BULLRIDER

A competitor hangs on to a bull during the bull-riding competition at the 70th annual Crossett Riding Club PRCA Rodeo. 

The Crossett Riding Club’s annual PRCA Rodeo hosted cowboys and cowgirls from California to Carolina, but several local cowboys were still able to snag wins.

The week consisted of nightly competitions of bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and barrel racing.

The Crossett Ridding Club gave more than $50,000 in cash prizes, and 70 silver dollars were given away to the winner of each category each night and to an overall winner in each category on Saturday.

In the tie-down roping events, Crossett’s own DeAndre Jackson took second place on Thursday and Saturday night and third place overall.

“I was a little nervous in front of all of my family and friends, but it felt good to be home too,” Jackson said.

Nine tie-down ropers, including Jackson, earned the right to compete Saturday night for the overall total.

“I guess you could say the best of the best,” Jackson said.

Seth Emerson of Benton, La., took the top place and the famous 70 silver dollars on Saturday night, beating Jackson by a few tenths of a point.

“I’m happy with it, I know I can’t win first place every time and the calf wasn’t a great draw, but I just did my best,” Jackson said.

Jackson scored a 9.4 on Thursday and a 10.5 on Saturday and left as the overall third place contestant of the week.

“I’m just doing what I love to do,” Jackson said.

Jackson, who has multiple college rodeo titles under his belt, will continue to compete with his college rodeo team. He already has plans to be in New Mexico in November.

Cody James from Monticello was another Arkansas cowboy who roped during this year’s rodeo. James competed Wednesday night and returned for Saturday night’s competition, but didn’t do as well as Jackson.

Mason Davis, a Fountain Hill cowboy and 2018 graduate of Hamburg High School, competed in the bull riding competition, but wasn’t able to ride for the full eight seconds.

The Crossett Rodeo was Davis’s first professional event, and Davis said he hopes this was just the beginning for him.

“I really needed to gain some experience,” Davis said.

Davis said he has won some high school titles he is proud of — including the high school rodeo hosted right here in Crossett last September —  but now he wants to gain experience in the professional circuit.

Davis said professional rider and world champion contender, Chase Outlaw, is his mentor and riding partner.

“I’m just going to stay with it and keep getting experience,” Davis said.

None of the bull riders Saturday were able to make it eight seconds, but  Jessi Petri of Athens, Texas took home the overall grand prize cash award for the week and another 70 silver dollars for being the overall rider.

In the bareback, riding no local boys competed, but Mark Kreder of Collinsville Okla., and Scotty McSmith of Morristown, Texas, split the top cash prize and the 70 silver dollars Saturday night.

In saddle bronc riding, Tyler Baeza of Melbourne, Fla., took home the 70 silver dollars and first cash prize.

Julie Thomas won the barrel racing on Saturday night with a time of 17.90, just barely beating the number 33 ranked cowgirl in the world, Sabel Miller, who scored a 17.93. The barrel races included several of the top cowgirls in the southeastern circuit all throughout the week.

Two other cowgirls took home victories on Saturday night.

Jayln White of Hamburg and Sydney Albritton of Beekman were crowned in the annual Crossett PRCA coronation ceremony on Saturday. The 2017 Teen Miss Crossett PRCA Rodeo, Hope Adkins, passed her crown along to White. Amy Ferguson, Miss Crossett PRCA Rodeo, passed her crown to Albritton in Saturday’s ceremony.

White and Albritton will represent Crossett for the next ten months until a new queen is crowned at the next Crossett PRCA Rodeo, which is currently scheduled for May.

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