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The words of Ted Harbin, winner of the 2010 PRCA Media Award for Excellence in Print Journalism
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Champion living up to his name

53 min 2 sec ago

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Richmond Champion lives life a little bit on the edge.

Why else would any sane man strap himself to a 1,100-pound bucking horse in order to make a living?

“You’ve got every wild and free thing in the palm of your hand,” said Champion, 21, of The Woodlands. “It’s awesome. There’s nothing like it. I just crave it. It’s the best job in the world. You have to feel it to understand it.”

Champion is a professional rodeo cowboy, one of the very best bareback riders in the game in 2014. Next week, he will showcase it to the world during his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s premier championship event that takes place Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas. It’s the perfect place to put a defining exclamation point to an incredible season.

He is the seventh-ranked bareback rider in the world standings, where points equal dollars earned in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association through the rigors of the 12-month season. Champion has pocketed just shy of $90,000 in the PRCA, but his season has provided much more than that.

Richmond Champion

Richmond Champion

“My biggest win, obviously, was The American,” he said of the non-PRCA rodeo that took place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where he won the bareback riding title and $1.1 million. “That’s the biggest victory ever. The American changed my whole life and how I want to go about my career.

“Following that, I’d have to say winning Cheyenne (Wyo.) and being 91 points at the Daddy of ’Em All. Just the way that story unfolded … for different reasons, that was the biggest PRCA win of my career.”

The win in Arlington came in early March; the victory in Cheyenne came in late July. Mixed in between was a fine recipe of quality rides and key titles: Guymon, Okla.; Walla Walla, Wash.; and Gladewater, Texas, just to name a few.

“This season has been a dream come true,” said Champion, who as a collegian at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in June. “Making the NFR is a goal reached. It’s kind of surreal knowing I’m heading there. I’m really excited.

“It’s the freakin’ NFR. There’s no downplaying that. It’s going to be a stage I’ve never been on before. It’s going to be intense.”

Only the top 15 cowboys in each event earn the right to compete for the biggest pay in the game. The purse is more than $6 million for the 10-round finale. Each night, contestants will battle for the $19,000 payday for winning a go-round. The elite bareback riders will be testing their skills against the greatest bucking horses of 2014.

As an NFR rookie, Champion will also be in the field with legends: three-time reigning world champion Kaycee Feild, three-time titlist Will Lowe, four-time winner Bobby Mote and 2008 world champ Justin McDaniel – they own the last nine bareback riding gold buckles.

“I’m not going to worry about Kaycee Feild or anybody else,” Champion said. “Kaycee’s going to do what Kaycee’s going to do, and I have no doubt it’s going to be at a phenomenal level. I set my goals high, and I’m going in there confident.”

He should. He has qualified for the NFR in just his third season as a PRCA member – he finished 2012 in second place in the rookie-of-the-year race. That’s not too bad for a man who has only been riding bucking horses less than five years.

“I’ve always been involved in something competitive, whether it was skiing or riding,” he said. “I had an older brother, and you just naturally grow up in a competitive nature. It doesn’t matter what you do, you’re going to be competitive with each other.

“We also moved around a lot. Once I got comfortable somewhere, it was time to move again and start over. I think that’s what attracted me to rodeo. You’re constantly moving. You’re constantly competing. Growing up that way, you have to adapt. I bring that with me when I’m rodeoing.”

The rodeo trail is long and winding. Cowboys travel tens of thousands of miles a year chasing their gold-buckle dreams. Oftentimes they’re away from home for weeks, even months, at a time. It’s not an easy life, but it’s one in which the competitors are following their passions.

For Champion, he finds ease in the support from home.

“My family has been there for me since I started this deal,” he said, pointing to his dad, Greg, and mom, Lori. “Mom had her questions at first; she didn’t want me to get hurt. They’ve just been so supportive of me since my rookie year. My brother, Doug, is the reason I started riding bareback horses. He turned out to be one of my biggest supporters. He got hurt and can’t ride anymore, but he’s been right there with me.

“My family has made a point to travel to come see me. They know being there is important to me. I can’t do it without them. They’ve all made changes since The American has happened. My dad has taken a lot of responsibility for me on the financial side.”

That has helped take the pressure off the young cowboy so he can focus on the task at hand. When he needs an ear, they all are just a phone call away. Doug can help with the riding side of the game, while Mom and Dad do what moms and dads do.

“They’re all successful, but they’ve found a way to support me,” Champion said. “It doesn’t get any better than that.”

When family isn’t available, he leaned on girlfriend Shelby Smith, who has been around the sport all her life.

“It’s a lot harder to have a relationship in rodeo, but she understands that,” Champion said. “It took this year for me to realize what it takes to have a relationship out there on the road. Your time gets limited. To have Shelby out there with me from time to time, it helps because she comes from a rodeo family. She knows how it works.

“She’s been competitive, so she can help me. She may not know the fundamentals of bareback riding, but as a competitor, she knows how to talk to me. She’s always been there for that.”

That support has been a key ingredient into the success the cowboy has seen in 2014. Of course, that also is the nature of rodeo, where there are friends at every stop along the rodeo trail.

“The best part of rodeo is the comradery,” he said. “There’s no other sport that is this tight-knit. We’re all ready to do anything for one another even though you’re trying to take each other’s money at the same time. It’s a really competitive sport, but you still try to help each other out.

“You can’t get there by yourself, and everybody knows that.”

Now that he’s there, the Texan won’t rest on his accomplishments or his bank account. He has a core group of friends, family and fellow bareback riders to keep him humble. He’s still young enough to crave all-night drives, but that’s mainly because he craves the most coveted prize in the game, the gold buckle.

He is a Champion after all.

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Rodeo passion leads Bennett to NFR

2 hours 16 min ago

MORGAN, Utah – The reason Caleb Bennett loves rodeo is very simple.

“The rodeo atmosphere is me,” said Bennett, a bareback rider from Morgan. “It’s like whiskey to a drunk or poker to a gambler; it’s just something you’ve got to have.

“I love it. I love traveling. I love 10-hour drives with buddies, and I love getting on bucking horses when I get there.”

