Gasperson wins steer roping title

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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During the past weekend, many of the world’s top pros saddled up for rodeos in Pendleton, Ore., and Albuquerque, N.M.

At the Pendleton Round Up, Will Gasperson, a former National Finals Steer Roping qualifier from Decatur, clinched the steer roping title after turning in a time of 49 seconds on three runs.

Gasperson finished No. 1 in the title race after turning in a time of 15.8 in the final round on Saturday.

Gasperson earned $9,035 in prize money at the renowned rodeo.

Twenty-three time world champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur won the steer roping second round with a 12.7 and then finished fourth the average with a three-run time of 26.7.

Tuf Cooper, a former Decatur resident who lives in Weatherford, won the steer roping first round with a 13.1.

Cooper, a three-time world champion tie-down roper, is currently ranked No. 1 in both the PRCA’s world all-around and tie-down roping title races.

Former National Finals qualifier Clayton Hass of Weatherford clinched the all-around title after earning $13,053 in steer wrestling and team roping. Hass also clinched the steer wrestling title with a three-run time of 19.8 seconds.

The 2017 Pendleton rodeo offered competitors $501,684 in prize money. Other champions were bareback rider Steven Peebles (168.5 points on two head), team ropers Steven Duby and Trevor McCoin (22.7 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Brody Cress (168 points on two head), tie-down roper Shane Hanchey (27.8 seconds on three head), barrel racer Kimmie Wall (57.32 seconds on two runs) and bull rider Ruger Piva (169 points on two head).

At the $158,796 Albuquerque rodeo, Audy Reed of Spearman, who is attempting to earn his first National Finals Rodeo berth, clinched the saddle bronc riding title after turning in a score of 85 points on a bronc named Multi-chem Forked Up, which is owned by the Cervi Championship Rodeo Co.

Other winners were all-around cowboy Seth Hall ($1,782, tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Will Lowe (87 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Tino’s Juarez), steer wrestler Rowdy Parrot (7.2 seconds on two head), team ropers Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill and Aaron Macy/Cody Hogan (10.1 seconds on two head), tie-down roper Cade Swor (15.1 seconds on two head), barrel racer Tillar Murray (15.63 seconds) and bull riders Dustin Bowen (87 points on Hurst Pro Rodeo’s Yellow Hair) and Clayton Foltyn (87 points on Hurst Pro Rodeo’s Captain Crunch).


The city’s traditional Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo is scheduled for Friday through Sunday (7:30 p.m. each night) at the Lone Star Arena.

The Stephenville rodeo is approved by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and draws world class competitors.

The Stephenville rodeo is conducted near the end of the regular season on the PRCA circuit. This year, the regular season concludes on Sept. 30. After that, the top 15 in each event will advance to the Dec. 7-16 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas or the Nov. 10-11 National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan.

The Stephenville rodeo often draws renowned competitors who are on or near the bubble as they attempt to finish within the top 15 and earn a National Finals berth.

It also draws a lot of world class competitors who have been competing in the northwest United States and Western Canada. For the past month, many of the sport’s elite have been riding in higher-paying rodeos in cities such as Puyallup, Wash., and Pendleton, Ore. But those rodeos have concluded and the world’s top hands will be working rodeos in other parts of North America more so than they have been over the past month.

So, don’t be surprised if some of the same well known cowboys and cowgirls who competed in the Pendleton rodeo last weekend travel back home to Texas to ride in the Stephenville rodeo.

The performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.


On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, Montana cowboy Jess Lockwood clinched the title at last weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Austin and earned $39,265.

During the final round on Sunday afternoon, Lockwood turned in a score of 90 aboard More Big Bucks (which is owned by Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) on his way to winning the two-day show at the Frank Erwin Center.

After clinching the title, Lockwood is ranked No. 2 in the world title race with 3,610 points. Kaique Pacheco is No. 1 with 3,695.

This weekend, the PBR’s top competitors will ride in Uniondale, N.Y. A strong finish in Uniondale will help riders qualify for the PBR’s 2017 World Finals, which is scheduled for Nov. 1-5 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.


On the North Texas High School Rodeo Association circuit, Scott Steiner clinched the steer wrestling title at the Boyd High School Rodeo, which was conducted at the association’s arena in north Fort Worth on Sept. 8-10. Steiner, a Decatur cowboy, finished No. 1 in the bulldogging title race with a time of 3.667 seconds.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for more than three decades for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

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