LAS VEGAS – If this is déjà vu, that’s just fine with Ryan Jarrett.
Jarrett, of Comanche, Okla., roped and tied his calf in 7.2 seconds Tuesday night to share the sixth-round win at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with good friend and traveling partner Cliff Robinson. That payday was worth $16,343 and pushed Jarrett’s NFR earnings past $21,000.
“It means a lot to go over here and get a buckle for the sixth go-round, and we’ll try to get more,” said Jarrett, who grew up in Summerville, Ga., and is competing in his seventh NFR qualification. “Me and Clint swapped calves from what we had Saturday night. I knew his from the other night was really good. As a matter of fact, he called it today. He said we should just swap calves. Both were good and were a good chance to win money. It worked out that way.”
It was a nice reminder of what happened one December ago, when Jarrett won the sixth round. He followed that up with a seventh-round win and placed four other nights. If déjà vu is in place, then he should plan a trip to the South Point for the Montana Silversmiths Go-Round Buckle Presentation after Wednesday’s seventh round.
The key is to continue to rope well and win money in Vegas.
“Both are big parts to what we do,” said Jarrett, the 2005 all-around world champion. “Money is what we’re here for, I guess, but I love being able to rope here at the NFR.
“It hasn’t been going as well as I had hoped. This year was pretty slow all summer. I had a big second-place finish at Pendleton that put me over the hump to qualify here. Every calf I had here has been a chance to win, but I just haven’t stepped up and won. Everything was good tonight. I had no mistakes.”
So is the plan for the next four rounds?
“We’ll just keep roping aggressive and hope we draw good,” he said. “Maybe we’ll creep up and move up a little more in the average and win a little check in the average, a little icing on the cake.
“Hopefully things will go my way. We have a chance to win $18,000 a night, and that makes it exciting.”