That passion has carried the 26-year-old cowboy to his third straight qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s year-end championship set for Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas. Only the top 15 contestants from the regular season in each event advance to the 10-round finale, which offers the greatest payout in the game, $6.375 million.

Caleb Bennett

Caleb Bennett

The combatants will all battle for the $19,000 payday during each go-round over 10 December nights in southern Nevada, and the contestants with the most money earned at its conclusion will be crowned world champions. Through the regular season, Bennett pocketed $85,225 and will arrive in Sin City next week No. 8 in the bareback riding world standings.

“Everyone starts the year with the goal of making it to the NFR,” said Bennett, who earned nearly $64,000 last December. “This is how we make our living, so it’s a huge goal.”

The Utah cowboy heads to the finals after his best regular season. He had nine Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association titles in 2014, including wins in Rapid City, S.D.; Clovis, Calif.; Pendleton, Ore.; and the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo.

“Winning the national championship was awesome,” he said of the April rodeo in which he won a boatload of cash and a voucher toward the purchase of a Ram pickup. “That’s always been a goal of mine to go to the Ram finals and win that, and this was only my second year of qualifying for that.

“It’s just another stepping stone and what I want to accomplish in my career.”

His year was solid from start to finish, and that helped him find a comfort zone to this year’s NFR. That’s quite a change from 2013, when he had to finish with a flourish in order to qualify in the 15th and last spot.

“I had a great season, and I tried to plan things differently this year,” Bennett said. “I tried to set up my winter runs by hitting the bigger, better rodeos and taking advantage of that. All summer long I entered like that. I tried to enter smarter instead of by quantity.

“I won more money this year than I had either year before when I qualified. That really made the month of September a lot easier on me. I could go to the bigger ones and relax a little bit and not have to worry about making it.”

That pressure-valve rele3ase paid off in Pendleton, one of the biggest and most historic events in ProRodeo. He rode Sankey Rodeo’s Thunder Monkey for 87 points to win the short go-round and share the average championship with fellow NFR qualifier Tim O’Connell.

“That’s a world-renowned rodeo that everybody wants to win,” said Bennett, who competed on the rodeo team at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, after a stellar career that saw him win the 2007 National High School Finals Rodeo bareback riding title in one of his four qualifications. “I’d never made the short round before, then I snuck in and happened to draw the best horse.”

Of course, nothing comes without assistance. He gets plenty of support from his family; his father, Bob Caldwell, rode bucking horses and continues to compete in team roping; his mother, Claudine, has always been around barrel racing. Bennett, two brothers and three sisters were all raised around the sport and all but one have competed.

“My family’s been a huge support for me,” Bennett said. “I swear my mom is my biggest fan. They’ve always been a great support group of mine to get from points A to B throughout the summer.”

That family also consists of his traveling posse, a foursome of bareback riders who go by the moniker “Flow Riders,” primarily because of their long hair. That group also includes NFR qualifier R.C. Landingham of Pendleton, who has finished 16th each of the past two seasons; Clint Laye of Cadogan, Alberta, among the top 25 in 2013-14; and J.R. Vezain of Cowley, Wyo., a three-time NFR qualifier sitting 10th in the world standings.

“The main reason we started growing our hair was to honor R.C.’s mom, Wendy Stiver, when she started losing her hair while battling cancer,” Bennett said. “She is such a strong woman, and it goes for anyone out there who battles cancer. She’s been an inspiration for all of us. We started growing our hair for her this year.”

Moments like that help the cowboy stay grounded. He realizes he has blessings and talent, and he plans to take advantage of both. He has an amazing support system, which also includes other cowboys.

“The first year I made the finals, Kaycee told me to just keep positive,” he said of Kaycee Feild, a seven-time NFR qualifier and the reigning three-time world champion bareback rider from Spanish Fork, Utah. “I’ve just taken that with me every year. If something didn’t go right, I just let it go and started to focus on the next one.

“That’s what I’m going to do this year. I feel healthier and stronger than I’ve ever felt. I have a good workout routine to hopefully better me. I’m going to just go in there with goals and a winning mindset, because I really want to win that rodeo.”

Doing so would mean finishing with the best 10-ride aggregate score. Feild has done that each of the past three seasons, which is a key reason he won those world championship gold buckles. It’s a great lesson for Bennett, who could add a $48,732 bonus if he were to win the NFR average.

“Anything can happen either way in Las Vegas,” Bennett said. “I’ve watch guys go in and struggle. Last year Kaycee struggled the first two rounds, then all of the sudden, he just stepped up and went hotter than a firecracker.

“To me, that is the biggest lesson. Even if you have a few bad rounds, you can still come back and do well. The last few years I started stronger than I finished, and this year my goal is to finish stronger than I start.”

With that goal in place, Bennett has his eyes set on the top prize in the game: The gold buckle.

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Durfey heading to his 7th NFR

4 hours 50 min ago

LAS VEGAS – If seven is a lucky number, Tyson Durfey is counting his blessings.

Next week, Durfey will compete in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the seventh time. It’s just another major step in an already-amazing 11-year tie-down roping career, which includes three Canadian titles, a Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo championship and a $100,000 payday this past March for winning tie-down roping at RFD-TV’s The American.

Over his previous six trips to Las Vegas, the Missouri-born cowboy has had a mixed bag of results. He’s seen great success and struggled. Since his first qualification in 2007, Durfey has missed the finale just once; that was two seasons ago when he finished 18th in the world standings – only the top 15 cowboys at the end of the regular season make the trip to Las Vegas.

Tyson Durfey

Tyson Durfey

“My dad was a cowboy, my grandfather was a cowboy and my brothers were cowboys,” said Durfey, the youngest son of Roy Durfey, a man well known as an elite trainer of tie-down ropers and calf-roping horses. “All I wanted was to be a cowboy.”

He’s been that way since he was a young man growing up on his father’s place near Savannah, Mo. That’s where he was taught the lessons of being a true rodeo hand. It’s what’s carried him through his 31 years, both as a talented roper and as a man.

“One thing I still hold onto today is that when I give someone my word, that’s as good as anything I can give them and that I will stand by it,” he said.

