PHOTO BY TONY ADAMS, BELTON JOURNAL
A bronc-rider takes his bucking horse to the rails, thrilling the Saturday night crowd at the Bell County Expo Center during the 92nd Annual 4th of July Rodeo.

4th of July Rodeo brought crowds and excellent talent

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By Tony Adams
Sports Editor

The 92nd Belton 4th of July Rodeo brought many fans to the Bell County Expo last weekend, despite excruciating heat.
The rodeo was part of the annual July 4th weekend festivities that started with lunch in the park last Thursday, the rodeo and carnival Friday through Monday and the Belton 4th of July Parade in downtown Belton.
But when the fans needed to get away from the heat, they flocked to the Expo for some Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association action.
The livestock was contracted by Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo. And they had some awesome talent again in 2016.
Cody Cabeen had a winning bareback ride of Lancaster & Jones’ Black Pearl, logging a 78-point ride and taking home $968.
Slatyr Hunnicutt took home top-dollar in the Saddle Bronc riding event aboard Lancaster & Jones’ Wild Flower, cashing in his 78-point ride for a $949 prize.
Preston Preece rode Lancaster & Jones’ Cat Daddy in the Bull Riding event to the tune of 82 points, earning him a $1,052. He nudged out Lane Nobles by a point, but Noble still took $797 to the bank.
Jesy Austin and Dee Rampy were lightning quick in the Team Roping event, logging a winning time of 5.2 seconds, good for a $917 prize each.
In Steer Wrestling, Shawn Dollery’s 5.9 second run logged him a $954 pay, three-tenths of a second better than Bill Pace.
In Tie-down Roping, Derrick Traylor took home top honors with a time of 8.8 seconds, good for a $1,015 payday.
The hotly-contested Barrel Racing event saw Lisa Nicholas notch a time of 16.16 seconds for a prize of $1,111. The margin between second place and fifth place was a scant .05 of a second and between second and eleventh place was a mere .16 of a second.
Here is the recap of the Belton 4th of July Rodeo, held July 1-3 at the Belton County Expo Center
Bareback riding: 1. Cody Cabeen, 78 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Black Pearl, $968; 2. (tie) Chris Smith and Lane McGhee, 76 points, $605 each; Shelton Murphy, 70 points, $242.
Steer wrestling: 1. Shawn Dollery, 5.9 seconds, $954; 2. Bill Pace, 6.2 seconds, $625; 3. Cade Staton, 7.6 seconds, $625; 4. Termaine Debose, 9.0 seconds, $461; 5. Shane Hadley, 14.6 seconds, $296; 6. Rowdy Thames, 15.3 seconds, $165.
Team roping: 1. Jesy Austin/Dee Rampy, 5.2 seconds, $917 each. 2. (tie) Landon McClaugherty/Joel Galvan Jr. and Cord Crowel/Joel Hurta, 6.0 seconds, $680 each; 4. Josh DeBord/Randal Eggemeyer, 6.6 seconds, $443; 5. Tee Woolman/James Arnold, 6.7 seconds, $284; 6. Rowdy Rieken/Wesley Johnson, 7.2 seconds, $158.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Slatyr Hunnicut, 78 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Wild Flower, $949; 2. Eddie Parlier, 74 points, $712; no other qualified rides.
Tie-down roping: 1. Derrick Traylor, 8.8 seconds, $1,015; 2. Tyler Milligan, 10.2 seconds, $840; 3. (tie) Stephen McLauchlin and J.D. McQuistion, 10.7 seconds, $578 each; 5. Carter Davis, 13,8 seconds, $315; 6. Fred McCarter, 15.7 seconds, $175.
Barrel racing: 1. Lisa Nicholas, 16.16 seconds, $1,111; 2. Hallie Bradford, 16.34 seconds, $953; 3. Taylor Smith, 16.35 seconds, $794; 4. Kaitlyn Eben, 16.36 seconds, $688; 5. McKinley Goodger, 16.37 seconds, $529; 6. Molly Powell, 16.42 seconds, $423; 7. Tauna Bertsch, 16.42 seconds, $318; 8. Rozlyn Reeves, 16.47 seconds, $212; 9. Brittany Jones, 16.48 seconds, $212; 10. (tie) Jaime Barrow and Billie Ann Harmon, 16.50 seconds, $53 each.
Bull riding: 1. Preston Preece, 82 points of Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Cat Daddy, $1,052; 2. Lane Nobles, 81 points, $797; 3. Lane Toon, 70 points, $574; no other qualified rides.