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Champion horse continues winning

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 09:52
Three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Matt Bright rides the famed Dirty Jacket to win the title at the 2011 Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo. Four times over the last seven years, cowboys have won the Guymon title on the back of Dirty Jacket, the 2014 Bareback Horse of the Year.

Three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Matt Bright rides the famed Dirty Jacket to win the title at the 2011 Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo. Four times over the last seven years, cowboys have won the Guymon title on the back of Dirty Jacket, the 2014 Bareback Horse of the Year.

GUYMON, Okla. – Dirty Jacket is one of the most decorated bucking horses in ProRodeo.

The 11-year-old bay gelding from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo is the reigning Bareback Horse of the Year as voted on by members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He also has been one of the top three horses in the year-end voting each of the past three seasons.

At the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December, the athletic horse proved the accolades, guiding cowboys to go-round victories both times he bucked inside the Thomas & Mack Center: Richmond Champion of The Woodlands, Texas, won the fifth round, while Caleb Bennett of Tremonton, Utah, claimed the 10th-round title.

Richmond Champion

Richmond Champion

“There’s not another horse like him,” said Champion, who also won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days title after a 91-point ride in July. “Dirty Jacket might’ve even looked better than he did that day in Cheyenne.”

The fifth and 10th rounds featured the greatest bucking horses in rodeo, an elite list of phenomenal athletes. Even then, Dirty Jacket stood out. Now he will have a chance to stand out again at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. It’s a place where he’s guided cowboys to the prestigious Guymon title four times in the last seven years.

“There wasn’t a bad horse in the pen, but to have Dirty Jacket again at the NFR and to win the round was awesome,” said Champion, who shared the Guymon title last year on Fancy Free, another great Carr bucking horse. “There’s not another night that you get to walk down the alley with that caliber of horse standing all next to each other.

“That same feeling runs in all of us to see that kind of horse lined up for us, just standing outside the Thomas & Mack. That’s what dreams are made of in this sport.”

Caleb Bennett

Caleb Bennett

It’s the same feeling Bennett had when he prepared for the final night of the competition. It had been a rough week for the Utah cowboy, who had placed in just one round prior to the 10th night.

“I couldn’t have been more blessed and ask for anything more than to end it the way I did on Dirty Jacket,” he said. “It’s a phenomenal horse and definitely one of the ones you want to have in this round.”

The powerful gelding is one of four Pete Carr horses that have received the top honor in bareback riding, joining pasture-mates like Real Deal, Big Tex and MGM Deuces Night. In 2013, when Dirty Jacket was named Reserve World Champion Bareback Horse, he helped cowboys to at least a share of the title 12 of 13 times he performed during the regular season. In 2014, his wins were just as miraculous.

Champion’s 91 in Cheyenne was one of two of the highest marked rides of the campaign. The other was by Steven Dent, who rode Dirty Jacket for a matching 91 on the final weekend of the regular season at the Cowboy Capital of the World Rodeo in Stephenville, Texas, in September.

“Any time you can draw one that everybody wants, you’re happy with it whether you’re in that situation or it’s a regular-season rodeo,” said Dent, a seven-time NFR qualifier from Mullen, Neb. “You don’t have the opportunity to get on a horse that you can be that many points on and that’s that fun to get on very often in your life, much less the last week of the year when you’re trying to make the NFR.

“That is a really great horse. There are not very many of them like him that do it every time, that are that electric, jump that high in the air and that you can be that many points on.”

The horse has been selected to buck at the NFR each of the past seven seasons. Earlier this year, Jessy Davis scored 93 points during the Cinch Shootout at the San Angelo Stock Show Rodeo.

“He has a huge frame, but he’s so athletic from nose to tail. He just looks like an athlete. If you could pick a horse out of a herd that could jump nine feet in the air, he’s that horse,” Champion said. “If you’re going to win a big rodeo, that’s the horse you want.”

Dirty Jacket is powerful, athletic and consistent, but what makes him a proven winner year after year is in the effort he puts forward every trip. He has the heart of a champion.

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American Royal is still giving

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 17:07

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Over the course of the last century, the American Royal has been one of the top giving organizations in the Midwest.

In 2014, the American Royal issued more than $1 million to its mission of supporting youth, education and agriculture.

AmericanRoyal“By any measure, we are one of the top giving organizations in the city,” said John Mitchell Jr., chairman of the Royal.

Its charity is going to increase starting in 2015.

The examples are plenty, from increasing the scholarships for various programs to providing more opportunities for youth to learn more about agriculture’s place in today’s society. The purpose of the American Royal continues to hold tight those beliefs that helped establish Kansas City so many years ago.

For instance, the Royal will increase by $10,000 the amount of scholarship funds awarded to the University of Missouri and Kansas State University through the Veterinary Scholars Program. Through the end of 2014, the organization provided $7,500 to each vet school; that increases to $12,500 this year.

“Our education committee will also develop additional opportunities for the vet scholars to interact with other American Royal programs,” Mitchell said. “We believe the American Royal is a great teaching opportunity for vet scholars, and we want to develop other ways to improve those relationships and build our future leaders.”

The association also will increase the number of scholarships for the Royal Scholars Program from six to 10 while also increasing the scholarship by twice the amount to $5,000. The Royal also expects to increase the number of Calf Scramble invitees while continuing its commitment to funding the program.

“Every step we take is to provide greater opportunities and hopefully build on the agrarian values we deem so important,” Mitchell said.

The association also is partnering with the Agriculture Future of America organization, which, like the Royal, supports education, scholarship and leadership development for students interested in pursuing careers in agriculture. The American Royal will team with the AFA with a $10,000 scholarship.

