GUTHRIE, Okla. – Few men can lay claim to being the Timed Event Champion of the World. Fewer can say they’ve done it twice; fewer yet have won the prestigious title more than that.
In 2013, Californian Daniel Green placed his name on that hallowed list with his third gold buckle in the most unique event ever created in the world of rodeo. He will try to become just the fourth cowboy to have ever earned four Timed Event Championships when this year’s five-round fiesta takes place March 7-9 at the Lazy E Arena, the event’s 30th anniversary.
“It wasn’t perfect by any means,” Green said last March after roping and wrestling 25 head of livestock in 313.6 seconds to claim the title against an impressive field of ProRodeo’s brightest timed-event stars. “Many times it’s not, but that’s the Timed Event Championship. It’s adapt, adjust and overcome. It’s the guy that perseveres, and I just kept my mind set. These kids were coming in here and roping fast, and I just kept solid. I’ve been here enough to know.”
He has. In fact, he has been one of the top 20 cowboys in the world to be invited to this prestigious event for the better part of the last two decades. He won his first Timed Event Championship a dozen years ago, and then followed with his second in 2008. But Green is just one piece to the elite puzzle that makes up one of the most unique events in the history of the sport. You see, the championship features the best in the business competing in all five timed-event disciplines: heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer roping and steer wrestling.
It takes talent to perform the tasks, but it takes grit and determination to succeed at this level. They compete in five go-rounds, with one round being made up of runs in each of the five disciplines. The top cowboys each year tend to be the top all-around cowboys in the game, from 25-time World Champion Trevor Brazile, who owns 19 PRCA Gold Buckles and six Timed Event titles, to five-time TEC winner K.C. Jones to numerous other rodeo champions.
They’ll join other Timed Event champions like Kyle Lockett and Josh Peek as well as a host of regular qualifiers to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Why?
The Timed Event Championship is one of the most prestigious events in Western sports, and it was developed 30 years ago as a way to decide the greatest all-around timed-event cowboy. Its list of champions is a who’s who of rodeo’s greatest stars. The tradition continues March 7-9 and the fabulous Lazy E Arena.
Families will enjoy all of the activities planned for the performances. Ticket prices are $45 for VIP, box seats $35, reserved bleachers $30 and general admission $25. Children 12 and under are free in general admission and VIP. Group and multiple performance discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, www.lazye.com, calling Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 or by calling the Lazy E Arena directly at (800) 595-RIDE.
A portion of the proceeds from the 2014 Timed Event Championship will be donated to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. In addition, Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Lazy E will again be auctioning off a customized Priefert Roping Chute that will be used in this year’s competition to the highest bidder of the weekend – all proceeds will donated to the Rodeo Historical Society. The Lazy E is proud to support this institution for western preservation!
Country Christian artist Susie McEntire-Eaton and her husband, Mark Eaton, will perform during Cowboy Church, set for 9 a.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Lazy E Arena – the service is open to the public. Other special functions are being planned so make sure and check out the website for all the latest details.
The 2014 Timed Event Championship is sponsored by Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, Pendleton Whisky, Wrangler, American Farmers and Ranchers Insurance, MacroAir, Cross Bar Gallery, Ram Trucks, John Vance Motors, Western Horseman Magazine, R.K. Black Inc., Gist Silversmiths, Spin to Win Magazine, National Saddlery, Hot Heels, Rodeo Video, CSI Saddlepads, the Best Western Edmond, and the Fairfield Inn & Suites – Edmond.