Leinaweaver top money-winner as Cowtown Rodeo opens 2017 season

Saturday night was the opening of the 2017 season at Cowtown Rodeo.

PILESGROVE TWP. —  John Leinaweaver was the top money-winning cowboy during the season opener at Cowtown Rodeo Saturday night.

This marks the beginning of the 63rd season for the rodeo, billed as the oldest weekly rodeo in the United States.

Leinaweaver, of Orrtanna, Pa., placed first in the steer wrestling and second in the bull riding to take home an evening’s total in prize money of $1,159.33.

Here are the results from Saturday night’s performance. They include the contestant’s name, score or time, and winnings:

Bareback Bronc Riding: First, Tim Kent, 74 score, $402.32; Scott Bevins, 66, $301.74; Dalton Jones, 64, $201.16; Brian Leddy, 60, $100.58.

Saddle Bronc Riding: First, Ray Hostetler, 67 score, $522.17; Will Stiles, 63, $427.23. (Each cowboy received $142.41 in ground money)

Bull Riding: First, Seth White, 81 score, $676.80; John Leinaweaver, 70, $507.60; Mike Adams, 69.5, $338.40; Austin Beaty, 68, $169.20.

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Steer Wrestling: First, John Leinaweaver, 6.4 seconds time, $651.73; Chad Stoltzfus, 12.9, $501.33; A.J. Williams, 14.5, $350.93.

Tie Down Roping: First, Matt McKinstry, 12.9 seconds time, $646.72; Robbie Erck, 13.0, $485.04; Carmine Nastri, 14.3, $323.36; Chris Brennan, 14.4, $161,68.

Team Roping: (Tie for first), Waylon Cameron and Ryan Whetham, 6.9 seconds time, $925.38 each and Ross Clatterbuck and J.R. Myers, 6.9, $925.38 each; Lavern King and Ty Miller, 8.1, $663.48 each; Terry Shetron and Anthony L. Wenger, 10.2, $488.88 each; Andy Bennett and Jason Martindale, 12.2, $314.28 each; Carmine Nastri and Ty Rumford, 13.3, $174.60 each.

Barrel RacingFirst, Wendy Chestnut, 17.38 seconds time, $648.60; Joyce Stoltzfus, 17.70, $564; Kristin Weber, 17.77, $479.40; April Masterson, 18.04, $394.80; Lisa Barone, 18.09, $310.20; Karly Stoltzfus, 18.18, $225.60; Jennifer Romriell, 18.26, $141; Rebecca Weaver, 18.28, $56.40.

The rodeo continues every Saturday, rain or shine, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cowtown Rodeo arena, on U.S. Route 40 through September.

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