“We believe in the Agriculture Future of America’s mission, and we want to show our support for another organization that has the same values with the American Royal,” Mitchell said. “This partnership will enable us to keep building for future agriculture leaders.”

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Carr animals ready for the RNCFR

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 17:59

The Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo is the perfect test for the top regional cowboys from all across the country.

PeteCarrsClassicLogoThose hoping for the elusive national title know they’ll have to match themselves against some of the best bucking stock in the game, and a good portion of those will come from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo.

The Texas-based stock contractor will feature 36 animals at the RNCFR, set for Wednesday-Saturday in Kissimmee, Fla. That is the largest contingent of animal athletes from all the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association stock contractors in Florida.

The list of Carr animals includes a big number that have bucked at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, including bulls Medicine Show, Footloose, Cajun Smurf, Line Man and Mind Games; saddle broncs Cool Runnings, Mike & Ike, Empty Pockets, Lone Star, Gold Coast, Spur Strap and Lori Darling; and bareback horses Ragin Angel, Witchy Woman, Ladies Man, Utopia, Yo Yo, Night Bells, Alberta Child, Big Lights and Real Deal, a former Bareback Horse of the Year.

With that kind of firepower, it’s bound to be an explosive race to the national championship.

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Harrison’s talent is part of rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:39

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Pete Carr is always on the lookout for the brightest talent in Pro Rodeo.

As owner of Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, Carr knows the key to his business is to provide a great competition and incredible entertainment, all wrapped into a nice package that is rodeo. Whether it’s an athletic horse, a bucking and spinning bull or a great act, the purpose is to bring the best before the fans.

PeteCarrsClassicLogoThat’s the philosophy that will go into the Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo & Steer Show, set for 7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 26-Saturday, March 28, at the Nacogdoches County Arena.

“All anyone wants is a chance to win, and the fans are there to be entertained” Carr said. “I get a lot of feedback from our contestants and fans about the stock and that they really enjoy the clowns and specialty acts that we are able to secure for our events across the country. We try to rotate the top people in the business to keep it fresh and at a level the fans have come to expect and enjoy. ”

Enter John Harrison of Soper, Okla. In 2013, he was selected to work the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as the barrelman. Last season, he was recognized as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Comedy Act of the Year and the Coors Man in the Can, an honor that rewards the top clown in the association each year.

In addition to hysterical acts that showcase Harrison’s talent and athleticism, the Oklahoma man serves as a valuable piece of the puzzle that helps make for a near-flawless performance each time he speaks.

“John is a true professional. He is good, clean family fun,” said John Gwatney, the production supervisor for Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, the livestock producer for the rodeo. “It’s his rodeo background, because he grew up in this sport. He has perfect timing and helps us with the ebb and flow of a rodeo performance. He has a tremendous amount of talent and versatility that translates into a vital piece of the puzzle for a successful event.”

That’s the key to reaching fans with a variety of entertaining items. Whether it’s a trick riding display that will leave fans in awe or his parody of rodeo queens, Harrison has a lot of ammunition in his bag.

“I do this for the love of the sport,” he said “Growing up with it, you enjoy it. Now I can actually make a living at it, so that helps.”

While family is a big part of who Harrison is, he realizes that rodeo serves as a foster family of sorts.

“The friends and the ‘family’ you meet on the road is a big deal for us,” he said. “Plus if it wasn’t fun, I wouldn’t do it.”

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Cooper rides with Tate Branch team

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:35
Roy Cooper poses with his wrapped Tate Branch Auto Group pickup he will use as he travels the country with rodeo and by "Riding for the Brand" during his appearances and while commentating on Ride TV.

Roy Cooper poses with his wrapped Tate Branch Auto Group pickup he will use as he travels the country with rodeo and by “Riding for the Brand” during his appearances and while commentating on Ride TV.

Roy Cooper is a Hall-of-Fame cowboy and an eight-time world champion.

He also is “Riding for the Brand” as part of the Tate Branch Auto Group team, and he will carry that brand with him to numerous rodeos throughout the year and as a broadcaster on Ride TV, where he will be broadcasting from Western sports events from across the country.

Roy Cooper

Roy Cooper

Born in Hobbs, N.M., and raised on rodeo and ranching, Cooper won his first two Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association title in 1976, finishing that season as the top tie-down roper in the game and the Rookie of the Year. He followed that with five more gold buckles in that discipline and added the most coveted crown in the game in 1983 as the World Champion All-Around Cowboy.

That same season, he won the steer roping title, establishing himself as one of the greatest all-around ropers to have ever played the game, polishing off a Triple Crown season in which he won three titles in a given season. He owns 32 qualifications to the National Finals, most of which came in tie-down roping. In 1981, he also appeared at the NFR, heeling for World Champion H.P. Evetts.

Cooper has been inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Rodeo Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. He also is the father of three sons: Clint, a five-time NFR qualifier who grew up in Lovington, N.M.; Clif, a four-time NFR qualifier; and Tuf, a seven-time NFR qualifier and a three-time and the reigning world champion tie-down roper. Both Clint and Clif are part of the Tate Branch Auto Group team.

For his promotional work with “Riding for the Brand,” Cooper has received a newly wrapped Ram Truck, courtesy of Tate Branch Auto Group in the New Mexico communities of Hobbs, Artesia and Carlsbad.

“We are extremely excited to have Roy Cooper join our team of cowboys and cowgirls who are ‘Riding for the Brand,’ ” said Joby Houghtaling, the director of operations of the Tate Branch Auto Group. “Roy is a living rodeo legend who will be fun to watch covering rodeos and other events across this great nation of ours on Ride TV.”

