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Cody Huber wins Livingston Roundup

by Tracy Renck | Jul 05, 2019



LIVINGSTON, Mont. – Before 2019, tie-down roper Cody Huber had never competed at the Livingston (Mont.) Roundup.

It’s safe to say the 25-year-old will never forget his first appearance at the ProRodeo Tour rodeo.

The Albia, Iowa, cowboy clocked a career-best, 7.2-second time to clinch the event title at the Park County Fairground.

“This feels really good to get this big win,” said Huber, who made his run in the slack July 1.

For his performance at Livingston, Huber earned $6,180. Huber was 41st in the July 2 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $20,240.

“That’s the most money I have ever earned at a one-header, which makes this even more special,” said Huber, who joined the PRCA in January 2014. “I was riding my 11-year-old horse, Otis. I bought him off (ProRodeo Hall of Famer) Joe Beaver last spring. Otis and I get along well, and he did his job at Livingston. During the run, things just happened. I had a good calf and tied her down. When I saw the clock, I was excited.”

Huber has had success in the Great Lakes Circuit in years past, qualifying for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2015 and 2017. His father, Bill, was a star tie-down roper and all-around cowboy in the Great Lakes Circuit. The elder Huber’s career was highlighted by trips to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 1994 and 1996 when he finished 13th and 15th in the world standings, respectively.

Cody had plans of hitting the rodeo trail hard in 2019, but that all changed on Christmas Day last year.

“I was entered everywhere, but I didn’t get to go to very many of the winter rodeos because my appendix ruptured on Christmas,” Cody said. “I got really sick and went to the doctor, and they had my appendix out by 10 a.m. the day after Christmas. I was out for two months. I’ve been easing around, and the summer has been pretty good, especially the last couple of weeks.”

In addition to his Livingston victory, Cody took top honors at the Killdeer (N.D.) Mountain Roundup PRCA Rodeo, which also ended July 4. Cody earned $2,140 for his 7.9-second run in Killdeer.

“This has been a great week for me,” Cody said. “I just want to keep my momentum going and see what happens.”

Other winners at the $213,477 rodeo were all-around cowboy Tanner Green ($5,196, tie-down roping and team roping); bareback rider Steven Dent (90 points on Kesler Championship Rodeo's No. 224); steer wrestler Levi Rudd (3.6 seconds); team ropers Levi Simpson/Cole Davison (4.2 seconds); saddle bronc rider Jake Finlay (87 points on Kesler Rodeo's Navajo Sun); barrel racer Maddy Dickens (17.56 seconds); and bull riders Daylon Swearingen (88 points on Kesler Rodeo's Crocodile Rock) and Steve Woolsey (88 points on Kesler Championship Rodeo's No. 415).

Dent's score was a rodeo record for bareback riding. The previous record of 89 points was shared by Kyle Bowers (2004), Travis Sharp (2006) and Leighton Berry, who did it earlier this week.

For more coverage of the Livingston Roundup, check out the July 12 edition of ProRodeo Sports News.


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