Payne brings home title at NCHA show

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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When James Payne competing at a National Cutting Horse Association show, he’s not afraid to ask stallion PG Heavily Armed to hold a cow at bay for a longer-than-average time in order to make a great impression on the judges.

“I can work a cow for a long time and I kind of use that to my advantage,” Payne said.

Saturday in the Metallic Cat NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge open division finals in Fort Worth, Payne and PG Heavily Armed held three testy cows at bay and clinched the title in the 5- and 6-year-old class with a lofty score of 229 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

“I felt like I worked forever,” Payne said. “Everybody has the thing they try to sell when they show. My deal is I can go work a cow for a long time.”

The victory earned PG Heavily Armed’s owners, Michael and Brenda Armstrong of Marietta, Okla., the $18,639 prize.

Matt Miller of Poolville and Metallic Smart Cat finished second with a 224. The stallion’s owner, Cynthia Villa of Chico, Calif., pocketed $16,806.

Lloyd Cox and a mare named Second Spot finished third with a 222.5. Second Spot’s owners, Gary and Shannon Barker of Madill, Okla., earned $14,973.

Beau Galyean and the stallion Stevie Rey Von finished fourth with a 221.5. Stevie Rey Von’s owners, the Fults Ranch of Amarillo (the Alvin and Becky Fults family), earned $13,751.


At the California Rodeo Salinas in Salinas, Calif., defending world all-around champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur, paced the field during the short round on Sunday with a time of 9.7 seconds.

He finished third in the average with a 37.3. Cooper pocketed $4,465.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s top competitors also were in Cheyenne last weekend. The renowned Frontier Days Rodeo began Saturday runs through July 29. Cooper won the steer roping second round with a time of 12.2 and earned $5,982. Cooper also leads the average race with a two-run time of 29.7.

The world’s top competitors also were in Nampa, Idaho, last weekend to compete in the Snake River Stampede. Cooper tied for fourth in the tie-down roping second round with an 8.2 and earned $2,016. Trevor Brazile, a 23-time world champion from Decatur, clinched the all-around title after earning $5,384 in tie-down roping and team roping.

Brazile also tied for first in tie-down roping with a 7.3 at the K-Days Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta, where he earned $9,567.


At the July 15-21 National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., Texas clinched the girls team title after earning 3,540 points. Oklahoma finished third with 1,582 5. New Mexico finished seventh with 1,315. Louisiana finished ninth with 1,300.

Texas clinched the boys team title after earning 4,255 points. Oklahoma finished third with 3,064. Louisiana finished sixth with 2,040. New Mexico finished 14th with 1,150.


On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, three-time world champion Silvano Alves, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, clinched the title at the Touring Pro Division tour stop on July 18 in Salinas, Calif., after turning in a two-ride score of 174. He earned $8,730.

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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