Archive for August, 2011

postheadericon Taton makes the most of the miles to place in Silverton

SILVERTON, Texas – A lot of miles stood between Cody Taton and the Buck Wild Days Rodeo, but the South Dakota-raised bronc rider made the most of his trip.

Taton and his traveling posse competed in Canby, Ore., on Friday night, then drove to Boise, Idaho, to catch a flight to Denver at 6:30 Saturday morning. From there, they flew into Albuquerque, N.M., then drove as quickly as possible to this Texas Panhandle community to try his hand at one of Carr Pro Rodeo’s up-and-coming bucking horses.

“Anytime we’re entered, we like to come get on,” said Taton, who won the saddle bronc riding average championship at the 2007 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

It worked out just fine for Taton, who rode the Carr horse Miss Revolver for 76 points on Saturday night to finish third at the Buck Wild Days Rodeo. For that, he earned $749; Cody Anthony of Stephenville, Texas, won the bronc riding with a 78-point ride on Carr’s Sweet Emotion. Ryan Bestol of Hyannis, Neb., finished second with a 77 on Carr’s Black Smoke.

“I’d never seen that horse before,” Taton said of Miss Revolver. “It felt good. I feel like I rode good, and the horse bucked good. It was good to get one rode.”

That’s an important factor this time of year, when the tens of thousands of miles and rough rides on the backs of bucking beasts add up. But for Taton, being a veteran at this game helps.

“I’m just used to it,” he said. “The dedication it takes this time of year is pretty high, because you’ve got to go so many miles and get to the rodeo and have a good attitude about things. I love what I do, so that helps a lot, too.”

BUCK WILD DAYS RODEO
Silverton, Texas
Aug. 18-20
BAREBACK RIDING
1. Shon Gibson, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Island Girl, and Evan Jayne, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Sierra Madre, 80 points, $1,157 each; 3. Codi Myers, 75 on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Miss Hollywood, $718; 4. Wyatt Hancock, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Close Call, and David Lester Jr., on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Sierra Madre, 70, $379 each; 6. Cody Ziober, 69 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Open Range, $200.

STEER WRESTLING
1. T.J. Bohlender, 4.7 seconds, $1,157; 2. Matt Reeves, 5.1, $958; 3. Rusty Hamilton, 5.8, $758; 4. Brent Lassetter, 6.4, $559; 5. Riley Duval, 6.7, $359; 6. Kurt Stallings, 7.6, $200.

TIE-DOWN ROPING

1. Justin Maass, 9.1 second, $1,591; 2. Kyle Dutton and Joseph Gernentz, 10.0. $1,180 each; 4. Charley Russell, 10.8, $768; 5. Tyson Runyan, 11.0, $494; 6. Cody Owens, 11.2, $274.

SADDLE BRONC RIDING
1. Cody Anthony, 78 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Sweet Emotion, $1,373; 2. Ryan Bestol, 77 on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Black Smoke, $1,040; 3. Cody Taton, 76 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Miss Revolver, $749; 4. Tol Cawley, 75 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Empty Pockets, $499; 5. Kade Wooton, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Big Time, and Hardy Braden, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Corner Guard, 74, $250 each.

STEER ROPING
First round:
1. Chris Glover, 10.0 seconds, $1,139; 2. Marty Jones, 10.2, $942; 3. Cody Lee, 10.5, $746; 4. Bryce Davis, 11.0, $550; 5. Gannon Quimby, 11.1, $353; 6. Vin Fisher Jr., 11.5, $196.
Second round:
1. J.P Wickett, 10.1 seconds, $1,139; 2. Kim Ziegelgruber, 11.0, $942; 3. Buster Record Jr., Cody Lee and Hess Tierney, 11.5, $550 each; 6. Trey Wallace and Cody Garnett, 12.3, $98.
Third round:
1. Pecos Shannon, 10.4, $1,139; 2. Jess Tierney, 10.6, $942; 3. J.D. Yates, 10.9, $746; 4. Guy Allen, 11.6, $550; 5. Gannon Quimby, 11.8, $353; 6. Tim Abbott, 12.0, $196.
Average: 1. Cody Lee, 35.5 seconds on three runs, $1,708; 2. Bryce Davis, 27.3, $1,414; 3. Gannon Quimby, 39.0, $1,119; 4. Chris Glover, 40.9, $825; 5. Mike Chase, 41.2, $530; 6. Paul Patten, 41.8, $295.

TEAM ROPING
1. Cody Tew/Boogie Ray, 5.1 seconds, $1,736 each;2. Steve Purcella/Casey Chamberlain, 5.3, $1,436; 3. Nathan McWorter/Twister Cain, 5.6, $1,137; 4. Tyler Mangus/Shawn Brown and Casper May/Derrick Peterson, 5.9, $688; 6. Chance Thompson/Billy Bob Brown Lance Brooks Bitter/Justin Copp, 6.0, $150.

BARREL RACING
1. Tonya Parrish, 17.76, $976; 2. Jean Winters, 17.86, $836; 3. Alicia Sandoval, 18.08, $697; 4. Layna Kight and April Denny, 18.17, $534; 6. Raquel Baize and Tara Timms, 18.18, $325; 8. $186; 9. Sarah Kieckhefer and Brooke Jeter, 18.42, $116.

BULL RIDING
1. Brad Harris, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Rock Star, and Cole Echols, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Synergy, 86 points, $1,131 each; 3. Casey Huckabee, 76 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Jo Jo, $742; 4. Jeff Bertus, 75 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Snot Box, $530.

postheadericon Two bull riders score 86 to take the lead in Silverton

SILVERTON, Texas – The best bull riders in the world have an urge to get on the greatest bucking bulls.

That happened Friday night at the Buck Wild Days Rodeo, when Cole Echols of Elm Grove, La., and Brad Harris of Udall, Kan., took the lead in bull riding with a pair of 86 point rides. Harris matched moves with Carr Pro Rodeo’s Rock Star, while Echols rode Carr’s Synergy, both showing the moves that have them standing out on the Tuff Hedeman CBR Cinch Tour, part of the Championship Bull Riders organization.

