Despite a sloppy arena after heavy rains Saturday morning, Weston Ireland posted an 81 to win the saddle bronc riding during Saturday night's go-round in the Heart of America Rodeo at the Miami Municipal Fairgrounds.
Ireland, of Sallisaw, bumped Cooper McBride of Big Springs, Neb., out of the top spot at the PRCA-sanctioned rodeo after posting an 81 in Friday's first round. Ireland earned $767.60 for the top spot.
Travis Sturdy of Palmyra, Neb., had a 77 during Saturday's go to finish with a 76 for second place overall in saddle bronc riding.
Clayton Zibell of Wann posted a 72 to finish third in saddle bronc riding.
Because of sloppy conditions in a number of places, all five of Saturday's bullriders - Sam Chenoweth, Bill Williams, Cooper Kanngiesser, Lucas Dick and Ricky Ritter - were tossed before they could make an 8-second ride.
As a result, an 85 by Owasso's Paul Hixson wound up being tops for the weekend. Hixson received $880.97 in prize money.
Only half of the 12 scheduled barrel racers took part. Charmaine Miller of Seymour, Mo., had the best run of the night, 16.89 seconds. By comparison, Nakea Maddox of Benton, Ark., had a 16.35-second run on a dry arena floor Friday night. The performance by Maddox earned her $731.98 for first place in barrel racing.
The best time in the tie down roping on Saturday was a 14.3 by Drew Clark of Colcord.
Bill Warner of Muldrow.won the $1,157.10 first prize money in tie down roping with a 9.5 second performance on Friday.
The team of J.D. Bacon of Ochelata and Ernie Bacon on Ada finished first in team roping after posting a 5.7 time on Friday to earn $1,111.50 prize money.
Colby Bunch of Bonham, Texas, and Rance Butler of Ardmore sloshed their way to a 6.8-second on Saturday to finish second in the team roping.
Scotty NeSmith turned in a score of 78 to capture the top spot in bareback riding. NeSmith earned $706.80 for first place. Sheldon Rinkes of Fort Scott, Kan., and Justin Williams tied for second with a 76 score.
Jade Berry turned in a time of 5.2 on Friday to win the $1,159 purse for first place in steer wrestling. John Traul finished second with a 5.3 time. The best steer wrestling time on Saturday was a 6.1 by Jake Callihan of Jay.