GUTHRIE, Okla. â€“ The fourth go-round of the Timed Event Championship of the World was fast and exciting.
In fact, four of the top six fastest round times of the weekend happened Saturday night at the Lazy E Arena. Itâ€™s making for an exciting sprint to the finish Sunday afternoon.
â€śI usually try to not watch much of the other competition, but when itâ€™s as good watching as it is here, the fan in me comes out,â€ť said leader Trevor Brazile, who has posted a 20-run cumulative time of 212.2 seconds, on pace to set a new record for the fastest aggregate. â€śItâ€™s fun. There are a lot of good runs. There is a lot to be watching for.â€ť
Brazile led the way again Saturday night, posting a 45.8-second go-round â€“ it is the second fastest round so far this weekend behind the 43.7 he posted Friday night. Kyle Lockett, a two-time champion, scored a 48.7, followed by Russell Cardozaâ€™s 51.1 and Jess Tierneyâ€™s 52.8.
It all happened before another large crowd.
â€śThey have raised the stakes,â€ť Brazile said, referring to the increased purse of $200,000, of which $100,000 is paid to the average champion. â€śThey doubled first place. Thatâ€™s a game-changer. You can see it by the contestants and the fans.â€ť
Brazile owns eight of the top 10 fastest times in the Timed Eventâ€™s 31-year history, including the top six. He is also the eventâ€™s only six-time champion.
â€śWhen I have a chance (to post a fast round), and it comes down to the steer roping, it makes me a touch more aggressive,â€ť he said, noting that bonuses are paid to the top six fastest rounds each year. â€śI didnâ€™t come here to win anything in the rounds. If I have a chance, I try to capitalize on it.â€ť
Brazile owns a 22.5-second lead over the man in second place, defending champion Paul David Tierney, whose older brother, Jess, is third.
AVERAGE LEADERS: 1. Trevor Brazile, 212.2 seconds on 20 runs; 2. Paul David Tierney, 234.7; 3. Jess Tierney, 238.5; 4. Erich Rogers, 272.1; 5. Josh Peek, 298.6; 6. Clay Smith, 315.4.
ROUND 4: 1. Trevor Brazile, 45.8 seconds; 2. Kyle Lockett, 48.7; 3. Russell Cardoza, 51.1; 4. Jess Tierney, 52.8; 5. Paul David Tierney, 55.9; 6. Erich Rogers, 59.8.
FASTEST ROUND LEADERS: 1. Trevor Brazile, 43.7; 2. Trevor Brazile, 45.8; 3. Kyle Lockett, 48.7; 4. Russell Cardoza, 51.1; 5. Erich Rogers, 51.6; 6. Jess Tierney, 52.8.
GUTHRIE, Okla. â€“ Between them, the Tierney family owns five Timed Event Championship of the World gold buckles.
Patriarch Paul Tierney earned four in his hall-of-fame career, while youngest son Paul David Tierney is the reigning champ. The Tierneys are tied with K.C. Jones with the second most titles in the â€śIronman of ProRodeoâ€ť and trail just one man, six-time winner Trevor Brazile.
Through three go-rounds of this yearâ€™s championship, Paul David and Jess Tierney sit Nos. 2 and 3 in the average standings and trail just one man, Brazile, who has roped, tied and wrestled 15 head in 166.4 seconds. Paul David is second in 178.8, and Jess has scored 185.7. They are well ahead of the rest of the field: the fourth-place cowboy, Erich Rogers, is 212.3.
â€śAnybody here is capable of being 2-3 at any time,â€ť Jess Tierney said. â€śIf you get on top of the cattle, youâ€™ve got to take advantage of them.â€ť
Drawing good calves and steers makes a difference in this unique championship, in which each contestant must compete in heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping.
â€śWeâ€™re trying to take advantage of a good situation,â€ť he said.
They are, and so is Brazile, a 21-time PRCA world champion who also owns a record 12 all-around gold buckles. He also has had considerable success inside the Lazy E Arena.
â€śHeâ€™s always been the gatekeeper around here,â€ť Jess Tierney said. â€śHeâ€™s such a great cowboy. Even when Iâ€™m competing against him, Iâ€™m always watching him, trying to learn something. Heâ€™s the best.
â€śHeâ€™s an inspiration just watching him.â€ť
The Tierneys grew up with a pretty inspiring person in their father. When theyâ€™re at home in South Dakota, they practice all five disciplines that make up the Timed Event. Between that, working on the ranch and having a father who competed in the Lazy E Arena every March for so many years, they are tailor made for the rugged championship.
â€śDad always tells us that youâ€™ve got it one run at a time. Youâ€™ve just got to look at what youâ€™re doing right then,â€ť Jess Tierney said. â€śYouâ€™ve just got to look at what youâ€™re doing right then. Based on that, weâ€™re staying steady and not trying to get ahead of ourselves much.â€ť
AVERAGE LEADERS: 1. Trevor Brazile, 166.4; 2. Paul David Tierney, 178.8; 3. Jess Tierney, 185.7; 4. Erich Rogers, 212.3; 5. Josh Peek, 224.8; 6. Clay Smith, 241.7
ROUND 3: 1. Trevor Brazile, 56.3 seconds; 2. Paul David Tierney, 57.5; 3. Josh Peek, 58.8; 4. Erich Rogers, 59.3; 5. Jess Tierney, 67.1; 6. Landon McClaugherty, 67.6.
