Archive for February, 2013

postheadericon ‘Ironman’ a tough test for true cowboys

Linderman Award winners provide a fresh flavor to Timed Event Championship mix

Does a true cowboy work on the ranch or in the rodeo arena? Does he tame wild horses or rope steers? Does he care for livestock or work with ragged fencing until his hands bleed?

The definition of a true cowboy is all of that and more. Ask any of the 20 contestants invited to be part of the 2013 Timed Event Championship of the World, set for March 1-3 at the Lazy E Arena. They will battle in one of the most rugged cowboy competitions ever created, roping and wrestling 25 animals in five go-rounds spread over just three days.

Mike Outhier

Mike Outhier

“The Timed Event shows the best talent of a cowboy, about being a great cowboy and being able to do anything,” said Mike Outhier, an Oklahoma-born cowboy who is competing at the “Ironman” of ProRodeo for the first time in his career. “It’s pretty special if you can do everything.”

Outhier has done everything for a long time. He grew up near Weatherford, Okla., with a rope in his hand. When he was old enough, he added riding bucking beasts to his resume – yeah, he’s pretty good at it, too. As a saddle bronc rider, Outhier qualified four times for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

He also competed in timed events and rode bareback horses from time to time, earning two PRCA Linderman Awards for excelling at both ends of the arena. As a youngster, he competed in all six events for boys at the International Youth Finals Rodeo.

“Maybe I can let them run some broncs in there,” he said jokingly about the Lazy E competition, now in its 29th year.

Outhier is among an elite field of combatants battling for the $150,000 purse, joining 17-time world champion Trevor Brazile, a six-time Timed Event Championship winner; K.C. Jones, a five-time winner and the reigning champion; ProRodeo Hall of Famers Paul Tierney and Jimmie Cooper, who own multiple TEC titles; two-time champs Kyle Lockett and Daniel Green; and Josh Peek, the 2010 winner.

These are the best of the best, including reigning PRCA world champions like Chad Masters and Jade Corkill and three-time Linderman Award winner Trell Etbauer, another Oklahoma-raised cowboy who brings a lifetime of all-around talent into the mix.

Trell Etbauer

Trell Etbauer

“It’s tough to be able to work all the events and to do it competitively,” said Etbauer, the son of two-time world champion bronc rider Robert Etbauer and nephew of five-time champ Billy Etbauer. “You’re roping against Trevor and all these other guys that have been there. If you can come out and win that thing, it would be something. It would be a lot like winning the world championship.”

The gold buckle earned for the Timed Event title is one of the most coveted trophies in all of rodeo, even for guys that have made a significant living riding broncs.

“I think it’s pretty special to have a bronc rider in the Timed Event Championship,” Outhier said. “Hopefully I represent them well. I plan to just fly in there under the radar and hope I catch everything. You don’t have to be fast at that thing, but you have to be smart. I’ve roped my whole life, so my goal is to catch 20 steers and throw down five more. Hopefully I can do that.”

That’s the goal of all 20 combatants in rodeo’s most unique event. First place earns the lion’s share of $50,000, but there’s another $100,000 out there for the taking. It’s vitally important to have the right frame of mind when it comes tackling each discipline in all five rounds through the rugged weekend test.

“I just want to treat it like the practice pen and get them all down,” said Etbauer, who won the college steer wrestling championship as a freshman at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in his hometown of Goodwell. “I like doing more than one event, so I hope it fits me pretty well.

“When I junior rodeoed, I entered pretty much everything I could enter. That’s just how Daddy was. You need to work as many events as you can, and your horses need to be where you can work them in more than one event. When Daddy, Danny and Billy were in high school, they pretty much did every event, so that’s what we grew up doing, too.”

It shows in Trell Etbauer’s years of excellence. Now he’ll put it to the biggest test of his lifetime against the greatest timed-event cowboys in the land.

postheadericon MGM Deuces Night dies

Carr Pro Rodeo animal was named 2012 PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year

DALLAS – Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo, said Saturday that MGM Deuces Night has died. The 8-year-old bay/paint mare was named the 2012 Bareback Horse of the Year in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

The horse suffered an episode of colic at the Elgin (Texas) Veterinary Hospital on Saturday. It occurred several days after having a procedure done to treat a broken coffin bone in the horse’s right rear foot.