That’s a vital point to being a cowboy, but so is competing at a high level.

At 23, Durfey became the first American-born contestant to win a Canadian Professional Rodeo Association title. That came in 2006. He followed that with two other Canadian titles, one in 2008, the last in 2011. Earlier that season, he won the national title for the first time.

“It felt good to win the national championship and the Canadian national championship” in the same year, he said.

He also has made adjustments to his life and his livelihood, which has made a significant difference in how he approaches the work of being a professional rodeo cowboy.

“When I was younger, I’d let that pressure get to me more,” said Durfey, who has sponsorship agreements with Next IT Corp., Zoetis Animal Health, Pro Vision Equine Digital Surveillance, Cinch, Corral Boots, Logan Coach Horse Trailers, Willbros Group Inc., Swift Transportation, HR Workplace Services, Priefert and Silver Lining Herbs. “As I’ve gotten older, I guess I’ve gotten more focused and more confident. Every win gives you a little bit more confidence. If you can take every win, you can just build your confidence over time.

“I rely on what my capabilities are. I know my strengths and my weaknesses, and I know what I’m capable of. If I’m able to stay focused, stay relaxed and rope, the winning takes care of itself.”

Each year on the rodeo trail means another level of experience he carries with him. These days, he also shares his life with his wife of one year, Australian-born country singer Shea Fisher. They live on a place near Weatherford, Texas, when she’s not singing and when he’s not on the rodeo trail.

During his first qualification to the NFR in 2007, he had a much different approach to the game than he does now. The adjustments have made a world of difference.

“I just wanted to win and beat them, but at the end of the day, it boils down to being the best person you can be and doing the best you can do every time,” Durfey said. “I was more focused on trying to win than I was at trying to be the best I could be at the rodeo.”

It’s working rather well.

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Armes is ready for the NFR

6 hours 1 min ago

PONDER, Texas – Bray Armes isn’t much of a gambler, but he loves Las Vegas.

He returns to the City of Lights next week with his third qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. This is a business trip for the steer wrestler from Ponder, and he takes care of business quite well in the Nevada desert.

In 2012-13, Armes has earned more than $288,500 grappling bovines – he pocketed $185,755 of that in Las Vegas over 20 December nights. Now he goes into ProRodeo’s premier event sixth in the world standings. He trails leader Trevor Knowles by $22,500, but that gap can be closed in a hurry at the NFR, where go-round winners earn $19,000 each night.

Bray Armes

Bray Armes

“My whole thought is that I’m going into the finals in the best position I’ve ever gone in,” said Armes, who grew up in the northern-most area of the Texas Panhandle near Gruver. “I’ve got just as good of a shot as anybody to go in there and win the gold buckle. I’m going to try to win as many rounds as I can and see where it falls in the end.”

Last December, he downed 10 steers in a cumulative time of 44.8 seconds to win the coveted NFR average championship – it is the second greatest accomplishment in the game, only to be outdone by the world championship.

To say he likes the set up at the Thomas & Mack Center would be a bit of an understatement.

“I like a fast start,” he said. “I’ve always seemed to do pretty good at quick starts, and it’s definitely as fast as anywhere we go. I’ve been blessed to ride good horses out there every year, and I’ve had great hazers.

“Everything’s been lined up good for me.”

It’s been worth the wait. Armes focused on competing sparingly early in his career, then stepped away from the game in 2009-11. When he returned in 2012, he did so with a goal of being one of the best in the game. He’s been one of the elite ever since. He finished the 2014 regular season with more than $69,000.

He won the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Kennewick, Wash., and also earned at least a share of the title at Jackson, Miss.; Lake Charles, La.; Armstrong, B.C.; and Dodge City, Kan.

“Dodge City is always one I’ve wanted to win, and I’ve had the opportunity to win it before,” said Armes, a four-time College National Finals Rodeo qualifier while attending Howard County Junior College in Big Spring, Texas, and Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. “That was pretty awesome to get the win at it.”

It was the perfect time of year. He had just enjoyed his family being on the rodeo trail for two weeks. As a rodeo cowboy who spends much of his time away from home, those few days with his wife, Neelley, daughter, Breely, and son, Drake, were priceless. In fact, Breely was still with him when he won the title in western Kansas.

“My family came out with me more than they ever have, and Breely stayed with me another week because she had never done that by herself before,” he said. “My family means the world to me. They take care of everything at home. A smile or anything, just to see them, it tends to bring you back. When you’re down, they can always pick you back up.

“All it takes is a little smile from them, and you seem to forget about everything else.”

In fact, that sentiment will bring some big changes for the Armeses in 2015.

“When I got home, I told them I wasn’t ready to quit, but I was willing to do that or they needed to make the decision to go with me all year,” he said. “I don’t want to miss the kids growing up. We’re all so close. They pretty much build me up all the time and keep me happy. The hardest part of what I do is being away from them, and I’m ready to be with them every day instead of away from them.”

That’s bound to make everything better for next year, but Armes has no other complaints about his 2014 season. He leaned on hazer Sean Mulligan, a four-time NFR qualifier from Coleman, Okla., and on his horse, Ote, a lightning quick palomino gelding.

He’ll do so in Las Vegas.

“They don’t make them any better than Sean Mulligan,” Armes said. “When I back in the box, I’ve got to worry about one thing, and that’s bulldogging. Ote’s going to work great every time, and Sean’s going to have the steers right there where I need them every time. Sean’s hard to beat because he has the steers picked up for you every time.

“I’m blessed to have Ote, because he gives me a chance to win every time. If I don’t win, it’s usually pilot error. He scores great and gives me everything he’s got ever time. There’s not a lot of them out there that do that.”

With that kind of team in his corner, Armes is coming out swinging when the 10-round NFR slugfest begins Dec. 4. He has high goals – “I want to wear them both, the average buckle and the gold buckle,” he said – and he has the right frame of mind to do it.

“Winning the gold buckle means everything to us; it’s why we do what we do,” he said. “It’s the highest point that we can get to in our careers. To be able to win the world title would be something special.”

It would be a dream come true.

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Irwin ready for business in Vegas

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 18:47

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. – Each time steer wrestler Kyle Irwin looks down the lane at a bowling alley, he sees 10 pens lined up in the shape of a triangle.

