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Gaylean captures cutting horse title

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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When Beau Galyean finished an intense two-and-a-half minute cutting horse run Sunday night at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, a big smile danced across his face.

The renowned Fort Worth rider knew he and the cutting horse, Stevie Rey Von, had pulled off something special.

“I was laughing – it’s the first time I’ve ever laughed after a run,” Galyean said. “You just kind of know those runs are going to be extremely hard to beat.”

Galyean and Stevie Rey Von, a stallion clinched the 5- and 6-year-old open division title at the National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes, turning in a final round score of 231 after working and holding three aggressive cows at bay. The victory earned the horse’s owners, Alvin and Becky Fults of Amarillo, the $26,226 prize.

It was Galyean’s second consecutive Super Stakes title. A year ago, he clinched the 5- and 6-year-old open title aboard Metallic Rebel.

Stevie Rey Von won the 2015 NCHA Futurity with rider Ed Dufurrena. Last year, the stallion’s ownership was legally disputed. In February, the Fults family purchased Stevie Rey Von and designated Galyean as the rider.

Stevie Rey Von was sired by Metallic Cat, currently a high-profile breeding stallion that’s owned by Bobby Patton of Fort Worth. Galyean won the 2008 NCHA Futurity on Metallic Cat who at the time was owned by the Fults family.

Sunday, Adan Banuelos of Jacksboro and a horse named Kattalyst took the lead with a 226 before Galyean and Stevie Rey Von turned in the top ride.

COOPER’S MILESTONE

Tuf Cooper, who has residences in Decatur and Weatherford, recently surpassed $2 million in lifetime earnings on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.

The defending world all-around champion is ranked No. 1 in the all-around standings.

Cooper is a son of eight-time world champion Roy Cooper, who lives in Decatur. He’s also a grandson of Clifton Smith of Childress who qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in tie-down roping in 1960 and 1962.

HEDEMAN EVENT SCHEDULED

Four-time world champion Tuff Hedeman of Morgan Mill has started a circuit called the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour. One of the events on the new tour is this weekend in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The 26th annual Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge is scheduled for Saturday at Cowtown Coliseum.

The invitational bull riding competition gets underway at 8 p.m. The field of competition starts with 24 riders. The top 12 will advance to the next round. Fans will witness a four-man finale shootout round where the bull riders battle for $30,000.

Ticket prices range from $35 to $100. For information, call the Cowtown Coliseum at 817-625-1025 or visit tuffhedemanbullriding.com.

LUBBOCK RODEO WINNERS

Numerous world class competitors were in Lubbock over the weekend to compete in the traditional ABC Pro Rodeo.

Matt Reeves of Cross Plains, a six-time NFR qualifier, won the steer wrestling title with a time of 3.8 seconds.

In bareback riding, Jake Brown, a three-time NFR qualifier, clinched the title with an 87 aboard Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Sure Motion. Luke Creasy, a former Texas Tech star, finished second with an 86. Will Lowe, a three-time world champion from Canyon, came in fourth with a 78.

In tie-down roping, Shane Smith won with a 7.8. Reese Riemer, a two-time NFR qualifier from Stinnett, finished runner-up with an 8.1.

Other champions were team ropers Chris Francis and Cade Passig (4.7 seconds), saddle bronc rider Jade Blackwell (85 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Manhattan Flash), barrel racer Andrea Busby (14.03 seconds) and bull rider Tristan Mize (83 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Record Rack’s Hat Trick).

DEATH OF A STAR

Six-time NFR contestant Chris Harris Jr., 41, died in a fire that destroyed the large building in Laguna Park in Bosque County in which he lived and housed his collection of classic cars, authorities confirmed March 23.

Harris grew up in Mansfield and joined the PRCA in 1995. He qualified for the NFR in bareback riding in 1998-2000 and 2006-2008. He finished third in the world standings in 1998 and 2000 and placed a career-best second in the WNFR average in 1998. He had $870,953 in career earnings.

A memorial service was Tuesday at Cowboy Church of Ellis County in Waxahachie.

PBR UPDATE

On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, Ramon de Lima, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, will enter this weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Sioux Falls, S.D., ranked No. 1 in the world title race. De Lima has earned 1,740 points throughout the 2018 PBR regular season. Lucianio De Castro, another Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is second with 1,700 points.

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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