CLAREMORE, Okla. â€“ Tomas Garcilazo is quite proud of who he is, from his upbringing in Mexico City to being a citizen of the United States.
He combines it all in one of the greatest acts in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. In fact, Garcilazo was recognized as the PRCAâ€™s Dress Act of the Year in 2012 and â€™13, and he will be part of the action at the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo, set for 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 22-Sunday, May 24, at Will Rogers Stampede Arena.
Garcilazo is a charro and carries on the family heritage of La Charreria, a skill performed through the generations only by the Mexican charro. As did his elders, Garcilazo takes pride in his horsemanship and roping skills, which will be on display during each of the three Stampede performances.
â€śWe want to celebrate rodeo with the best acts in rodeo,â€ť said David Petty, chairman of the volunteer committee that produces the annual rodeo. â€śWe thought this year, coming off being named the Rodeo of the Year award, that we needed to have another award-winning act at our rodeo.
â€śTomas fits that very well. His act is phenomenal, and I know the people who come to our rodeo will love what they see.â€ť
Garcilazo is one of two featured entertainers that will be a big part of this yearâ€™s Claremore rodeo, joining funnyman John Harrison who, in 2014, won the Coors Man in the Can and the Comedy Act of the Year awards.
â€śWhen you bring someone to provide a treat, itâ€™s nice because you contribute something to the community,â€ť Garcilazo said. â€śItâ€™s going to bring more people together.â€ť
Rodeo is more than a competition. The stampede will feature the very best in the sport, from numerous world champions in every event to the very best animal athletes in the game. But itâ€™s also an action-packed couple of hours of entertainment. To help make a rodeo even more entertaining, specialty acts provide theatrics to the competition. Garcilazo is the best at what he does.
â€śItâ€™s an honor because specialty acts are so competitive,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™m very flattered that what I do as a charro and representing my culture and my tradition with my horses and myself has been recognized with those contractors, committees and contestants that are part of the PRCA.
â€śI emphasize the tradition a lot. The heritage is very strong. For me, it is big that those are being carried on in modern day and that it is a privilege for me to keep up with this way of life. Cattle, horses and roping were all involved in my childhood.â€ť
Those lessons learned decades ago are still vibrant in his mind. Thatâ€™s why he continues to entertain and show the world his talents.
â€śOn my motherâ€™s side, they are all churros,â€ť Garcilazo said. â€śI grew up competing all my life. I picked my skill with a rope and had a vision to develop this with the horses.
â€śItâ€™s a way of developing my dream. My rope, as a child, was a toy. Now I develop the artistry with a rope in such an extensive way. It takes time, effort, patience and the (willingness to) develop all the desires to succeed in horse and roping skills.â€ť
It is Garcilazoâ€™s passion to share his talent â€“ and his heritage â€“ with the world.
â€śBeing in the entertainment business, you get to see the different traditions and different people from different personalities,â€ť he said. â€śWhen you develop something with passion with your heart and express this on stage, it shows. When I see a performer, when they do these with their heart, it shows right away. I have a lot of passion for what I do, and I hope everyone sees that.â€ť
GUYMON, Okla. â€“ Itâ€™s been nearly a decade since team ropers Coleman Proctor and Jake Long have seen any success in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
They finally found redemption Sunday afternoon during the final performance of the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, scoring a 6.8-second run to finish the three-run aggregate with a cumulative time of 20.0 seconds; they edged Colby Lovell and Kory Koontz by a tenth of a second.
â€śI know Jake was hungry for this one,â€ť Proctor said. â€śThe first time I headed was in college for Jake, and we won the college rodeo here. Weâ€™ve wanted to win the ProRodeo here, so today I just wanted to get him turned and give Jake a chance.â€ť
The chance paid off, and it was a long time coming.
â€śThis rodeoâ€™s been rough on me in the past,â€ť Long said. â€śThatâ€™s about the sixth steer in the last 10 years Iâ€™ve caught by two feet, and I happened to put three of them together this year. Coleman did a great job, and I feel very blessed and happy right now.â€ť
He should. The longtime friends finished the 2014 season near the top of the world standings â€“ Proctor was the fourth-ranked header, while Long was the No. 3 heeler. Prior to Pioneer Days Rodeo, they were inside the top 20. The victory and the $5,354 they each earned in the Oklahoma Panhandle should move them close to the top 10.
