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Foss is boss at Hermiston

Austin Foss

HERMISTON, Ore. - Bareback rider Austin Foss impressed in front of his fellow Oregonians, as the 25-year-old managed to take advantage of his one and only ride at the Farm-City Pro Rodeo. 

Foss, on top of Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery, scored a sterling 89 points, notching the Redmond, Ore., native a win and a bounty of $5,534.

“It’s great to be close to home and be able to get on that good of a horse,” Foss said. “It’s more of a confidence booster, especially in a guy’s backyard.”

Foss outlasted fellow bareback riders such as Orin Larsen and Kaycee Feild en route to his first win at the Farm-City Pro Rodeo. Having drawn a quality bucking horse like Special Delivery, Foss had an idea he would have a chance to score some points in the one-go format. 

“(Special Delivery) was pretty good, I’d say,” said Foss. “I’ve been on that horse about two or three different times, and I’ve always done really good on him. He’s definitely one to have if the right guy gets him.”

The 2012 Bareback Riding Rookie of the Year, Foss is eyeing his fourth career Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER qualification. Having trekked to Las Vegas three times in the past four years, Foss, currently ranked 19th in the WEATHER GUARD™ PRCA World Standings, fully understands the ramifications of bringing home more than $5,500 at this time of the year. 

“It’s really important,” he said. “Everybody is making that final push. We’ve only got 50-something days left, and everything is an opportunity for a guy to capitalize on. So, you gotta really take advantage.

“When you can draw that good, and put together a good ride, it’s all a blessing. I’m really happy.”

With his focus on the Thomas & Mack Center, Foss is committed to ensuring that his December plans include a road trip to Sin City. 

“That’s everything. That’s the ultimate goal every year,” he said. "You don’t want what you’re doing to be in vain, so to say. You want to make the NFR every year, and really try as long as you can. 

“It’s not over yet. There’s still a lot of rodeoing to go, so anything can happen.”

Other winners at the $194,425 rodeo were all-around cowboy Clayton Hass ($1,760 in steer wrestling and team roping), steer wrestler Chason Floyd (7.5 seconds on two head), team ropers Hayes Smith/Justin Davis (9.6 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Jake Wright (88.5 points on Calgary Stampede's Weekend Departure), tie-down roper Tyler Milligan (16.7 seconds on two head), barrel racer Kimmie Wall (17.20 seconds) and bull rider Toby Collins (87 points on Kesler Rodeo's Goosebumps).

For more coverage of the Farm-City Pro Rodeo, check out the Sept. 1 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.

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