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SAN ANGELO– Four champions in Saturday’s 6th annual Cinch Chute Out Finals were newly crowned kings, while a fifth, Marty Yates, repeated in his category—tie down roping, to conclude the 86th San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo which was held at the Foster Communications Coliseum.

Before Yates, was awarded his check for $12, 500 as the champion Tie Down Roper, (last year’s winner), the first cowboy to receive his check was 2018’s new champion, Bareback Rider, Steven Dent. 

And for the second consecutive year, the Bullfighters Only (BFO) competition took place at the Foster Communications Coliseum as three, freestyle bullfighters competed. 

Here are the five new champs who won titles in their respective events:

Bareback riding: Steven Dent scored a 90.5 on Dirty Flirt to win the title of Champion Bareback Rider.

Barrel racing: Tammy Fisher’s 14.449 score, won her the Champion Barrel Racer title.

Saddle bronc riding: this year’s Champion Saddle Bronc Rider was Wade Sundell as he rode Get Smart to score a 90.0.

Tie-down roping: the 2018 Tie Down Champion, Marty Yates, also won last year to repeat. Yates winning time was a lighting quick, 6.87 as he set the tone right out of the gates, which neither one of his three other competitors could beat.

Tie-down roping: 2018 Tie Down Champion, Marty Yates.

Bull riding: J.W. Harris, from Goldthwaite, Texas, won the title of Champion Bull Rider as he rode the bull, Lineman, to an 89.5 score.

Prior to the Cinch finals, three bullfighters: Schell Apple, Zac Call and Justin Josey competed in the 2nd annual BFO (Bullfighters Only) event. Call, last year’s winner didn’t repeat, so it came down to Apple and Josey. 

Josey edged out Apple by less than three points to win the 2018 title, BFO Champ. Josey's victory qualifies him for the BFO stop on Saturday, February 24, which is in conjunction with the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, reported Harbin.
Josey received a check for $1,500 from San Angelo Family Power Sports.

The official scores are from Ted Harbin, Media Director, contributor.

1. Justin Josey, 87 points against Rockin B and Magnifica’s Black Soul; 2. Schell Apple, 84; 3. Zach Call, 79. 

Also, the 2017 record of $750,000 in Premium Sale was topped with this year’s sales of $780,000.

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