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Cody DeMoss wins $50K in Salt Lake City



SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – When veteran saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss walked off the medal podium, he was all smiles.

The Heflin, La., cowboy had reason for joy as he had just won $50,000 for taking the title at the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo.

DeMoss claimed the gold medal with his 87-point ride on Diamond G Rodeo’s Owen’s Mistake before a sellout crowd at the brand-new Days of ’47 Arena at Utah State Fairpark.

“That should nail me a trip to the NFR, and now all the pressure is off as far as making the Finals,” DeMoss said. “This is definitely a feather in the hat. This is a big, cool rodeo. I never won this before when it was (the Days of ’47 Rodeo) downtown. I made it back here tonight by a half a point, in a tiebreaker at that. The stars lined up for me and I thank God for that. We usually win buckles; I have some gold at the house, and I’m glad to put this with the collection.”

DeMoss was 19th in the July 24 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $35,951, and with his performance Monday he will move into the top five.

“I had not been on that horse before,” DeMoss said. “Joe Lufkin, a buddy of mine, had (Owen's Mistake) here the other day and it bucked him off and they marked the horse a 24. He’s dang sure the real and the first four or five jumps he felt really good. He was a bucking son of a gun.”

When DeMoss saw his name next to Owen’s Mistake, his aim was to keep his mind clear.

“I try not to think about it (the horse), and if I can keep my head out of it, then it seems like it works better for me,” he said.

After his victory, DeMoss’ next order of business was to think about what he was going to do with the pile of money he won.

“I’m probably going to just put that into the bank and I’m hoping I get to buy some land with it,” DeMoss said. “There’s a friend of mine down there (in Heflin, La.) I’ve been getting at to try and sell me some land, and I think this might do it.”

With his 13th trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER now looming, DeMoss was plenty thankful.

“God blessed me with a rhythm, and I thank him whenever I’m in time with it,” DeMoss said.

Other winners at the $1,000,000 rodeo were bareback rider Wyatt Denny (88 points on Diamond G Rodeo’s Diamond Hope), steer wrestler Ryle Smith (4.0 seconds), team ropers Jr. Dees and Tyler McKnight (4.4 seconds), tie-down roper Tuf Cooper (7.5 seconds), barrel racer Hailey Kinsel (17.06 seconds) and bull rider Sage Kimzey (90 points on Diamond G Rodeo’s Komatsu’s War Party).

For complete coverage of the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo, check out the Aug. 4 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.
 
 
 
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