“It’s pretty good coming here,” said Echols, who travels the rodeo trail with Harris, Cooper Kanngiesser and Lucas Dick. “It worked out good for me.”

That it did. Synergy has been one of the top bulls in the Carr Pro Rodeo string, and cowboys who ride the bull tend to mark a lot of points.

“I didn’t get a good start, so I’m trying to get myself into the top 50 in the standings at the end of this season so I can ride in them buildings next winter,” said Echols, referring to qualifying for big winter rodeos in places like Fort Worth, Texas; San Antonio; and Denver. “If I can get in those, I can make a run at the finals.”

Friday’s ride was the just the second time Harris had mounted a Carr bull, but it wasn’t the first time he’d seen Rock Star, a 3-year-old bull Pete Carr recently purchased from Kanngiesser.

“This is my first time to this rodeo,” said Harris, 23, a rookie in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. “We came here because we had good bulls. I’d seen that bull before, but I’d never been on him. He’s pretty good, and he’s got some growing to do.”

 

BUCK WILD DAYS RODEO
Silverton, Texas
Through Second Performance
BAREBACK RIDING
1. Shon Gibson, 80 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Island Girl; 2.

STEER WRESTLING
1. T.J. Bohlender, 4.7 seconds; 2. Matt Reeves, 5.1; 3. Rusty Hamilton, 5.8; 4. Riley Duval, 6.7; 5. Kurt Stallings, 7.6; 6. Ryan Swayze, 10.0.

TIE-DOWN ROPING

1. Justin Maass, 9.1; 2. Kyle Dutton and Joseph Gernentz, 10.0 seconds; 4. Tyson Runyan, 11.0; 5. Cody Owens, 11.2; 6. Clayton Shaw, 11.3.

SADDLE BRONC RIDING
1. Cody Anthony, 78 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Sweet Emotion; 2. Ryan Bestol, 77; 3. Tol Cawley, 75; 4. Kade Wooton and Hardy Braden, 74; 6. T.J. Haynie, 70.

STEER ROPING
First round:
1. Chris Glover, 10.0 seconds, $1,139; 2. Marty Jones, 10.2, $942; 3. Cody Lee, 10.5, $746; 4. Bryce Davis, 11.0, $550; 5. Gannon Quimby, 11.1, $353; 6. Vin Fisher Jr., 11.5, $196.
Second round:
1. J.P Wickett, 10.1 seconds, $1,139; 2. Kim Ziegelgruber, 11.0, $942; 3. Buster Record Jr., Cody Lee and Hess Tierney, 11.5, $550 each; 6. Trey Wallace and Cody Garnett, 12.3, $98.
Third round:
1. Pecos Shannon, 10.4, $1,139; 2. Jess Tierney, 10.6, $942; 3. J.D. Yates, 10.9, $746; 4. Guy Allen, 11.6, $550; 5. Gannon Quimby, 11.8, $353; 6. Tim Abbott, 12.0, $196.
Average: 1. Cody Lee, 35.5 seconds on three runs, $1,708; 2. Bryce Davis, 27.3, $1,414; 3. Gannon Quimby, 39.0, $1,119; 4. Chris Glover, 40.9, $825; 5. Mike Chase, 41.2, $530; 6. Paul Patten, 41.8, $295.

TEAM ROPING
1. Tyler Mangus/Shawn Brown and Casper May/Derrick Peterson, 5.9 seconds; 3. Chance Thompson/Billy Bob Brown Lance Brooks Bitter/Justin Copp, 6.0; 5. Casey Mahoney/John Paul Lucero, 6.6; 6. Nick Rawlings/Jed Middleton, 8.9.

BARREL RACING
1. Jean Winters, 17.86; 2. Alicia Sandoval, 18.08; 3. Layna Kight and April Denny, 18.17; 5. Raquel Baize and Tara Timms, 18.18; 7. Sarah Kieckhefer, 18.42; 8. Cindy Smith, 23.18; 9. Courtney Cantrell, 24.68.

BULL RIDING
1. Brad Harris, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Rock Star, and Cole Echols, on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Synergy, 86 points; 2. Casey Huckabee, 76 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Jo Jo; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon First photos from Silverton

Buck Wild Days Rodeo committee member Rick Beesinger, left, visits with announcer Andy Stewart before the opening night of this year's event Thursday, Aug. 18.

Buck Wild Days Rodeo committee member Rick Beesinger, left, visits with announcer Andy Stewart before the opening night of this year's event Thursday, Aug. 18.

Bareback rider Jake Brown of Hillsboro, Texas, gets bucked off the Carr Pro Rodeo horse Pink Cadillac on Wednesday night.

Bareback rider Jake Brown of Hillsboro, Texas, gets bucked off the Carr Pro Rodeo horse Pink Cadillac on Wednesday night.

A tie-down roper leaves the chute chasing his calf into Wood Memorial Arena in Silverton.

A tie-down roper leaves the chute chasing his calf into Wood Memorial Arena in Silverton.

Rodeo chairman Ken Wood gets everything lined out before the start of the first performance in Silverton.

A tie-down roper leaves the chute chasing his calf into Wood Memorial Arena in Silverton.

Bullfighter Chris Kirby works on a few things around the chutes as he prepares for the first performance.

Bullfighter Chris Kirby works on a few things around the chutes as he prepares for the first performance.

Paul Peterson, left, and Guy Allen take a little time to relax before Thursday's first performance.

Paul Peterson, left, and Guy Allen take a little time to relax before Thursday's first performance.

Shane Henderson, left, of Winfield, Kan., speaks with chute boss John Gwatney as they wait on another bulldogger to make his run Thursday.

Shane Henderson, left, of Winfield, Kan., speaks with chute boss John Gwatney as they wait on another bulldogger to make his run Thursday.

Sound man Lanny Wilson of Guymon, Okla., looks over his notes.

