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postheadericon Pecos buckle is a nice fit for Grimes

Stacey Grimes of Kerrville, Texas, rounds the second barrel on Saturday night at the West of the Pecos Rodeo. Grimes finished in 17.28 seconds to win the barrel racing championship and the coveted title. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Stacey Grimes of Kerrville, Texas, rounds the second barrel on Saturday night at the West of the Pecos Rodeo. Grimes finished in 17.28 seconds to win the barrel racing championship and the coveted title. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

PECOS, Texas – Stacey Grimes fumbled through the box carrying her West of the Pecos Rodeo championship buckle, unfastened her belt and promptly snapped the shiny trophy in place.

“It took me 130 years to win this buckle,” Grimes said jokingly, referring to the anniversary of the World’s First Rodeo and her barrel racing title.

Grimes and her mount, Jetbug, rounded the cloverleaf pattern in 17.28 seconds on Saturday night before a sold-out crowd at Buck Jackson Arena to claim the title during the final performance. It was a great way to close the five days of competition.

“I’ve finished second three times,” said Grimes, of Kerrville, Texas. I had the same horse power last year and won second. This year he was on fire and was ready to win, and thank the good Lord he did.”

With the prized buckle, Grimes claimed the $2,689 first-place prize and beat a strong field. She and Jetbug were so fast, in fact, that they were almost three-tenths of a second faster than runner-up Jana Bean of Fort Hancock, Texas – that’s an eternity in barrel racing.

The Pecos buckle is one of the most sought-after prizes in rodeo, and Grimes has been chasing it for 26 years. Her husband, Johnny, won the tie-down roping title 16 years ago, so they have something else to share.

“I get to bring it home this year, and my family is very excited,” she said. “The check’s great, too; this is one of my favorite rodeos.”

It looks to be one of Sam Powers’ favorite rodeos, too. The 19-year-old cowboy from Sonora, Texas, competed in both tie-down roping and steer wrestling Saturday; more importantly, his 4.5-second run in steer wrestling was good enough for to tie Ty Willick for second place in the second go-round. For that, he earned $1,103.

“It feels great; it’s achieving a dream,” said Powers, who entered the evening just a few dollars shy of the $1,000 in season earnings he needed on his permit in order to be eligible to purchase his ProRodeo card – in rodeo, contestants must meet a minimum requirement in money earned in order to earn the right to compete, and the permit process allows for that.

“I feel like I’m part of the family.”

He should. Powers’ grandfather served on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s board of directors and owned some of the greatest steer wrestling horses in the sport for several years. His father also competed professionally, so he’s carrying a family tradition.

Powers turned 19 on May 10 and plans to purchase his PRCA card as soon as possible. He plans to return to Pecos for years to come, too.

“This gives me confidence when I come back that I can compete here,” he said. “At first it kind of scared me because it’s big and, well, it’s Pecos. But I’ll definitely be coming back to this rodeo.”

West of the Pecos Rodeo
June 26-29
Pecos, Texas
All-around champion:
Trevor Brazile, $11,271.

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Taylor Price, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket, $2,978; 2. Will Lowe, 87, $2,283; 3. Tom McFarland, 85, $1,688; 4. (tie) Caine Riddle, Trey Fisher and Steven Dent, 82, 761 each; 7. Matthew Smith, 81, $397; 8. Micky Downare, 79, $298.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Travis Tryan/Jake Long, 6.4 seconds, $2,003; 2. (tie) Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith and Charly Crawford/Ryan Motes, 6.8, $1,485 each; 4. (tie) Dustin Davis/Kinney Harrell and Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 6.9, $794 each; 6. Bubba Buckaloo/Cole Dawson, 7.1, $345. Second round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.2 seconds, $2,003 each; 2. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 6.8, $1,658; 3. (tie) Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton and Arky Rogers/Walt Woodard, 7.0, $1,140 each; 6. (tie) Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero and Brandon Webb/Wesley Johnson, 7.4, $484 each. Average: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 13.0 on two runs, $3,005 each; 2. Arky Rogers/Walt Woodard, 15.0, $2,487; 3. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 15.0, $1,969; 4. Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 15.3, $1,451; 5. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 15.8, $933; 6. Dustin Davis/Kinney Harrell, 16.2, $518.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Walter Priestly, 12.2 seconds, $1,821; 2. Garrett Hale, 13.7, $1,507; 3. Chance Gasperson, 13.8, $1,193; 4. Reo Lohse, 14.4, $879; 5. Jason Evans, 14.9, $565; 6. Troy Tillard, 15.1, $314. Second round: 1. Dan Fisher, 12.0 seconds, $1,821; 2. Lawson Plemons, 12.2, $1,507; 3. Troy Tillard, 13.1, $1,193; 4. (tie) J. Paul Williams and Landon McClaugherty, 13.5, $722 each; 6. Rod Hartness, 13.9, $314. Third round leaders: 1. Chet Herren, 12.4 seconds, $1,821; 2. Howdy McGinn, 12.5, $1,507; 3. Chance Gasperson, 12.8, $1,193; 4. Coy Thompson, 13.3, $879; 5. Jim Davis, 13.4, $565; 6. (tie) Mike Brewer and Garrett Hale, 13.6, $157 each. Average leaders: 1. Troy Tillard, 42.2 seconds on three runs, $2,732; 2. J. Paul Williams, 47.2, $2,261; 3. Chance Kelton, 47.2, $1,790; 4. Tony Reina, 49.1, $1,319; 5. Scott Snedecor, 52.0, $847; 6. Jim Locke, 54.7, $471.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Cody Wright, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Wild, $3,149; 2. Jake Wright, 84, $2,414; 3. Isaac Diaz, 82, $1,785; 4. Shane Proctor, 81, $1,155; 5. Jacobs Crawley, 80, $735; 6. Jesse Bail, 79, $525; 7. (tie) Travis Sheets and Nick Laduke, 78, $367.

