postheadericon Armes again in the American Royal lead

Bray Armes likes the American Royal Rodeo.

Bray Armes

Bray Armes

Armes, a Ponder, Texas, cowboy who won the steer wrestling title in Kansas City a year ago to clinch his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, threw his steer down in 4.2 seconds Wednesday afternoon to share the early lead with Clayton Moore of Pouce Coupe, British Columbia.

They will be tested over the course of the three performances of the rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Other leaders after the initial competition were team ropers Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith, 4.7 seconds; tie-down roper Justin Maass, 8.4 seconds; and barrel racer Natalie Foutch, 14.57 seconds.

American Royal Rodeo
Sept. 27-28
Kansas City, Mo.
Steer wrestling leaders: 1. (tie) Bray Armes and Clayton Moore, 4.2 seconds each; 3. (tie) Kyle Whitaker and Matt Reeves, 4.3 each; 5. Olin Hannum, 4.4; 6. (tie) K.C. Jones and Clayton Hass, 4.5 each; 8. Jason Thomas, 4.6.

Team roping leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.7 seconds; 2. Drew Horner/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.8; 3. Turtle Powell/Dugan Kelly, 5.6; 4. Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 9.8; 5. Aaron Tsinigine/Clay O’Brien Cooper, 14.0; no other qualified times.

Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Justin Maass, 8.4 seconds; 2. Shane Slack, 8.5; 3. Randall Carlisle, 8.6; 4. Cody Ohl, 8.7; 5. Shane Hanchey, 9.7; 6. Caleb Smidt, 9.8; 7. Cory Solomon, 10.4; 8. Cade Swor, 10.8.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Natalie Foutch, 14.57 seconds; 2. Sabrina Ketcham, 14.68; 3. (tie) Shada Brazile and Fallon Taylor, 14.78 each; 5. Mary Walker, 14.83; 6. Kaley Bass, 14.85; 7. (tie) June Holeman and Haley Sheldon, 14.86 each; 9. (tie) Trula Churchill and Brittany Pozzi, 14.91 each.

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