Sound man Lanny Wilson of Guymon, Okla., looks over his notes.

Pete Carr, owner of the livestock firm Carr Pro Rodeo, hangs on to the flank during bareback riding Thursday.

Pete Carr, owner of the livestock firm Carr Pro Rodeo, hangs on to the flank during bareback riding Thursday.

postheadericon Bohlender takes lead in Silverton’s steer wrestling

T.J. Bohlender of Canyon, Texas, gets a good start during his steer wrestling run during Thursday's opening performance of the Buck Wild Days Rodeo in Silverton, Texas.

T.J. Bohlender of Canyon, Texas, gets a good start during his steer wrestling run during Thursday's opening performance of the Buck Wild Days Rodeo in Silverton, Texas.

SILVERTON, Texas – T.J. Bohlender doesn’t venture too far away from his Canyon, Texas, home. The all-around cowboy is a newlywed and has a lot of things that require his attention at home.

That’s one reason he likes coming to the Silverton rodeo. The other might be the outstanding level of competition. In fact, Bohlender – a steer roper and steer wrestler – grappled his animal to the ground in 4.7 seconds Thursday night during the opening performance of the Buck Wild Days Rodeo.

“It just worked out well; Matt hazed good, and the horse worked good,” he said. “This sure helps out. I had a bad go of it in the steer roping, so this helps make up for it a little.”

The young cowboy is taking advantage of rodeos close to home and competing with one of the top contestants from this region – Matt Reeves of Cross Plains, Texas, did the hazing duties for Bohlender.

“This year I haven’t gone as hard as I should, and I plan to take the winter off,” said Bohlender, 24, who competed in steer roping on Wednesday morning but failed to place high enough to earn any money. “I’ve got a really good horse at home that I expect to be my superstar, so I need some work on him.

“This is only my second year ProRodeoing, but it works out pretty good for me.”

While competing in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association is new to him, this isn’t Bohlender’s first trip to Silverton. Before he joined the PRCA, he competed in smaller rodeos sanctioned by the Texas Rodeo Cowboys Association. The Buck Wild Days Rodeo twice was named TCRA rodeo of the year; now it’s vying to be one of the best PRCA events in Texas in just its second year in the association.

“The arena is awesome, in great condition,” said Bohlender, originally from Fowler, Colo. “They’ve done a bunch of work. I came to this rodeo when it was amateur; Silverton has always treated me well.”

BUCK WILD DAYS RODEO
Silverton, Texas
Through First Performance

BAREBACK RIDING
No qualified rides

STEER WRESTLING
1. T.J. Bohlender, 4.7 seconds; 2. Matt Reeves, 5.1; 3. Rusty Hamilton, 5.8; 4. Kurt Stallings, 7.6; 5. Ryan Swayze, 10.0; 6. Shane Henderson, 16. 8.

TIE-DOWN ROPING

1. Kyle Dutton and Joseph Gernentz, 10.0 seconds; 3. Tyson Runyan, 11.0; 4. Clayton Shaw, 11.3; 5. Cliff Kirkpatrick, 12.9; 6. Wacey Walraven, 13.8.

SADDLE BRONC RIDING
1. Cody Anthony, 78 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Sweet Emotion; 2. Tol Cawley, 75; 3. Kade Wooton, 74; 4. T.J. Haynie, 70; 5. Peter White II, 67; no other qualified rides.

STEER ROPING
First round:
1. Chris Glover, 10.0 seconds, $1,139; 2. Marty Jones, 10.2, $942; 3. Cody Lee, 10.5, $746; 4. Bryce Davis, 11.0, $550; 5. Gannon Quimby, 11.1, $353; 6. 11.5, $196.
Second round:
1. J.P Wickett, 10.1 seconds, $1,139; 2. Kim Ziegelgruber, 11.0, $942; 3. Buster Record Jr., Cody Lee and Hess Tierney, 11.5, $550 each; 6. Trey Wallace and Cody Garnett, 12.3, $98.
Third round:
1. Pecos Shannon, 10.4, $1,139; 2. Jess Tierney, 10.6, $942; 3. J.D. Yates, 10.9, $746; 4. Guy Allen, 11.6, $550; 5. Gannon Quimby, 11.8, $353; 6. Tim Abbott, 12.0, $196.
Average: 1. Cody Lee, 35.5 seconds on three runs, $1,708; 2. Bryce Davis, 27.3, $1,414; 3. Gannon Quimby, 39.0, $1,119; 4. Chris Glover, 40.9, $825; 5. Mike Chase, 41.2, $530; 6. Paul Patten, 41.8, $295.

TEAM ROPING
1. Tyler Mangus/Shawn Brown, 5.9 seconds; 2. Casey Mahoney/John Paul Lucero, 6.6; 3. Nick Rawlings/Jed Middleton, 8.9; 4. Jake Pancost/Jaytin McCright, 15.5.

BARREL RACING
1. Alicia Sandoval, 18.08; 2. Layna Kight, 18.17; 3. Raquel Baize and Tara Timms, 18.18; 5. Sarah Kieckhefer, 18.42.

BULL RIDING
1. Casey Huckabee, 76 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Jo Jo; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon Let’s get Buck Wild

The small community of Silverton, Texas, hosts the annual Buck Wild Days Rodeo, which begins tonight at Wood Memorial Arena.

I spent three days in Amarillo promoting this event, just as I have done for the last several weeks preparing for the festivities. TV and radio appearances are an important part of marketing events, and I had the Silverton rodeo on four television news segments and three radio interviews in three days.

I arrived in Silverton yesterday afternoon, and I’m starting to realize why the organizers are so proud of Buck Wild Days Rodeo. The small committee has worked very hard in recent weeks to prepare this community of about 600 residents with an outstanding event. Now just a few hours from the first of three performances, volunteers are still busting their humps to prepare the arena for what we all hope is a throng of fans coming to town for the rodeo.

