BILLINGS —The month of December has been very, very good to Brody Cress.
Exactly a week ago, the 21-year-old Wyoming cowboy won the saddle bronc average at the National Finals Rodeo. The Hillsdale cowboy won $176,621 at The Thomas and Mack Center to finish second in the final 2017 world standings.
And his hot streak continued Saturday night as Cress took the horse Show Me Again for 87.5 points to win the saddle bronc competition at the 23rd Annual Chase Hawks Roughstock Rodeo at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.
Jessy Davis of Power won the bareback riding for a second time, while Canadian Jared Parsonage won the bull riding at his first Chase Hawks Rodeo.
All three pocketed $5,800 for their wins.
“It’s awesome to come back here again and get on the same horses that were at the NFR,” said Cress, making his second appearance at the invitational rodeo. “It’s a great event and for a great cause.”
The annual roughstock rodeo is an annual fundraiser to help families in need.
Cress watched Ryder Wright win the eighth round of the NFR with 92 points on Show Me Again, owned by the Powder River Rodeo Company in Riverton, Wyoming. Jesse Kruse of Great Falls rode the horse for a NILE-record 90-point ride in October in the same building.
“I always wanted to get on her,” said Cress, who also won Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Pendleton Round-Up in his break-out 2017. “After being at the NFR, it’s nice to come to something fun.”
His 87.5 points is the second-highest saddle bronc ride in the event's history. The record is 89.5 by Cody Wright in 2011.
Davis has been coming to the Chase Hawks Rodeo for more than a decade. “Oh, 10 to 15 years,” said the 36-year-old Power cowboy.
He also won the event in 2013. “I haven’t placed all the other times,” Davis said. “It’s all or nothing.”
Davis was all-in aboard Sozo, going 85 points on the Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bucking Bulls horse.
It was the third meeting between cowboy and horse. Davis won Lewiston, Idaho, on Sozo this past September and placed fourth in Missoula in 2016.
“That’s a really good draw,” said Davis, who finished 18th in the 2017 world bareback standings. “When I found out I drew that horse this morning, I was really happy and rested easy.
“This is a nice win. Everybody needs the money. Rodeo is pretty slow right now,” he finished with a chuckle.
Parsonage can afford to eat a whole lot better now.
The Canadian bull rider suffered a broken jaw in June at a Professional Bull Riders event and was out for seven weeks. “It’s nice to eat solid food again,” said the 24-year-old from Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.
“Guys I know were on me all the time to enter this rodeo, so I finally did.”
Parsonage, one of the taller bull riders entered, was 83 points aboard Lil Chubby, owned by the Brookman Rodeo Company of Wolf Point.
“He’s been to the NFR, he’s a good little bull,” said Parsonage. “You have to take advantage of a bull like that when you get the chance. Winning something like this gives you confidence. It’s a great way to get the year started off right.”
Beau Hill of Columbia Falls, who said Saturday could be his last bull ride, was bucked off in 2.78 seconds.