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April, 2018

Area residents win San Antonio Rodeo championships

Saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley winner at the 2018 edition of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo.
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Saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley winner at the 2018 edition of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo. Jacobs Crawley one of only two Texans who won titles at the 2018 edition of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo.
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SAN ANTONIO - There were only two Texans who won titles at the 2018 edition of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, and neither of them had to drive far to get here.

Saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley grew up in north Texas. Since marrying his wife, Lauren, in 2015, he has made his home just 30 miles from the AT&T Center near Boerne. It takes them less than an hour to make the drive so when he is competing here not only does he get to spend his days at home, family members get to watch him compete. They added to the family last November when Crawley's first son was born.

On the final Saturday night, Crawley gave his family and friends a lot to cheer for and gained a whole new slate of fans claiming his first buckle here. He had an 87 - point ride on Calgary Stampede's great bucking horse named Tokyo Bubbles to take the early lead in the saddle bronc riding. Then Coburn Bradshaw, from Beaver, Utah, who won this rodeo in 2017, got an identical score on Sutton Rodeo's horse, South Point.

Bradshaw and Crawley split first and second place in the finals and each earned $13,205. However, Crawley had more success during preliminary competition and was crowned champion based on his total money won. The 2015 world champion took $25,765 home to Boerne. He was at the top of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world standings prior to San Antonio's Rodeo. With the win here, he will increase the lead substantially.

"This win means a lot," Crawley said. "San Antonio is an amazing rodeo. If you get hot here, you can win a lot of money. This is going to be one of my best rodeo memories. Last year I got to take a victory lap after a round win with Hadley (Barrett) announcing. That was special. This is right there with that. I got to win the title during Keith Martin's last year of leadership here".

Barrett was the voice of this rodeo for years until his untimely passing just days after the 2017 event. Martin has been involved with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo for over 50 years. He started as a volunteer. He is finishing his last show as the executive director and CEO. He and Crawley both serve on the PRCA board of directors. Martin was honored during Saturday night's rodeo.

"We have spent a lot of time together on a plane going to meetings," Crawley added. "I consider Keith a great friend and think it is amazing what this rodeo has done under his leadership."

The other local contestant to earn the title here was Hailey Kinsel from Cotulla, about 100 miles from the rodeo. Kinsel rode her great mare DM Sissy Hayday to an arena record during the Semifinals. She had earned $13,823 prior to the Championship Finals on Saturday night. Amberleigh Moore, from Keizer, Oregon was the first one to run down the alley. She stopped the clock in 13.83 seconds and fans thought she was on the way to a second - consecutive title here.

Jessie Telford, from Caldwell, Idaho, came close to Moore's time at 13.88. When it was Kinsel's turn, she and her seven- year-old palomino mare had a 13.85 flashing on the scoreboard. That gave her a second - place finish and enough money to move to the number one spot. She finished the rodeo with $25,142.

Both Kinsel and Crawley are graduates of Texas A&M University at College Station and both won national titles while competing in college rodeo. They gave Aggieland a lot to be proud of here.

Bull rider Garrett Tribble from Bristow, Oklahoma, won more money than any other contestant at the $1.7-million rodeo. Tribble was one of two men to get a score in the finals and finished at the top of the leaderboard with a 90-point marking on Andrews Rodeo's Double Vision. He outdistanced Dustin Bouquet from Bourg, La., who had an 84 on D&H Cattle Company's Money Talks. Each of the events paid four places. Since there were only two riders, the remaining money was split between them. Tribble ended up with $34,574 in total earnings.

In addition to the championship buckle that is one of the most prized in rodeo, each of the contestants also received a $5,000 gas card among their prizes. Animal athletes in each event were recognized and given a bonus. The money they earned here will help each of them in their quests to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas next December. The $5,000 for gas money will go a long way as they travel to rodeos across the country hoping their winning ways continue.

Dates for the 2019 San Antonio Stock & Rodeo have been set. The 70th annual event is scheduled for February 7-24.