Tie-down roping: Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Reese Riemer, 8.9 seconds, $1,700; 2. Taylor Smith, 9.1, $1,407; 3. Trevor Brazile, 9.3, $1,114; 4. (tie) Blane Cox and Fred Whitfield, 9.4, $674 each; 6. Justin Maass, 9.6, $293. Second round leaders: 1. Clint Akins, 8.2 seconds, $1,700; 2. Cade Swor, 8.3, $1,407; 3. Trevor Brazile, 8.7, $1,114; 4. Payden Emmett, 9.0, $821; 5. Kiel Rowan, 9.1, $528; 6. Marty Yates, 9.4, $293. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 18.0 on two runs, $2,550; 2. Clint Akins, 18.4, $2,222; 3. Cade Swor, 18.7, $1,671; 4. Marty Yates, 19.5, $1,231; 5. Blane Cox, 19.7, $791; 6. Will Kiker, 21.8, $440.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Ben Shofner, 5.6 seconds, $1,488; 2. Glen Clark, 6.0, $1,231; 3. Royce Johnson, 6.3, $975; 4. Riley Duvall, 6.4, $718; 5. (tie) Chance Campbell and Bill Pace, 6.7, $359. Second round leaders: 1. 1. Grady Gray, 4.0 seconds, $1,488; 2. (tie) Ty Willick and Sam Powers, 4.5, $1,103 each; 4.Tommy Cook, 5.3, $718; 5. (tie) Cooper Shofner and Weston Taylor, 5.4, $359 each. Average leaders: 1. Ben Schofner, 12.9 seconds on two runs, $1,488; 2. Riley Duvall, 13.6, $1,231; 3. Monty Eakin, 14.3, $975; 4. Bill Pace, 14.4, $718; 5. Gary Gilbert, 15.3, $462; 6. Matt Reeves, 16.8, $257.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Stacey Grimes,; 2. Jana Bean, 17.56, $2,285; 3. Layna Kight, 17.59, $1,882; 4. Brooke Rix, 17.83, $1,613; 5. Jaime Borrow, 17.88, $1,344; 6. Shelby Frasier, 17.91, $941; 7. (tie) Clay Sewalt and Tiffani Sonnier, 17.92, $605 each; 9. Lindsey Ewing, 17.95, $441; 10. Callie Duperier, 18.00, $403; 11. Kenna Squires, 18.01, $336; 12. (tie) 17.28 seconds, $2,689Martha Wright and Tasha Welsh, 18.02, $134 each.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Elliot Jacoby, 91 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Hustler, $4,591; 2. (tie) Ricky Aguiar and Beau Schroeder, 89, $3,054 each; 4. Chandler Bownds, 87, $1,680; 5. Shane Proctor, 86, $1,069; 6. (tie) Cameron Bland and Austin Meier, 85, $687 each; 8. Chris Roundy, 84, $458.

postheadericon Harris leads powerful list for final night in Pecos

The final night of the 130th West of the Pecos Rodeo promises a grand conclusion to an already fabulous event.

J.W. Harris

J.W. Harris

The brightest star scheduled to compete Saturday night inside Buck Jackson Arena is three-time bull riding world champion J.W. Harris. Not only has Harris been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo each of the last seven years, he won his titles consecutively, from 2008-10.

In Pecos, he is matched against Carr Pro Rodeo’s Small Pox. Meanwhile, three-time NFR qualifier Tate Stratton has drawn Big Stan, a bull owned by Billy Jones.

They aren’t the only players ProRodeo’s grand finale who will be part of the action. They’ll be joined by bareback rider Jared Smith, who has drawn Big Lights, one of Carr’s horses that has bucked at the NFR.

In bronc riding, reigning rookie of the year Spencer Wright has drawn Carr’s Empty Pockets, also an NFR bucking horse. Wright’s oldest brother, Cody, leads the standings after an 88-point ride Friday night on Carr’s Deuces Wild. He’ll be joined by Sam Spreadborough, a two-time NFR qualifier who has Carr’s Champaign Jam, and Bradley Harter, a seven-time NFR qualifier who will match Carr’s Big Time.

Every cowboy on the list will have his hands full. In addition to Cody Wright’s lead in saddle bronc riding, Taylor Price leads bareback riding with an 88-point ride on Carr’s Dirty Jacket, and Elliot Jacoby leads bull riding with a 91 on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Hustler.

