postheadericon Crawley claims Linderman title

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – One of the special nuances of the Waller County Fair and Rodeo is its unique Linderman Award, which is given to the contestant that does well in both timed and roughstock events.

It’s similar to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Linderman Award, which is given annually to the cowboy that earns the most money in three events, with two being on one side of rodeo and the third being on the other. It’s named after Bill Linderman, who won six world titles combined between bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling.

Sterling Crawley

Sterling Crawley

“It’s a neat deal, because cowboys are diverse and can do multiple events,” said Sterling Crawley, the 2017 Waller County Linderman winner who earned the title during Saturday’s final performance. “I hadn’t roped calves in 10 years, then I started roping this past winter. I bought a little horse to play around with at the house, and I figured I’d enter here and give it a shot.”

He means that somewhat literally. By winning the Linderman, he won an automatic rifle and follows in the footsteps of his big brother, Jacobs, who won a rifle a year ago competing in the same events.

Crawley competed in tie-down roping and finished his run, but his time wasn’t fast enough to finish among the top eight. He then dismounted his horse and quickly prepared to get on his saddle bronc, Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Jumpin John, which he rode for 80.5 points.

That was good enough for fifth place and a check worth $482.

“We’ve roped since we were little kids, so this was pretty cool,” said Sterling Crawley, 26, of Stephenville, Texas.

A week ago, he put the wraps on one of the best regular seasons of his career. He finished the 2017 campaign ninth in the world standings with nearly $93,000 in earnings. He is headed to his fourth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which takes place in December in Las Vegas.

“This year’s been a complete blessing,” he said. “We just tried to stay the course and stay steady the whole year. That was fun, because I got on a fun horse of Pete Carr’s. That helps make it fun.”

He has officially kicked off the 2018 season, which serves as a jump-start to his run at the NFR – that’s rodeo’s richest rodeo, where go-round winners earn more than $26,000 per night for 10 rounds. Of course, he’s made Hempstead’s rodeo a regular part of his schedule for much of the last decade.

“I came here before it was PRCA sanctioned,” Crawley said. “When I was in high school, I came here. It’s always been fun. The atmosphere has always been good here, and it’s just gotten better. It’s not far from home, and the horses are usually good, so we want to be sure to compete in Hempstead.”

It worked pretty well again this year.

Waller County Fair and Rodeo
Oct. 5-7
Hempstead, Texas
Bareback riding:
1. Justin McDaniel, 83 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Coal Thunder, $1,884; 2. Jake Brown, 82, $1,444; 3. (tie) Clint Laye and Zach Hibler, 80, $879 each; 5. Blade Elliott, 79, $440; 6. Winn Ratliff, 77, $314; 7. (tie) Lane MGehee and Evan Jayne, 76, $220 each.

Steer wrestling: 1. Matt Reeves, 3.6 seconds, $2,119; 2. Clayton Hass, 3.8, $1,842; 3. (tie) Justin Shaffer and Morgan Grant, 3.9, $1,428 each; 5. (tie) Billy Bugenig, Jacob Talley and Blake Doyle, 4.0, $737 each; 8. Justus Whitcher, 4.1, $184.

Team roping: 1. Lane Ivy/Budy Hawkins II, 4.2 seconds, $2,520; 2. Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz, 4.4, $2,255; 3. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.6, $1,990; 4. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Junior Noguiera, Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, Tyler Waters/Caleb Anderson and Clayton Van Aken/Richard Durham, 4.8, $1,327 each; 8. (tie) Caleb Smidt/Coleby Payne, Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, Tanner Green/Shawn Turner and Jake Orman/Will Woodfin, 5.0, $298 each.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 86 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Showgirl, $2,064; 2. Bradley Harter, 84, $1,583; 3. Chet Johnson, 83, $1,170; 4. Isaac Diaz, 81.5, $757; 5. Sterling Crawley, 80.5, $482; 6. Cody Anthony, 80, $334; 7. Wyatt Casper, 79.5, $275; 6. (tie) Garet Aldridge and Heith DeMoss, 79, $103 each.

Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Clay Long, 7.5 seconds, $2,551; 2. Marcos Costa, 7.7, $2,218; 3. Justus Whitcher, 8.0, $1,886; 4. Blane Cox, 8.4, $1,553; 5. (tie) Kody Mahaffey and Ike Fontenot, 8.6, $1,054 each; 7. Justin Macha, 8.7, $555; 8. Adam Gray, 9.1, $222.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Kelly Bruner, 14.47 seconds, $2,480; 2. Taylor Jacob, 14.72, $2,108; 3. Taci Bettis, 14.80, $1,736; 4. Jennifer Sharp 14.82, $1,488; 5. Rainy Pratt, 14.91, $1,240; 6. Morgan Breaux, 14.92, $868; 7. Sara Withers, 14.96, $620; 8. Amanda Cupp, 14.97, $496; 9. Lacy Kimball,14.98, $434; 10. Michelle Alley, 15.05, $372; 11. Jessi Wade, 15.11, $310; 12. Jackie Whitcher, 15.14, $248.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Tuf Cooper, 10.1 seconds, $1,018; 2. (tie) Mike Chase and Cash Myers, 10.7, $755 each; 4. (tie) Jarrett Blessing and Ryan Willberg, 10.9, $404 each; 6. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Jess Tierney, 11.7, $88 each. Second round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 8.9 seconds, $1018; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.0, $842; 3. (tie) Tuf Cooper and J. Tom Fisher, 10.8, $579 each; 5. Cody Lee, 10.9, $316; 6. Rocky Patterson, 11.0, $175. Third round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 9.1 seconds, $1,018; 2. Lawson Plemons, 9.4, $842; 3. (tie) Mike Chase, Jarrett Blessing and Ryan O’Rourke, 10.1, $491 each; 6. (tie) Rocky Patterson and J.P. Wicket, 88 each. Average: 1. Trevor Brazile, 29.7 seconds on three runs, $1,527; 2. Mike Chase, 32.1, $1,263; 3. Rocky Patterson, 33.5, $1,000; 4. Jarrett Blessing, 34.2, $737; 5. J. Tom Fisher, 34.6, $474; 6. Jess Tierney, 37.0, $263.

Bull riding: 1. Clayton Sellers, 83 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Son of Sam, $2,941; 2. (tie) Markus Mariluch and Tristan Mize, 82, $1,975 each; 4. Foster McCraw, 80, $1,105; 5. Jeffrey Joseph Ramagos, 78.5, $718; 6. Denton Fugate, 75, $525; 7. Dakota Nye, 71.5, $428; no other qualified rides.

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