K.C. JONES, Burlington, Wyo.
K.C. Jones has won the Timed Event Championship just about every which way possible.
When one wins five of these prestigious titles, it helps to be creative.
A year ago, Jones didn’t lead from start to finish, but he was pretty close. He finished the opening round in third place, just a few seconds away from the leader. By the time the opening day of competition concluded, Jones had control of the 2012 Timed Event, and the Wyoming cowboy doesn’t like to let go of things, either. He also placed fourth and fifth in the fastest rounds competition, earning $57,000 last year.
The hair’s a little grayer than the first time Jones won the Timed Event; that was in 1993. He also won gold in 1996, 1999 and 2001. Is any more special than the others? Probably not. But earning the title in this unique event has got to have a different feeling at 44 than it does at 25.
Jones is a two-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, having earned his ticket to Vegas in both tie-down roping and team roping in 1991. In the two decades since, he’s handled his business in the best way possible; that means he’s been outstanding inside the Lazy E Arena each March, and why, five titles later, he remains one of the most consistent players in the Timed Event game.
Only Trevor Brazile owns more Timed Event titles, and K.C. Jones has a chance to match that this weekend. It’s going to be quite interesting watching him chase it.