Carr Pro Rodeo's MGM Deuces Night carries Chase Erickson to the 2011 All American ProRodeo Series title in Waco, Texas. The 2012 Bareback Horse of the Year died Saturday after suffering colic.

Carr Pro Rodeo’s MGM Deuces Night carries Chase Erickson to the 2011 All American ProRodeo Series title in Waco, Texas. The 2012 Bareback Horse of the Year died Saturday after suffering colic. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

“Dr. (Marty) Tanner said the procedure went well and that she was doing well, and he was going to send her home Monday,” Carr said. “We’ve lost some great horses over the years, but this one stings quite a bit.

“She had been so brilliant so early in her career. She was a foundation mare, and we were going to breed her for a lot of years. ”

MGM Deuces Night was born on the Zinser Ranch in Claire, Mich., then purchased by bareback rider Wes Stevenson, an eight-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier. He later sold the horse to Carr, who first took the animal to the NFR in 2010. She returned to ProRodeo’s finale in 2011 and 2012.

“I knew she was that good, so part of the reason I sold her to Pete is that I knew she’d have a good shot to go to the finals,” Stevenson said. “I bought her from Jim Zinser as a brood mare, but she bucked so good, I didn’t want to waste her sitting at my house. I wanted her to have a chance.”

In the six times she performed in Las Vegas, she guided cowboys to three go-round titles: Kelly Timberman, 88 points, 10th round, 2010; Ryan Gray, 90, fifth round, 2011; Kaycee Feild, 87, 10th round, 2011.

Feild, the two-time and reigning bareback riding world champion from Payson, Utah, said Saturday night he had earned about $100,000 on MGM Deuces Night. Feild rode the horse for 90 points at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in April 2011; he set an arena record at the 2012 RodeoHouston, matching moves with MGM Deuces Night for 93 points.

In her short lifetime, the mare led cowboys to a lot of big paydays. In her first trip during a PRCA rodeo, she guided five-time NFR qualifier Chris Harris to an 88-point ride to win the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo in 2010 – the two had a rematch in Pecos in 2011, with Harris winning the title again after an 87. Chase Erickson won the 2011 All American Series Finals title with an 88 on MGM Deuces Night.

Third-year pro J.R. Vezain, who went on to qualify for his first NFR, won the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo last May after posting an 89 on MGM Deuces Night, out of Night Line and sired by famed stallion Night Jacket. In June, five-time NFR qualifier Steven Dent posted a 91-point ride in Pecos, marking the third straight year the bareback title at that rodeo was earned on the mare.

“She was a special horse, and you could tell she loved to buck,” Carr said. “She was exceptional.”

postheadericon MGM Deuces Night has died

Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo, said Saturday night that MGM Deuces Night has died. The 8-year-old bay/paint mare was named the 2012 Bareback Horse of the Year in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

No details of the animal’s death have been reported.

postheadericon Vezain, Feild win bareback short round at San Antonio

I’m listening to Steve Kenyon’s call of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo on ProRodeo Live. If you’re not, you should click on that link and catch what’s happening. I may not be able to post every event, but I’ll try tonight.

J.R. Vezain rode Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket, and two-time reigning world champion Kaycee Feild rode Kesler’s Street Dance, both scoring 88 points on Saturday night. Vezain was named San Antonio champ by just $1.

Jessy Davis, MT. Outa Sight, CR – 82
Jason Havens, OR. Brother, JK – 81
Bobby Mote, OR. Fancy Free, CL – 85
JR Vezain, WY. Dirty Jacket, CR – 88
Austin Foss, OR. Scarlett’s Web, CL – 87
Matt Lait, CAN. PTSD Power Play, AN – 80
Caine Riddle, TX. Stampede Warrior, CA – 83
Ryan Gray, WA. Good Time Charlie, CL – 79
Tim O’Connell. IA Special Delivery, CA – BO
Kaycee Feild, UT. Street Dance, GK – 88

postheadericon Timed Event Championship: Paul David Tierney

Paul David Tierney

Paul David Tierney

PAUL DAVID TIERNEY, Oral, S.D.

