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Cody Cabral snares Prescott title

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. –  The past two years have been an emotional roller-coaster for steer wrestler Cody Cabral.

In 2016, Cabral was on the ultimate high, becoming the first timed-event contestant from Hawaii – he is from Hilo – to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

A year ago, Cabral had a tough season, finishing 28th in the world standings with $53,447.

“Last year we had problems with our rig breaking down a lot and horses getting hurt,” he said. “It was one of those deals where we would get a win here and there, but we couldn’t get on a good roll and get moving and get up there in the standings.”

Now, in the midst of Cowboy Christmas, Cabral is trying to make a charge back to the Wrangler NFR, and he took a small step in reaching that goal by winning the average at the World’s Oldest Rodeo which is part of the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour..

Cabral captured the crown with a 9.4-second time on two head.

“This is a cool deal and one of my biggest wins,” said Cabral, 29. “It is such a cool rodeo that is so prestigious and been around for so long.”

For his performance, Cabral earned $4,903, which should help him move up in the PRCA | RAM World Standings. As of the morning of July 4, he was 35th with $19,183.

Cabral started things right in Prescott by winning the first round with a quick, 3.9-second run.

“I didn’t know a whole lot about that steer,” said Cabral, who was making only his second appearance at the World’s Oldest Rodeo, the other coming in 2016, when he didn’t win any money. “They said he was pretty average and he was going to stop, and he dang sure ran out there and stopped and kind of jumped into the haze horse. Luckily, my hazer (K.C. Jones) was there and had him really tight and allowed me to catch him.”

During his second run, Cabral wasn’t about to take any chances. He clocked a solid, 5.5-second time.

“There was one steer in our set that I wanted because he was a little slower, and he looked like I could catch him and make a good time, and I ended up drawing that steer,” Cabral said. “The plan was to make a business run, which I did in a way, but I almost scored him out there too far, and I had to run him down.”

At Prescott, Cabral was riding Jones’ horse, Tebow – the same horse Cabral rode at the 2016 Wrangler NFR.

Cabral became the first Hawaiian to qualify for the Wrangler NFR since Maui bull rider Myron Duarte made the last of his eight appearances in 2004.

“That was a dream of mine (making the NFR) since I was a little kid,” Cabral said. “Then, to be the first guy from the timed events and second ever from Hawaii was super neat to be able to represent the whole state. I had a lot of people who helped me since I was a kid, and they were very proud of me. After making it the first time, I really have been itching to get back because I feel like I could do so much better. There’s so much opportunity there, I would really like the chance to get out there and make a lot of money.”

Cabral finished seventh in the Wrangler NFR average, placing in four rounds, and was 13th in the world standings with $101,331.

With some momentum, Cabral plans to rodeo as much as he can.

“I will be in Estes Park (Colo.) (Thursday morning) and toward the end of this week I’m flying out to St. Paul (Ore.) and Eugene (Ore.), and then I’m flying to Window Rock (Ariz.),” Cabral said. “I’m trying to get out a little bit more and stretch myself a little further and get on different horses instead of trying to drive everywhere.”

Other winners at the $260,376 rodeo were all-around cowboy Seth Hall ($3,118, tie-down roping and team roping); bareback rider Steven Dent (89.5 points on United Pro Rodeo's Pow Wow Nights); team ropers Luke Brown/Jake Long (12.0 seconds on two head); saddle bronc rider Chase Brooks (86 points on Harry Vold Rodeo's Matterhorn), tie-down ropers Cory Solomon and Tuf Cooper (20.6 seconds on two head); barrel racer Nellie Miller (34.93 seconds on two runs); steer roper Rocky Patterson (38.9 seconds on three head); bull rider Tim Bingham (89.5 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo's Monte Walsh).

 

 
 
 
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