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postheadericon Tierney jumps past Brazile into lead

GUTHRIE, Okla. – If anybody in this year’s CINCH Timed Event Championship field has a bigger smile than Dustin Bird, it might be Paul David Tierney.

After three rounds of a back-and-forth battle with seven-time champion Trevor Brazile, Tierney heads into Saturday night’s fourth round with a 1.6-second lead. He also owns the fastest round time, capitalizing on his 50.8-second third go-round.

Paul David Tierney

Paul David Tierney

“I’m really enjoying it,” Tierney said of his race with Brazile. “He keeps pushing you and doesn’t let up; that’s the best part. It drives you to just keep doing what you do, and it’s back-and-forth with him.”

It has been fun. Tierney has roped, tied and wrestled 15 animals in a cumulative time of 165.0 seconds. He and Brazile are nearly 50 seconds better than the field, led by the No. 3 man in Bird, who posted a 51.1 Saturday afternoon to make a run with two go-rounds remaining in the “Ironman of ProRodeo.”

“I just want to slow down and get them down no matter what,” Bird said, pointing out that he has yet to take a 60-second marking, the equivalent to a no-time in this unique championship. “I’ve been long in a few events, and that’s what’s kept me down a little. I just keep going and never get done.

Dustin Bird

Dustin Bird

“You back in (the timed-event box), see the start and go out and make the best run you can. At the end of the game, you’re better off than you thought.”

It takes a considerably different mindset than the typical rodeo cowboy deals with in most competitions. Take the National Finals Rodeo, where speed is a necessity.

“At the NFR … you go fast every time and throw caution to the wind,” said Bird, now in his fifth year competing in the Timed Event. “Here it’s about getting everything down and not make any mistakes. The less mistakes you make, the better off you’ll be.”

Tierney knows that well. Not only did he watch his father, Paul, win four Timed Event crowns, he earned this championship two years ago. In addition, he was the runner-up in 2013 and 2015. He knows that being consistent is vital in this grueling challenge.

“It’s the most important thing,” Tierney said. “You can’t change it up and try to go faster; you just try to be smooth and do your job.

“You take care of your stuff and don’t worry about what’s going on around you. I’m just taking care of my business.”

It’s a winning formula.

 

RESULTS

Average Leaders: 1. Paul David Tierney, 165.0 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile, 166.6; 3. Dustin Bird, 214.4; 4. Kyle Lockett, 221.5; 5. Rhen Richard, 222.5; 6. Cody Doescher, 230.8; 7. Josh Peek, 231.5; 8. Cash Myers, 243.1.
Fastest Round Leaders: 1. Paul David Tierney, 50.8 seconds; 2. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Dustin Bird, 51.1; 4. Kyle Locket, 51.6; 5. Landon McClaugherty, 52.2; 6. Cody Doescher, 52.8.

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GUTHRIE, Okla. – The keys to Trevor Brazile’s great success in the rodeo arena lies in his amazing work ethic and the talent of his equine partners.

He showed it Friday at the Lazy E Arena during the first two go-rounds of the CINCH Timed Event Championship, but that’s nothing new for the Decatur, Texas, cowboy. No other cowboy in the event’s 31-year history has won this championship more than Brazile, who owns seven titles.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

He roped, tied and wrestled 10 head of livestock in 108.3 seconds and holds a 5.9-second lead over the No. 2 man, Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., heading into the third go-round, which begins at noon Saturday.

“The second round went good,” said Brazile, who has earned more than $750,000 in his Timed Event career. “I think it was pretty right on to the first round, other than my bulldogging; I didn’t do very good the first time.”

Paul David Tierney

Paul David Tierney

His 51.1-second score on Friday night pushed him to the fastest round time, just a half second ahead of Kyle Lockett of Visalia, Calif. In the Timed Event, the best cumulative time through all 25 runs earns the biggest paycheck, $100,000. The top eight aggregate scores are paid according to place, but the six fastest rounds also earn money – $10,000 for the fastest round.