The main purpose, as always, is to knock down all the pens. In order to make it happen, though, Irwin’s focus is on one individual sliver of waxed wood. If he hits that mark just right, he knows a strike is likely.

That’s the same philosophy Irwin is using a she approaches his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s premier championship set for Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas.

“My goal at the NFR is to make money, not necessarily win the world title,” said Irwin, 24, of Robertsdale. “If I make the money, I’ll win the world. My job is to not mess up. Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

Kyle Irwin

Kyle Irwin

“All I can do is go as fast as I can with the steer I have each night. It’s important that I don’t leave any money on the table. If the cards weren’t in there to win the average or the world, that’s fine, but I want to have maxed out on every steer I have.”

That’s a solid outlook for the young cowboy, who will wrap up the best season of his career over 10 December nights in the City of Lights. In 2014, Irwin earned $59,736, finishing the regular season 10th in the world standings. Only the top 15 contestants in each event earn the opportunity to compete for the biggest pay in the sport in Las Vegas.

“Going to the NFR is something that every guy in my position, every kid that’s 11 years old, dreams about,” he said. “I’m very grateful and very proud to be going.”

Irwin’s NFR marks the first time in eight years that an Alabaman has qualified. The last was heeler Cole Bigbee. Before that, bull rider Tyler Fowler qualified in 2000 and ’01, while steer wrestler Victor Deck qualified in 1996-97. As the state’s only representative in Las Vegas, he will carry the flag each night during the NFR’s opening ceremonies.

“That flag’s going to have some dust on it; it’s hasn’t been used since 2006,” Irwin said. “I hope they’ll play ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ every night I back in the box. It’s so cool getting to represent the state.”

He also is representing his family, from his dad, Ken Irwin, to his mom, Ruthie Campbell, to four sisters, Karissa, Brittany, Laney and Raylen. He also carries a flag for a number of top-notch steer-wrestling cousins and dear friends, all of whom who have been beneficial in Kyle Irwin’s bulldogging career.

“My immediate family grew up farming, working cattle, cowboying,” he said. “The atmosphere was there for me. I played sports from elementary school … baseball and football every year. When I was 11 years old, I started chute-dogging and junior rodeoing.”

Chute-dogging is the precursor to steer wrestling. Instead of jumping off a sprinting horse onto a running steer, chute-doggers get ahold of the steer right out of the timed-event chute. It allows them to learn the proper techniques.

“When I was 13, an eighth-grader, I was getting ready to start jumping steers in high school rodeo,” he said. “My cousin, Bo Campbell, owns a rodeo company and is a big-time bulldogging fanatic. He keeps Mexican cattle in his pasture.

“My cousins had me running steers all day every day. I roped calves and team roped, too, but we made sure we bulldogged first.”

As he progressed, the young cowboy had a distinct focus, which carried him to scholarship opportunities – first at Western Oklahoma College in Altus, then to Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.

“The competition and watching my buddies and my older cousins drive and succeed kept the passion there,” Irwin said. “Then I realized my talent with it. It was all a goal and a dream. I knew they bulldogged in Oklahoma, so that’s where I went. I knew I wanted to go to Oklahoma. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity in Alabama that I did in Oklahoma.”

He did pretty well, too. In high school, he won the Alabama High School Rodeo Association twice and was the runner-up once. Irwin was a four-time qualifier to the College National Finals Rodeo, finishing as the reserve champion in 2011. In fact, his stay in Oklahoma became an amazing starting point to his pro career.

Each of the past two seasons, he has finished as the reserve year-end champion in the Prairie Circuit – both times, as it worked out, he finished just behind Stockton Graves, Irwin’s coach at Northwestern. In 2014, Irwin won the average title at the Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, securing his second straight qualification to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, where he will defend his national title.

“All year, I’ve said the key to my season was winning the Ram National Circuit Finals,” he said of the April victory. “I wasn’t going to rodeo unless I did very well there. It unfolded perfectly, winning $10,000 cash and a voucher for a Ram truck.

“It gave me the confidence I needed. I really believed in what I was doing this time. The maturity I gained from the last two years of rodeoing helped me tremendously, and it all worked out this year.”

When he arrives in Las Vegas, Irwin will enlist the help of fellow bulldogger Tyler Pearson, a 2013 NFR qualifier from Louisville, Miss. Pearson will serve as Irwin’s hazer, while Irwin also will ride Pearson’s great horse, Sketch.

“I don’t have any worries as far as horsepower or hazing,” said Irwin, who has sponsorship support from Cinch, Black and Blue Quarter Horses and Southwest Trailers. “When I back in there every night, all I will have to worry about is Kyle; that’s enough.”

That’s taking care of business. Irwin knows, just as in bowling, he needs to keep his focus on the things closest to him. If he does that, the big prize will be waiting for him soon enough.

“In my career, I’d like to win the world, and I’d like to win the average at the finals,” he said. “I’d like to make my family’s life a little bit easier. I’d like to set myself up that when I’m done, I can look back one day and say, ‘My rodeoing gave me this.’ ”

Irwin is well on his way.

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New Mexicans on the national stage

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 17:09

LAS VEGAS – Between them, Clint Cooper, Jim Ross Cooper and Taos Muncy make up 17 qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and two world championships.

They also serve as a great reminder of the outstanding talent that was raised on rodeo in New Mexico. Not only are they some of the best homegrown cowboys New Mexico has to offer, they’re three of the greatest cowboys in the game and all are “Riding for the Brand” for the Tate Branch Auto Group.

ClintCooper“Tate Branch has been huge for me in my rodeo career,” said Clint Cooper, a tie-down roper raised in Lovington. “This is how I make a living, and he supports me so much. Our relationship is great. What he gives back, not only to the community there in Lea County, but to the sport of rodeo and to the high school kids is just incredible.

“I’m just amazed at how much Tate Branch does for the community and for rodeo.”

The Tate Branch Auto Group has dealerships in the southeastern New Mexico communities of Artesia, Carlsbad and Hobbs, the latter of which is in Lea County, the home turf for both Coopers. While Clint grew up in Lovington, Jim Ross was born and raised near Monument.

