat stretching across consecutive weeks.
Cowboy and bull square off again Saturday at the 103rd annual Clovis Rodeo at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds.
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It’s the third straight week that the 5-foot-11, 145-pound Jarboe has randomly drawn the 1,300-plus-pound Mr. Moody of the Growney Brothers & Bridwell Pro Rodeo Co.
“Facing the same bull three times in a row, that’s like (the odds of) winning the lottery,” stock contractor Tim Bridwell said. “That’s how rare it is. It’s the rodeo lottery.”
Jarboe and Mr. Moody split their first two 8-second entanglements.
Facing the same bull three times in a row ... it’s the rodeo lottery.
Stock contractor Tim Bridwell
“I wasn’t disappointed that I got him again, but I’m kind of tired of drawing him and would like a different one,” Jarboe said. “It still should be good.
“We’ve been saying it’s a game. Best two out of three. Right now, we’re tied up. If I win this tiebreaker, hopefully I’ll never have to ride him again.”
Two weeks ago, he was bucked off at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale, Nev.
Jarboe then redeemed himself last week, riding Mr. Moody to a third-place finish with 84 points at the Red Bluff Round-Up, about 50 minutes south of Redding.
But as cowboys have been known to say: Anything but first place stinks.
“I’m looking for the win,” Jarboe said. “Not second or third.
“He’s a good bull. But there are better ones you can score more on.”
In his rookie season, 4-year old Mr. Moody – in three attempts entering Saturday – has been ridden successfully just the one time by Jarboe.
Bridwell said his young bull might not be at the top of his game, perhaps lacking the experience to give a seasoned rider like Jarboe a real test in a rematch.
But Mr. Moody has shown “a lot of potential,” Bridwell added, “he just has to get in control with Roscoe and force him into a mistake.”
Jarboe believes he doesn’t have much of an advantage riding the same bull “because they move and buck randomly.”
You’re never comfortable with a bull.
Professional bull rider Roscoe Jarboe on attempting to ride the same bull “Mr. Moody” for a third straight week
But he does feel confident, knowing the pair at least have cashed before.
“I feel like I can place with him,” Jarboe said. “But I wouldn’t say I’m comfortable.
“You’re never comfortable with a bull.”
Daily schedule at the Clovis Fairgrounds
- Saturday: Clovis Rodeo Parade at 9:30 a.m. (at Streets of Old Town Clovis), opening ceremonies at 2 p.m. with rodeo events to follow (bareback, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, mutton bustin’, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing, bull riding
- Sunday: Special Kids Rodeo at noon; Rodeo Finals Performance at 2 p.m. (bareback, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, mutton bustin’, team roping, Gold Card Roping Finals, tie-down roping, barrel racing, bull riding)