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Rodeo’s best crave titles in Guymon

Twisted Rodeo - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 17:07

GUYMON, Okla. – The most coveted trophy in rodeo is the Montana Silversmiths world champion’s gold buckle.

Many who have earned them have them fastened to another prestigious trophy, the belt awarded to champions of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. The race for this year’s championship belts is set for Monday, April 27-Sunday, May 3, at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

Like every other trophy Trevor Brazile has, there are multiple Pioneer Days belts on display in his Decatur, Texas, home. The 21-time world champion – 12 all-around, five steer roping, three tie-down roping and one heading – is the reigning all-around titlist in Guymon.

He loves the opportunity to win more.

“I grew up 30 minutes from Guymon,” he said, referring to a childhood spent in Gruver, Texas. “I’ve still got a lot of friends up there.

“It’s a great rodeo. I love the fans up there. They’re die-hard fans. When you go to Guymon, you’re pretty sure the wind’s going to blow. You’re not sure if it’s going to be cold or hot, but it’s a cowboy environment. I just enjoy it.”

Why shouldn’t he? Each May, he is the favorite to walk away with multiple titles, just like he did in 2012; that season, he won the all-around, heading (with heeling partner Patrick Smith) and steer roping crowns.

But Brazile isn’t the only world champion wearing the prized belt. In 2010 after winning the bareback riding championship, three-time titlist Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas, received his trophy two nights before the start of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He ripped off the belt he was wearing, unfastened his 2003 gold buckle and attached it to the new leather.

Turtle Powell

Turtle Powell

Turtle Powell, the 2011 heading world champion from Stephenville, Texas, won the Guymon title a year ago, while 2014 bull riding world titlist Sage Kimzey of Strong City, Okla., parlayed his top score in No Man’s Land to his first gold buckle.

Other world champions have found great success inside Hitch Arena in recent years are Ryan Jarrett, Matt Sherwood, Rocky Patterson, Jhett Johnson, Chad Ferley, Dean Gorsuch and Tuf Cooper. All are regulars in the Oklahoma Panhandle each May, but the competition isn’t just limited to the elite players in the game. In fact, nearly 1,000 contestants make their way to Texas County each spring.

The week begins with four rounds of steer roping Monday and Tuesday, followed by the team ropers, tie-down ropers and steer wrestlers Wednesday and Thursday competing in two rounds. The top scores in the aggregate return for the performances. Barrel racers compete in the first round Friday morning, with the top times returning to the performances; the remaining cowgirls will make their second-round runs shortly after the first round is complete.

“We’re there all week, which makes it nice; I need a time-share, but there aren’t a lot of them in Guymon,” Brazile said with a laugh. “It’s important to me to go to the rodeos that keep tradition alive, and they do that well in Guymon. I’m happy to support it.”

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Tierney puts his stock in Sox

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 13:46

A good veterinarian and a lot of TLC go a long ways in the world of rodeo.

Just ask Jess Tierney, a four-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping and a regular at the Timed Event Championship of the World.

Like all other steer ropers, Tierney relies heavily on his main mount, a 14-year-old he calls Sox. But the talented gelding just returned to the arena after a seven-month stint on injured reserve after suffering a leg injury last July.

Jess Tierney

Jess Tierney

“I was giving him some time off, so he was just in the pasture,” Tierney said. “When I got there, the whole pasture was full of puddles of blood, and he’d lost about 300 pounds.”

Tierney loaded the horse in a trailer and quickly shuffled Sox to the veterinarian, who put the animal in a cast.

“We had to keep him boxed up for a long time,” he said, referring to being in a confined pen to obtain the right care and keep an eye on healing. “We finally got him turned out this winter. We got a shoe on him right before San Antonio and the Timed Event.”

Sox has responded quite well. While Tierney traveled the rodeo trail, his girlfriend put in the work needed to care for the horse.

“She put in about four months of labor,” he said.

That tender, loving care paid dividends. Since Sox has returned to action, Tierney has earned more than $34,000 in competition. Half that came from the Timed Event, where Tierney finished third overall competing in heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping.

The other half came in steer roping, with the lion’s share earned at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. He added nearly $5,000 this past weekend at the Ron Ross Memorial Steer Roping in Liberty, Texas.

Even though he finished 2014 without Sox in the arena, Tierney finished the year fourth in the steer roping world standings. It was his best season to date.

Now that he has his primary mount back on the road, he hopes to parlay it into a run for the gold buckle. Though he’s competed in just two events so far, Tierney is sixth in the world standings. With a full season of steer roping yet to go, he has a great shot at realizing his world-title dreams.A good veterinarian and a lot of TLC go a long ways in the world of rodeo.

Just ask Jess Tierney, a four-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping and a regular at the Timed Event Championship of the World.

Like all other steer ropers, Tierney relies heavily on his main mount, a 14-year-old he calls Sox. But the talented gelding just returned to the arena after a seven-month stint on injured reserve after suffering a leg injury last July.

“I was giving him some time off, so he was just in the pasture,” Tierney said. “When I got there, the whole pasture was full of puddles of blood, and he’d lost about 300 pounds.”

Tierney loaded the horse in a trailer and quickly shuffled Sox to the veterinarian, who put the animal in a cast.

“We had to keep him boxed up for a long time,” he said, referring to being in a confined pen to obtain the right care and keep an eye on healing. “We finally got him turned out this winter. We got a shoe on him right before San Antonio and the Timed Event.”

Sox has responded quite well. While Tierney traveled the rodeo trail, his girlfriend put in the work needed to care for the horse.

“She put in about four months of labor,” he said.

That tender, loving care paid dividends. Since Sox has returned to action, Tierney has earned more than $34,000 in competition. Half that came from the Timed Event, where Tierney finished third overall competing in heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping.