But it should be fun watching what happens next. Other leaders for the rodeo titles include team ropers Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith, who have roped two steers in a cumulative time of 13.0 seconds; steer roper Troy Tillard, 42.2 seconds on three runs; Brazile in tie-down roping with 18.0 seconds on two runs; steer wrestler Ben Shofner, 12.9 on two; and barrel racer Jana Bean, 17.56 seconds.

postheadericon Wright bolts into the lead in Pecos

Two-time world champion Cody Wright rides Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Wild for 88 points during Friday’s performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo. He leads the rodeo with one performance remaining. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Two-time world champion Cody Wright rides Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Wild for 88 points during Friday’s performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo. He leads the rodeo with one performance remaining. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

PECOS, Texas – Cody Wright likes to see his name atop the standings any time he competes.

Wright, a two-time world champion from Milford, Utah, is the No. 1 saddle bronc rider in the world standings. On Friday night during the third performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo, he matched moves with Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Wild for 88 points to take the lead with just one performance remaining.

“Anywhere you can be hot this time of year is awesome,” said Wright, whose younger brother, Jake, sits in second place in Pecos. “We just want to get on a roll and hopefully keep it rolling.

“We’ve got a lot of good rodeos coming up, and the year has just begun, I think. Of course, anytime I can win, I’m happy.”

He’s been quite happy in 2013. So far this season, he’s earned more than $55,000 has won eight titles, including a January championship in Odessa. He knows it takes a solid performance from him and his horse if he has any chance of collecting checks along the way.

“I had that horse in Lovington (N.M.); I thought he was just so-so, but I might not have rode him good,” Wright said. “I tried to ride him as good as I could, and he would up being awesome.”

That’s the winning combination, and the Wright family knows it well. Four brothers travel together – Cody, Alex and twins Jake and Jesse. All but Alex have qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and Cody joins reigning champ Jesse as the family members who adorn gold buckles. Jake Wright posted an 84 on Carr’s Choir Girl to move into the No. 2 spot, and he’s rather tickled to have the momentum in his favor heading into the busy summer stretch of events.

“It’s awesome to do well here,” Jake Wright said. “I didn’t have the best winter. I drew decent but didn’t ride all that good. With the help of good brothers and a little bit of work, it’s all coming together.

“I wouldn’t want it to happen any other time that the Fourth of July.”

West of the Pecos Rodeo
June 26-29
Pecos, Texas
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Taylor Price, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket; 2. Will Lowe, 87; 3. Tom McFarland, 85; 4. (tie) Caine Riddle and Steven Dent, 82; 6. Micky Downare, 79; 7. Craig Wisehart, 78; 8. Bill Tutor, 74.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Travis Tryan/Jake Long, 6.4 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.8; 3. Charly Crawford/Ryan Motes, 6.8; 4. (tie) Dustin Davis/Kinney Harrell and Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 6.9; 6. Bubba Buckaloo/Cole Dawson, 7.1. Second round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.2 seconds; 2. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 6.8; 3. (tie) Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton and Arky Rogers/Walt Woodard, 7.0; 5. (tie) Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero and Brandon Webb/Wesley Johnson, 7.4; 6. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 7.6. Average: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 13.0 on two runs; 2. Arky Rogers/Walt Woodard, 15.0; 3. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 15.0; 4. Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 15.3; 5. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 15.8; 6. Dustin Davis/Kinney Harrell, 16.2.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Walter Priestly, 12.2 seconds, $1,821; 2. Garrett Hale, 13.7, $1,507; 3. Chance Gasperson, 13.8, $1,193; 4. Reo Lohse, 14.4, $879; 5. Jason Evans, 14.9, $565; 6. Troy Tillard, 15.1, $314. Second round: 1. Dan Fisher, 12.0 seconds, $1,821; 2. Lawson Plemons, 12.2, $1,507; 3. Troy Tillard, 13.1, $1,193; 4. (tie) J. Paul Williams and Landon McClaugherty, 13.5, $722 each; 6. Rod Hartness, 13.9, $314. Third round leaders: 1. Chet Herren, 12.4 seconds; 2. Howdy McGinn, 12.5; 3. Chance Gasperson, 12.8; 4. Coy Thompson, 13.3; 5. Jim Davis, 13.4; 6. (tie) Mike Brewer and Garrett Hale, 13.6. Average leaders: 1. Troy Tillard, 42.2 seconds on three runs; 2. J. Paul Williams, 47.2; 3. Chance Kelton, 47.2; 4. Tony Reina, 49.1; 5. Scott Snedecor, 52.0; 6. Jim Locke, 54.7.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Cody Wright, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Deuces Wild; 2. Jake Wright, 84; 3. Isaac Diaz, 82; 4. Shane Proctor, 81; 5. Jacobs Crawley, 80; 6. Jesse Bail, 79; 7. (tie) Travis Sheets and Nick Laduke, 78.

