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Cowboys haul in paydays at big rodeos

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018
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This week is Cowboy Christmas on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association circuit with an abundance of high-paying rodeos.

One of those rodeos was in Ponoka, Alberta, where Trevor Brazile, a 23-time world champion from Decatur, tied for seventh in the tie-down roping first round with a time of 9.4 seconds and 10th in the second round with an 8.5. Defending world all-around champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur tied for sixth in the tie-down roping second round with an 8.4.

In Prescott, Ariz., Cooper turned in a second round tie-down roping time of 8.0.

At Greeley, Colo., Brazile turned in a standout first round time of 7.9.

PECOS RODEO WINNERS

Last weekend, numerous top competitors who are on the PRCA/WPRA circuit competed in the renowned West of the Pecos Rodeo.

Jake Brown, a three-time Wrangler National Rodeo qualifier, won the bareback riding title after turning in a score of 88 points. Brown earned $4,547, according to prorodeo.com.

The 2018 Pecos Rodeo offered competitors $206,385. The other winners of the June 27-30 rodeo were all-around cowboy Tanner Green ($6,508, tie-down roping and team roping), steer wrestler Lendol Loud (7.5 seconds on two head), team ropers Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira (13.9 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright (86.5 points), tie-down roper Scott Kormos (18.9 seconds on two head), barrel racer Hailey Kinsel (17.38 seconds), bull rider Brett Custer (86.5 points), and Bryce Davis (38.9 seconds on three head).

Trevor Brazile finished third in the steer roping first round with a 12. Tuf Cooper tied for second in the steer roping second round with an 11.6 and finished third in the average with a three-run time of 41.

DEATH OF A LEGEND

ProRodeo Hall of Famer Harry Tompkins, an eight-time world champion – including five bull riding titles (1948-50, ’52, ’60), one bareback riding win (1952) and two all-around crowns (1952, ’60), died June 29 in Stephenville. He was 90.

Tompkins grew up in upstate New York and lived in Dublin during his heyday as a rodeo competitor.

COLLEGE RODEO UPDATE

Kipty Watt became Texas Tech’s interim head rodeo coach at the beginning of March. Three months later, she guided the university’s women’s team to a second place finish at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.

In August 2017, after competing rodeos for Texas Tech throughout the previous three school years, Watt became an assistant coach under then Texas Tech head rodeo coach Stetson Corman. March 1, she became interim head coach after Corman took another job.

Watt inherited three savvy barrel racers – Kynzie McNeill, Shelby Spielman and Rainy Robinson.

Texas Tech won women’s team title in the NIRA’s Southwest Region and advanced to the championships in Casper. Tech earned 475 points throughout the six-day to finish second to McNeese State.

McNeill won the NIRA’s barrel racing title. Spielman finished third in the women’s all-around race and 10th in the break-away roping race. Robinson came in 16th in the barrel racing title race.

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

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