The other half came in steer roping, with the lion’s share earned at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. He added nearly $5,000 this past weekend at the Ron Ross Memorial Steer Roping in Liberty, Texas.

Even though he finished 2014 without Sox in the arena, Tierney finished the year fourth in the steer roping world standings. It was his best season to date.

Now that he has his primary mount back on the road, he hopes to parlay it into a run for the gold buckle. Though he’s competed in just two events so far, Tierney is sixth in the world standings. With a full season of steer roping yet to go, he has a great shot at realizing his world-title dreams.

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Rangers use support for success

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 03/10/2015 - 15:58

ALVA, Okla. – It takes talent, perseverance and a lot of support to be successful in rodeo, and the members of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team know that as well as anyone.

Steer wrestler Stephen Culling of Fort St. John, British Columbia, used it all to a third-place finish this past weekend at the Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College Rodeo. Riding a horse he is borrowing from fellow Canadian ProRodeo cowboy Clayton Moore, Culling won the first round and finished third in the two-run average in Fort Scott.

Stephen Culling

Stephen Culling

But it didn’t come without the help he gets from other Rangers, including coach Stockton Graves, a Northwestern alumnus who has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo seven times.

“He’s just proves himself, and he spends a lot of time helping us out and getting us to that stage,” he said, noting that he also receives a lot of support from roommate Laine Herl of Goodland, Kan., and traveling partner Mike McGinn of Haines, Ore.; all three are in the top eight in the Central Plains Region standings, joining Grayson Allred of Kanarraville, Utah, and Tyler Batie of Rapid City, S.D.

“Good competition makes you step up and try to make you do better,” said Culling, who credits much of his success to Moore’s horse, Santos, a 13-year-old that has been used quite a bit in ProRodeo. “It’s hard because you know all of you aren’t going to get to go, but it’s good to see your friends and traveling partners also do good.”

Culling led the way for Northwestern with his No. 3 finish, but he was joined in the championship round by two other bulldoggers, Batie, who placed third overall, and Chase Lako of Arthur, Neb., who placed fourth. They were joined in the short round by heeler William Whayne of Tulsa, Okla., who qualified with header Connor Osborne of Connors (Okla.) State College.

“Our (men’s) team is strong,” Culling said.

The Northwestern women definitely are good. They lead the region standings and finished runner-up in Fort Scott. Rangers Shayna Miller of Faith, S.D., and Lauren Barnes of Buckeye, Ariz., tied for third in the average in goat-tying; they are the top two in the goat-tying standings, with Miller owning a 60-point lead.

“If I don’t win the region, I want another girl from our team to win it,” Miller said.

Barnes won the first round, posting a 7.2-second run. Miller then finished fourth in the short round with a 7.9; both finished with a 15.9-second two-run cumulative time. They were joined in the short round by barrel racer Paige Winnett of Elmore City, Okla., and breakaway roper Cassy Woodward of Dupree, S.D.

The teams will have four weeks off until the next event, scheduled for April 9-11 in Weatherford, Okla., and will close out the season with three events over those three weekends in April.

“I just look at it like I have six runs to make,” Miller said, referring to her game plan on trying to secure the region title. “I’m counting on making the short round at the next three and putting six more runs together.

“I can’t relax. There are (several) weeks between rodeos. It would be easy to settle and chill for a while, but I’ve got to keep right at it.”

That work is a good reason why she and the women’s team lead the Central Plains standings.

“I’m just going to keep my horse in shape and keep myself in shape,” she said. “I’ll just try to keep my head right and stay positive heading to the next three and try to kick butt.”

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Brazile wins 7th Timed Event title

Twisted Rodeo - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 18:11

TEXAN BECOMES FIRST COWBOY TO WIN THE $100,000 FIRST-PLACE PRIZE

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Trevor Brazile is the most decorated cowboy in ProRodeo history.

On Sunday afternoon, he added another prestigious championship to his trophy case, winning the Timed Event Championship of the World for a record seventh time. In the process, he pocketed $116,000 – most came in the form of the average title, which paid $100,000 for the first time ever; the rest he earned by having the two fastest go-rounds of this year’s competition.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

“This is the event of the purist in my events,” said Brazile, who scored a 43.7-second second round Friday night and a 45.8 Saturday night. “I’ve always loved it. It means a lot just because of everything entails. It’s 25 head. It’s a fun contest.”

He utilized a steady approach to claim the top prize, outdistancing runner-up Paul David Tierney by 25 seconds.

“You’ve got a game plan when you come here,” he said. “I try not to back off too much. I try to be efficient, but not overly protective.

“I’ve had a two-year hiatus from here. Coming back, you always question it. I felt like I could do it still, but until you come and do it, you never know.”

He knows very well. Over his nearly two decades of competing in the “Ironman of ProRodeo,” Brazile has earned $751,500.

Paul David Tierney

Paul David Tierney

“Not just the money has made it better,” he said, referring to the winner’s payout doubling from $50,000. “I think it added more excitement and obviously there was more on the line, but I think this is the most even set of stock they’ve had. I think that helped keep it even throughout.

“This is probably the closest field I’ve seen. As a whole, it was keeping the pack together due to the quality of stock that was here. It let a guy do his job. There weren’t as many eliminators here as there has been.”

Still, the top players in this game were challenged.

Jess Tierney

Jess Tierney

“It was tough,” said Tierney, the reigning champion who has finished among the top two each of the past three years. “Everybody roped good, and having Trevor come back and being able to compete against him was good. He’s got to come back next year so we can have it out again.”