Still there are plenty of hiccups that come the way of the “Ironman of ProRodeo.” Brazile, one of the most veteran cowboys in the field, understands how to overcome the grueling challenges that face everyone over the three-day championship.

Kyle Lockett

Kyle Lockett

“You just make a plan and execute,” said Brazile, a 23-time world champion in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. “It’s about executing. Once you know what (animal) you’ve got, you just perform.”

That’s easier said than done, but the Texan is the only cowboy competing at the Lazy E Arena this weekend that has qualified for the National Finals in four of the five timed-event disciplines. The only event in which he doesn’t regularly compete is steer wrestling, but he typically manages his runs fairly well.

“One thing my dad’s always told me here, and I’ve watched it happen, is the ones you take for granted are the ones that bite you,” said Brazile, who owns gold buckles in steer roping (6), tie-down roping (3) and heading (1). “It’s happened to me in the past. I just try not to take any one event for granted, whether it’s my strong suit or not.”

It shows, year in and year out.

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RESULTS

Average Leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 108.3 seconds; 2. Paul David Tierney, 114.2; 3. Daniel Green, 145.3; 4. Jim Ross Cooper, 153.8; 5. Kyle Lockett, 157.7; 6. Cody Doescher, 157.9; 7. Jess Tierney, 159.1; 8. Rhen Richard, 160.8.
Fastest Round Leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 51.1 seconds; 2. Kyle Locket, 51.6; 3. Cody Doescher, 52.8; 4. Paul David Tierney, 55.9; 5. Trevor Brazile, 57.2; 6. (tie) Josh Peek and Paul David Tierney, 58.3.

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PAST WINNERS LEAD THE PACK AFTER ROUND 1 OF THE CINCH TIMED EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP

GUTHRIE, Okla. – The first round of the CINCH Timed Event Championship is always a mixture of first-run jitters and gaining confidence.

Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., understands that as well as anybody. Not only is he a veteran in the “Ironman of ProRodeo,” he is the 2014 champion; he’s also a two-time runner-up, having finished as the reserve champ in 2013 and 2015.

Paul David Tierney

Paul David Tierney

“I’m not even concerned about the first round right now,” said Tierney, the son of four-time CTEC champion Paul Tierney. “I just want to keep being smooth and wait until the end to see how it all plays out.

“Making sure you get the steers and calves down is the key in the first couple rounds, that and to see what the steers and calves are doing. You want to be sure you get out on the barrier and make a smooth run, then work from there on them.”

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

Tierney posted a solid 55.9-second opening go-round, highlighted by a 7.9-second heading run, an 8.2 in heeling and a 5.0 in steer wrestling. He holds a 1.3-second lead over the No. 2 man, Trevor Brazile, the reigning champion from Decatur, Texas, that owns a record seven Timed Event titles. Just behind him is 2010 titlist Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo.

Two-time winner Kyle Lockett of Visalia, Calif., sits fourth, while three-time titlist Daniel Green of Oakdale, Calif., is seventh; that makes all five former champions that are in the field among the top eight after the first round.

Josh Peek

Josh Peek

The contestants will utilize the few hours between Rounds 1-2 to rest their horses and prepare for the evening performance inside the Lazy E Arena. It takes consistent all-around cowboys to excel in this unique event in which all 20 competitors will make runs in all five timed-event disciplines: heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping.

“I like doing all the events, but I’m not too competitive in the bulldogging or steer roping right now,” Tierney said. “This is a fun opportunity for me to get to do them all.”

It’s also a grueling test of 25 runs over just three days. The biggest incentive is the $100,000 payout to the cowboy that finishes the five-round affair with the fastest cumulative time. It’s a challenge for the cowboys and the animals they use.

That’s why it’s the “Ironman.”

RESULTS

1. Paul David Tierney, 55.9 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile, 57.2; 3. Josh Peek, 58.3; 4. Kyle Lockett, 71.2; 5. Brodie Poppino, 73.8; 6. Dustin Bird, 76.8; 7. Daniel Green 79.1; 8. Rhen Richard, 79.8.