One does not grow up in the shadows of one of ProRodeo’s top all-around cowboys without learning a thing or two.

Paul David Tierney is the youngest son of two-time PRCA World Champion Paul Tierney, a four-time winner of the Timed Event Championship. It’s quite possible the biggest lesson the younger Tierney learned from Dad was how to win. In fact, Paul and Paul David roped together to win the team roping championship last season.

In addition, Paul David earned 12 other titles, including a clean sweep in Sturgis, S.D., where he won the team roping, tie-down roping and all-around titles in 2012. Roping with Cody Doescher, the pair earned championships in Garden City, Kan.; Hermiston, Ore.; Isanti, Minn.; Gillette, Wyo.; Burlington, Colo.; and Spooner, Wis.

Now Paul David joins his father and older brother, Jess, as invitees into this exclusive field. That’s proof that this bloodline runs deep and that Paul David Tierney is carrying on the family’s legacy quite well.

Now he’d like to win this championship, which would just add more gold to the Tierney lore.

postheadericon Timed Event Championship: Clayton Hass

Clayton Hass

Clayton Hass

CLAYTON HASS, Terrell, Texas

There are a lot of adjectives to describe Clayton Hass.

Steer wrestler. Team roper. Tie-down roper.

They’re all fitting, but so is horse trainer. You see, Hass is a cowboy in every form of the word. In the world of rodeo, he’s a multitasker, a man who can handle several aspects of the business in winning form. He’s proven it over the course over the last 22 years, since he first backed a horse into the timed-event box.

He was 7 years old.

Last season, Hass battled through the rigors of the unique five go-rounds of the Timed Event Championship. From there, he utilized that momentum into 12 event titles – all but one came in his home state of Texas, and that one was the bulldogging crown in Hamel, Minn.

Overall, Hass finished the campaign 19th in the final all-around standings, 29th in steer wrestling. More importantly, the three-event cowboy has a chance to win all-around crowns at just about every rodeo in which he competes, which leads us to this weekend.

Hass has established himself as one of the top timed-event cowboys in Texas; now he has a chance to prove it on a national stage.

postheadericon Timed Event Championship: Chad Masters

Chad Masters

Chad Masters

CHAD MASTERS, Clarksville, Tenn.

The price of gold is quite valuable, and nobody knows that any better than the nine contestants who won ProRodeo’s world championships in 2012.

Count Chad Masters in that list. The Clarksville, Tenn., cowboy won his second PRCA gold buckle, finishing the season with $196,099. He put the bow on the world title wrapping by winning the average championship at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with partner Clay O’Brien Cooper, a seven-time world champ himself.

Masters has qualified for the NFR nine times in the last 10 years and earned his first world championship in 2007. In a career that began 12 seasons ago, he has earned more than $1.4 million. That’s pretty handy, especially for one of the greatest headers in the game.

But Masters is a pretty salty all-around hand. He’s proved that over the years inside the Lazy E Arena. Just last March, he finished eighth in the average, pocketing $3,000 in the process. He’d like to earn more cash this weekend, which is why he’s re-invested his 2012 Timed Event earnings into his 2013 entry fee.

He’d love to see that investment returned, with compound interest, of course.

postheadericon Timed Event Championship: Paul Tierney

Paul Tierney

Paul Tierney

PAUL TIERNEY, Oral, S.D.

Which statistic do you want first?

Is it Paul Tierney’s tie-down roping world championship, which he won in 1979? Is it his all-around gold buckle, which he earned in 1980, ending the six-year reign atop the rodeo world by Oklahoman Tom Ferguson? Is it his induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, which occurred in 2008?

Is it his first Timed Event Championship title, which he earned in 1987? Or was it the three others, which came in 1991, 1997 and 2000?

Any of the above is pretty phenomenal, but so is Paul Tierney. He’s been part of this field every year since the Timed Event Championship began in 1985 and is one of the most celebrated cowboys to have ever roped, tied and bulldogged inside the Lazy E Arena.

Tierney has set a number of Timed Event standards, now in his fourth decade competing in this prestigious event. Now he’s doing so at the age of 60, the oldest contestant in this field, which includes Tierney’s two sons, Jess and Paul David. It’s just one more statistic in the pedigree that is Paul Tierney.

postheadericon Timed Event Championship: Jimmie Cooper

Jimmie Cooper

Jimmie Cooper

JIMMIE COOPER, Monument, N.M.