Tie-down roping: Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Reese Riemer, 8.9 seconds; 2. Taylor Smith, 9.1; 3. Trevor Brazile, 9.3; 4. (tie) Blane Cox and Fred Whitfield, 9.4 each; 6. Justin Maass, 9.6. Second round leaders: 1. Clint Akins, 8.2 seconds; 2. Cade Swor, 8.3; 3. Trevor Brazile, 8.7; 4. Payden Emmett, 9.0 seconds; 5. Kiel Rowan, 9.1; 6. Marty Yates, 9.4. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 18.0 on two runs; 2. Clint Akins, 18.4; 3. Cade Swor, 18.7; 4. Marty Yates, 19.5; 5. Blane Cox, 19.7; 6. Will Kiker, 21.8.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Ben Shofner, 5.6 seconds; 2. Glen Clark, 6.0; 3. Royce Johnson, 6.3; 4. Riley Duvall, 6.4; 5. (tie) Chance Campbell and Bill Pace, 6.7. Second round leaders: 1. 1. Grady Gray, 4.0 seconds; 2. Tommy Cook, 5.3; 3. (tie) Cooper Shofner and Weston Taylor, 5.4; 5. Paul Melvin, 5.5; 6. Matt Reeves, 5.7. Average leaders: 1. Ben Schofner, 12.9 seconds on two runs; 2. Riley Duvall, 13.6; 3. Monty Eakin, 14.3; 4. Bill Pace, 14.4; 5. 6. Matt Reeves, 16.8.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Jana Bean, 17.56 seconds; 2. Layna Kight, 17.59; 3. Jaime Borrow, 17.88; 4. Shelby Frasier, 17.91 seconds; 5. Clay Sewalt, 17.92; 6. Lindsey Ewing, 17.95; 7. Callie Duperier, 18.00; 8. Kenna Squires, 18.01; 9. (tie) Martha Wright and Tasha Welsh, 18.02; 11. Tammy Miller, 18.05; 12. Jordan Taton, 18.13.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Elliot Jacoby, 91 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Hustler; 2. (tie) Ricky Aguiar and Beau Schroeder, 89; 4. Chandler Bownds, 87; 5. Shane Proctor, 86; 6. (tie) Cameron Bland and Austin Meier, 85; 8. Chris Roundy, 84.

postheadericon McCoy is ready for ‘The Ride’

Popular cowboy kicks off second season with a look into his life, family

Cord McCoy is a professional bull rider and a reality TV star. In fact, he’s one of the most recognizable cowboys in the world because of the two.

But there’s much more to McCoy, and fans will get to see that in the next episode of “The Ride with Cord McCoy,” a weekly series that showcases the world of ranching and the Western lifestyle that airs at 1 and 11 p.m. Eastern on RFD-TV.

The Monday, July 1, episode is the first of the new season and provides viewers with a look at the life of McCoy, a cowboy who grew up his family’s ranch in the southeastern Oklahoma community of Tupelo. The show features enhanced production and a sparkling display that will give fans more to enjoy when they watch the series.

Cord McCoy

Cord McCoy

“I guess we’re really explaining again who I am, and it gets more in the day of the life of Cord McCoy,” said McCoy, the youngest of five children born to Denny and Janet McCoy, joining brothers Justin, JoRay and Jet and sister Nikki Callison. “It’s neat to be able to showcase my family. Even though Jet and I got to do “The Amazing Race, I feel there are 20 more members of my family that would do the same things that we did.

“It’s pretty cool to have a show that will open the door and showcase where I come from.”

The meat of “The Ride” is in sharing the Western lifestyle and what is involved in carrying on centuries-old traditions, and there’s no better place to start than at the host’s home.

“We take you to acclaimed ranches and show you the secrets of true horsemanship as he works with highly regarded experts,” stated a profile from the show’s website, www.CowHorseProductions.com. “From working cattle to perfecting turnarounds, you will learn techniques from the best.”

McCoy knows those techniques and can expound upon them, but as the show’s host, he provides others to explain the intricacies that come with raising livestock. In the opening show of the season, he gets a little help from some members of his family that talk about what it’s like on their ranches.

“My family was very close,” Callison said during the show. “We worked together; we played together.”

It’s that closeness that shines so brightly in the first episode, but that’s the background that has guided Cord McCoy to any success he’s had. He’s a five-time world champion in the International Professional Rodeo Association, a 2005 bull riding qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and has qualified numerous times for the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough World Championships.

“We wanted to establish who Cord is and how he got to where he is now in this episode,” said Brad Zanin, owner of Cow Horse Productions and producer of “The Ride.”

McCoy and Jet – who is just 13 months older – were part of two seasons on the reality TV series “The Amazing Race,” a marathon of around-the-world travels in which the winning two-person team claims the $1 million prize. That series put the cowboys on the international map, but it also showed the world that there is more to being a cowboy than the stereotypes that have been portrayed. It all comes back to how the McCoys live their lives.

“I think my family has definitely kept us grounded,” Cord McCoy said. “It’s equal opportunity around the ranch; everybody has the opportunity to work. I think growing up in the Western way of life, you learn that no matter how much money you have, you can’t tell a horse that or, in my line of work, a bull. Bulls can’t read buckles, and they don’t care what you’ve done.

“I think livestock keeps me grounded as well. My family works hard. We all work together, and we all work for the same goals.”

That’s rather evident in the opening episode of the season, which showcases the McCoys working – it includes gathering calves with Jet and Cord’s wife, Sara, and show’s Cord being the first to mount a newly purchased colt, handling the bucks and moves from the green horse.

Even when the show airs, it’s still about family time.