Jim Ross Cooper

Jim Ross Cooper

Both come from a storied rodeo family: Clint is the son of Roy Cooper, an eight time world champion and ProRodeo Hall of Famer; Jim Ross is the son of Jimmie Cooper, a three-time titlist and hall-of-fame inductee. The Cooper clan has exceptional New Mexico rodeo roots.

“New Mexico is where I grew up,” said Clint Cooper, a five-time NFR qualifier now living in Decatur, Texas. “That’s where I learned to rope with my dad and my grandpa, Tuffy. Being part of New Mexico with Tate Branch means everything to me. Lea County is my roots.”

Those are the roots for Jim Ross Cooper, a five-time NFR qualifier as a header. He earned his first trip to the NFR in 2007 with his twin brother, Jake. He has since returned with heelers Brandon Beers (2011, 2013 and 2014) and Charly Crawford (2012).

Jim Ross Cooper and Beers go to Las Vegas ranked seventh in the world standings; it’s the highest ranking prior to the NFR in their history together.

Taos Muncy

Taos Muncy

Clint Cooper finished the regular season 10th in the world standings, while Muncy, a two-time world champion from Corona, N.M., is the No. 1 saddle bronc rider in the game. He owns gold buckles he earned in 2007 and 2011.

“It’s hard to believe this is my seventh time,” said Muncy, who, in the first year he won the world title, became just the third cowboy in the history of the game to have won the college title and the gold buckle in the same event the same calendar year; Muncy, as a sophomore at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, won the bronc riding title at the College National Finals Rodeo that June.

“It seems like I was just going to the first one the other day. I love what I get to do. It doesn’t matter how many times you get to go, it’s always special going to the NFR.”

It also is special that Muncy carries the New Mexico flag into the Thomas & Mack Center during the grand opening.

“It’s a real big deal that I get to represent New Mexico,” he said. “I get to see all parts of the world getting to rodeo, but I’m always thankful to come back here to home.”

That home includes a touch of Tate Branch Auto Group.

“I was real fortunate to meet Tate and his wife,” Muncy said. “They show their support year round. We really haven’t had that in New Mexico in the last few years. I’m glad they’re recognizing the sport of rodeo.”

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Laughlin primed, ready for the NFR

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 15:53

PUEBLO, Colo. – As her season progressed, Christine Laughlin noticed a distinct pattern in reference to her goals.

“When I got started this year, I just wanted to make the finals,” said Laughlin, a barrel racer from Pueblo. “Then when I got into the top 10, I wanted to stay in the top 10. My goals kept going up as the year went along.”

Next week she will set forth on a new path in her career, chasing the ProRodeo world championship during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s premier event that takes place Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas. Through the 2014 season, Laughlin earned more than $93,000 and will begin the 10-round finale No. 8 in the world standings.

Christine Laughlin

Christine Laughlin

Once she arrives in the Nevada desert, she will race her talented horse, Guys Six Pack To Go, around the cloverleaf pattern while chasing the biggest pay in the game. Each night, contestants will battle for the $19,000 payday that comes with winning a go-round. She’ll have 10 opportunities for that.

“I’m excited and really looking forward to it,” she said.

She should. She has something special in Six Pack, a 9-year-old dapple gray gelding owned by Kathleen Collier of Hereford, Texas. Now Laughlin and Six Pack will run on ProRodeo’s biggest stage while part of an elite field of the best barrel racing tandems in the game.

“I’ve had him for two and a half years,” she said of the gelding. The first year was kind of tough getting him to where he is now. He liked to hit barrels. He was fast and smart, and he just hit barrels.

“I hit a lot of barrels that first year, but we just kept working at it.”

The work has paid off very well in 2014. She started the campaign off well, earning good money in February at San Antonio. She followed that with six event titles: Reno, Nev.; Salinas, Calif.; Dodge City, Kan.; Castle Rock, Colo.; Kennewick, Wash.; and Ellensburg, Wash. It’s been a magical ride.

“San Antonio really got me started through the winter,” said Laughlin, who has sponsorship support from Arrow Electric, Top of Texas Inc., Professional Choice, Cactus Saddlry, Western Dove and Elite Equine Veterinary Services. “I won almost $10,000. That got me excited and got me going. I really had just a few checks the rest of the winter. In the springtime, I went out to California and won a little bit. Once I got to Reno (in June) and won Reno, everything started clicking.

“Six Pack starting becoming more consistent. We had two or three runs of beating the field by hundredths of a second.”

She and her talented horse will need to be consistent in Las Vegas, but she has a lot of faith in her partner. That comes from the work they’ve done together in and out of the arena, but it’s nothing new for Laughlin, who was just a toddler the first time she was horseback.

“My mom never really rode, but she was a rodeo mom the secretary,” she said. “My dad rode. He competed when we were little. He never went down the road; he always had a full time job out at the steel mill. We’ve always had horses and raised our horses.”

Laughlin was raised in southern Colorado, one of two daughters to Ron and Patty Laughlin. She and her sister, Tracy Paulsen, attended college on rodeo scholarships – Christine Laughlin was part of the rodeo program at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. At each level of competition, she knew the support system she had at home.

“My family means a great deal to me,” she said. “If I didn’t have them, I don’t know how things would be going. I wouldn’t have my place. I live just 10 miles down the road from them. When I’m gone, they check on the place and take care of it for me.

“My dad shoes my horses for me when I get home. He did go with me through the winter, and when I’m by myself, he tries to go.”

That helps tremendously. Laughlin knows anyone competing in rodeo at a high level needs plenty of extra players on the team, whether they’re on the rodeo trail with her or tending to business at home.

“I don’t know what I’d do without my parents and my neighbors, Kevin and Christy Milder,” Laughlin said. “They take care of stuff for me when I’m gone, too.”

With business covered in Colorado, she will turn her attention to the City of Lights, where she hopes to parlay her first NFR qualification into a dream season. As her goals have evolved, she realizes she is within reach of that elusive world championship; in rodeo, where dollars equal points, the cowgirl with the most money won at the conclusion of the year earns the coveted gold buckle.

