Shiozawa assures himself of fifth trip to RNCFR
OGDEN, Utah – Having success at the Ram Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo is becoming business as usual for Matt Shiozawa.
        The 31-year-old tie-down roper won two of three rounds and took home the average title at Golden Spike Event Center on his way to qualifying for his fifth straight Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo.
        Shiozawa was nearly flawless in his performance. He started out with an 8.3-second run in the first round to take the win and followed that with an effort of 8.7 seconds to win the second round as well.
        After finishing third in the third round, the Chubbuck, Idaho, cowboy took the average title with a time of 25.2 seconds on three head and earned a total of $3,635.
        “I think a big advantage was being able to rope last for all three rounds,” said Shiozawa, who also won his third consecutive circuit year-end title. “The first two rounds weren’t super tough. The third round was pretty tough, but I knew what I needed to do to win the average.”
        Shiozawa’s average time was 1.9 seconds faster than second-place Nate Baldwin, which will be good enough to send him back to Oklahoma City for a chance to win his second RNCFR tie-down roping title.
        After making four previous trips to the RNCFR, and winning the tie-down roping title in 2008, Shiozawa knows what to expect.
        “I think knowing the format of the national circuit finals helps, because it’s a tournament style and it helps to understand what’s going on,” he said. “The way I look at it, having success at the circuit rodeos means that I’ve been able to take care of business close to home.”
        Baldwin, already a two-time RNCFR champion, will also go to the national finals because he finished second to Shiozawa in the year-end standings.
The other winners at Ogden were bareback rider Kaycee Feild (256 points on three head), steer wrestler Wyatt Smith (13.2 seconds on three head), team ropers Colby Siddoway and Derick Fleming (15.7 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Cody Wright (239 points on three head), bull rider Dustin Larsen (162 points on two head) and barrel racer Sammi Bessert (42.44 seconds on three runs).
        Rhen Richard won the all-around cowboy award by virtue of the $3,831 he won while team roping with his brother, Kaden Richard, and tie-down roping.
       
OGDEN, Utah – Having success at the Ram Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo is becoming business as usual for Matt Shiozawa.
        The 31-year-old tie-down roper won two of three rounds and took home the average title at Golden Spike Event Center on his way to qualifying for his fifth straight Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo.
        Shiozawa was nearly flawless in his performance. He started out with an 8.3-second run in the first round to take the win and followed that with an effort of 8.7 seconds to win the second round as well.
        After finishing third in the third round, the Chubbuck, Idaho, cowboy took the average title with a time of 25.2 seconds on three head and earned a total of $3,635.
        “I think a big advantage was being able to rope last for all three rounds,” said Shiozawa, who also won his third consecutive circuit year-end title. “The first two rounds weren’t super tough. The third round was pretty tough, but I knew what I needed to do to win the average.”
        Shiozawa’s average time was 1.9 seconds faster than second-place Nate Baldwin, which will be good enough to send him back to Oklahoma City for a chance to win his second RNCFR tie-down roping title.
        After making four previous trips to the RNCFR, and winning the tie-down roping title in 2008, Shiozawa knows what to expect.
        “I think knowing the format of the national circuit finals helps, because it’s a tournament style and it helps to understand what’s going on,” he said. “The way I look at it, having success at the circuit rodeos means that I’ve been able to take care of business close to home.”
        Baldwin, already a two-time RNCFR champion, will also go to the national finals because he finished second to Shiozawa in the year-end standings.
The other winners at Ogden were bareback rider Kaycee Feild (256 points on three head), steer wrestler Wyatt Smith (13.2 seconds on three head), team ropers Colby Siddoway and Derick Fleming (15.7 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Cody Wright (239 points on three head), bull rider Dustin Larsen (162 points on two head) and barrel racer Sammi Bessert (42.44 seconds on three runs).
        Rhen Richard won the all-around cowboy award by virtue of the $3,831 he won while team roping with his brother, Kaden Richard, and tie-down roping.