Jimmie Cooper’s rise to the top of professional rodeo was considerably quicker than most that play the game.

After filling his permit at the first rodeo in which he competed, Cooper was named the PRCA’s overall, tie-down and steer wrestling rookie of the year in 1980. A year later, he roped calves and wrestled steers at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, which propelled the New Mexico talent to the 1981 all-around world championship.

He’s one of a handful of cowboys to have qualified for the NFR in three events – he roped calves from 1980-86, wrestled steers from 1980-83 and team roping from 1984-86. He won the NFR bulldogging average in 1983.

Cooper was still in the prime of his rodeo career when he stopped competing full time, instead deciding to spend quality time at home with his wife, Shryl, and their three children, Jill and twins Jim Ross and Jake – the twins, by the way, were the 2004 team roping rookies of the year.

Now a three-time champion of this event, he continues to be a fan favorite at the Timed Event Championship, even at 56 years of age.

postheadericon Pete Carr purchases Classic Pro Rodeo

Top-level stock contractor setting new standard in rodeo livestock and production

DALLAS – Pete Carr has purchased Classic Pro Rodeo, unhinging the perfect storm that will set a new standard for stock contractors in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

With the acquisition, Carr will merge Classic Pro Rodeo with his own Carr Pro Rodeo to create one of the most powerful livestock firms in the sport.

Pete Carr

Pete Carr

“I look at this as a way for us to better take care of the rodeo committees and the sport of rodeo in general,” said Carr, who purchased Classic from Scotty Lovelace. “We’ve been in rodeo all our adult lives, and I think Scotty and I share a strong passion for building toward the future of the sport.”

Since joining the PRCA, Classic has had livestock perform at each Wrangler National Finals Rodeo since 1997, and Lovelace was named the 2003 Stock Contractor of the Year. Carr Pro Rodeo was established in 2005 and quickly has become one of the elite producers in the sport. Now the company will boast of more than 70 animals that have competed at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“When you put that kind of animal talent together, I think that says a lot about what people are going to see,” Lovelace said.

The combination will bring together 31 animals that bucked at last year’s NFR, including three that have been named PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year: Real Deal in 2005, Big Tex in 2010 and MGM Deuces Night in 2012.Big Tex also joins Grass Dancer in other notable performances: Each of the animals was part of one of the four world-record 94-point rides – Ryan Gray on Grass Dancer in Eagle, Colo., in July 2009, and Tilden Hooper on Big Tex in Silver City, N.M., in June 2010.

“Scotty has been producing rodeos for 22 years, and most of that time has been in the PRCA,”
Carr said. “He will continue to work with me and help me with the operations. He has a lot of experience and knowledge, and that’s just going to make everything we do that much better.”

The acquisition will create an elite production team, which will care for some of the greatest animals in the sport. It means working rodeos at indoor coliseums in the fall and winter, then adjusting to bigger outdoor arenas through the spring and summer. It is important to have the crew to handle those steps and work behind the scenes; it helps that those people care for livestock.

This isn’t the first time Lovelace and Carr have teamed; prior to getting into the livestock business, they traveled together while riding bareback horses all across the country. They also have partnered on several animals and were former owners of the Harper & Morgan firm.

In 2013, Carr’s combined schedule includes producing 33 rodeos in 13 states; the company will have livestock performing at many of the largest events in the industry. In the coming weeks, the new firm will produce Texas events in Bay City, Marshall, Nacogdoches and Jacksonville, while also branching out to Southaven, Miss., and Silver City, N.M. – all have been part of Classic’s schedule; they will join events like Oklahoma’s Richest Rodeo in Guymon; New Mexico’s only tour stop in Lovington; the Navajo Nation’s Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo in Window Rock, Ariz.; the top rodeo in the Mountain States Circuit in Eagle, Colo.; and the Texas Stampede in Allen.

“I’m excited about the new opportunities that are ahead for the company,” Carr said. “I want committees to know we have a lot to offer them. We’re going to have unprecedented resources for all the rodeos, which will benefit everyone involved: committees, sponsors, contestants and spectators.”

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