Lewis captures title at Austin

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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Monty Lewis, the 2004 world champion from Hereford, clinched the tie-down roping title at Rodeo Austin Saturday, earning $13,742.

Lewis paced the field with a time of 8.3 seconds in the final round for his second title at the Austin Rodeo. He also clinched the title in 2004.

Lewis, who will turn 38 April 6, is a six-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier. He earned his latest trip to the Las Vegas championships in 2015.

The Austin rodeo was the last of an array of sizable winter rodeos during the 2019 regular season on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association circuit.

Seven-time NFR qualifier Caleb Bennett clinched the bareback riding title. Four-time world champion Kaycee Feild, who is ranked No. 1 in the bareback riding world title race, finished second.

Other Rodeo Austin champions were steer wrestler Scott Guenthner, barrel racer Emily Miller, bull rider Sage Kimzey, team ropers Laramie Allen and Jace Davis and saddle bronc rider Stetson Wright.


The traditional Walker County Fair & Rodeo in Huntsville drew numerous world-class competitors.

The 2017 world all-around champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur clinched the steer roping title at the PRCA show. Cooper finished with a three-run time of 36.2 seconds.

In saddle bronc riding, Brody Cress clinched the title with an 84.5.

In tie-down roping, 2017 world champion Marcos Costa, a Brazilian cowboy who is from Childress, tied for fourth place with an 8.2. Justin Smith clinched the title with a 7.8.


On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, Cody Teel of Kountze clinched the title at the Unleash The Beast tour stop in Tacoma, Wash., and won $35,975 in prize money.

Teel finished as the only cowboy who stayed on all three bulls during the Saturday and Sunday show.

Teel turned in a lofty final round score of 90.25 on a bovine named Freckles Brown.

Joe Frost of Randlett, Utah, finished second in the title race and earned $20,000. Matt Triplett of Columbia Falls, Mont., finished third and pocketed $13,150.

Chase Outlaw leads the PBR world title race with 2,227.5 points. He finished 16th in Tacoma after turning in an 83.5 in the second round. Jess Lockwood, the 2017 world champion, is second with 2,097.5.

Joao Ricardo Vieira, a Brazilian who lives in the Decatur area, is third with 2,055. He finished 14th at Tacoma after turning in an 84.25 in the first round.

This weekend, the PBR stops in Sioux Falls, S.D.


Clifton Smith of Childress, who qualified for the NFR in 1960 and 1962 in tie-down roping, will be inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall Of Fame in the Fort Worth Stockyards’ Cowtown Coliseum April 6.

Smith is the father of 2008 PRCA world champion tie-down roper Stran Smith of Childress and the grandfather of Tuf Cooper who has earned four world titles.

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

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