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11. Trell Etbauer

Just looking at his horsepower, you can see that Trell Etbauer is a horseman.

He also is one heck of a cowboy, something that has been passed down through the Etbauer clan. Though they made their names in saddle bronc riding, Robert, Billy and Dan Etbauer have been all-around cowboys all their lives. That legacy has been passed on to the next generation, which includes Trell.

Trell Etbauer

Trell Etbauer

He is the son of Robert, a two-time world champion bronc rider. Growing up primarily in Goodwell, Okla., Trell Etbauer is prolific in numerous rodeo disciplines. Not only is he a four-time Linderman Award winner for excelling in both timed and roughstock events, he also has transitioned quite well into an all-around timed-event cowboy.

He’s shown it to thousands over the years during the CINCH Timed Event Championship. In fact, he’s been in contention for this coveted gold buckle. Over the course of his tenure inside the Lazy E Arena for this unique competition, Etbauer has pocketed $6,500.

It might be the perfect year for the Oklahoma cowboy to add to that.

12. Clayton Hass

The steer wrestling world championship race is regularly one of the most contested events in ProRodeo, and Clayton Hass was right in the middle of it in 2015.

Hass entered the National Finals Rodeo this past December as the No. 1 bulldogger in the game. While in Las Vegas, the Texas cowboy placed in four go-rounds, and he made the most of them. He won the third and sixth go-rounds, then placed in the seventh and eighth rounds.

Clayton Hass

Clayton Hass

Through the 10 days in the Nevada desert, Hass pocketed $79,000 and pushed his season paycheck to $184,296. He finished fifth in the world standings. That’s not too bad for a cowboy making just his second appearance at the NFR.

Over the last several years, Hass has refined his all-around game inside the Lazy E Arena during the CINCH Timed Event Championship. The results have shown brightly in both the CINCH TEC and in ProRodeo. He finished sixth in the 2015 all-around world standings.

Hass has some unfinished business left over from 10 days in Las Vegas. He’d love nothing more than to wrap it up in a nice bow at the “Ironman of ProRodeo.”

13. Cody Doescher

When Cody Doescher was a little boy growing up in the Oklahoma City area, he knew he wanted to be a cowboy.

Cody Doescher

Cody Doescher

He’s living his dreams, and all that remains are the gold buckles that are awarded to world champions. Those coveted trophies are earned, and there’s no greater place to start the process than inside the Lazy E Arena at the CINCH Timed Event Championship.

Through the Timed Event’s 32-year history, no Oklahoma cowboy has ever earned its championship. Doescher would like to change that this weekend.

He regularly competes in multiple disciplines and travels with fellow Timed Event competitor Clayton Hass, his team roping partner this season. Doescher has had success all along the way, including a 2011 victory in the $50,000 round at RodeoHouston while roping with Tommy Edens.

As a youngster, he won the National Junior Team Roping Championship in 2006 and claimed the Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association’s team roping titles in 2007-08. And as he’s shown over the last two Timed Events, he can handle just about any challenge in front of him.

He’s up for it again.

14. JoJo LeMond

For several years, JoJo LeMond has become a CINCH Timed Event Championship fan favorite, and there are plenty of reasons for it.

JoJo LeMond

JoJo LeMond

The West Texas cowboy showcases some amazing overall talents while also shining his brilliant personality on the Lazy E Arena crowd. Throw in his affection for going fast, and there are sorts of incentives for fans to stand on their feet when he prepares for the competition.

He is a six-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, having earned 2014-15 trips to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping. He returned to the NFR this past season after finishing 16th in the heading world standings, then became an injury replacement for seven-time world champ Jake Barnes.

In Las Vegas this past December, LeMond and Barnes’ heeling partner, Junior Nogueira, made a serious run at the world title. They placed in eight go-rounds and finished third in the NFR average, pocketing more than $117,400 each. LeMond finished seventh in the final world standings.

He also placed second in the NFSR average and finished sixth in the steer roping standings. He finished the season with combined earnings of $261,281 to finish second in the all-around. It’s all the proof anyone needs to see why he’s a fan favorite and why he will be in the mix until the final run of the CINCH TEC in 2016.