“Every Monday, I get to go over with my family and enjoy the show we filmed,” Cord McCoy said. “We get to share that with the rest of the world. It’s pretty neat to be able to go watch where we’ve been and what we’re doing.”

postheadericon Shofner closer to repeating as champ

Ben Shofner of Jasper, Texas, grapples his steer on Thursday during the second performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo. Shofner, the reigning steer wrestling champion in Pecos, leads the two-run aggregate with a time of 12.9 seconds. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Ben Shofner of Jasper, Texas, grapples his steer on Thursday during the second performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo. Shofner, the reigning steer wrestling champion in Pecos, leads the two-run aggregate with a time of 12.9 seconds. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

PECOS, Texas – A year ago, Ben Shofner left town with the steer wrestling title at the West of the Pecos Rodeo and one of the most sought-after championship buckles in the sport.

He’s trying to win another.

On Thursday night during the second performance of the World’s First Rodeo, Shofner did just enough to move himself into first place in the two-run rodeo, downing his second steer in 7.3 seconds. That, combined with his 5.6, first-round leading run from Thursday morning, gives the Jasper, Texas, cowboy a seven-tenths of a second lead over the No. 2 man in the standings, Riley Duvall of Checotah, Okla.

“I had a steer tonight that was a little bit slower and a little bit weaker, and I kind of wadded him up,” Shofner said, referring to his having trouble grappling the steer over on its side to secure a fast time. “These steers are fresh, so you’ve just got to score good and throw them down. A lot of guys have been missing the start, so I should be alright.”

Timed-event contestants try to time their start based on how the cattle leaves the chute, and that’s referred to as scoring. In Pecos, where Buck Jackson Arena is rather large, steers and calves are provided longer head starts.

“I like it because you have to score them a little bit, and there’s still a lot of cowboy in it,” Shofner said. “I think it’s a lot better. I think a lot more bulldogging is involved in it and not so much a drawing contest.”

It seems to fit the 29-year-old cowboy quite well. He’ll await the final two performances – set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday – to see how the final standings play out.

Jacobs Crawley is in a similar boat. The two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier in saddle bronc riding scored 80 points Thursday night aboard Carr Pro Rodeo’s YoYo to scoot into third place in the standings in Pecos. He’s already had a solid season, sitting 17th in the world standings, but he needs a strong financial return over the coming weeks to move into the top 15 and secure a third straight trip to Las Vegas.

“This is crunch time,” said Crawley, 25, of Stephenville, Texas. “This is where you’re either going to make or break your season the next month and a half of rodeoing.”

A nice paycheck in Pecos is a good way to kick start a hectic run. He realizes he’s just half the equation; he needs to have a good dance partner to make a big score happen, and he found that in YoYo, a Carr Pro Rodeo bucking horse that has performed at the NFR.

“She had a little bit more to her than I thought going into it,” Crawley said. “It’s a bucking horse, and they can literally do anything.”

West of the Pecos Rodeo
June 26-29
Pecos, Texas
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Taylor Price, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket; 2. Will Lowe, 87; 3. Tom McFarland, 85; 4. Caine Riddle, 82; 5. Micky Downare, 79; 6. Craig Wisehart, 78; 7. Bill Tutor, 74; 8. Colt Bruce, 71.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.8 seconds; 2. Charly Crawford/Ryan Motes, 6.8; 3. (tie) Dustin Davis/Kinney Harrell and Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 6.9; 5. Arky Rogers/Walt Woodard, 7.4; 6. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 8.1. Second round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.2 seconds; 2. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 6.8; 3. (tie) Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton and Arky Rogers/Walt Woodard, 7.0; 5. (tie) Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero and Brandon Webb/Wesley Johnson, 7.4; 6. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 7.6. Average: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 13.0 on two runs; 2. Arky Rogers/Walt Woodard, 15.0; 3. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 15.0; 4. Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 15.3; 5. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 15.8; 6. Dustin Davis/Kinney Harrell, 16.2.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Walter Priestly, 12.2 seconds, $1,821; 2. Garrett Hale, 13.7, $1,507; 3. Chance Gasperson, 13.8, $1,193; 4. Reo Lohse, 14.4, $879; 5. Jason Evans, 14.9, $565; 6. Troy Tillard, 15.1, $314. Second round: 1. Dan Fisher, 12.0 seconds, $1,821; 2. Lawson Plemons, 12.2, $1,507; 3. Troy Tillard, 13.1, $1,193; 4. (tie) J. Paul Williams and Landon McClaugherty, 13.5, $722 each; 6. Rod Hartness, 13.9, $314. Third round leaders: 1. Howdy McGinn, 12.5 seconds; 2. Chance Gasperson, 12.8; 3. Coy Thompson, 13.3; 4. Jim Davis, 13.4; 5. (tie) Mike Brewer and Garrett Hale, 13.6. Average leaders: 1. Troy Tillard, 42.2 seconds on three runs; 2. J. Paul Williams, 47.2; 3. Chance Kelton, 47.2; 4. Tony Reina, 49.1; 5. Scott Snedecor, 52.0; 6. Jim Locke, 54.7.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Isaac Diaz, 82 points on Lancaster & Pickett’s Holly Bucks; 2. Shane Proctor, 81; 3. Jacobs Crawley, 80; 4. Jesse Bail, 79; 5. Travis Sheets, 78; 6. (tie) Ty Kirkland  and Kobyn Williams, 75; 8. Leland Wood, 73.

