MIAMI — Rodeo Miami has drawn leaders in seven of the nine events that will be contested in the 2017 edition of the ACRA-sanctioned event that will be held Sunday, July 2 through Tuesday, July 4, at the Miami Fairgrounds Arena.
Among the leaders are Kylee Jo Carder of Miami in the breakaway roping and Welch’s Shane Hand in the saddle bronc riding.
Other leaders include Lesley Smalygo of Collinsville — queen of Rodeo Miami 2017 — in the barrel racing; Eric Flurry of Sallisaw, team roping, header; Blake Deckard of Eufaula, tie down roping; Jesse Palmer of Chelsea, bull riding, and Tanner McElhaney of Henryetta, steer wrestling.
Deckard is the runaway leader in the men’s all around standing with $6,276.47 in earnings through June 13.
Quentin Inman of Jay is second at $2,712.66.
Both will be in action here.
Only $316.13 separates first from third in the women’s all-around standings.
Lindsay Hughes of Colcord was the leader with $2,570.58 in earnings.
Larie Smith is second at $2,291.75 and Emma Charleston ranks third at $2,254.45.
Hughes will be competing in barrel racing, where she is seventh, and breakaway roping, and Charleston is entered in the barrel racing.
The toughest event may be the breakaway roping, where all top 11 cowgirls in the ACRA standings will be competing.
Following Carder, who will run Tuesday night, are 2, Jimme Beth Hefner, Bixby; 3, Casee Sue Taulman, Merrimac, Oklahoma; 4, Kendyl Hutton, Nowata; 5, Katie Meller, Haskell; 6, Addee Carder, Miami; 7, Cassie Vaughn, Weatherford; 8, Randi Stanley, Wagoner; 9, Molly Bassett, Vinita, and 11, Jacie Hudspeth, Afton.
Smalygo, who will compete in Sunday’s slack, is joined in the barrels by Andee Hayden, Bentonville, Arkansas, third; Kelsy Spurlock, Inola, fourth; Brandi Sams, Beggs, fifth; Hughes, seventh; Kendalyn Stueve, Perry, eighth, and Jeannie McKee, Lenapah, ninth.
Flurry is among seven top 10 cowboys who will compete in the team roping.
He will run with Stitches Stanley of Wagoner Tuesday night. Stanley, currently the No. 2 heeler, teamed with Colt Braden to win a team roping title at the College National Finals Rodeo in 2002 while a student at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.
Other top 10 headers entered are Blake Deckard, fourth; Miamian Terry Crow, sixth; Clint Peaverly, Owasso, seventh; Weston Jones, eighth; Paul Hefner, ninth, and Gable Hildebrand, 10th.
Joining Stanley on the heeler side are Tyler Hutchins, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, third; Sawyer Barham, fourth; Casey Stipes, Salina, eighth; Chad Evans, Afton, ninth, and Jake Pianalto, Rose, Oklahoma, 10th.
Top 10 teams along with Flurry and Stanley are Crow and Evans, Deckard and Barham, and Peaverly and Hutchins.
Hand is one of six top 10 saddle bronc riders entered here.
Others include Cody Goertzen, Tuttle, second; Kip Overman, Columbus, Kansas, fourth; Sean Prater, Muskogee, sixth; Will Abshure, Cabot, Arkansas, ninth, and Travis Gardner, Mount Vernon, Arkansasm, 10th.
Tylen Layton of Copan, a former NEO rodeo teamer, is eighth in the tie down roping standings.
His coach, Colby Ungeheuer, will also be competing.
Others in the top 10 who are ticketed to compete here are Ben Piazza, Kansas, second; Inman, Jay, sixth, and Jerrod Branch, Wellston, ninth.
Along with McElhaney, former world champ Walt Sherry of Atwood, Oklahoma, will be competing here. He is third in the steer wrestling standing.
Dusty Craig of Cassville, Missouri, No. 3 in the bullriding, will join Palmer in the field here.
Jayco Roper of Oktaha, is second in the bareback riding.
One-day advance tickets for adults are $10 and $15 for both performances. Tickets for children ages 4-10 are $5.
At the gate, one-day tickets are $12, $20 for two-day and $5 for children.
Tickets are available at the City of Miami utility office, the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (111 North Main) or at participating Westco locations.
Kids activities will start at 6 p.m. with performances starting at 7 p.m.
Slack will be run Sunday, July 7 starting at 7 p.m. Admission will be $5 at the gate.
Hampton Rodeo Company will be the stock contractor.