chase of history with Fort Smith win
Etbauer, 44, who is ranked 10th in the latest ProRodeo Cowboys World Standings, has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo the past 18 years and, by reaching the event this year, would set the event's all-time record.
The streak began in 1989, one year after he turned pro. He won his first world title in 1992 and later earned gold buckles in 1996, 1999-2000 and 2004.
A couple of four-time Wrangler NFR qualifiers, steer wrestler K.C. Jones and bareback rider Chris Harris, recorded victories in Fort Smith. Jones of Decatur, Texas, dropped two steers in 9.7 seconds to win the title and $3,390, while Harris, of Itasca, Texas, scored 88 points on Harry Vold's Armstrong to win his event and $2,565.
Bull riding ended in a tie as Trent Cormier of Houma, La., and Howdy Cloud of Kountze, Texas, recorded 88-point rides on Rumford Ranch and Circle A Rodeo's Alien and David Bailey Rodeo's Big & Rich, respectively. Each cowboy earned $3,147.
Tie-down roping produced another tie for the title after Cimarron Boardman of Stephenville, Texas, and Cody James of Monticello, Ark., each recorded times of 17.1 seconds on two head. Boardman pocketed $2,397, while James did a little better, earning $2,787.
Barrel racer Susan Liggitt of New Caney, Texas, had the fastest run, recording a time of 16.83 seconds to win the crown and $3,002.
Team ropers Jimmy Tanner of Tifton, Ga., and Manny Egusquiza of Hialeah, Fla., won their event and $3,435 each after roping two steers in 12.2 seconds.
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