15. Dustin Bird

Dustin Bird took advantage of his northern Montana home and ventured into Canada a little more in 2015.

Dustin Bird

Dustin Bird

It paid off with a big victory in Grand Prairie, Alberta, with fellow Montanan Chase Tryan. The tandem also finished second in Leduc, Alberta, and collected more than $3,500 in the process. Both events were dual-sanctioned, meaning money earned there counted toward qualifications for both the National Finals Rodeo and the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

Bird had four other championships in 2015, including an all-around title in Augusta, Mont. Though he didn’t quite qualify for either the NFR or CFR, he fared well enough throughout the year, finishing the season 28th in the world standings.

Making his fourth straight appearance in the CINCH Timed Event Championship, Bird is excited to see what these three magical and rugged days bring to him. The test is real, with 25 runs over three exhausting days.

Bird knows the test, and the passing grade comes in the form of a big paycheck.

16. Cade Swor

Cade Swor always finds himself among the very best in any competition in which he competes.

Cade Swor

Cade Swor

Take the fourth go-round at this past National Finals Rodeo. The Texas tie-down roper had placed on opening night of the 2015 ProRodeo championship event, then watched a couple of rounds get away from him. He took advantage of his fourth run of the finale by roping and tying his calf in 7.2 seconds to share the Round 4 victory.

That’s tougher than most can imagine when competing against the very best in the game, but it’s a reason why he’s been part of the CINCH Timed Event Championship field.

Swor was an NFR fixture from 2004-06, then went eight years before returning to Las Vegas. He’s made back-to-back NFR qualifications. This past December, he earned just shy of $39,000, with every dollar coming in the go-rounds.

He finished the season with $126,796, good enough for 13th on the final money list. When he arrives at the Lazy E Arena in March for his second-straight CINCH TEC, he’ll be looking to add to his bank account.

17. Jim Ross Cooper

Fifteen years ago, Jim Ross Cooper was a big part of the CINCH Timed Event Championship of the World.

He was one of three teenagers assigned to helping his legendary father, Jimmie Cooper, the 1981 PRCA all-around world champion and ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee. Jim handled the heeling duties for Dad, while twin brother Jake was the header; the third was E.P. Luchsinger, the hazer in steer wrestling.

Jim Ross Cooper

Jim Ross Cooper

He returns as a contestant for the third time, having been in the mix in 2011-12. He’s earned the right to be part of the elite 20 in the “Ironman of ProRodeo.” Just like his father – Jimmie Cooper was a three-time Timed Event champion – he grew up surrounded by rodeo. He has watched all-around excellence all his life.

Now a five-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, Jim Ross Cooper is a proven winner. A year ago, he just missed the finale, finishing 20th in the world standings. This year he is roping with JoJo LeMond, a Timed Event fan favorite who finished as the reserve world champion all-around cowboy in 2012.

In all, Jim Ross Cooper has proven he deserves to be in this field. He grew up inside the walls of the Lazy E Arena. He’s dang ready to show everybody why he’s chasing the coveted title.

18. Ryan Watkins

Though he’s known as one of the top tie-down ropers in ProRodeo, Ryan Watkins is the perfect fit for the Cinch Timed Event Championship field.

Ryan Watkins

Ryan Watkins

The premier indicators are his 2004 all-around and tie-down roping titles at the College National Finals Rodeo. Nobody can compete at the most prestigious intercollegiate rodeo without amazing skills, much less claim the most cherished crown.

Of course, one doesn’t grow up in northwestern Nebraska without having some strong skills. It takes a rugged cowboy to handle that terrain and all that comes with it, and Watkins is all that. Since graduating from Tarleton State University, Watkins has been a solid competitor in ProRodeo. Twice he’s earned qualifications to the National Finals Rodeo. His first trip to Las Vegas came in 2009, the same year he won the $50,000 round at RodeoHouston. At the NFR, Watkins placed in five rounds and finished 13th in the world standings.