Tie-down roping: Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Reese Riemer, 8.9 seconds; 2. Taylor Smith, 9.1; 3. Trevor Brazile, 9.3; 4. (tie) Blane Cox and Fred Whitfield, 9.4 each; 6. E.J. Roberts, 9.8. Second round leaders: 1. Clint Akins, 8.2 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile, 8.7; 3. Payden Emmett, 9.0 seconds; 4. Marty Yates, 9.4; 5. Don Coffell, 10.1; 6. Lane Dudley, 10.2. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 18.0 on two runs; 2. Clint Akins, 18.4; 3. Marty Yates, 19.5; 4. Blane Cox, 19.7; 5. Joe Keating, 22.6; 6. Don Coffell, 22.7.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Ben Shofner, 5.6 seconds; 2. Glen Clar, 6.0; 3. Royce Johnson, 6.3; 4. Riley Duvall, 6.4; 5. Chance Campbell, 6.7; 6. Justin Smith, 7.3. Second round leaders: 1. Tommy Cook, 5.3 seconds; 2. (tie) Cooper Shofner and Weston Taylor, 5.4; 4. Paul Melvin, 5.5; 5. Matt Reeves, 5.7; 6. Shayde Etherton, 5.8. Average leaders: 1. Ben Schofner, 12.9 seconds on two runs; 2. Riley Duvall, 13.6; 3. Monty Eakin, 14.3; 4. Matt Reeves, 16.8; 5. Glen Clark, 17.1; Chance Campbell, 22.3.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Shelby Frasier, 17.91 seconds; 2. Shelby Frasier, 17.91; 3. Clay Sewalt, 17.92; 4. Lindsey Ewing, 17.95; 5. Kenna Squires, 18.01; 6. (tie) Martha Wright and Tasha Welsh, 18.02; 8. Tammy Miller, 18.05; 9. Jordan Taton, 18.13; 10. Natalie Bland, 18.17; 11. Tammy Fischer, 18.18; 12. Lizzy Ehr, 18.25; 10. Lisa Fernandes, 18.37.

Bull riding leaders: 1. (tie) Ricky Aguiar, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Seminole Wind, and Beau Schroeder, on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose, 89 points; 3. Shane Proctor, 86; 5. (tie) Cameron Bland and Austin Meier, 85; 6. Ross Burney, 82; 7. Ty Wallace, 80; 8. Tanner Learmont, 79.

postheadericon Thursday’s Pecos lineup is star-studded

Thursday’s second performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo will again be chalk full of some of the brightest stars that make their living on the rodeo trail.

PecosLogoTeam roping seems to be the largest star-studded lineup, with Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers ready to rope. There are 14 teams set to compete in slack Thursday morning, and only the top teams will rope in the performance. But fans will get the chance to see teams like Brock Hanson and Kory Koontz; Charly Crawford and Ryan Motes; Arky Rogers and Walt Woodard; Dustin Davis and Kinney Harrell; Turtle Powell and Dugan Kelly; and Derrick Begay and Cesar de la Cruz.

Bareback riding features some tremendous match-ups, like three-time world champion Will Lowe trying his tremendous skills against two-time NFR bucking horse Outa Sight, eight-time NFR qualifier Wes Stevenson and Alberta Child and Caine Riddle vs. 2005 Bareback Horse of the Year Real Deal; all those horses are from Carr Pro Rodeo.

Bronc riding brothers Jacobs and Sterling Crawley will get to ride, as will NFR bull riders like Shawn Hogg and Cody Whitney. Bull riding also will feature to PBR cowboys Austin Meier and Skeeter Kingsolver.

There’s plenty of heat happening in Pecos, Texas, and most of it will be happening in Buck Jackson Arena.

postheadericon Schroeder successful in return to rodeo

Beau Schroeder rides Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose for 89 points on Wednesday night to take the early lead at the 130th edition of the West of the Pecos Rodeo at Buck Jackson Arena in Pecos, Texas. It was Schroeder’s first bull back since he suffered a serious injury in March. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Beau Schroeder rides Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose for 89 points on Wednesday night to take the early lead at the 130th edition of the West of the Pecos Rodeo at Buck Jackson Arena in Pecos, Texas. It was Schroeder’s first bull back since he suffered a serious injury in March. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

PECOS, Texas – The last thing Beau Schroeder remembers from March 24 was stepping over the bucking chutes to get on his bull at the Fort Mohave (Ariz.) Xtreme Bulls Tour.

“Next thing I remember was that I woke up in a hospital with a swollen head and tied down to a bed,” said Schroeder, the reigning Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bull riding average champion from China, Texas.

During his ride in Arizona, Schroeder took the right horn to his throat and suffered a torn trachea and collapsed lungs. He needed emergency surgery to have a chance to live. He got a lot more, though.

On Wednesday night, he returned to ProRodeo during the first performance of the 130th edition of the West of the Pecos Rodeo. After mounting three practice bulls at his home, Schroeder jumped into the fray that is the summer run of rodeos.

He did it in quite the dramatic fashion, riding the Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo bull Footloose for 89 points to take the early lead in Pecos.