He was one of two Tierneys to finish atop the standings. Older brother Jess, a four-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, placed third. Between them, the Tierneys collected $42,000. That’s pretty good for the sons of ProRodeo legend, Paul Tierney, a four-time Timed Event champion.

“This is just a great event, and you get to go up against guys like Trevor, K.C. Jones and Daniel Green,” Jess Tierney said. “It’s the best event all year. I hope I can be like dad and come here until I’m 60.”

RESULTS
AVERAGE: 1. Trevor Brazile, 290.7 seconds on 25 runs, $100,000; 2. Paul David Tierney, 305.6, $25,000; 3. Jess Tierney, 331.4, $15,000; 4. Josh Peek, 364.8, $10,000; 5. Clay Smith, 373.1, $7,500; 6. Kyle Lockett, 381.0, $5,000; 7. Erich Rogers, 384.0, $4,500; 8. Russell Cardoza, 407.5, $3,000.
FASTEST ROUND: 1. Trevor Brazile, 43.7, $10,000; 2. Trevor Brazile, 45.8, $6,000; 3. Kyle Lockett, 48.7, $5,000; 4. Russell Cardoza, 51.1, $4,000; 5. Erich Rogers, 51.6, $3,000; 6. Jess Tierney, 52.8, $2,000.
TOTAL MONEY: 1. Trevor Brazile, $116,000; 2. Paul David Tierney, $25,000; 3. Jess Tierney, $17,000; 4. Josh Peek and Kyle Lockett, $10,000 each; 6. Clay Smith and Erich Rogers, $7,500; 8. Russell Cardoza, $7,000.

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Timed Event results

Twisted Rodeo - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 17:24

AVERAGE: 1. Trevor Brazile, 290.7 seconds on 25 runs, $100,000; 2. Paul David Tierney, 305.6, $25,000; 3. Jess Tierney, 331.4, $15,000; 4. Josh Peek, 364.8, $10,000; 5. Clay Smith, 373.1, $7,500; 6. Kyle Lockett, 381.0, $5,000; 7. Erich Rogers, 384.0, $4,500; 8. Russell Cardoza, 407.5, $3,000.
FASTEST ROUND: 1. Trevor Brazile, 43.7, $10,000; 2. Trevor Brazile, 45.8, $6,000; 3. Kyle Lockett, 48.7, $5,000; 4. Russell Cardoza, 51.1, $4,000; 5. Erich Rogers, 51.6, $3,000; 6. Jess Tierney, 52.8, $2,000.
TOTAL MONEY: 1. Trevor Brazile, $116,000; 2. Paul David Tierney, $25,000; 3. Jess Tierney, $17,000; 4. Josh Peek and Kyle Lockett, $10,000 each; 6. Clay Smith and Erich Rogers, $7,500; 8. Russell Cardoza, $7,000.

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Brazile leads a fast fourth round

Twisted Rodeo - Sun, 03/08/2015 - 01:02

GUTHRIE, Okla. – The fourth go-round of the Timed Event Championship of the World was fast and exciting.

In fact, four of the top six fastest round times of the weekend happened Saturday night at the Lazy E Arena. It’s making for an exciting sprint to the finish Sunday afternoon.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

“I usually try to not watch much of the other competition, but when it’s as good watching as it is here, the fan in me comes out,” said leader Trevor Brazile, who has posted a 20-run cumulative time of 212.2 seconds, on pace to set a new record for the fastest aggregate. “It’s fun. There are a lot of good runs. There is a lot to be watching for.”

Brazile led the way again Saturday night, posting a 45.8-second go-round – it is the second fastest round so far this weekend behind the 43.7 he posted Friday night. Kyle Lockett, a two-time champion, scored a 48.7, followed by Russell Cardoza’s 51.1 and Jess Tierney’s 52.8.

It all happened before another large crowd.

“They have raised the stakes,” Brazile said, referring to the increased purse of $200,000, of which $100,000 is paid to the average champion. “They doubled first place. That’s a game-changer. You can see it by the contestants and the fans.”

Brazile owns eight of the top 10 fastest times in the Timed Event’s 31-year history, including the top six. He is also the event’s only six-time champion.

“When I have a chance (to post a fast round), and it comes down to the steer roping, it makes me a touch more aggressive,” he said, noting that bonuses are paid to the top six fastest rounds each year. “I didn’t come here to win anything in the rounds. If I have a chance, I try to capitalize on it.”

Brazile owns a 22.5-second lead over the man in second place, defending champion Paul David Tierney, whose older brother, Jess, is third.

RESULTS
AVERAGE LEADERS: 1. Trevor Brazile, 212.2 seconds on 20 runs; 2. Paul David Tierney, 234.7; 3. Jess Tierney, 238.5; 4. Erich Rogers, 272.1; 5. Josh Peek, 298.6; 6. Clay Smith, 315.4.
ROUND 4: 1. Trevor Brazile, 45.8 seconds; 2. Kyle Lockett, 48.7; 3. Russell Cardoza, 51.1; 4. Jess Tierney, 52.8; 5. Paul David Tierney, 55.9; 6. Erich Rogers, 59.8.
FASTEST ROUND LEADERS: 1. Trevor Brazile, 43.7; 2. Trevor Brazile, 45.8; 3. Kyle Lockett, 48.7; 4. Russell Cardoza, 51.1; 5. Erich Rogers, 51.6; 6. Jess Tierney, 52.8.

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Tierney brothers just behind Brazile

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 17:29

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Between them, the Tierney family owns five Timed Event Championship of the World gold buckles.