When he returned to Sin City in 2014, he placed fourth in the average and 13th in the final standings. That same year, he was inducted into Tarleton’s Rodeo Hall of Fame.

19. Rhen Richard

There’s no doubt about it: Rhen Richard is versatile. That’ll come in handing during the 2016 Cinch Timed Event Championship.

Rhen Richard

Rhen Richard

The Utah cowboy was the 2008 Resistol Heeling Rookie of the Year. For five straight years, he was among the top 35 in the world standings in that discipline.

In 2013, Richard made the move to header, and continued to be among ProRodeo’s elite, finishing 22nd in the world standings that year, 25th in 2014 and 32nd last season. Every year, he is among the top all-around cowboys in the game. In fact, he has finished as high as seventh, which occurred two seasons ago.

Only two things are missing from his resume: a qualification to the National Finals Rodeo and competing at the Cinch Timed Event Championship. He crosses the latter off his list in 2016.

Richard also has finished among the top 40 in the tie-down roping world standings each of the last four years, so he has the ability to make a significant run during the Cinch TEC. It’s why everyone is excited to see him in this field.

20. Brodie Poppino

Brodie Poppino is a second-generation ProRodeo cowboy, competing in the sport he loves just like his mother and father.

Brodie Poppino

Brodie Poppino

Marty Poppino has been around the game for decades and has been one of the top cowboys to have never qualified for the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping. Tana Poppino is a three-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier in barrel racing.

Brodie Poppino is following in those footsteps well. In 2013, he was the Resistol Steer Roping Rookie of the Year; he has followed that terrific season with two straight qualifications to the steer roping finale.

Make no mistake, though; Poppino is much more than a steer roper. In fact, he competed in tie-down roping, team roping and steer wrestling while in college at Western Oklahoma State College and Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

He’s young, eager and is the perfect fit to match his overall talent against the other 19 men in this field.

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Back No. 1. Trevor Brazile

No other cowboy in rodeo history has accomplished more than Trevor Brazile.

In addition to his seven CINCH Timed Event Championship titles, he is a 23-time world champion in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, having earned titles in steer roping (6), tie-down roping (3) and heading (1). Of course, he owns a record 13 all-around gold buckles.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

Last year, Brazile became the first cowboy in CINCH TEC history to have earned more than $100,000 in a single year. In fact, he pocketed $116,000 last March and pushed his Cinch TEC earnings to $751,500.

His 2015 season was simply magical. Between the CINCH TEC and ProRodeo, Brazile earned more than $630,000. He also added more steer roping and all-around titles and was within reach of his third Triple Crown – earning three PRCA gold buckles in a given season.

He is one of just two men in ProRodeo history to have earned NFR qualifications in all four roping disciplines, joining Dale Smith. Though he has qualified most often as a header, Brazile earned his first team roping qualification as a heeler in 1998. The Cinch TEC allows him the opportunity to showcase all his roping talents along with some excellent work in steer wrestling.

“This is the event of the purist in my events,” he said. “I’ve always loved it. It means a lot just because of everything entails. It’s 25 head. It’s a fun contest.”

He loves this competition because of the challenges he faces. That’s what makes him a champion.

2. Paul David Tierney

Only 12 men in the history of the CINCH Timed Event Championship have earned this coveted crown.

Two of those men share the same name: Paul Tierney and Paul David Tierney, the latter of whom added to the family’s gold buckle legacy in 2014 when he staked claim to the coveted championship. The elder, the family’s patriarch, also is a two-time PRCA world champ.

Paul David Tierney

Paul David Tierney

Paul David Tierney grew up inside the Lazy E Arena, playing in the back pens while his father was adding CINCH TEC credentials. Over the last three years, Paul David has created his own legacy, pocketing $110,000 in that span. In addition to winning the 2014 championship, he was the reserve champion in 2013 and 2015.

Those titles are significant for Paul David, because it proves that he’s an amazing all-around cowboy who not only excels in all timed-event disciplines but also knows how to handle the challenges that come his way through the world-class competition that is the “Ironman of ProRodeo.”