“I hope I end up with several of them,” Laughlin said. “I think Six Pack is as good as any of the horses that are going to be there. Winning the title is important. I think that’s what you work all year for. I’ve been running with them all year, so there’s no reason he can’t run with them there.”

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UBHA calls its finale a success

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:09

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Two words adequately describe the inaugural season of the United Bucking Horse Association: Resounding success.

The organization concluded its first campaign with the UBHA World Finals, which took place Nov. 14 in Rapid City. Fifty of the top young bucking horses in North American qualified for the championship in two age divisions: 2- and 3-year-olds. It was the perfect way to wrap up an amazing year.

UBHA-logo1“I think our world finals went better than we ever could have imagined,” said Guy French, the UBHA’s executive director. “The growth and exposure we’ve been able to get is incredible.”

So was the competition. Three horses earned 91-point markings, the top scores in the finale: French’s Wazzup and Jim Lawrence’s bay mare each claimed the prize in the 3-year-old division, while Joe Waln’s sorrel gelding won the 2-year-old class. The young animals are bucked under a mechanical dummy instead of a rider to allow the horses the opportunity to develop with age.

“That mare is out of one of our top producing mares we use in bareback, Up In Smoke,” said Lawrence, a stock contractor from Kennedy, Saskatchewan. “It’s a real honor to be able to compete at a North American level and come out on top.”

Lawrence has made a living raising bucking horses. He loves the idea of the UBHA.

“For someone like me who’s already in the business, we can take some of the younger stock that we’re raising anyway and establish them a little sooner in their lives,” he said. “By the time they get into the full rodeo circle, they’ve already built a name and reputation.”

French has been touting Wazzup all season. He knew there was something special in the colt, and the proof has come through the season.

“He’s been an awesome colt, and I’ve never seen one like him,” French said. He just loves to buck. I’m proud to own him. The future that he’s going to have is just unbelievable. Hopefully he’ll go onto the big leagues and be a big name in the PRCA.”

That also may be the future for Waln’s gelding, who is carrying on a family tradition as a stock contractor whose ranch is near Martin, S.D.

“This means the world to us,” Waln said. “It’s a great promotional tool, something you can hang your hat on as a horse man and a horse breeder.

“The UBHA is an outlet to buck these horses earlier on and see what I had. This is a great opportunity to do that and promote these horses.”

That’s why so many horse owners are excited about the future of the organization. They see great potential, not only with their own young horses but also with the opportunity to develop the next great line of rodeo bucking animals.

United Bucking Horse Association World Finals
Nov. 14, 2014
3-year-old class
: (horse, owner, score) 1. (tie) Wazzup, Guy French, and bay mare, Jim Lawrence, 91 points; 3. Snow Bear, Ron Solomon, 84.5; 4. Black mare, Lance Lesmeister, 84; 5. Surprise, MX Bar Ranch, 81; 6. Betty Boop, Kenny Andrews, 80.5; 7. Unnamed, Hat Brand, 80; 8. (tie) Clyde, Steve Stone, Hallelujah, Skip and Elaine Jones, and Shadow, Justin Twogood, 78.5.

2-year-old class: 1. BF SOB, Joe Waln, 91 points; 2. Martin, Ken RealBird, 86.5; 3. Oscar, Wes Janis, 81; 4. 4. Xotic Lady, Guy French, 80.5; 5. Dream Girl, Joe Waln, 78; 6. Brown mare, Ron Solomon, 77; 7. Buckskin filly, Darcy Hollingsworth, 76; 8. (tie) Black filly, Jim Lawrence, and Jasmine, Ken RealBird, 74.

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Together again

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 17:39
Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith announced their return to a team roping partnership Monday through a video from Spin to Win Magazine. You can watch the announcement, along with the word about an upcoming video, by clicking HERE. (SCREEN CAPTURE FROM SPIN TO WIN MAGAZINE'S VIDEO POST)

Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith announced their return to a team roping partnership Monday through a video from Spin to Win Magazine. You can watch the announcement, along with the word about an upcoming video, by clicking HERE. (SCREEN CAPTURE FROM SPIN TO WIN MAGAZINE’S VIDEO POST)

With the help of Spin to Win Magazine, Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith on Monday announced they will resume their partnership for the 2015 season.

The cowboys won the team roping world titles together in 2010; it is Brazile’s only team roping gold buckle in a storied career. Smith also won the heeling world championship with then-partner Clay Tryan.

The duo roped together for seven years, then split for 2014. Both return to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in a few weeks with their 2014 partners: Brazile with heeler Travis Graves and Smith with header Kaleb Driggers.

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A record-breaking performance … again

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 23:50
Trevor Brazile ropes on the final night of the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping. He won the average and the world standings, pocketing $43,858 in NFSR money to finish the season with $112,692. That is a PRCA record for single year earnings in steer roping. His 114.1-second cumulative time on 10 runs also set a record, bettering the mark set by Rocky Patterson in 2001. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Trevor Brazile ropes on the final night of the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping. He won the average and the world standings, pocketing $43,858 in NFSR money to finish the season with $112,692. That is a PRCA record for single year earnings in steer roping. His 114.1-second cumulative time on 10 runs also set a record, bettering the mark set by Rocky Patterson in 2001. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping
Kansas Star Arena Arena
Nov. 7-8, 2014

First round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 9.8 seconds, $5,331; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.0, $4,281; 3. Jason Evans, 10.2, $3,231; 4. Rocky Patterson, 11.0, $2,181; 5. Scott Snedecor, 11.1, $1,131.

Second round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 9.1 seconds, $5,331; 2. Trevor Brazile, 9.9, $4,281; 3. J.P. Wickett, 10.3, $3,231; 4. Tony Reina, 10.6, $2,181; 5. Jason Evans, 11.3, $1,131. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 19.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Scott Snedecor, 20.2; 3. Jason Evans, 21.5; 4. Mike Chase, 22.9; 5. J.P. Wickett, 23.1.