Patriarch Paul Tierney earned four in his hall-of-fame career, while youngest son Paul David Tierney is the reigning champ. The Tierneys are tied with K.C. Jones with the second most titles in the “Ironman of ProRodeo” and trail just one man, six-time winner Trevor Brazile.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

Through three go-rounds of this year’s championship, Paul David and Jess Tierney sit Nos. 2 and 3 in the average standings and trail just one man, Brazile, who has roped, tied and wrestled 15 head in 166.4 seconds. Paul David is second in 178.8, and Jess has scored 185.7. They are well ahead of the rest of the field: the fourth-place cowboy, Erich Rogers, is 212.3.

“Anybody here is capable of being 2-3 at any time,” Jess Tierney said. “If you get on top of the cattle, you’ve got to take advantage of them.”

Drawing good calves and steers makes a difference in this unique championship, in which each contestant must compete in heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping.

Jess Tierney

Jess Tierney

“We’re trying to take advantage of a good situation,” he said.

They are, and so is Brazile, a 21-time PRCA world champion who also owns a record 12 all-around gold buckles. He also has had considerable success inside the Lazy E Arena.

“He’s always been the gatekeeper around here,” Jess Tierney said. “He’s such a great cowboy. Even when I’m competing against him, I’m always watching him, trying to learn something. He’s the best.

“He’s an inspiration just watching him.”

The Tierneys grew up with a pretty inspiring person in their father. When they’re at home in South Dakota, they practice all five disciplines that make up the Timed Event. Between that, working on the ranch and having a father who competed in the Lazy E Arena every March for so many years, they are tailor made for the rugged championship.

“Dad always tells us that you’ve got it one run at a time. You’ve just got to look at what you’re doing right then,” Jess Tierney said. “You’ve just got to look at what you’re doing right then. Based on that, we’re staying steady and not trying to get ahead of ourselves much.”

RESULTS
AVERAGE LEADERS:
1. Trevor Brazile, 166.4; 2. Paul David Tierney, 178.8; 3. Jess Tierney, 185.7; 4. Erich Rogers, 212.3; 5. Josh Peek, 224.8; 6. Clay Smith, 241.7
ROUND 3: 1. Trevor Brazile, 56.3 seconds; 2. Paul David Tierney, 57.5; 3. Josh Peek, 58.8; 4. Erich Rogers, 59.3; 5. Jess Tierney, 67.1; 6. Landon McClaugherty, 67.6.

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Brazile sprints to the Timed Event lead

Twisted Rodeo - Sat, 03/07/2015 - 00:52

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Trevor Brazile owns eight of the 10 fastest go-rounds in the history of the Timed Event Championship of the World.

One of those came during the second go-round Friday night at the Lazy E Arena, where the Decatur, Texas, cowboy roped, tied and wrestled five cattle in 43.7 seconds, just two-tenths of a second off the record time he owns. It helped catapult the six-time Timed Event winner to the lead after the opening day with a 10-run cumulative time of 110.1 seconds.

Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile

“It feels good, but I don’t mind steer roping being the last event” in a round, said Brazile, a 21-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion who owns five steer roping gold buckles. “I feel like I can turn it up in steer roping if I had to. I just didn’t want to do something to set myself up for failure, to be sure to look at the big picture as well as the round.”

He finished Friday night’s round with an 11.1-second steer roping run, which followed a solid 5.6 in steer wrestling, the one event that’s not his focus in ProRodeo. Brazile also owns world titles in tie-down roping and heading and has also qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in heeling, one of just two men in the sport’s history to qualify for the finale in all four roping disciplines.

“This is one of the few events, with the exception of steer wrestling, that everything else is what I do at home,” he said. “This is an event I get ready for every day year-round. I enjoy being well-rounded.”

It has showed. Nobody has won more Timed Event titles than Brazile, who first won the championship in 1998 when he was 21 years old. Now 38, he continues to prove why he’s one of the greatest cowboys to have ever played the game, and this weekend, he’s competing in a field that includes 19 other elite cowboys.

“I just want to thank the Lazy E and the McKinney family for putting up the money,” he said, referring to the $200,000 purse, of which half goes to the average champion. “They stepped up an event that was so good, but they caught it up to the times. There is a lot of competition this month, and they stepped up to the plate. I think the cowboys did as well. There are a lot of NFR qualifiers here now, and I just like to see that. I want to see the guys that are competing on the biggest stages to come do this, and that’s what it’s enabled them to do.”

RESULTS
AVERAGE LEADERS:
1. Trevor Brazile, 110.1 seconds on 10 runs; 2. Jess Tierney, 118.6; 3. Paul David Tierney, 121.3; 4. Erich Rogers, 153; 5. Clay Smith, 158.6; 6. Josh Peek, 166.0.
ROUND 1: 1. Paul David Tierney, 63.7 seconds; 2. K.C. Jones, 64.6; 3. Dustin Bird, 64.7; 4. Jess Tierney, 64.8; 5. Trevor Brazile, 64.8; 6. Daniel Green, 76.0.

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Reigning champ leads TEC after Round 1

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 17:33

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., is proving just why he is the reigning champion of the Timed Event Championship of the World.

Paul David Tierney

Paul David Tierney

On Friday afternoon, Tierney posted a 63.7-second opening round to take the early lead in the 2015 “Ironman of ProRodeo” event. He leads a contingent of veterans, including three other past Timed Event winners: five-time titlist K.C. Jones is second with a 64.6, followed by Dustin Bird, 64.7; Jess Tierney, 64.8; six-time winner Trevor Brazile, 66.4; and three-time champ Daniel Green, 76.0.

“I just wanted to get out of the barrier and go out and make smooth runs,” Paul David Tierney said, meaning he wanted to avoid any penalties for breaking the barrier and not allowing the cattle an appropriate head start. “I almost accomplished it if I wouldn’t have had my steer wrestling steer ball up on me.”