This town has seen the devastation from the drought that has ravaged so much of this region. Golden grass crackles underfoot as you walk across it; what grass looks to be alive is just a slight shade of green from what has to be absurd amounts of water on it. There are cracks in the ground that look to be several feet deep.

If any community could use a few days just to let loose and have a great time, it’s Silverton, about an hour and a half southeast of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle. That’s what organizers want; that’s what these people deserve.

It’s time to get Buck Wild.

postheadericon That’s a bunch of bull

By Ted Harbin

Justin has been doing a little extra work around his Porum, Okla., home recently. In fact, he’s carried it into the arena.

Justin has been putting in some time preparing to ride bulls; for those who don’t know, the 2008 bareback riding world champion is truly an all-around cowboy, and from what a bunch of folks are telling me, he’s an outstanding bull rider. I haven’t seen it in person, but I don’t doubt it.

Justin competed in the Championship Bull Riders event in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday night, his first bull in competition since January 2008. He’d gotten on several practice bulls over the past couple of weeks and was excited about things.

“It feels good,” McDaniel said Friday night in Lovington, N.M., where he competed in bareback riding at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo. “I feel like I’m riding good. We’ll see, I guess.”

So why does a four-time NFR qualifier – who has twice won the average at ProRodeo’s championship – want to ride bulls?

“I just love it,” JMac said.

So McDaniel got in the CBR Cinch Tour event in Lubbock and tested his skills against some of the best bull riders in the business.

“I warmed one up, then he quit me and bucked me down,” McDaniel said, referring the bull having a good start before quitting the bucking action midway through the eight-second ride.

That’s just a new beginning for JMac, who won the all-around title at the Fort Smith, Ark., ProRodeo the first of June by earning money in both bareback riding and team roping. McDaniel is a cowboy, and he’s living a dream.

postheadericon Cowboys earn big money in Lovington on Carr animals

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Oftentimes, great things come in small packages. About 10,000 people live in this southeastern New Mexico community, but it hosts a whale of a ProRodeo every August.

This year’s Lea County Fair and Rodeo was no different. Part of the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour, the rodeo hosted the top athletes in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Whether it was world champions like Trevor Brazile or Will Lowe, Lovington provided a great place to play. Big prize money might have been one of the drawing cards, but the chance to compete on great animal athletes was another.

Pete Carr

Pete Carr

That’s where Carr Pro Rodeo comes into the picture. In fact, Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bucking horse Miss Congeniality helped cowboys earn more than $7,550 in just two rides at Jake McClure Arena. The Canadian-born 9-year-old bay mare helped Australian Cody Angland to the Lea County Fair and Rodeo saddle bronc riding championship with an 85-point ride worth $4,275; she also guided Utah’s Alex Wright to 84 points, worth $3,278.

“She’s getting settled in,” said Pete Carr, owner of the Dallas-based livestock firm. “She comes from a part of Canada that’s a long ways from our part of Texas. She’s getting acclimated to the heat and humidity, and she just had a colt.

“She was one of the most sought-after horses in Canada. The guy that owned her promised me he’d sell her to me, but it took a little while. He finally got a colt out of her, a mare, and that’s when he sold her to me.”

Miss Congeniality wasn’t the only outstanding bucking horse in rodeo. There were several, and bareback riders Lowe and Brian Bain shared the Lovington title, earning $3,971 each. Lowe rode Carr’s Dirty Jacket, a 7-year-old bay gelding that has been one of the top horses in the PRCA for several years; it also marked the third straight time Lowe has earned a big paycheck when he’s ridden the horse, winning in Guymon, Okla., and finishing second in Silverton, Texas, last year.

Bain opened the rodeo action on opening night with his 88-point ride on Carr’s Black Coffee, another NFR bucking horse.

“I’d seen that horse a few times, but I’d never been on her,” Bain said. “I didn’t know if she’d fit me all that well, because she’s smaller and she’s really fast.

“It turned out all right.”

ProRodeo rookie J.R. Vezain earned nearly $800 in Lovington by matching moves with Carr’s Big Lights for 85 points; Vezain finished in a tie for fifth place.

“I don’t go to as many of Pete’s rodeos as I would like,” said Vezain, ranked 26th in the world standings before Lovington. “I make sure I come here, Eagle (Colo.), Pecos (Texas). If a guy could afford it, he’d follow Pete around to every rodeo because you know you’re going to get on a good horse.”

Seth Glause knows the importance of getting on good bucking animals. The all-around cowboy competes in saddle bronc riding and bull riding, and he likes what he sees in Carr’s string.

“Pete went out and bought a bunch of bulls,” said Glause, a two-time NFR qualifier in bull riding. “His rodeos are great. He has an outstanding pen of horses, and he’s working to get a great pen of bulls. He’s got as good a set of bulls as any stock contractor out there.”

Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Lovington
, N.M.
ALL AROUND
Landon McClaugherty, $1,526, steer roping, tie-down roping and team roping.

BAREBACK RIDING
1. Brian Bain on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Black Coffee and Will Lowe on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket, 88, $3,972; 3. Matt Bright, 87 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Real Deal, $2,548; 4. Ryan Gray, 86 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Big Lights, $1,659; 5. Lee Lantz on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Night, J.R. Vezain on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Big Lights and Caine Riddle on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Riverboat Annie, 85, $799; 8. Caleb Bennett on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Grass Dancer and Kelly Timberman Carr Pro Rodeo’s Riverboat Annie, 84, $225.

