Finally Healthy, Samora Is On Top of the World

Cody Samora of Cortez, Colo., tied for first place in the second round of the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo with this 85-point ride on Andrews Rodeo's Small Package. Samora earned checks in all three rodeos he entered over the Feb. 2-5 weekend and took over first place in the PRCA World Standings.

Of all the changes at the top of the world standings this past weekend – and there were six – none was quite as stunning as the ascension of bull rider Cody Samora to the No. 1 position just 30 days into his comeback season.

Cody Samora“It feels awesome,” Samora said. “I’m trying not to look at the world standings, but still ... awesome. I just want to go out and be consistent and do what I always felt I was capable of doing.”

Consistent? He’s entered six events in the last month and won checks at every one but Odessa, Texas. Samora has finished second in Denver; Fort Worth, Texas, and Los Fresnos, Texas; sixth in Lake Charles, La., and tied for fifth at the Fort Worth Xtreme Bull Division 2 event to earn $26,090.

Samora, of Cortez, Colo., lost six months of his rookie season after breaking his right (riding) wrist at the 2009 College National Finals Rodeo and undergoing surgery. He concentrated on college competition and jackpots in 2011 until he broke the wrist again at a competition in Dalhart, Texas, last June.

“I didn’t really have the money for a second surgery,” said Samora, 22, “so I just took care of it the best way I could and waited for it to heal.”

He went back to school at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas, continued working as a farrier and started doing some self-help reading to get the mental aspect of his riding back where he needed it to be.

Now he’s on top of the world.

The other new standings leaders are steer wrestler Billy Bugenig of Ferndale, Calif.; team ropers Shane and John Philipp of Washington, Texas; saddle bronc rider Cody Taton and tie-down roper Riley Pruitt of Gering, Neb.

By Jim Bainbridge
PRCA ProRodeo

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