Third round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 11.0 seconds, $5,331; 2. Trevor Brazile, 11.5, $4,281; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., 11.6, $3,231; 4. Brodie Poppino, 12.7, $2,181; 5. Jess Tierney, 13.4, $1,131. Average leaders: 1. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Scott Snedecor, 31.2 seconds on three runs; 3. Jess Tierney, 37.3; 4. Jason Evans, 37.5; 5. Troy Tillard, 38.6.

Fourth round: 1. Jason Evans, 9.5 seconds, $5,331; 2. (tie) Mike Chase and J.P. Wickett, 10.3, $3,756 each; 4. Rocky Patterson, 11.1, $2,181; 5. Jess Tierney, 11.3, $1,131. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 43.9 seconds on four runs; 2. Jason Evans, 47.0; 3. Jess Tierney, 48.6; 4. J.P. Wickett, 49.8; 5. Mike Chase, 51.5.

Fifth round: 1. Mike Chase, 10.2 seconds, $5,331; 2. Trevor Brazile, 10.3, $4,281; 3. Brodie Poppino, 10.7, $3,231; 4. (tie) J.P. Wickett and Troy Tillard, 10.8, $1,656 each. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 54.2 seconds on five runs; 2. J.P. Wickett, 60.6; 3. Mike Chase, 61.7; 4. Jason Evans, 63.5; 5. Jess Tierney, 67.5.

Sixth round: 1. Brady Garten, 9.5 seconds, $5,331; 2. Trevor Brazile, 9.6, $4,281; 3. Troy Tillard, 10.1, $3,231; 4. J.P. Wickett, 10.7, $2,181; 5. Cody Lee, 10.8, $1,131. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 63.8 seconds on six runs; 2. J.P. Wickett, 71.3; 3. Mike Chase, 74.9; 4. Jason Evans, 77.0; 5. 78.3.

Seventh round: 1. Brady Garten, 9.5 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile, 11.2, $4,281; 3. Tony Reina, 11.7, $3,231; 4. Jess Tierney, 12.5, $2,181; 5. J.P. Wickett, 14.4, $1,131. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 75.0 seconds on seven runs; 2. J.P. Wickett, 85.7; 3. Jason Evans, 97.3; 4. Tony Reina, 100.5; 5. Mike Chase, 74.9 seconds on six runs.

Eighth round: 1. Brady Garten, 9.8 seconds, $5,331; 2. Rocky Patterson, 10.8, $4,281; 3. Chance Kelton, 10.9, $3,231; 4. Cody Lee, 12.1, $2,181; 5. (tie) Mike Chase and Brodie Poppino, 12.4, $565 each. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 89.5 seconds on eight runs; 2. J.P. Wickett, 99.4; 3. Tony Reina, 114.4; 4. Mike Chase, 87.3 seconds on seven runs; 5. Chance Kelton, 96.0.

Ninth round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 9.9 seconds, $5,331; 2. Jason Evans, 10.1, $4,281; 3. Cody Lee, 10.8, $3,231; 4. J.P. Wickett, 10.9, $2,181; 5. Chance Kelton, 11.3, $1,131. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 103.6 seconds on nine runs; 2. J.P. Wickett, 110.3; 3. Tony Reina, 133.9; 4. Chance Kelton, 107.3 seconds on nine runs; 5. Jason Evans, 107.4.

Tenth round: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 9.6 seconds, $5,331; 2. Chet Herren, 9.7, $4,281; 3. Brady Garten, 9.9, $3,231; 4. Ricky Patterson, 10.2, $2,181; 5. Trevor Brazile, 10.5, $1,131. Average: 1. Trevor Brazile, 114.1 seconds on 10 runs, $15,992; 2. J.P. Wickett, 126.3, $12,842; 3. Chance Kelton, 120.4 seconds on nine runs, $9,692; 4. Jason Evans, 121.3, $6,542; 5. Tony Reina, 133.9, $3,392.

Total NFSR money: 1. Trevor Brazile, $43,858; 2. $26,977; 3. Jason Evans, $20,515; 4. Brady Garten, $19,223; 5. Scott Snedecor, $17,123.

Final world standings: 1. Trevor Brazile, $112,692; 2. Chet Herren, $72,191; 3. J.P. Wickett, $60,017; 4. Jess Tierney, $58,003; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., $56,341; 6. Jason Evans, $55,739; 7. Cody Lee, $51,957; 8. Brady Garten, $41,766; 9. Chance Kelton, $51,517; 10. Scott Snedecor, $48,348; 11. Rocky Patterson, $43,152; 12. Mike Chase, $42,932; 13. Tony Reina, $41,969; 14. Brodie Poppino, $26,170; 15. Troy Tillard, $33,155.

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NFSR-10th Round

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 23:25
Vin Fisher Jr.

Vin Fisher Jr.

Tenth round: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 9.6 seconds, $5,331; 2. Chet Herren, 9.7, $4,281; 3. Brady Garten, 9.9, $3,231; 4. Ricky Patterson, 10.2, $2,181; 5. Trevor Brazile, 10.5, $1,131. Average: 1. Trevor Brazile, 114.1 seconds on 10 runs, $15,992; 2. J.P. Wickett, 126.3, $12,842; 3. Chance Kelton, 120.4 seconds on nine runs, $9,692; 4. Jason Evans, 121.3, $6,542; 5. Tony Reina, 133.9, $3,392.

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NFSR-Ninth Round

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 22:42
Scott Snedecor

Scott Snedecor

Ninth round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 9.9 seconds, $5,331; 2. Jason Evans, 10.1, $4,281; 3. Cody Lee, 10.8, $3,231; 4. J.P. Wickett, 10.9, $2,181; 5. Chance Kelton, 11.3, $1,131. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 103.6 seconds on nine runs; 2. J.P. Wickett, 110.3; 3. Tony Reina, 133.9; 4. Chance Kelton, 107.3 seconds on nine runs; 5. Jason Evans, 107.4.