GUTHRIE, Okla. â€“ Trevor Brazile owns eight of the 10 fastest go-rounds in the history of the Timed Event Championship of the World.
One of those came during the second go-round Friday night at the Lazy E Arena, where the Decatur, Texas, cowboy roped, tied and wrestled five cattle in 43.7 seconds, just two-tenths of a second off the record time he owns. It helped catapult the six-time Timed Event winner to the lead after the opening day with a 10-run cumulative time of 110.1 seconds.
â€śIt feels good, but I donâ€™t mind steer roping being the last eventâ€ť in a round, said Brazile, a 21-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion who owns five steer roping gold buckles. â€śI feel like I can turn it up in steer roping if I had to. I just didnâ€™t want to do something to set myself up for failure, to be sure to look at the big picture as well as the round.â€ť
He finished Friday nightâ€™s round with an 11.1-second steer roping run, which followed a solid 5.6 in steer wrestling, the one event thatâ€™s not his focus in ProRodeo. Brazile also owns world titles in tie-down roping and heading and has also qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in heeling, one of just two men in the sportâ€™s history to qualify for the finale in all four roping disciplines.
â€śThis is one of the few events, with the exception of steer wrestling, that everything else is what I do at home,â€ť he said. â€śThis is an event I get ready for every day year-round. I enjoy being well-rounded.â€ť
It has showed. Nobody has won more Timed Event titles than Brazile, who first won the championship in 1998 when he was 21 years old. Now 38, he continues to prove why heâ€™s one of the greatest cowboys to have ever played the game, and this weekend, heâ€™s competing in a field that includes 19 other elite cowboys.
â€śI just want to thank the Lazy E and the McKinney family for putting up the money,â€ť he said, referring to the $200,000 purse, of which half goes to the average champion. â€śThey stepped up an event that was so good, but they caught it up to the times. There is a lot of competition this month, and they stepped up to the plate. I think the cowboys did as well. There are a lot of NFR qualifiers here now, and I just like to see that. I want to see the guys that are competing on the biggest stages to come do this, and thatâ€™s what itâ€™s enabled them to do.â€ť
AVERAGE LEADERS: 1. Trevor Brazile, 110.1 seconds on 10 runs; 2. Jess Tierney, 118.6; 3. Paul David Tierney, 121.3; 4. Erich Rogers, 153; 5. Clay Smith, 158.6; 6. Josh Peek, 166.0.
ROUND 1: 1. Paul David Tierney, 63.7 seconds; 2. K.C. Jones, 64.6; 3. Dustin Bird, 64.7; 4. Jess Tierney, 64.8; 5. Trevor Brazile, 64.8; 6. Daniel Green, 76.0.
GUTHRIE, Okla. â€“ Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., is proving just why he is the reigning champion of the Timed Event Championship of the World.
On Friday afternoon, Tierney posted a 63.7-second opening round to take the early lead in the 2015 â€śIronman of ProRodeoâ€ť event. He leads a contingent of veterans, including three other past Timed Event winners: five-time titlist K.C. Jones is second with a 64.6, followed by Dustin Bird, 64.7; Jess Tierney, 64.8; six-time winner Trevor Brazile, 66.4; and three-time champ Daniel Green, 76.0.
â€śI just wanted to get out of the barrier and go out and make smooth runs,â€ť Paul David Tierney said, meaning he wanted to avoid any penalties for breaking the barrier and not allowing the cattle an appropriate head start. â€śI almost accomplished it if I wouldnâ€™t have had my steer wrestling steer ball up on me.â€ť
The top 20 timed-event contestants in ProRodeo are part of this elite field competing in one of the most challenging championships in the sport. They compete in heading, tie-down roping, heeling, steer wrestling and steer roping. In Tierneyâ€™s run, the bulldogging steer did not fall flat as he needed to make a fast run. The animals are meant to be a test for the cowboyâ€™ skills.
â€śYou donâ€™tâ€™ need to have pups out here,â€ť said Tierney, who, like older brother Jess, is following in the footsteps of their hall-of-fame father, Paul Tierney, a four-time Timed Event titlist. â€śWhat helped is growing up doing all these events.
â€śDoing it all and having my dad to help me come here and do these events.â€ť
Jess Tierney and Bird are the only two cowboys among the top six who donâ€™t own championships in this unique competition, but theyâ€™re bringing a good portion of experience into play. Jess Tierney is a four-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, while Bird is a three-time heading qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
â€śA few things I couldâ€™ve done better, but for the most part, itâ€™s going pretty decent,â€ť said Bird of Cut Bank, Mont. â€śItâ€™s not easy; itâ€™s a lot of work. I prepared myself a lot better this year because I knew what to expect. I had some guys help me with some different areas I was not as strong in.â€ť
Thatâ€™s important, especially if cowboys want to add their name to the prestigious list of champions.
1. Paul David Tierney, 63.7 seconds; 2. K.C. Jones, 64.6; 3. Dustin Bird, 64.7; 4. Jess Tierney, 64.8; 5. Trevor Brazile, 64.8; 6. Daniel Green, 76.0.