In 2015, he finished 18th in the PRCA all-around world standings and won 13 event titles, including six all-around crowns. He added team roping titles with his partner, header Levi Tyan.

It’s just further proof of the pedigree Paul David Tierney brings to this unique championship.

3. Jess Tierney

Jess Tierney can taste that gold buckle. He’s been incredibly close to both the CINCH Timed Event Championship title and to the PRCA’s steer roping world championship.

It just hasn’t happened yet for Tierney, who comes from the first family of South Dakotans competing in the “Ironman of ProRodeo” over the years. His father, Paul Tierney, is a ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee.

Jess Tierney

Jess Tierney

Jess Tierney has proven that the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. He has been a regular in the CINCH TEC field; moreover, he has found his way to the pay window often over the years.

The 2015 campaign was magnificent for Tierney. Last March he finished third in the average and earned $17,000 in three days. This past November, he made a run for the world title at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping. He finished third in the world standings, earning more than $97,000.

Now he’s more ready than ever to make the CINCH TEC title his own.

4. Josh Peek 

Can you believe it’s been six years since Josh Peek last won the CINCH Timed Event Championship?

Neither can he. The positive cowboy knows what it takes to win. When he won the CINCH TEC in 2010, he was just a few months removed from winning the all-around title at the 2009 National Finals Rodeo.

Josh Peek

Josh Peek

In 2015, Peek finished fourth in the CINCH TEC average, pocketing $10,000. In ProRodeo, he earned more than $80,000 in both steer wrestling and tie-down roping , finishing 10th in the final all-around world standings.

His biggest run of the season came in the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, where he won the steer wrestling and all-around crowns. He also won the 2014 tie-down roping and all-around titles when the national championship took place inside the Lazy E Arena.

Over the years, Peek has pocketed $112,000 at the CINCH TEC. He’s also done pretty well in ProRodeo. Take 2015, for example; he earned 18 event titles, including eight all-around championships.

It all adds up to Peek being a contender for that $100,000 first-place prize at the CINCH TEC.

5. Clay Smith

Clay Smith isn’t the new kid on the block anymore.

In 2013, Smith was a late replacement for CINCH Timed Event Championship legend Jimmie Cooper. He quickly proved he has all the skills necessary to competing in the “Ironman of ProRodeo.”

Clay Smith

Clay Smith

In 2014, he battled through the rigors of the unique championship to finish in a tight race for the overall championship with eventual winner Paul David Tierney. Smith finished as the reserve champion. He returned a year ago to finish fifth in the average.

In his three years competing in the CINCH TEC, the 24-year-old Oklahoman has pocketed $36,500. He is well suited for the challenges that face any of the 20 athletes in this field: 25 runs over five rounds conducted in just three days of world-class competition in all five timed-event disciplines in rodeo.

Smith’s 2015 was a breakthrough season. He and heeling partner Paul Eaves qualified for the National Finals Rodeo, where they placed in four go-rounds and pocketed more than $34,000 over 10 days in Las Vegas.

He returns to the CINCH TEC this March to showcase his overall talents. The Clay Smith Show should be good-watching.

6. Kyle Lockett

When Kyle Lockett left the Lazy E Arena in 2014, he had already devised a game plan for last year’s CINCH Timed Event Championship: Find a way to the pay window.

Mission accomplished.

Kyle Lockett

Kyle Lockett

Lockett failed to catch a check in 2014, a rare occurrence for the California cowboy. Not only is he a two-time CINCH TEC titlist, he has finished as the reserve champion multiple times. So he made up for it in 2015, finishing sixth in the average and scoring the third-fastest round time to pocket $10,000.

Over all the years he has competed in the “Ironman of ProRodeo,” Lockett has proven to be one of its great champions. He has earned $227,500 in this unique event, so he knows what it takes to return to his California home with Oklahoma cash.

As one of the top heelers in ProRodeo, he was a seven-time qualifier to the National Finals Rodeo. In 2002, he was the reserve world champion.