The top 20 timed-event contestants in ProRodeo are part of this elite field competing in one of the most challenging championships in the sport. They compete in heading, tie-down roping, heeling, steer wrestling and steer roping. In Tierney’s run, the bulldogging steer did not fall flat as he needed to make a fast run. The animals are meant to be a test for the cowboy’ skills.

“You don’t’ need to have pups out here,” said Tierney, who, like older brother Jess, is following in the footsteps of their hall-of-fame father, Paul Tierney, a four-time Timed Event titlist. “What helped is growing up doing all these events.

“Doing it all and having my dad to help me come here and do these events.”

Dustin Bird

Dustin Bird

Jess Tierney and Bird are the only two cowboys among the top six who don’t own championships in this unique competition, but they’re bringing a good portion of experience into play. Jess Tierney is a four-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, while Bird is a three-time heading qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“A few things I could’ve done better, but for the most part, it’s going pretty decent,” said Bird of Cut Bank, Mont. “It’s not easy; it’s a lot of work. I prepared myself a lot better this year because I knew what to expect. I had some guys help me with some different areas I was not as strong in.”

That’s important, especially if cowboys want to add their name to the prestigious list of champions.

RESULTS

1. Paul David Tierney, 63.7 seconds; 2. K.C. Jones, 64.6; 3. Dustin Bird, 64.7; 4. Jess Tierney, 64.8; 5. Trevor Brazile, 64.8; 6. Daniel Green, 76.0.

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Cowgirls excited for RNCFR

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:51

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story appears in the March edition of Women’s Pro Rodeo News, the official publication of the WPRA. It is republished on this site with the approval of the WPRA.

By the time the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo begins March 25, Lindsay and Jesse Kruse will have welcomed their second child.

The baby was due the end of February, giving Mom about a month to have herself and Lenas Mijo Dulce ready for the national championship. Lindsay Kruse is ready for the opportunity.

2015-RNCFR-Logo“I’m really excited to run at it this year,” said Kruse, married to Jesse, the 2009 world champion saddle bronc rider. “I like the new location, and it looks like they are making it a lot more enjoyable for the contestants. It has a bigger purse. I just hope to win some of that money they’ve added this year.”

She maneuvered her way to the RNCFR in Kissimmee, Fla., by having an outstanding season in the Montana Circuit. Her pregnancy prevented Kruse from competing at the Ram Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo in mid-January.

“They let me have a medical exemption,” she said, noting that the exemption allowed her a shot at year-end awards. “I had a decent lead, about $5,000, but I couldn’t defend myself.”

Instead, Carmel Wright won two go-rounds and placed in another to win the average in Great Falls, Mont. She pocketed more than $7,000 and passed Kruse. But by finishing second in the year-end race, Kruse will join Wright in Florida.

“I don’t mind the drive,” Kruse said, noting that the family will be part of the traveling posse. “We usually go to Texas this time of year.”

Her road trip is delayed a little, but she plans to have a pretty good partner in the mix. Harley is a 13-year-old sorrel gelding by Pobre Dulce and out of Lenas Country Bar. This marks Kruse’s sixth RNCFR qualification and Harley’s second.

“He’s tough,” she said. “He likes being on the road. He just likes to do it. His personality is better when you’re on the road.

“He’s kind of a quirky thing. He doesn’t get along with many people. You definitely have to have a bond with him.”

That’s a good thing for Kruse, who said she and Harley just clicked from the first day they got together.

“He’s all cow-bred with no barrel breed in him,” she said. “He’s kind of odd-shaped, but he’s pretty in his own way.”

It works, but so does the relationship between Sara Rose McDonald and her horse, Fame Fling N Bling, a 9-year-old roan mare she calls Bling. Like Kruse, McDonald finished as the year-end runner-up to Victoria Williams, who also won the average at the Ram Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo.

“I’m excited to go there because it’s close to home,” said McDonald of Brunswick, Ga., the Southeastern Circuit and WPRA Rookie of the Year. “I know it’s a good rodeo, so I just want to make good runs.”

Gretchen Benbenek

Gretchen Benbenek

That’s exactly what happened for Gretchen Benbenek last year. She took advantage of the tournament-style format and raced to the national championship last spring at the Lazy E Arena near Guthrie, Okla.

She placed fifth in the opening go-round and was solid on the second run on Shot of Firewater, a 12-year-old bay she calls Maverick. The speedster is by Firem Jet and out of Miss Willie Ada; Maverick’s mom was Benbenek’s primary mount before the gelding came into his own.

By finishing third in the two-round average, the tandem advanced to the RNCFR’s semifinals, finishing second to Kassidy Dennison. Benbenek and Maverick excelled on their final run, picking up more than $13,000 and a $20,000 voucher for a new pickup.

“Other than the Prairie Circuit Finals, I’ve never been in the position to defend a title,” said Benbenek, the two-time reigning Prairie Circuit year-end champion from Aubrey, Texas. “I feel a little pressure about it, but it’s a brand new arena that I’ve never been to.

“I just need to go in there hungry and wanting it and determined, then we’ll see how it goes.”

It helps that she has a good experience, albeit in Oklahoma’s red dirt and not in the shadow of Disney World.

“I think Florida has shown a lot of interest in rodeo lately, and it doesn’t have any other big events there,” she said. “I can already feel there’s a new level of excitement. I’ve never got to rodeo in Florida. I hear the facility is really nice, and I think it will be a good place for my horse in me.

“It’s right there by Disney World, and I’ve got some family coming down so we can do something else while we’re there.”

Her focus, though, is defending that national championship. Though the winter has been relatively slow for Benbenek, she has a lot of faith in Maverick.