â€śWe havenâ€™t had the best start to this year, but we know if we keep plugging away, itâ€™ll be good in the end,â€ť Long said. â€śItâ€™s a great rodeo to win. It works as a double dip for us, because the Prairie Circuit is our home circuit. Any time we can get some money together to get to our circuit finals and work our way to Florida, itâ€™s a good thing.â€ť
They also will continue to build off their Wrangler National Finals Rodeo run and all the experience theyâ€™ve gained over the years of roping together.
â€śIf anything, what we did last year helps with finances,â€ť Proctor said. â€śFor all the times I went home broke and had to work to make ends meet and to get myself back on the road, itâ€™s just reassuring to know that it was all worth it.â€ť
Long and Proctor were joined in the winnerâ€™s circle on Sunday by steer roper JoJo LeMond, barrel racer Shali Lord and bull rider Chad German, whose 86-point ride on Pete Carrâ€™s Classic Pro Rodeoâ€™s Footloose put him in a tie with reigning world champion Sage Kimzey and Trevor Kastner.
Other winners were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile; bareback rider Ty Breuer, who rode Pete Carrâ€™s Classic Pro Rodeoâ€™s Good Time Charlie for 87 points on Saturday night; saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy, who posted the highest marked ride of the rodeo with an 88 on Saturday afternoon on Powder River Rodeoâ€™s Miss Chestnut; steer wrestler Stan Branco; and 2013 tie-down roping world champion Shane Hanchey.
For LeMond, he finally worked through some Pioneer Days Rodeo demons to earn his first Guymon title.
â€śIâ€™ve come back high call in team roping three or four times and had bad luck,â€ť LeMond said, referring to owning the fastest cumulative time heading into the final round. â€śThis is the first year I won it.â€ť
A three-time NFR qualifier in heading, LeMond also qualified for the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in 2013. Now he has big plans for his 2015 season.
â€śThis event is huge for me,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™m going to try to make it to the National Finals in team roping one more time; Iâ€™m roping with Dakota Kirchenschlager this year. I always wanted to go in steer roping again. They have some signature series events this year that makes it to where a guy can afford it. Iâ€™m going to make a run at it for sure.â€ť
Now he will be outfitted with the trophy belt that is awarded to the Guymon champions annually.
â€śIâ€™ve always messed myself up for the opportunity to win one,â€ť LeMond said. â€śShay Good won one a few years ago on my horse, and I tried to con him out of that belt. Thankfully I have my own now.â€ť
It will be on display for all to see for years to come.
Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 28-May 4
All-around champion: Trevor Brazile, $2,849 in steer roping, tie down roping and team roping.
Bareback riding: 1. Ty Breuer, 87 points Good Times Charlie from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, $3,359; 2. (tie) Tim Oâ€™Connell and Zachariah Philips, 85, $2,239 each; 4. R.C. Landingham, 84, $1, 231; 5. (tie) Jared Smith and Josi Young, 82, $ 672; 7. (tie) Wes Stevenson and Yance Day, 81, $ 392.
Team roping: First round: 1. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 5.9 seconds, $1,924; 2. David Key/Martin Lucero, 6.2, $1,673; 3. Chase Thompson/Richard Durham, 6.3, $1,422; 4. (tie) Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz and Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 6.4, $920 each; 7. Dustin Davis/Will Woodfin, 6.6, $418; 8. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 6.7, $167.Second round: (tie) Brian Dunning/Jesse Jolly and Joel Bach/Allen Bach, 5.6 seconds, $1,799 each; 3. Bubba Buckaloo/Ryan Motes, 5.9, $1,422; 4. Jesse Stipes/Billie Jack Saebens, 6.2, $1,171; 5. Tyler Milligan/Brady Norman, 6.3, $920; 6. Tom Richards/Cesar de la Cruz, 6.5, $669; 7. (tie) Justin Turner/Chase McAlvain and Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 6.6, $293 each. Third round: 1. Brian Dunning/Jesse Jolly, 6.6 seconds, $1,924 each; 2. (tie) AJ Fuchs/Sloan Hendley and Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 6.7, $1,548; 4. (tie) Clayton Hass/Logan Medling and Luke Brown/ Kollin VonAhn, 6.8, $1,046; 6. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 6.9, $669; 7. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 7.1, $418; 8. (tie) Calvin Brevik/Wade Masters and Turtle Powell/Dakota Kirkenschager, 7.2, $84. Average: 1. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 20.0 seconds on three runs, $$2,886; 2. Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz, 20.1, $ 2,510; 3. Jake Cooper/Tyler McKnight, 21.0, $2,133; 4. Chade Masters/Travis Graves, 21.9, $ 1,757; 5. Calvin Brevik/Wade Masters, 22.6, $1,380; 6. Chace Thompson/Richard Durham, 22.8, $1,004; 7. Anthony Lucia/Wesley Johnson, 24.1, $627; 8. AJ Fuchs/Sloan Hendley, 24.2, $251.
