Friday, June 27, 2008

First Round at Reno

First round at Reno is over. Speed and Al’s 5 5 ended up third. There were two awesome runs - JoJo Lemond and Martin Lucero were 4 9 first, Ty Blasingame and Ryon Tittle were 5 0. Fourth was Pat Boyle and Jonnie Chavez 5 6, fifth 5 7 Nick Sartain and Wren Richard, sixth david key and Kory Koontz 5 8 Matt Sherwood and Randon Adams seventh 5 9. 8th was Jimmie Edens and Ryon Motes 6 0. probably ten to fifteen teams were in the sixes slack again tomorrow. We’ll see what happens to make the short go times will not be as fast as usual longer barrier and harder running steers this year.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

World's Great Roper Event and BFI

The Worlds Greatest Roper event was held on Saturday and Sunday. K. C. Jones was the most consistent roper all day. He won it pretty easily I’d say! Dan Green came to the short go in second with a chance to catch him but got a front leg in the heading and that was it for him.

Marty Becker won second, Chad Masters was third, Trevor Brazile was fourth, and Dan Green was fifth. Seems like it was a good turn out and a good time. Nobody will win the extra $100,000 because K.C. is not entered in the other two events.

The BFI was today. The steers were not as good as they usually are, which made for a lot of really fast times and a lot of no times. Clay Tryan and Walt Woodard were the champs - they were a little long in the beginning then made some great runs in the last three rounds. They came back third high team with Speed and Al in the lead and the Minors were second high team. Brady roped a leg on a tough steer and ended up fifth. Speed and Al got a barrier and a leg on a pretty good steer which seemed like should not have been in the short go. Scored good but didn’t look like he thought they would put a loper in the short go - just my take on it.

Brandon Beers and Arky Rogers won second by 4/100 out of first on a tough second steer - roped an awesome roping. Tee and Rich won third - they drew a couple of tough steers. Cody Odell and J.W. Borrego won fourth. They had a leg on the third one and roped back in it. The Minors were fifth and Colby Schneeman and Tommy Zuniga were 15th call back and won the short go and ended up sixth.

Slack at Reno rodeo starts tomorrow. Speed and Al went in the performance tonight. Went 5.5 winning the round - might have made him mad today. That’s bad for the rest of us. Everybody else goes tomorrow and Wednesday. We’ll see what happens…

Sunday, June 22, 2008

4th of July

This is Matt Sherwood giving you the rodeo thoughts over the Fourth of July and on. The Fourth really starts about the middle of May when you start getting the ProRodeo Sports News with the rodoes. This is when you find out when slack is going to be at all the rodeos and start looking at the schedule to see what you can get to by driving or flying, and how many horses you have and will be able to get where.

Obviously, the bigger the rodeo the more important it is to have you good horse, but that good horse can’t be everywhere! So you got to pick and choose, plus you don’t want to go to so many all-nighters in the trailer that they won’t work that good when you get there. With all that garbage said, here we go…

Books start closing for everything on the first of June, and as you find out how you get up, then that dictates how much else you can enter. You get up bad, it’s like missing the loper. some guys who got up good will get to run 1st and 2nd round steers on the same day. Other guys will run one and then have to come back later in the week to run the 2nd.

So our schedule looks like this from here out: Pleasant Grove, Utah, Wednesday night the 18th - we were 5 2. Then Logan, Utah on Thursday night - we were 6 0, back to Pleasant Grove for the second round. Friday morning we were 5 2 again. Now we are driving to Reno where we will rope Saturday and Sunday in the World’s Greatest Roper four head. We’ll be at the BFI all day Monday, slack at Reno on Tuesday and Wednesday, and drive back to Salt Lake City and head up to Canada on Thursday. We rope in Ponoka on Friday afternoon, then Airdrie that night. The short round at Reno is Saturday night, if we are not in that then we are up in Lehi, Utah on Saturday night. Then we head to the first round at Greeley, Colorado on Sunday the 29th, and on to Cody, Wyoming on Monday. We fly to Window Rock, Arizona for slack Tues morning, head to Livingston, Montana that afternoon at 3:00 slack, then off to Oakley, Utah.

That night we’ll have to fly that night from Oakley back to Greeley (the PRCA is misguided or you would never have to go back to the same city twice - all 2 headers should be back to back). From Greeley, we fly back to Window Rock for that night, then Thursday night we will rope at the performance in Red Lodge, Montana at 6:00. Then in Cody, the second round at 8:00 and fly Friday morning to Prescott, Arizona to rope the 2nd steer at 7:30pm. That night we fly to Oregon to rope in Mollala - both steers that morning in slack, then drive to St. Paul for both steers that afternoon at 3:00. Then we fly to Oakley for the performance that night at 8:00 and we end there.

After all that, I’ll finally get to hang out with the family on Sunday and start again in Casper, Wyoming on Monday morning. That week will be super busy. I’ll keep you posted on how things go and who all is winning! Stay tuned!

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