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Woodard snags team roping title

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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In early February, two-time world champion Walt Woodard grabbed attention when he clinched the team roping heeling title at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo at age 62.

At the time, Woodard said he planned on aggressively competing on a world-class level this season on the pro circuits.

He wasn’t just talking. When the title was at stake at the Houston Livestock Show Rodeo during the final round Saturday, Woodard and his partner, former world heading champion Matt Sherwood, finished No. 1 after turning in an arena record time of 4 seconds at NRG Stadium.

Woodard and Sherwood each earned $56,000.

When Woodard backed into the box to rope his final steer, he knew he and Sherwood had to make an exceptional run. The previous team, former Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp, had turned in a remarkable 4.1. Former NFR qualifiers Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira also were yet to rope. Woodard said he knew Driggers and Nogueira were very capable of clinching the title.

“I knew I had to go super fast,” Woodard said. “It was almost like there was nothing to lose. You had to go a little higher. If you hit the wall, so be it.”

Defending Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world champion Nellie Williams-Miller clinched the barrel racing title with a 14.86, only two one hundredths of a second faster than second-place Hailey Kinsel. Williams-Miller earned $58,750.

In bareback riding, Clint Laye clinched the title with an 89. He earned $57,250.

Tyler Milligan won the tie-down roping with a finals time of 7.9. He earned $56,000.

Defending world all-around champion Tuf Cooper, of Decatur, finished fourth in tie-down roping and left the rodeo with $11,000.

Timmy Sparing clinched the steer wrestling title with a 5.0 and earned $53,500. Parker Breding won the bull riding title and pocketed $57,500.

During the final performance Saturday, each event champion was awarded $50,000 plus previous round winnings, a custom-made saddle and belt buckle, and an invitation to compete at RodeoHouston next year.

SUPER SHOOTOUT RODEO

The 2018 Houston Rodeo ran 20 days. The 2018 edition concluded Sunday with a single performance rodeo called the Super Shootout. The Shootout featured five events-bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing.

Each of the Super Shootout winners received $25,000. Nellie Williams-Miller clinched the barrel racing title a day after earning a $50,000 check for winning Houston’s Super Series tournament rodeo finals.

Sage Kimzey clinched the bull riding title. The other Super Shootout winners on Sunday were steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack, bareback rider J.R. Vezain and saddle bronc rider Heath DeMoss.

PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS CIRCUIT

Tennessee cowboy Cody Nance clinched the PBR title at the March 16-18 Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Albuquerque. Nance earned $35,775.

Nance and second place finisher Cody Teel were the only cowboys who made qualified rides on all four bulls.

After clinching the title, Nance is ranked third in the PBR’s 2018 world title race with 1,585.83 points. Ramon de Lima, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is ranked No. 1 with 1,740. Luciano De Castro, a Brazilian also lives in Decatur, is second in the standings with 1,700.

This weekend, the tour stops in Glendale, Ariz., in the Phoenix area. The 2018 PBR World Finals is Nov. 7-11 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

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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