“I like to give my horse a good break over the winter,” Benbenek said. “He’s been running good. We’ve just been a little bit out of (the money). We haven’t hit our stride.

“I go everywhere to win. I don’t go to get second place or just show up. I have expectations of winning. I realize the competition there is going to be very tough, and winning is not an easy thing to do. As long as I feel like I can make the best run I can and as long as me and my horse are physically prepared, I’ll be happy with the outcome.”

That’s the attitude of a proven winner.

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Ranger women dominant in Kansas

Twisted Rodeo - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 17:57

ALVA, Okla. – It takes just one word to describe the Northwestern Oklahoma State University women’s team performance this past weekend: Dominating.

The Rangers women posted 455 points to run away with the Garden City (Kan.) Community College rodeo title. Lauren Barnes of Buckeye, Ariz., won the all-around championship with 195 points, parlaying a second-place finish in goat-tying and a fourth-place run in barrel racing to take the crown.

Laremie Allred

Laremie Allred

But she was just one of six Northwestern women who were part of the championship round Sunday afternoon. She was joined on the leaderboard by goat-tier Laremi Allred of Kanarraville, Utah, who won the short-round and the two-run average title by two-tenths of a second over Barnes.

“We’re pretty strong and pretty deep, so that’s beneficial for everyone involved,” said Allred, who transferred to Northwestern for the spring semester, making Garden City just her second Central Plains Region rodeo for the Rangers. “I like the school and the rodeo program we have here. We have some pretty good coaches and the opportunity to practice whenever we want.”

The proof was in the performance in the western Kansas community that was in the middle of a winter storm the week of the rodeo. Besides Allred and Barnes atop the goat-tying standings, Shayna Miller of Faith, S.D., finished third. Karley Kile, of Topeka, Kan., also was in the final round.

Barnes, who won the first round in barrel racing with a 13.79-second run, earned more points for the team by placing in the average. She was joined in the short round by Paige Winnett of Elmore City, Okla., who placed in both rounds and finished fifth in the two-run aggregate. Cassy Woodward of Dupree, S.D., placed in the final round.

“My goal this year is to be in the top three in goat tying and make the college finals,” Allred said. “If I can sneak in there in the breakaway (roping), that would be nice, too.”

Northwestern is well represented in the region standings, which the Rangers lead as a team. Miller is atop the goat-tying standings, followed by Barnes in third, Kile in sixth, Allred in eighth and Elli Jo Price in 12th.

For Allred, Garden City came together quite nicely, especially considering she was utilizing her brother’s steer wrestling horse to win the goat tying title. Her primary horse was injured in an vehicle wreck in which the truck and trailer rolled twice while en route from Utah to Alva to begin the semester.

“She’s still not healed yet,” Allred said, noting that the runs in Garden City were the first for the borrowed mount. “She worked pretty good, and I’ll probably keep hauling her.”

The Northwestern men had six cowboys compete in the championship round, led by tie-down roper Wade Perry of Lamont, Okla., who won the first round and finished second in the aggregate. Chase Lako of Hunter, N.D., placed sixth. Steer wrestler Laine Herl of Goodland, Kan., finished second in the first round and fell to third in the average, while Stephen Culling of Fort St. John, British Columbia, was third in the opening round and six in the average.

In team roping, header Dalton Richards of Hawkinsville, Ga., finished third in the average, roping with heeler Ben Whiddon of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, while Northwestern heeler Dustin Searcy of Mooreland, Okla., was the runner-up in the opening round while competing with Hunter Munsell of Western Oklahoma State College.

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Top cowboys heading to Bay City

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:44

BAY CITY, Texas – Many of the greatest cowboys and cowgirls in rodeo make their way to Bay City every March.

It’s all because of the Matagorda County Fair & Rodeo, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5-Saturday, March 7, at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds. They know the opportunity is there each of the three nights to cash in and make the run of their dreams toward the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Clint Cannon

Clint Cannon

Bay City also is the weekend home of many of the greatest animal athletes the game, thanks to the livestock from Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo. This past December, 27 Carr horses and bulls were a big part of the NFR, a ProRodeo record the Carr firm has held each of the past two years.

“Pete Carr has the bucking horses and bulls that are unreal,” said bareback rider Clint Cannon, a four-time NFR qualifier from nearby Waller, Texas. “When I think about Pete Carr, I think about 90-point rides, rock ’n’ roll music and fans loving it.”

A year ago, there were several NFR animals that were part of the action at the Matagorda County Fair and Rodeo, including five of the six animals that guided cowboys to the pay window in bareback riding. Two, Sadies Gal and Utopia, made their first trips to Las Vegas this past December, kick-starting their outstanding campaigns in this southeast Texas community.

Sage Kimzey

Sage Kimzey

“Pete Carr puts on a great rodeo,” said Sage Kimzey, the 2014 world champion bull rider from Strong City, Okla. “I’m thankful he loves the sport of rodeo so much and wants it to be so great.”

Kimzey isn’t the only world champion who follows the Carr herd around the country. Take two-time world champion Cody Wright of Milford, Utah, the reigning Bay City champion in saddle bronc riding. He matched moves with Deuces Wild to win the title last March.

Wright utilized that momentum to qualify for the NFR for the 12th straight year, but there were several finals qualifiers who are regular qualifiers to the finale.

“Pete’s got an eye for horses, and he’s surrounded himself with people who know what they’re talking about,” said saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss, a six-time NFR from Heflin, La. “You want to go to Pete’s rodeos, because you’re going to get on something good.”

The Carr animals are a huge drawing card for contestants. That also is why fans want to be part of the Matagorda County Fair & Rodeo experience.

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