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HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Landon McClaugherty has been one of the top all-around cowboys in rodeo for a long time, and he approaches the game the best way possible.

He focuses on one event at a time, even if he’s making multiple runs in a single day. That came in quite handy Saturday night during the final performance of the 2018 Waller County Fair and Rodeo, when he roped and tied his calf in 7.2 seconds to win the tie-down roping in Hempstead.

“They had great calves this year,” said McClaugherty of Tilden, Texas. The calf roping was really tough, so I just used the calf I had to the best of my abilities. I didn’t really know much about him. He looked really good, so I just ran at him like he was a good one, and it worked out.”

Landon McClaugherty

Landon McClaugherty

By winning the crown, he pocketed $2,292. That will move him into a nice position early in the 2019 season, which began Oct. 1 and runs through next Sept. 30. It’s a good way to start the new season. He finished last season No. 34 in the all-around standings, 25th in the steer roping standings.

He also placed in a round of steer roping in Hempstead on Saturday morning. That enabled McClaugherty to finish second in the all-around race at the Waller County Fair and Rodeo. Clayton Hass of Stephenville won the all-around title by winning steer wrestling and also placing seventh in team roping with partner Boogie Ray. Hass pocketed $3,050 and also earned an AR15 rifle for being the all-around champ.

“Any check is a good check,” said McClaugherty, who has to pay an entry fee for every event in which he competes. “When you’ve got that much invested in fees, you’ve got to win something. Entering in more than one event gives you more chances to win money. That’s always a plus.”

He typically adds team roping to his competitive mix, but because his partner couldn’t make the trip, McClaugherty had to opt out of that event. Still, he was able to secure a key win with the help of his equine partner, Chigger, a 19-year-old flaxen maned sorrel mare.

“She’s the only calf roping horse I’ve got,” he said. “She’s just pretty honest. She scores good and stops straight, and that just lets you rope.”

That’s something the Texas cowboy needs, no matter the event.

Waller County Fair and Rodeo
Oct. 4-6
Hempstead, Texas
All-around cowboy:
1. Clayton Hass, $3,050 in team roping and steer wrestling.

Bareback riding: 1. Bill Tutor, 83 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Bright Lights, $1,874; 2. R.C. Landingham, 82, $1,419; 3. Winn Ratliff, 79, $1,022; 4. Paden Hurst, 78.5, $681; 5. Zach Hibler, 77, $397; 6. (tie) Leighton Berry and Tim Murphy, 73.5, $142 each.

Steer wrestling: 1. Clayton Hass, 3.4 seconds, $2,032; 2. Jason Thomas, 3.7, $1,767; 3. Rowdy Thomas, 4.4, $1,502; 4. Cade Staton, 4.5, $1,237; 5. Kodie Jang, 4.6, $972; 6. (tie) Justin Shaffer and Matt Reeves, 4.8, $574 each; 8. (tie) Bill Pace and Blake Mindemann, 4.9, $88 each.

Team roping: 1. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 4.6 seconds, $2,762; 2. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.8, $2,471; 3. (tie) Dustin Egusquiza/Kory Koontz and Caleb Mitchell/Seth Smithson, 5.0, $2,035 each; 5. (tie) Laramie Allen/McCoy Profili and Lightning Agueilera/Ty Arnold, 5.4, $1,453 each; 7. Clayton Hass/Boogie Ray, 5.6, $1,017; 8. Garett Chick/Ross Ashford, 5.8, $727; 9. Chance Oftedahl/Iceman Miller, 5.9, $436; 10. Brandon Gonzales/Michael Tash, 6.3, $145.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Jacobs Crawley, 86 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Miss Congeniality, $1,816; 2. Wyatt Casper, 83.5, $1,392; 3. (tie) Garet Aldridge and Isaac Diaz, $878 each, 82; 7. Dean Wadsworth, 77.5, $424; 6. Jarrod Hammons, 74, $303; 7. Josh Davison, 73, $242; 8. Parker Fleet, 72.5, $182.

Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Landon McClaugherty, 7.2 seconds, $2,292; 2. Austin Atkinson, 7.5, $1,993; 3. Cory Solomon, 7.9, $1,694; 4. Monty Lewis, 8.0, $1,395; 5. Shane Hanchey, 8.1, $1,096; 6. Ty Harris, 8.2, $797; 7. Scott Kormos, 8.3, $498; 8. Ricky Canton, 8.4, $199.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Cheyenne Wimberley, 14.54 seconds, $2,632; 2. Taci Bettis, 14.59, $2,237; 3. Angela Ganter, 14.72, $1,842; 4. Stephanie Fryar, 14.75, $1,579; 5. Jimmie Smith, 14.78, $1,316; 6. Jill Wilson, 14.80, $921; 7. Janet Staton, 14.84, $658; 8. Zoe Braman, 14.88, $658; 9. (tie) Shelley Morgan and Becky Maass, 14.91, $428 each; 11. Jennifer Sharp, 14.96, $329; 12. Tammy Fischer, 14.98, $263.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 9.3 seconds, $1,127; 2. Jason Evans, 9.8, $932; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., 9.9, $738; 4. J.P. Wickett, 10.2, $544; 5. Roger Branch, 10.5, $350; 6. Blake Deckard, 10.8, $194. Second round: 1. (tie) Jeff Wheelis and Tuf Cooper, 10.5 seconds, $1,030 each; 3. Trey Wallace, 11.2, $738; 4. Chet Herren, 11.9, $544; 5. Landon McClaugherty, 12.1, $250; 6. Kelton McMillen, 12.8, $194. Third round: 1. Travis Mills, 9.8 seconds, $1,127; 2. Shay Good, 10.1, $932; 3. J. Tom Fisher, 10.5, $738; 4. Jason Evans, 10.6, $544; 5. Trevor Brazile, 10.8, $350; 6. (tie) Vin Fisher Jr. and Neal Wood, 11.7, $97 each. Average: 1. Jason Evans, 33.6 seconds on three runs, $1,690; 2. Trevor Brazile, 34.3, $1,399; 3. Blake Deckard, 39.5, $1,107; 4. Brian Garr, 40.3, $816; 5. Chet Herren, 40.5, $525; 6. Fred Brown, 45.2, $291.

Bull riding: 1. Bayle Worden, 86 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Kracker Jack, $2,538; 2. (tie) Scottie Knapp and Denton Fugate, 84, $1,692 each, 4. (tie) Dakota Louis and Cody Rostockyj, 83.5, $761 each; 6. (tie) Dalan Duncan and Jeff Askey, 83, $381 each; 8. Aaron Pass, 82.5, $254.

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