RODEO’S ELITE READY TO CHASE THE $100,000 PRIZE FOR THE WINNER
GUTHRIE, Okla. â€“ The incentives at the Timed Event Championship of the World are great for the worldâ€™s greatest cowboys.
From the challenges set forth through the rugged competition to the opportunity to play their game in one of the most storied arenas in rodeo, the annual championship is a destination for the elite timed-event contestants.
Add into the mix a first-time purse of $200,000 â€“ with $100,000 going to this yearâ€™s average winner â€“ and itâ€™s easy to see why 20 men who make up 39 combined gold buckles will be part of the 2015 Timed Event Championship of the World, set for noon and 7:30 p.m. Friday, noon and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
â€śAny time a cowboy can win more money, itâ€™s good,â€ť said Daniel Green, a three-time champion from Oakdale, Calif. â€śThe Timed Event is not an easy deal to win; itâ€™s really difficult. It takes so much that has to go right.
â€śMy hatâ€™s off to the owners for boosting financial support for the event. Being as tough as it is and a World Championship event, it should pay in that range.â€ť
The players compete in five go-rounds and must make runs in heading, tie-down roping, heeling, steer wrestling and steer roping in each. It is dubbed the â€śIronman of ProRodeoâ€ť because of its rugged nature. Spread over just three days, itâ€™s a test of talent, durability and endurance.
The field includes some of the brightest young stars in rodeo, including reigning champion Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., and the 2014 reserve champ, Clay Smith of Broken Bow, Okla.
Theyâ€™ll test their talent against an amazing list of top cowboys, including Green; 27-time world champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, who owns 21 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association titles and a record six Timed Event crowns; five-time winner K.C. Jones of Burlington, Wyo.; two-time titlist Kyle Lockett of Visalia, Calif.; and 2010 champ Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo.
This is the one event in ProRodeo where the greatest ropers will wrestle steers and where elite bulldoggers and a Linderman Award winner will test their other skills in an action-packed weekend of world-class talent.
Official Invited Timed Event Championship of the World Contestants
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The Pete Carr animal athletes were a major part of the big winning at the San Angelo Stock Show Rodeoâ€™s Cinch Shootout on Saturday night.
Reigning PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year Dirty Jacket guided Jessy Davis to the winning 93-point ride. Spur Strap, a two-time selection to buck at the NFR, helped Jesse Wright to the saddle bronc riding title with an 87.
Meanwhile, Wes Stevenson finished second in bareback riding with a 92 on Good Time Charlie.
In the opening round, the top three bareback scores were all from Carr horses. Davis on Outa Sight and Stevenson on Scarletâ€™s Web both posted 90s, while Tanner Aus was third with an 87 on Fancy Free.
Wright won the first round in bronc riding with a 90-point ride on Big Tex, while Sam Spreadborough was fourth on Cool Runnings. In bull riding, Ty Wallace rode Hermes for 88.5 to finish first in the opening round. Josh Koschel placed second with an 86.5 on Rattler, while Trevor Kastner qualified for the final-four on time; he bucked off near the 8-second whistle.
Tonightâ€™s championship round of the San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show will be a showcase of Pete Carr bucking stock.
The short go-round will begin at 7:30 p.m. Central time in the west Texas community and features the top 12 contestants from preliminary rounds. In the mix will be world champions and regular Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers.
Most of the roughstock cowboys will have an opportunity to win big money on Carr animals. In fact, there are 27 Carr horses and bulls. Of those, 15 have been selected to perform at the NFR.
There are some fantastic match-ups on tap, too, including:
Austin Foss-First Kiss
Brian Bain-Cool Change
Bobby Mote-Ladies Man
Bill Tutor-River Boat Annie
Tanner Aus-Betty Boop
SADDLE BRONC RIDING
Cody DeMoss-Gold Coast
Sam Spreadborough-Miss Congeniality
Cody Taton-Lori Darling
Bradley Harter-Sweet Maria
Howdy Cloud-Poker Face
Brennon Elred-Thunder Cat
Corey Maier-Half Nuts
Lon Danley-Hokey Pokey
Dalan Duncan-Missing Parts
It should be a fantastic show.