GUTHRIE, Okla. – Daniel Green twice has been the Timed Event Championship leader heading into the final day of competition.
Both times, in 2002 and 2008, Green left the Lazy E Arena with $50,000 for winning the unique event dubbed the “Ironman” Event of ProRodeo.
“That’s what I’m drawing all my strength from … that I’m going to go complete the job,” said Green, 40, of Oakdale, Calif. “Funny things happen here, but my mind frame is to finish this thing off.”
Green’s 20-run cumulative total of 237.6 seconds leads runner-up Trell Etbauer of Goodwell, Okla., by 26.1 seconds. Five-time champion K.C. Jones of Burlington, Wyo., sits third with 273.2 seconds.
“I came here to stay solid the whole way through and to rope every steer,” Green said. “Nothing’s changed just because I’m now in the lead.”
Green posted a 53.6-second round on Saturday night, the fourth-fastest of the fourth go-round. Clayton Hass of Terrel, Texas, scored a 49.6, moving into third place in the fastest round competition. Six-time champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, is No. 1 with 44.3, while two-time champ Kyle Lockett of Visalia, Calif., is second with a 46.5 – both were posted during the third round earlier Saturday.
While the lion’s share of the $150,000 prize pool is paid out through the top eight cumulative scores, the contestant with the fastest round time will earn a $10,000 when the championship concludes Sunday afternoon.
The Timed Event Championship is a true test of the top all-around cowboys in rodeo. Not only must they handle all five disciplines, but they must be able to handle any challenges. That includes being able to different horses throughout the competition.
“When I was a kid, I’d jump on anything and just ride anything,” Green said. “I think it helps me to just get by. At the same time, the horse has to be good or they’re really hard to get by, especially in these conditions.
“The course is the biggest competition here. Trevor Brazile has his six titles here and 17 gold buckles, and K.C. Jones has his five Timed Event Championships. But more than that, the course is the toughest competitor any of us face. You beat the course, you win big … maybe not always first, but you win big.”
The 2013 Timed Event Championship is a Lazy E Production. For more information on the Timed Event Championship or other Lazy E events, contact the Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK 73044, (405) 282-RIDE, (800) 595-RIDE .
AVERAGE LEADERS: 1. Daniel Green, 237.5; 2. Trell Etbauer, 263.4; 3. K.C. Jones, 273.2; 4. Paul David Tierney, 275.4; 5. Dustin Bird, 279.5; 6. Trevor Brazile, 294.9; 7. Russell Cardoza, 296.7; 8. Jess Tierney, 297.4.
FASTEST ROUND LEADERS: 1. Trevor Brazile, 44.3 seconds; 2. Kyle Lockett, 46.5; 3. Clayton Hass, 49.6; 4. Jess Tierney, 50.5; 5. Daniel Green 51.0; 6. K.C. Jones, 51.8.
ROUND 4: 1. Clayton Hass, 49.6; 2. K.C. Jones, 51.8; 3. Clay Smith, 52.4; 4. Daniel Green, 53.6; 5. Paul Tierney, 56.7; 6. Landon McClaugherty, 77.3.