“I was ready to go,” Schroeder said. “I was excited to be back at a rodeo and know I was getting on something that bucks.”

postheadericon Brazile, Smith back on the right track

Trevor Brazile, right, and Patrick Smith rope their steer in 6.2 seconds during the first performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo on Wednesday night at Buck Jackson Arena. They lead the first and second rounds and two-run aggregate. Brazile also leads the average in tie-down roping. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Trevor Brazile, right, and Patrick Smith rope their steer in 6.2 seconds during the first performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo on Wednesday night at Buck Jackson Arena. They lead the first and second rounds and two-run aggregate. Brazile also leads the average in tie-down roping. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

PECOS, Texas – This is more like it.

Between them, Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith own 19 world championships, including a shared team roping title in 2011. But most of this year, they haven’t looked like it.

“With our spring and our winter rodeos this year, it’s been a struggle,” said Smith, a two-time world champion from Lipan, Texas, originally from nearby Midland, Texas. “We’re the first to admit we’ve had a hard time with it.

“Our horses haven’t been sound; our roping hasn’t been sound.”

It’s been pretty good this week. The tandem won the prestigious Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping on Monday in Reno, Nev., collecting $60,000 each. On Wednesday, Brazile and Smith roped two steers in cumulative time of 13.0 seconds to lead the aggregate race in the 130th edition of the World’s First Rodeo, the West of the Pecos Rodeo at Buck Jackson Arena.

Trevor Brazile, right, and Patrick Smith rope their steer in 6.2 seconds during the first performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo on Wednesday night at Buck Jackson Arena. They lead the first and second rounds and two-run aggregate. Brazile also leads the average in tie-down roping. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Taylor Price rides Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket for 88 points to lead bareback riding after the first performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

“It’s vital for where we are right now,” said Smith, who, like Brazile in heading, is not among the top 20 heelers in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings.

The duo downed their first steer in 6.8 seconds on Wednesday morning to lead the opening round, the followed that with a 6.2 during Wednesday’s first performance for the second-round lead. In addition, Brazile, of Decatur, Texas, has a cumulative time of 18.0 seconds to lead the average race in tie-down roping.

“We got our good horses back, so that has sparked us,” Smith said. “Obviously winning the BFI is such a good confidence boost going into this week. We haven’t roped very good or had the confidence to rope that good. It feels great to be out of it.

“I’ve been a winner and I’ve been a loser, and I sure like winning better.”

The celebration will be short-lived. The tandem will travel as far as Midland tonight for a flight to Canada tomorrow to compete. Then it’s back to Nevada on Saturday for the championship round of the Reno Rodeo. This is just the start of a frantic run of rodeos over the next few months, most notably a series of lucrative rodeos around the Fourth of July called Cowboy Christmas.

Having a good run in Pecos is a good way to kick start the rugged summer run. Rookie bareback rider Taylor Price of Huntsville, Texas, is learning that lesson rather quickly. On Wednesday night, he rode the great Carr Pro Rodeo horse Dirty Jacket for 88 points to lead the rodeo.

“That was the best bucking horse I’ve ever been on in my life,” Price said. “That’s the horse you don’t want to screw up on because so many people won on him. You don’t want to be the guy that messed up that horse.

“This is my highest score ever. This is the beginning of our Fourth of July run, and I’ve got some good horses drawn over the fourth. My confidence is through the roof.”

Price is third in the standings for bareback riding rookie of the year. He should finish the Pecos rodeo with a good check and have a chance to move up the money list. But he’s got bigger plans than winning that honor.

“I would love to win the rookie, but it’s not what I’m focused on; I want to make the NFR,” he said, referring to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. “If I make the NFR, I should win the rookie.”

Time will tell.

West of the Pecos Rodeo
June 26-29
Pecos, Texas

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Taylor Price, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket; 2. Micky Downare, 79; 3. Craig Wisehart, 78; 4. Bill Tutor, 74; 5. Colt Bruce, 71; 6. Matt Crumpler, 65.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.8 seconds; 2. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 8.2; 3. Camish Jennings/Trey Johnson, 8.3; 4. Chace Thompson/Jaytin McCright, 8.4; 5. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 12.5; 6. Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero, 12.8. Second round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.2 seconds; 2. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 6.8; 3. Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton, 7.0 seconds; 4. (tie) Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero and Brandon Webb/Wesley Johnson, 7.4; 6. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 7.6. Average: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 13.0 on two runs; 2. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 15.0; 3. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 20.1; 4. Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero, 20.2; 5. Tyler Wade/Tyler McKnight, 21.2; 6. Camish Jennings/Trey Johnson, 21.6.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Walter Priestly, 12.2 seconds, $1,821; 2. Garrett Hale, 13.7, $1,507; 3. Chance Gasperson, 13.8, $1,193; 4. Reo Lohse, 14.4, $879; 5. Jason Evans, 14.9, $565; 6. Troy Tillard, 15.1, $314. Second round: 1. Dan Fisher, 12.0 seconds, $1,821; 2. Lawson Plemons, 12.2, $1,507; 3. Troy Tillard, 13.1, $1,193; 4. (tie) J. Paul Williams and Landon McClaugherty, 13.5, $722 each; 6. Rod Hartness, 13.9, $314. Third round leaders: 1. Howdy McGinn, 12.5 seconds; 2. Chance Gasperson, 12.8; 3. Jim Davis, 13.4; 4. (tie) Mike Brewer and Garrett Hale, 13.6 each; 6. Brian Garr, 13.7. Average leaders: 1. Troy Tillard, 42.2 seconds on three runs; 2. J. Paul Williams, 47.2; 3. Chance Kelton, 47.2; 4. Tony Reina, 49.1; 5. Scott Snedecor, 52.0; 6. Jim Locke, 54.7.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Isaac Diaz, 82 points on Lancaster & Pickett’s Holly Bucks; 2. Shane Proctor, 81; 3. Jesse Bail, 79; 4. Travis Sheets, 78; 5. Ty Kirkland, 75; 6. Ryan Montroy, 72.