STEER WRESTLING
First round:
1. Mickey Gee, 3.8 seconds, $1,967; 2. Dean Gorsuch, 3.9, $1,710; 3. Shane Henderson, 4.1, $1,454; 4. Seth Braockman and Ken Lewis, 4.2, $1,069 each; 6. Lee Graves, 4.3, $684; 7. Rusty Hamilton, 4.6, $428; 8. Stockton Graves and Stan Branco, 4.9, $86 each.
Second round: 1. Sterling Lambert, 3.6 seconds, $1,867; 2. Jason Miller, 4.0, $1,710; 3. Dean Gorsuch and Jacob Shofner, 4.3, $1,325; 5. Stan Branco, Pepe Arballo, Wade Sumpter, Alex Robertson and Tommy Cook, 4.4, $445 each.
Average: 1. Dean Gorsuch, 8.2 seconds on two runs, $1,967; 2 Stan Branco, 9.3, $1,710; 3. Jason Miller, 9.8, $1,454; 4. Sean Mulligan, 9.9, $1,197; 5. Dane Hanna, 10.1, $941; 6. Wade Sumpter, 10.2, $684; 7. Cole Edge, 10.5, $428; 8. Justin Davis, 10.6, $171.

TIE-DOWN ROPING
First round:
1. Sterling Smith, 8.8 seconds, $2,221; 2. Shane Hanchey, 9.1, $1,932; 3. Seth Hooper and Houston Hutto, 9.3, $1,497; 5. Justin Macha, $1,062; 6. Ryan Jarrett, Stran Smith and Joseph Gernentz, 9.6, $483..
Second round:
1. Cory Solomon, 8.4 seconds, $2,221; 2. Michael Otero, 8.5, $1,932; 3. Clint Cooper, 8.7, $1,642; 4. Josh Peek and Guy Miller, 8.9, $1,207; 6. Blair Burk and Cody Ohl, 9.0, $628; 8. Clif Cooper, 9.1, $193.
Average: 1. Sterling Smith, 18.0 seconds on two runs, $2,221; 2. Clint Cooper, 18.5, $1,932; 3. Clif Cooper and Cody Oh., 18.8, $1,497; 5. Justin Macha, 19.6, $1,062; 6. Cory Solomon, 19.8, $773; 7. Jake Hannum, 20.3, $482; 8. Trevor Thiel, 20.7, $193.

SADDLE BRONC RIDING
1. Cody Angland, 85 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Miss Congeniality, $4,275; 2. Alex Wright, 84 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s, $3,278; 3. J.J. Elshere, 82 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Coffee Bean, $2,423; 4. Cole Elshere, 81 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Air Miles, $1,568; 5. Sterling Crawley on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Sweet Emotion and Luke Butterfield on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Champagne Jam, 80, $855; 7. Cody Wright, 79 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Choir Girl, $570; 8. Taos Muncy on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Big Time, Troy Crowser on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Corner Guard, Wade Sundell on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Wild, Louie Brunson on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Empty Pockets and Casey Sisk on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Centerfold, 77, $86.

STEER ROPING
Third round:
1. Rocky Patterson, 8.7 seconds, $1,690; 2. J.B. Whatley, 9.5, $1,469; 3. Jake DeGeer, 10.0, $1,248; 4. Chris Glover, 10.2, $1,029; 5. Cody Garnett, 10.3, $808; 6. Shay Good, 10.4, $588; 7. Trevor Brazile and Chance Kelton, 10.5, $257.
Average: 1. Trevor Brazile, 32.4 on three runs, $2,535; 2. Shay Good, 32.8, $2,204; 3. Ralph Williams, 35.4, $1,873; 4. Ty Herd, 36.5, $1,543; 5. Rocky Patterson, 37.0, $1,212; 6. Chance Kelton, 37.1, $882; 7. Leo Campbell, 39.9, $551; 8. Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M., 40.2, $220.

TEAM ROPING
First round leaders:
1. Spencer Mitchell/Broc Cresta, 4.4 seconds, $1,739 each; 2. Kaden Richard/Rhen Richard, 4.6, $1,512; 3. Joel Bach/Allen Bach, 4.7, $1,285; 4. Brady Tryan/Jake Long, 4.9, $1,058; 5. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan and Landon McClaugherty/Kent Nixon, 5.2, $718; 7. Ryan Jarrett/K.C. Curtis, Chase Massengill/JoDan Mirabal and Luke Brown/Martin Lucero, 5.3, $176.
Second round: 1. Nick Sartain/Kollin VonAhn, 4.0, $1,739; 2.Ty Blasingame/Cody Hintz, 4.3, $1,512; 3. Arky Rogers/York Gill, 4.5, $1,285; 4. Blaine Linaweaver/Kipp Harrell, 4.7, $1,058; 5. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 4.8, $832; 6. Charly Crawford/Russell Cardoza, 5.1, $605; 7. Erich Rochers/Kory Koontz and Brandon Beers/Jim Ross Cooper, 5.2, $265.
Average: 1. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 10.4 on two runs, $2,608; 2. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 10.6, $2,268; 3. Luke Brown/Martin Lucero, 10.8, $1,928; 4. Jake Barnes/Walt Woodard, 10.9, $1,588; Joel Bach/Allen Bach, 11.1, $1,247; 6. Tommy Edens/Justin Hendrick, 11.2, $907; 7. Kaleb Diggers/Brad Culpepper, 11.5, $567; 8. Charly Crawford/Russell Cardoza, 12.0, $227.

BARREL RACING
1. Sydni Blanchard, 16.99 seconds, $3,619; 2. Jessi Eagleberger, 17.42, $2,895; 3. Benette Barrington, 17.45, $2,352; 4. Angie Meadors, 17.46, $1,809; 5. Jana Bean, 17.55, $1,448; 6. Lindsey Ewing, 17.58, $1,086; 7. Jessie Moody, 17.61, $905; 8. Jill Moody, 17.65, $814; 9. Shannon Tidwell, 17.66, $724; 10. Tana Poppino, 17.69, $633; 11. Mary Burger, 17.70, $543; 12. Kirstin Carlson, 17.72, $453; 13. Cindy Smith and Susan Siggins, 17.77, $317; 15 Teresa Marr, 17.81, $181.