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Brazile clinches Gold Buckle No. 20

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 22:21
Trevor Brazile clinched his fifth steer roping and 20th world championship overall during the seventh go-round of the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping on Saturday night at the Kansas Star Arena. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Trevor Brazile clinched his fifth steer roping and 20th world championship overall during the seventh go-round of the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping on Saturday night at the Kansas Star Arena. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

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NFSR-Eighth Round

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 22:15
Brady Garten

Brady Garten

Eighth round: 1. Brady Garten, 9.8 seconds, $5,331; 2. Rocky Patterson, 10.8, $4,281; 3. Chance Kelton, 10.9, $3,231; 4. Cody Lee, 12.1, $2,181; 5. (tie) Mike Chase and Brodie Poppino, 12.4, $565 each. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 89.5 seconds on eight runs; 2. J.P. Wickett, 99.4; 3. Tony Reina, 114.4; 4. Mike Chase, 87.3 seconds on seven runs; 5. Chance Kelton, 96.0.

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NFSR-Seventh Round

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 21:46
Brady Garten

Brady Garten

Seventh round: 1. Brady Garten, 9.5 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile, 11.2, $4,281; 3. Tony Reina, 11.7, $3,231; 4. Jess Tierney, 12.5, $2,181; 5. J.P. Wickett, 14.4, $1,131. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 75.0 seconds on seven runs; 2. J.P. Wickett, 85.7; 3. Jason Evans, 97.3; 4. Tony Reina, 100.5; 5. Mike Chase, 74.9 seconds on six runs.

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NFSR-Sixth Round

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 21:20
Brady Garten

Brady Garten

Sixth round: 1. Brady Garten, 9.5 seconds, $5,331; 2. Trevor Brazile, 9.6, $4,281; 3. Troy Tillard, 10.1, $3,231; 4. J.P. Wickett, 10.7, $2,181; 5. Cody Lee, 10.8, $1,131. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 63.8 seconds on six runs; 2. J.P. Wickett, 71.3; 3. Mike Chase, 74.9; 4. Jason Evans, 77.0; 5. 78.3.

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Brazile leads the way at NFSR

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 23:56
Trevor Brazile leads both the average at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping and the world standings through five go-rounds at the Kansas Star Arena. Brazile earned more than $18,000 on Friday night and has pushed his season earnings to $87,008. He leads the No. 2 man, Chet Herren, by more than $19,000 heading into Saturday night's second performance. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Trevor Brazile leads both the average at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping and the world standings through five go-rounds at the Kansas Star Arena. Brazile earned more than $18,000 on Friday night and has pushed his season earnings to $87,008. He leads the No. 2 man, Chet Herren, by more than $19,000 heading into Saturday night’s second performance. (JAMES PHIFER PHOTO)

Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping
Kansas Star Arena Arena
Nov. 7-8, 2014

First round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 9.8 seconds, $5,331; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.0, $4,281; 3. Jason Evans, 10.2, $3,231; 4. Rocky Patterson, 11.0, $2,181; 5. Scott Snedecor, 11.1, $1,131.

Second round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 9.1 seconds, $5,331; 2. Trevor Brazile, 9.9, $4,281; 3. J.P. Wickett, 10.3, $3,231; 4. Tony Reina, 10.6; 5. Jason Evans, 11.3. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 19.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Scott Snedecor, 20.2; 3. Jason Evans, 21.5; 4. Mike Chase, 22.9; 5. J.P. Wickett, 23.1.

Third round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 11.0 seconds, $5,331; 2. Trevor Brazile, 11.5, $4,281; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., 11.6, $3,231; 4. Brodie Poppino, 12.7, $2,181; 5. Jess Tierney, 13.4, $1,131. Average leaders: 1. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Scott Snedecor, 31.2 seconds on three runs; 3. Jess Tierney, 37.3; 4. Jason Evans, 37.5; 5. Troy Tillard, 38.6.

Fourth round: 1. Jason Evans, 9.5 seconds, $5,331; 2. (tie) Mike Chase and J.P. Wickett, 10.3, $3,756 each; 4. Rocky Patterson, 11.1, $2,181; 5. Jess Tierney, 11.3, $1,131. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 43.9 seconds on four runs; 2. Jason Evans, 47.0; 3. Jess Tierney, 48.6; 4. J.P. Wickett, 49.8; 5. Mike Chase, 51.5.

Fifth round: 1. Mike Chase, 10.2 seconds, $5,331; 2. Trevor Brazile, 10.3, $4,281; 3. Brodie Poppino, 10.7, $3,231; 4. (tie) J.P. Wickett and Troy Tillard, 10.8, $1,656 each. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 54.2 seconds on five runs; 2. J.P. Wickett, 60.6; 3. Mike Chase, 61.7; 4. Jason Evans, 63.5; 5. Jess Tierney, 67.5.

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NFSR-Round Five

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 23:06
Mike Chase

Mike Chase

Fifth round: 1. Mike Chase, 10.2 seconds, $5,331; 2. Trevor Brazile, 10.3, $4,281; 3. Brodie Poppino, 10.7, $3,231; 4. (tie) J.P. Wickett and Troy Tillard, 10.8, $1,656 each. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 54.2 seconds on five runs; 2. J.P. Wickett, 60.6; 3. Mike Chase, 61.7; 4. Jason Evans, 63.5; 5. Jess Tierney, 67.5.

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NFSR-Fourth Round

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 22:39
Jason Evans

Jason Evans

Fourth round: 1. Jason Evans, 9.5 seconds, $5,331; 2. (tie) Mike Chase and J.P. Wickett, 10.3, $3,756 each; 4. Rocky Patterson, 11.1, $2,181; 5. Jess Tierney, 11.3, $1,131. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 43.9 seconds on four runs; 2. Jason Evans, 47.0; 3. Jess Tierney, 48.6; 4. J.P. Wickett, 49.8; 5. Mike Chase, 51.5.

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NFSR-Third Round

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 22:14
Scott Snedecor

Scott Snedecor

Third round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 11.0 seconds, $5,331; 2. Trevor Brazile, 11.5, $4,281; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., 11.6, $3,231; 4. Brodie Poppino, 12.7, $2,181; 5. Jess Tierney, 13.4, $1,131. Average leaders: 1. (tie) Trevor Brazile and Scott Snedecor, 31.2 seconds on three runs; 3. Jess Tierney, 37.3; 4. Jason Evans, 37.5; 5. Troy Tillard, 38.6.

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