Tie-down roping: Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Reese Riemer, 8.9 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile, 9.3; 3. (tie) Blane Cox and Fred Whitfield, 9.4 each; 5. EJ Roberts, 9.8; 6. Marty Yates, 10.1. Second round leaders: 1. Clint Akins, 8.2 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile, 8.7; 3. Payden Emmett, 9.0 seconds; 4. Marty Yates, 9.4; 5. Blane Cox, 10.3; 6. Joe Keating, 10.4. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 18.0 on two runs; 2. Clint Akins, 18.4; 3. Marty Yates, 19.5; 4. Blane Cox, 19.7; 5. Joe Keeting, 22.6; 6. Cody Owens, 23.9.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Royce Johnson, 6.3 seconds; 2. Riley Duvall, 6.4; 3. Justin Smith, 7.3; 4. Matt Reeves, 11.1; 5. Tyler Waguespack, 14.0; 6. Shane Frey, 18.5. Second round leaders: 1. Tommy Cook, 5.3 seconds; 2. Weston Taylor, 5.4; 3. Matt Reeves, 5.7; 4. Shayde Etherton, 5.8; 5. Shane Frey, 7.0; 6. Riley Duvall, 7.2. Average leaders: 1. Riley Duvall, 13.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Matt Reeves, 16.8; 3. (tie) Shane Frey and Tommy Cook, 25.5; 5. Royce Johnson, 26.7; 6. Weston Taylor, 5.4 on one.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Shelby Frasier, 17.91 seconds; 2. Clay Sewalt, 17.92; 3. Lindsey Ewing, 17.95; 4. (tie) Martha Wright and Tasha Welsh, 18.02; 6. Tammy Miller, 18.05; 7. Jordan Taton, 18.13; 8. Natalie Bland, 18.17; 9. Lizzy Ehr, 18.25; 10. Lisa Fernandes, 18.37; 11. Tessa Salsedo, 18.38; 12. Audrey Baeza, 18.40.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Beau Schroeder, 89 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose; 2. Shane Proctor, 86; 3. Cameron Bland, 85; 4. Ty Wallace, 80; 5. Shane Semien, 58; no other qualified rides.

postheadericon Pecos: Home of history and match-ups

PECOS, Texas – Opening night of the 2013 West of the Pecos Rodeo will feature some interesting match-ups and some of the greatest stars in ProRodeo.

Taylor Price

Taylor Price

Dirty Jacket, the 9-year-old bay gelding from Carr Pro Rodeo, is one of the greatest bucking horses in the sport. Last season, he was the PRCA’s runner-up reserve world champion bareback horse and the Texas Circuit’s Bareback Horse of the Year. Tonight he will be matched against Taylor Price, a rising star from Huntsville, Texas.

Other key match-ups in bareback riding are Bill Tutor of Huntsville, Texas, on Carr’s Hometown Girl and Micky Downare of Hartsel, Colo., on Carr’s Island Girl. In bronc riding, Travis Sheets of Hyannis, Neb., has drawn Carr’s Corner Guard, while Jesse Bail of Camp Crook, S.D., has Carr’s Lonestar.

Cody Teel

Cody Teel

Bull riding will feature a who’s who of elite cowboys, including NFR qualifiers Jarrod Craig of Hillsboro, Texas vs. Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Black Friday; Beau Schroeder of China, Texas, on Classic’s Footloose; Howdy Cloud of Kountze, Texas, on Carr’s Panther; and Trey Benton III of Rock Island, Texas, on Classic’s Razor.

In addition, reigning world champ Cody Teel of Kountze will try his skills with Carr’s Fletch, and 2011 gold buckle-holder Shane Proctor of Grand Coulee, Wash., has Classic’s Priefert Pride, while world standings leader Tyler Smith of Fruita, Colo., will match Classic’s Cool Customer.

This is an explosive way to kick start the 130th year of the World’s First Rodeo. It’s my first time to Pecos, and I hope it’s the start of something magical.

postheadericon Pecos steer roping first two rounds

West of the Pecos Rodeo
June 26-29
Pecos, Texas
Steer roping: First round:
1. Walter Priestly, 12.2 seconds, $1,821; 2. Garrett Hale, 13.7, $1,507; 3. Chance Gasperson, 13.8, $1,193; 4. Reo Lohse, 14.4, $879; 5. Jason Evans, 14.9, $565; 6. Troy Tillard, 15.1, $314. Second round: 1. Dan Fisher, 12.0 seconds, $1,821; 2. Lawson Plemons, 12.2, $1,507; 3. Troy Tillard, 13.1, $1,193; 4. (tie) Landon McClaugherty and J. Paul Williams, 13.5, $722 each; 6. Rod Hartness, 13.9, $314.  

 

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