BULL RIDING
1. Chandler Bownds, 87 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Time Out, $4,304; 2. Clayton Savage, 82 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Charlie’s Bandito, $2,300; 3. John Jacobs, 81 points on Due or Die Rodeo’s Wandering Comet, $2,439; 4. Bryan Richardson on Due or Die Rodeo’s Anvil Tough and Seth Glause on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Night Staker, 80, $1,291; 6. Logan Knibbe, 79 points on Due or Die Rodeo’s West Coast Thug, $717; 7. Jacob O’Mara on Due or Die Rodeo’s Peg Leg Pete, Colin McTaggart on Due or Die Rodeo’s Saylor Baby and Tate Stratton on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Room Service, 76, $335.

postheadericon Tryan, Graves rope Lovington championship

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Clay Tryan and Travis Graves have had a great season. It got a little bit better Saturday night during the final performance of the Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

The team roping tandem finished in 10.4 seconds on two runs to win the aggregate title in Lovington. The $3,440 they each earned will go a long ways in helping them in the race for the 2011 world championships – Tryan is No. 2 on the heading money list; Graves is third in heeling. More importantly is that the money will count for the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour.

Tryan and Graves stopped the clock in 4.8 seconds on Saturday night to finish fifth in the second go-round. That was worth $832. Combined with their afternoon run of 5.6, they made the best of a good deal in Lovington – the New Mexico rodeo was one of three stops on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Silver Tour, joining Hermiston, Ore., and Sikeston, Mo.

Money earned in those 24 rodeos helps contestants earn a spot in the Justin Boots Playoffs in Puyallup, Wash., and the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha, Neb. – both those events take place next month.

Graves and Tryan may have shut the door on the Lea County Fair and Rodeo, but there were plenty of other titles earned in Lovington over the five days of competition. Three-time world champion Will Lowe matched moves with the Carr Pro Rodeo bucking horse Dirty Jacket and Brian Bain rode Carr’s Black Coffee for 88 points to split the bareback riding title.

Cody Angland scored 85 points on Carr’s Miss Congeniality to win saddle bronc riding, while rookie bull rider Chandler Bownds won the title on Carr’s Time Out.

Other winners were two-time and reigning world champion steer wrestler Dean Gorsuch; 14-time world champion Trevor Brazile in steer roping; tie-down roper Sterling Smith; and New Mexico barrel racer Sydni Blanchard.

Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Lovington, N.M.
ALL AROUND
Landon McClaugherty, $1,526, steer roping, tie-down roping and team roping.

BAREBACK RIDING
1. Brian Bain on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Black Coffee and Will Lowe on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket, 88, $3,972; 3. Matt Bright, 87 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Real Deal, $2,548; 4. Ryan Gray, 86 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Big Lights, $1,659; 5. Lee Lantz on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Night, J.R. Vezain on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Big Lights and Caine Riddle on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Riverboat Annie, 85, $799; 8. Caleb Bennett on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Grass Dancer and Kelly Timberman on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Riverboat Annie, 84, $225.

STEER WRESTLING
First round:
1. Mickey Gee, 3.8 seconds, $1,967; 2. Dean Gorsuch, 3.9, $1,710; 3. Shane Henderson, 4.1, $1,454; 4. Seth Braockman and Ken Lewis, 4.2, $1,069 each; 6. Lee Graves, 4.3, $684; 7. Rusty Hamilton, 4.6, $428; 8. Stockton Graves and Stan Branco, 4.9, $86 each.
Second round: 1. Sterling Lambert, 3.6 seconds, $1,867; 2. Jason Miller, 4.0, $1,710; 3. Dean Gorsuch and Jacob Shofner, 4.3, $1,325; 5. Stan Branco, Pepe Arballo, Wade Sumpter, Alex Robertson and Tommy Cook, 4.4, $445 each.
Average: 1. Dean Gorsuch, 8.2 seconds on two runs, $1,967; 2 Stan Branco, 9.3, $1,710; 3. Jason Miller, 9.8, $1,454; 4. Sean Mulligan, 9.9, $1,197; 5. Dane Hanna, 10.1, $941; 6. Wade Sumpter, 10.2, $684; 7. Cole Edge, 10.5, $428; 8. Justin Davis, 10.6, $171.

TIE-DOWN ROPING

First round: 1. Sterling Smith, 8.8 seconds, $2,221; 2. Shane Hanchey, 9.1, $1,932; 3. Seth Hooper and Houston Hutto, 9.3, $1,497; 5. Justin Macha, $1,062; 6. Ryan Jarrett, Stran Smith and Joseph Gernentz, 9.6, $483..
Second round:
1. Cory Solomon, 8.4 seconds, $2,221; 2. Michael Otero, 8.5, $1,932; 3. Clint Cooper, 8.7, $1,642; 4. Josh Peek and Guy Miller, 8.9, $1,207; 6. Blair Burk and Cody Ohl, 9.0, $628; 8. Clif Cooper, 9.1, $193.
Average: 1. Sterling Smith, 18.0 seconds on two runs, $2,221; 2. Clint Cooper, 18.5, $1,932; 3. Clif Cooper and Cody Oh., 18.8, $1,497; 5. Justin Macha, 19.6, $1,062; 6. Cory Solomon, 19.8, $773; 7. Jake Hannum, 20.3, $482; 8. Trevor Thiel, 20.7, $193.

SADDLE BRONC RIDING
1. Cody Angland, 85 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Miss Congeniality, $4,275; 2. Alex Wright, 84 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s, $3,278; 3. J.J. Elshere, 82 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Coffee Bean, $2,423; 4. Cole Elshere, 81 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Air Miles, $1,568; 5. Sterling Crawley on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Sweet Emotion and Luke Butterfield on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Champagne Jam, 80, $855; 7. Cody Wright, 79 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Choir Girl, $570; 8. Taos Muncy on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Big Time, Troy Crowser on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Corner Guard, Wade Sundell on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Wild, Louie Brunson on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Empty Pockets and Casey Sisk on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Centerfold, 77, $86.

