La Fiesta de los Vaqueros: Cowboys come back strong

Top two bareback riders in good form despite surgeries
2011-02-28T00:00:00Z La Fiesta de los Vaqueros: Cowboys come back strongAndrea Rivera Andrea Rivera Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Reigning world champion bareback rider Bobby Mote returned to competition for the first time this year at the Tucson Rodeo just weeks removed from hernia surgery.

Mote shared a second-place finish with Canadian Dusty LaValley in the final day of competition Sunday at the La Fiesta de los Vaqueros.

"I'm a little sore, but that's still to be expected. It has only been five weeks since the big surgery," said Mote, who's from Oregon.

Tucson's rodeo also was the first contest of the year for the winner of the bareback riding event.

Kelly Timberman's horse delivered a difficult ride combined with kicking action to help the Wyoming cowboy win the top prize.

"I had a great horse," he said of Oakey Robin. "I made a comparable ride and got a good score. The judges liked it."

Timberman, 35, spent the early part of his year getting ready for the college rodeo season.

He's an assistant rodeo coach at Wyoming's Casper College - his alma mater.

Like Mote, a recent surgery also kept Timberman out of the chutes.

"I've been getting those kids ready for their season, and on top of that I had a surgery and I've been out for six weeks," he said of his undisclosed procedure. "I just stayed home and got in shape and got ready for the season."

Timberman's coaching duties prepare him for his own rodeos.

"It's a great thing to be able to help those kids. It refreshes everything for me," he said.

His win at the Tucson Rodeo was good for his confidence.

"It's nice to start off with a big bang," he said. "It was great. I'm a little rusty, too, so I'm going to get better throughout the year."

Mote, 34, expects his performance to improve with time.

"Being healthy all year would be a big advantage because I wasn't healthy much of the last year. After having (my surgery) taken care of, I'm looking forward to it," he said.

He was pleased that his first rodeo since returning to the circuit featured athletic horses.

"I couldn't have picked two nicer horses to get started with," he said.

Beutler & Son Rodeo Co. of Elk City, Okla., provided the stock for the Tucson Rodeo.

Bennie Beutler's bareback-riding horses each buck just 10 to 12 times per year.

His best horses make the trip to Tucson.

"Being cold back in our part of the country, they like the sunshine out here. It makes them feel good. It makes them perform well," he said.

Reigning world champion bareback rider Bobby Mote returned to competition for the first time this year at the Tucson Rodeo just weeks removed from hernia surgery.

Mote shared a second-place finish with Canadian Dusty LaValley in the final day of competition Sunday at the La Fiesta de los Vaqueros.

"I'm a little sore, but that's still to be expected. It has only been five weeks since the big surgery," said Mote, who's from Oregon.

Tucson's rodeo also was the first contest of the year for the winner of the bareback riding event.

Kelly Timberman's horse delivered a difficult ride combined with kicking action to help the Wyoming cowboy win the top prize.

"I had a great horse," he said of Oakey Robin. "I made a comparable ride and got a good score. The judges liked it."

Timberman, 35, spent the early part of his year getting ready for the college rodeo season.

He's an assistant rodeo coach at Wyoming's Casper College - his alma mater.

Like Mote, a recent surgery also kept Timberman out of the chutes.

"I've been getting those kids ready for their season, and on top of that I had a surgery and I've been out for six weeks," he said of his undisclosed procedure. "I just stayed home and got in shape and got ready for the season."

Timberman's coaching duties prepare him for his own rodeos.

"It's a great thing to be able to help those kids. It refreshes everything for me," he said.

His win at the Tucson Rodeo was good for his confidence.

"It's nice to start off with a big bang," he said. "It was great. I'm a little rusty, too, so I'm going to get better throughout the year."

Mote, 34, expects his performance to improve with time.

"Being healthy all year would be a big advantage because I wasn't healthy much of the last year. After having (my surgery) taken care of, I'm looking forward to it," he said.

He was pleased that his first rodeo since returning to the circuit featured athletic horses.

"I couldn't have picked two nicer horses to get started with," he said.

Beutler & Son Rodeo Co. of Elk City, Okla., provided the stock for the Tucson Rodeo.

Bennie Beutler's bareback-riding horses each buck just 10 to 12 times per year.

His best horses make the trip to Tucson.

"Being cold back in our part of the country, they like the sunshine out here. It makes them feel good. It makes them perform well," he said.

 Contact reporter Andrea Rivera at arivera@azstarnet.com or 807-8430.

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