Five time world champion Lewis Feild and defending gold belt buckle holder Marvin Garrett tied for first in the bareback riding competition, notching scores of 81. The victory allowed Garrett ($71,031), to narrow the gap on leader Chuck Logue ($83,012), who was shut out of a paycheck. Feild ($65,385), also drew closer, but Colin Murnion ($72,119) failed to cash for the third straight night.
Tom Reeves shared second with Ty Murray and Jeff Switzer was fourth. Reeves' second-place tie and leader Robert Etbauer's failure to cash drew Reeves to within $667 of Etbauer. Murray is a close third after five rounds.Bud Longbrake, who entered the National Finals Rodeo in 13th place, scored 81 points Tuesday night for an upset victory in the fifth round of the saddle bronc competition as the rodeo reached the halfway mark at Thomas & Mack Center.
In the bull Riding, leader Jim Sharp was shut out as Tuff Hedeman took the competition with a score of 81. David Fournier and Norman Curry tied for second at 80 and Clint Branger was fourth with a 79. Sharp still clings to a slim lead in the overall standings, ahead of Branger and Hedeman.
In steer wrestling, the first four earners - Ote Berry, Mike Smith, Mark Roy and John W. Jones - failed to cash, opening the door for Brad Gleason, who took the fifth-round competition with a time of 4.0 seconds. The victory propelled Gleason from eighth to fifth place, still $20,128 behind Berry. Lee Laskowsky (4.2), Blaine Pederson (4.4), and Ivan Teigen (4.6) earned the other paychecks.