Steer roping: First round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 14.9 seconds, $1,840; 2. Brodie Poppino, 16.0, $1,523; 3. Dari Suit, 17.5, $1,206; 4. Mike Chase, 17.8, $888; 5. (tie) Blake Deckard, Ora Taton and Jason Evans, 18.0, $296 each. Second round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 13.9 seconds, $1,840; 2. Shay Good, 16.0, $1,523; 3. Jason Evans, 17.0, $1,206; 4. Brian Garr, 17.8, $888; 5. (tie) Jay Sellers and Brodie Poppino, 18.4, $444 each. Third round: 1. Ralph Williams, 13.9 seconds, $1,840; 2. Jess Tierney, 15.6, $1,523; 3. Tyrel Taton, 17.4, $1,206; 4. Leo Campbell, 17.5, $888; 5. Marty Jones, 18.2, $571; 6. Slick Ellis, 18.8, $317. Fourth round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 11.7 seconds, $1,840; 2. Brad Starks, 14.4, $1,523; 3. Will Gasperson, 15.7, $1,206; 4. Chris Glover, 16.6, $888; 5. Fred Brown, 16.8, $571; 6. (tie) Trey Wallace and Chance Kelton, 16.9, $159 each. Fifth round: 1.(tie) Brodie Poppino and Chris Glover, 11.3 seconds, $1,681 each; 3. Rocky Patterson, 11.8, $ 1,206; 4. (tie) Chance Kelton and Will Gasperson, 12.2, $730; 6. Trevor Brazile, 12.6, $ 317, no other qualified times. Average: 1. JoJo Lemond, 106.8 seconds on five runs, $5,520; 2. Tuf Cooper, 106.9, $4,568; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., 129.6, $3,617, 4. Brodie Poppino, 64.0 on fou runs, $2,665, 5. Scott Snedecor, 68.8, $1.713; 6. Chance Kelton, 69.6, $952.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Taos Muncy, 88 points on Powder River Rodeoâ€™s Miss Chestnut, $3,562; 2. Will Smith, 87, $2,731; 3. Isaac Diaz, 85, $2,018; 4. (tie) Dalton Davis and Allen Boore, 83, $1,068; 6. Steven Dent, 82, $594; 7. Bradley Harter, 81, $475; 8. (tie) Audy Reed, Travis Nelson and Brody Cress, 79, and $119.
Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Hunter Lewis, 3.4 seconds, $1,946; 2. Jason Lahr, 4.3, $1,692; 3. (tie) Stan Branco and Brad Loesch, 4.4, $1,311 each; 5. (tie) Brandon Volker, Mitchell Gardner and Kyle Irwin, 4.5, $677 each; 8. Dean Gorsuch, 4.9, $169.Second round: 1. Darrell Petry, 4.0 seconds, $1,946; 2. Jacob Talley, 4.3, $1,692; 3. Rody Parrott, 4.4, $1,438; 4. Ryan Swayze and Ty Erickson, 4.5, $1,058 each; 6. San Branco, 4.6, $677; 7. (tie) Forest Sainsbury, Josh Frost, Jordan Wiseman, Les Shepperson and Tyler Pearson, 4.8, $118 each. Third round: 1. Jason Thomas, 3.6 seconds, $1,946; 2. Wade Sumpter, 3.9, $1,692; 3. Trell Etbauer, 4.2, $1,438; 4. (tie) Michael Bates Jr. and Blake Mindemann, 4.6, $1,058 each; 6. Forest Sainsbury, 4.7, $677; 7. (tie) Kyle Irwin and Sean Mulligan, 4.8, $296 each. Average: 1. Stan Branco, 13.9 seconds on three head, $2,919; 2. Tyler Pearson, 15.4, $2,538; 3. (tie) Jacob Talley and Hunter Lewis, 15.7, $1,967 each; 5. Jon Herl, 16.0, $1,396; 6. Kyle Irwin, 16.1, $1,015; 7. Jason Thomas, 16.2, $635; 8. Glen Clark, 16.5, $254.
Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Sterling Smith, 7.2 seconds, $1,989; 2. Jake Pratt, 7.6, $1,730; 3. Michael Otero, 8.0, $1,470; 4. Cory Solomon, 8.1, $1,211; 5. Blair Burk, 8.2, $951; 6. Marty Yates, 8.3, $692; 7. Tyler Prcin, 8.5, $432; 8. Randall Carlisle, 8.6, $173.Second round: 1. Blain Cox, 7.3 seconds, $1,989; 2. (tie) Dillon Holder and Shane Hanchey, 7.4, $1,600 each; 4. Josh Peek, 7.6, $1,211; 5. (tie) Blake Deckard, Jake Pratt and Trevor Brazile, 7.7, $692 each; 8. (tie) Reese Riemer and Ace Slone, 7.9, $86 each. Third round: 1. Michael Otero, 7.3 seconds, $1,989; 2. Cade Swor, 7.4, $1,730; 3. Shane Hanchey, 7.9, $1,470; 4. Cody Quaney, 8.0, $1,211; 5. Reese Reimer, 8.1, $951; 6. (tie) Sterling Smith and Will Howell, 8.3, $562; 8. Caleb Bullock, 8.5, $173. Average: 1.Shane Hanchey, 24.8 seconds on three runs, $2,983; 2. Reese Reimer, 25.7, $2,594; 3. (tie) Cory Solomon, Sterling Smith and Michael Otero, $1,816; 6. Tyler Prcin, 26.3, $1,038; 7. Jake Pratt, 26.5, $649; 8. Blane Cox, 27.5, $259.
Barrel racing: First round: 1. Sabrina Ketcham, 17.00 seconds, $2,115; 2. Mary Walker, 17.01, $1,813; 3. Cassidy Kruse, 17.03, $1,511; 4. Shali Lord, 17.07, $1,310; 5. Andrea Cline, 17.08, $1,007; 6. Calyssa Thomas, 17.18, $806; 7. Callie DuPerier, 17.25, $604; 8. Brittany Pozzi, 17.27, $403; 9. Britany Diaz, 17.28, $302; 10. Kasey Etbauer, 17.29, $201. Second round: 1. Calyssa Thomas, 16.89 seconds, $2,115; 2. Paige Conrado, 16.93, $1,813; 3. Heather Clayton, 16.94, $1,511; 4. Shali Lord, 16.97, $ 1,310; 5. Britta Oâ€™Keeffe, 17.1, $1,007; 6. Jacki Ganter, 17.11, $806; 7. Mary Walker, 17.12, $604; 8. Kassidy Cruse, 17.15, $403, 9. (tie) Carley Richardson and Laura Kennedy, 17.19, $252. Average: 1.Shali Lord, 34.04 on two runs, $2,115; 2. Clayssa Thomas, 34.07, $ 1,813; 3. Mary Walker, 34.13, $1,511; 4. Cassidy Kruse, 34.18, $1,310, 5. Paige Conrado, 34.27, $1,007. 6. Britta Oâ€™Keeffe, 34.48, $806; 7. Brittany Pozzi, 34.52, $604; 8. Sammi Bessert, 34.53, $403, 9. (tie) Jackie Ganter and Ivy Conrado, 34.70, $251.84.
Bull riding: 1. (tie) Trevor Kastner on Pete Carrâ€™s Classic Pro Rodeoâ€™s Sazerac, Sage Kimzey on Lancaster & Pickettâ€™s Sam Crow, and Chad German, on Pete Carrâ€™s Classic Pro Rodeoâ€™s Footloose, 86 points, $2,983 each; 4. Brett Stall, 84, $ 1,406; 5. (tie) Chris McCombs, 83, $767; 7. Josh Koschel, 82, $511; 8. Scottie Knapp, 80, $384.