He’s pretty comfortable being at the top.

7. Cash Myers

It’s been a while since Cash Myers competed inside this arena, but he returns as an injury replacement for Erich Rogers, who was injured less than two weeks ago.

He’s happy to return, because the Lazy E Arena has been home to some very successful moments in Myers’ established career.

Cash Myers

Cash Myers

He’s the son of a world champion steer wrestler and the brother of another. His father, Butch, won the bulldogging gold buckle in 1980; his brother, Rope, claimed the championship in 2001. Cash Myers has carried the family tradition quite well.

In fact, all three Myerses competed in the CINCH Timed Event Championship together about a decade ago. Beyond that, Cash Myers has proven himself as a contender multiple times. He is a seven-time qualifier to the National Finals Rodeo in both steer wrestling and tie-down roping, and he qualified six times for the Clem McSpadden National Finals Rodeo.

Over the years, he has won many of the top events in the game: Dodge City, Kan.; Pendleton, Ore.; Fort Worth, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; Billings, Mont.; Tucson, Ariz.; and many others. In fact, there are so many rodeo victories on Myers’ resume, there is not enough room to list them all.

The reality is he knows how to win at a high level, which makes him a perfect fit for this year’s field.

8. Russell Cardoza

When Russell Cardoza nods his head to start any competition, he gives himself an opportunity to win.

That’s why he’s been among the contenders for the coveted crown at the CINCH Timed Event Championship for several years. In 2012, the California-born cowboy now living in Oregon finished the five-round “Ironman of ProRodeo” as the reserve champion.

Russell Cardoza

Russell Cardoza

In 2014, he placed third in the average and placed twice in the fastest-round portion of the competition. A year ago he was eighth in the average and scored the fourth-fastest round of the weekend.

He then parlayed his solid finish inside the Lazy E Arena with a standout run through the 2015 ProRodeo season. He won 13 titles, eight of which were all-around crowns. He finished the regular season 15th in the heeling world standings and earning his fourth qualification to the National Finals Rodeo.

There he was teamed with Jake Cooper, and the tandem placed in two go-rounds to pocket $31,731 in Las Vegas.

Now he wants to carry that over into the 2015 CINCH TEC, where he will once again be one of the favorites to win.

9. Landon McClaugherty

Landon McClaugherty is a two-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping.

Landon McClaugherty

Landon McClaugherty

In 2015, he was close to making it a third time. McClaugherty qualified for The Clem in 2009 and 2012, finishing 10th and 15th respectively. Last season, the Texan earned $27,477 in ProRodeo, with more than $26,000 coming in steer roping. He finished 20th in the final world standings, just a few thousand dollars shy of his goal.

McClaugherty has been among the best all-around cowboys in the game for several years. He regularly competes in team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping on the ProRodeo trail, so that allows him numerous opportunities to hone his skills in those roping disciplines.

When he arrives at the Lazy E Arena every March for the CINCH Timed Event Championship, the Texan is prepared. He’s been among the 20 cowboys in this field for several years, so he has a clear understanding of what it takes to compete at this level in this unique competition.

This is the “Ironman of ProRodeo,” and McClaugherty is as ready now as he has been to rope, tie and wrestle his way to this prestigious gold buckle.

10. Daniel Green

Victories are commonplace to a cowboy like Daniel Green.

Over the course of his ProRodeo career, Green has been a winner countless times. From all-around titles to team roping crowns, he has been a standout in rodeo arenas all across North America.

Daniel Green

Daniel Green

When it comes to Lazy E-produced events, he is a champion. He’s earned the CINCH Timed Event Championship title three times and owns two more crowns from the World’s Greatest Roper.

Through his career in ProRodeo, Green qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 10 times as a header. While his focus always was on team roping on the grandest scale, he was an all-around hand closer to home. In fact, he earned multiple all-around titles in the California Circuit.

As he has proven many times over the years, being consistent and determined in approaching all the obstacles that come with the CINCH TEC will pay off. That’s a simple approach that works for Green.

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