STEER ROPING
Third round:
1. Rocky Patterson, 8.7 seconds, $1,690; 2. J.B. Whatley, 9.5, $1,469; 3. Jake DeGeer, 10.0, $1,248; 4. Chris Glover, 10.2, $1,029; 5. Cody Garnett, 10.3, $808; 6. Shay Good, 10.4, $588; 7. Trevor Brazile and Chance Kelton, 10.5, $257.
Average: 1. Trevor Brazile, 32.4 on three runs, $2,535; 2. Shay Good, 32.8, $2,204; 3. Ralph Williams, 35.4, $1,873; 4. Ty Herd, 36.5, $1,543; 5. Rocky Patterson, 37.0, $1,212; 6. Chance Kelton, 37.1, $882; 7. Leo Campbell, 39.9, $551; 8. Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M., 40.2, $220.

TEAM ROPING
First round leaders:
1. Spencer Mitchell/Broc Cresta, 4.4 seconds, $1,739 each; 2. Kaden Richard/Rhen Richard, 4.6, $1,512; 3. Joel Bach/Allen Bach, 4.7, $1,285; 4. Brady Tryan/Jake Long, 4.9, $1,058; 5. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan and Landon McClaugherty/Kent Nixon, 5.2, $718; 7. Ryan Jarrett/K.C. Curtis, Chase Massengill/JoDan Mirabal and Luke Brown/Martin Lucero, 5.3, $176.
Second round: 1. Nick Sartain/Kollin VonAhn, 4.0, $1,739; 2.Ty Blasingame/Cody Hintz, 4.3, $1,512; 3. Arky Rogers/York Gill, 4.5, $1,285; 4. Blaine Linaweaver/Kipp Harrell, 4.7, $1,058; 5. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 4.8, $832; 6. Charly Crawford/Russell Cardoza, 5.1, $605; 7. Erich Rochers/Kory Koontz and Brandon Beers/Jim Ross Cooper, 5.2, $265.
Average: 1. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 10.4 on two runs, $2,608; 2. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 10.6, $2,268; 3. Luke Brown/Martin Lucero, 10.8, $1,928; 4. Jake Barnes/Walt Woodard, 10.9, $1,588; Joel Bach/Allen Bach, 11.1, $1,247; 6. Tommy Edens/Justin Hendrick, 11.2, $907; 7. Kaleb Diggers/Brad Culpepper, 11.5, $567; 8. Charly Crawford/Russell Cardoza, 12.0, $227.

BARREL RACING
1. Sydni Blanchard, 16.99 seconds, $3,619; 2. Jessi Eagleberger, 17.42, $2,895; 3. Benette Barrington, 17.45, $2,352; 4. Angie Meadors, 17.46, $1,809; 5. Jana Bean, 17.55, $1,448; 6. Lindsey Ewing, 17.58, $1,086; 7. Jessie Moody, 17.61, $905; 8. Jill Moody, 17.65, $814; 9. Shannon Tidwell, 17.66, $724; 10. Tana Poppino, 17.69, $633; 11. Mary Burger, 17.70, $543; 12. Kirstin Carlson, 17.72, $453; 13. Cindy Smith and Susan Siggins, 17.77, $317; 15 Teresa Marr, 17.81, $181.

BULL RIDING
1. Chandler Bownds, 87 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Time Out, $4,304; 2. Clayton Savage, 82 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Charlie’s Bandito, $2,300; 3. John Jacobs, 81 points on Due or Die Rodeo’s Wandering Comet, $2,439; 4. Bryan Richardson on Due or Die Rodeo’s Anvil Tough and Seth Glause on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Night Staker, 80, $1,291; 6. Logan Knibbe, 79 points on Due or Die Rodeo’s West Coast Thug, $717; 7. Jacob O’Mara on Due or Die Rodeo’s Peg Leg Pete, Colin McTaggart on Due or Die Rodeo’s Saylor Baby and Tate Stratton on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Room Service, 76, $335.

postheadericon Canadian bucking horse is hot at New Mexico rodeo

LOVINGTON, N.M. – Miss Congeniality is starting to get used to this part of North America, and saddle bronc riders at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo are reaping the rewards.

The 9-year-old bay mare was born and raised near Wainwright, Alberta, and was one of the top horses in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association. In fact, she was named the saddle bronc of the Canadian Finals Rodeo just two seasons ago. A few months after, Pete Carr purchased athletic animal and made her a big part of his Dallas-based livestock firm, Carr Pro Rodeo.

Through three performances in Lovington, Miss Congeniality has been the best partner bronc riders could have inside Jake McClure Arena. Australian Cody Angland rode her Wednesday night for 85 points, a score that still holds the lead. On Friday night, Alex Wright of Milford, Utah, matched moves with the mare for 84 points, good enough for second place.

“She’s getting settled in,” Carr said. “She comes from a part of Canada that’s a long ways from our part of Texas. She’s getting acclimated to the heat and humidity, and she just had a colt.

“She was one of the most sought-after horses in Canada. The guy that owned her promised me he’d sell her to me, but it took a little while. He finally got a colt out of her, a mare, and that’s when he sold her to me.”

The contestants who make their livings on the bucking animals realize the importance of having a tremendous athlete underneath them. The top cowboys in the world will select the horses they want to buck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and Miss Congeniality made her first trip to Las Vegas last December. The way things are going, she’ll likely be back.

“The bronc riders really like her,” Carr said. “She’s got a lot of action.”

Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Lovington
, N.M.
After Third Performance
BAREBACK RIDING
1. Brian Bain on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Black Coffee and Will Lowe on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket, 88; 3. Matt Bright, 87; 4. Ryan Gray, 86; 5. Lee Lantz and Caine Riddle, 85; 7. Caleb Bennett, 84; 8. Tanner Aus, 82.

