Silver Spurs Rodeo Whit Ashe

Savannah, Tennessee's Whit Ashe rides his saddle bronc at Saturday's Silver Spurs Rodeo to a third-place finish.

According to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s website, the 143rd Silver Spurs Rodeo was one of two dozen held in North America last weekend. But it offered something the others couldn’t to a few of the competitors.

Home dirt advantage.

Cowboys and cowgirls who grew up in Osceola County did very well, winning buckles in three events during the rodeo, which paid out a purse of over $12,600.

Keene Justesen, a Harmony High grad and now a student at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas, rode off with the saddle bronc title aboard Frog.

St. Cloud-bred Juan Alcazar, Jr., who has competed in the PRCA’s RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo the last two springs, was the steer wrestling winner with a time of 5.3 seconds.

And Amie Crews of Illahaw, a suburb of Kenansville, took first place in barrel racing with a time of 15.37 seconds. It was a very competitive barrels weekend, as eighth place was just .42 seconds behind.

There was a fourth winner from Osceola County in the events: the Silver Spurs Riding Club. The local organization provides the rough stock for events, and their bulls did not allow any qualifying rides in the finals.

The weekend’s other event champions included Keven Daniel and Shane Hester in team roping (4.7 seconds) and Josh Keese in tie-down roping (10.7 seconds).

The next Silver Spurs-sponsored event will be Boots, Bulls and Barrel on Oct. 5, which will highlight bull riding and barrel racing in a one-night-only event. Tickets will go on sale in September.

The 144th Silver Spurs Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 21-23.