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For the Record: Oakdale

by MATT NABER | Apr 13, 2019

Since 1953 the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo has featured some of ProRodeo’s biggest stars as they duked it out for a piece of the historic rodeo’s prize money. 

Spectators at the 1976 Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo witnessed the best steer wrestling in the rodeo’s history. That year, two steer wrestling records were set, and both still stand 43 years later. Anson Thurman (pictured) made a record, 3.2-second run, while Danny Torricellas’ two runs added up to 7.9 seconds, a two-head time that has yet to be matched. 

Thurman was a three-time qualifier to the National Finals Rodeo, twice in steer wrestling (1962 and ’68) and once as a team roping heeler (1969). 

Torricellas went on to make nine qualifications to the NFR following his Oakdale record, six as a steer wrestler (1976, ’78 ’80-82 and ’84) and three as a tie-down roper (1978 and ’80-81). 

Cowboys have from April 13-14 to top Thurman and Torricellas’ Oakdale records, and the rest, while claiming their share of the 2019 prize money.

Rodeo records

Total payout: $145,200, 1999
All-around: $7,144, Trevor Brazile, 2010
Bareback riding: 88 points, David Peebles, 2018
Steer wrestling: 3.2 seconds, Anson Thurman, 1976 (7.9 seconds on two head, Danny Torricellas, 1976)
Team roping: 3.9 seconds, Coleman Proctor/Caleb Twisselman, 2013 (10.0/2, Tyler Waters/Richard Durham, 2014)
Saddle bronc riding: 89 points, Butch Small, 1992
Tie-down roping: 7.3 seconds, Tyson Durfey, 2015; Jake Pratt, 2015 (15.9/2, Brazile, 2010; Cade Swor, 2015; Rhen Richard, 2015)
Barrel racing:  16.06 seconds, Lindsey Ewing, 2012
Bull riding: 90 points, Boudreaux Campbell, 2018

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