STEER WRESTLING
First round leaders:
1. Mickey Gee, 3.8 seconds; 2. Dean Gorsuch, 3.9; 3. Shane Henderson, 4.1; 4. Seth Braockman and Ken Lewis, 4.2; 6. Lee Graves, 4.3; 7. Rusty Hamilton, 4.6; 8. Stockton Graves and Stan Branco, 4.9.
Second round leaders: 1. Sterling Lambert, 3.6 seconds; 2. Jason Miller, 4.0; 3. Dean Gorsuch and Jacob Shofner, 4.3; 5. Stan Branco, Pepe Arballo, Wade Sumpter, Alex Robertson and Tommy Cook, 4.4.
Average: 1. Dean Gorsuch, 8.2 seconds on two runs; 2 Stan Branco, 9.3; 3. Jason Miller, 9.8; 4. Wade Sumpter, 10.2; 5. Josh Peek, 10.8; 6. Les Shepperson, 10.9; 7. Jacob Shofner, 11.0; 8. Shane Henderson, 11.3.

TIE-DOWN ROPING

First round leaders: 1. Sterling Smith, 8.8 seconds; 2. Shane Hanchey, 9.1; 3. Seth Hooper and Houston Hutto, 9.3; 5. Ryan Jarrett and Joseph Gernentz, 9.6; 7. Stran Smith, 9.5; 8. Jerome Schneeberger, Jud Nowotny and Clif Cooper, 9.7.
Second round leaders:
1. Michael Otero, 8.5 seconds; 2. Clint Cooper, 8.7; 3. Josh Peek and Guy Miller, 8.9; 5. Blair Burk, 9.0; 6. Clif Cooper, 9.1; 7. Sterling Smith, 9.2; 8. Jake Hannum, 9.3.
Average: 1. Sterling Smith, 18.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Clint Cooper, 18.5; 3. Clif Cooper, 18.8; 4. Jake Hannum, 20.3; 5. Trevor Thiel, 20.7; 6. Jayce Johnson, 21.3; 7. Kyle Dutton, 21.4; 8. Timber Moore, 22.0.

SADDLE BRONC RIDING
1. Cody Angland, 85 points on Miss Congeniality; 2. Alex Wright, 84; 3. Sterling Crawley and Luke Butterfield, 80; 5. Cody Wrighyt, 79; 6. Taos Muncy, Troy Crowser, Wade Sundell and Casey Sisk, 77.

STEER ROPING
Third round leaders:
1. Rocky Patterson, 8.7 seconds; 2. J.B. Whatley, 9.5; 3. Jake DeGeer, 10.0; 4. Chris Glover, 10.2; 5. Cody Garnett, 10.3; 6. Shay Good, 10.4; 7. Trevor Brazile and Chance Kelton, 10.5.
Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 32.4 on three runs; 2. Shay Good, 32.8; 3. Ralph Williams, 35.4; 4. Ty Herd, 36.5; 5. Rocky Patterson, 37.0; 6. Chance Kelton, 37.1; 7. Leo Campbell, 39.9; 8. Chris Glover, 41.0.

TEAM ROPING
First round leaders:
1. Kaden Richard/Rhen Richard, 4.6; 2. Brady Tryan/Jake Long, 4.9; 3. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 5.2; 4. Ryan Jarrett/K.C. Curtis, Chase Massengill/JoDan Mirabal and Luke Brown/Martin Lucero, 5.3; 7. Chad Masters/Jade Corkill, 5.4; 8. Jake Barnes/Walt Woodard, 5.6.
Second round leaders: 1. Ty Blasingame/Cody Hintz, 4.3; 2. Blaine Linaweaver/Kipp Harrell, 4.7; 3. Charly Crawford/Russell Cardoza, 5.1; 4. Erich Rochers/Kory Koontz and Brandon Beers/Jim Ross Cooper, 5.2; 6. Jake Barnes/Walt Woodard, 5.3; 7. David Motes/Ryon Tittel and Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 5.4.
Average leaders: 1. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 10.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Luke Brown/Martin Lucero, 10.8; 3. Jake Barnes/Walt Woodard, 10.9; 4. Tommy Edens/Justin Hendrick, 11.2; 5. Charly Crawford/Russell Cardoza, 12.0; 6. Brandon Beers/Jim Ross Cooper, 16.7; 7. Ty Blasingame/Cody Hintz, 4.3 on 1; 8. Kaden Richard/Rhen Richard, 4.6.

BARREL RACING
1. Sydni Blanchard, 16.99 seconds; 2. Jessi Eagleberger, 17.42; 3. Benette Barrington, 17.45; 4. Jana Bean, 17.55; 5. Lindsey Ewing, 17.58; 6. Jessie Moody, 17.61; 7. Jill Moody, 17.65; 8. Kirstin Carlson, 17.72; 9. Cindy Smith and Susan Siggins, 17.77; 11. Kim Schulze, 17.86; 12. Tammy Fischer, 17.87; 13. Marisa Simpson, 17.92; 14. Jane Melby, 18.08; 15, Lea Baze, 18.09.

BULL RIDING
1. Chandler Bownds, 87 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Time Out; 2. John Jacobs, 81; 3. Bryan Richardson, 80; 4. Logan Knibbe, 79; 5. Jacob O’Mara, Tate Stratton and Colin McTaggart, 76; 8. Allen Helmuth, 75; 8.

postheadericon Lovington Photos 3

Mike Johnson, a 23-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from Henryetta, Okla., competes during Friday's slack at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo in Lovington, N.M.

Mike Johnson, a 23-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from Henryetta, Okla., competes during Friday's slack at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo in Lovington, N.M.

Clif Cooper of Decatur, Texas, the 13th-ranked tie-down roper in the PRCA, throws his loop Friday afternoon.

Clif Cooper of Decatur, Texas, the 13th-ranked tie-down roper in the PRCA, throws his loop Friday afternoon.

Stran Smith, the 2008 world champion, does some behind-the-scenes work Friday afternoon.

Clif Cooper of Decatur, Texas, the 13th-ranked tie-down roper in the PRCA, throws his loop Friday afternoon.

Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, the No. 1 tie-down roper in the PRCA world standings, chases his calf into Jake McClure Arena in Lovington.

Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, the No. 1 tie-down roper in the PRCA world standings, chases his calf into Jake McClure Arena in Lovington.

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