Clay Tryan, a two-time world champion from Lipan, earned $22,950 after finishing in first, second and third places while partnering with three different world class team ropers as the 41st Windy Ryon Memorial Roping began its three-day run Friday at the Ryon Arena.
Tryan, a header, clinched the title after he and his heeling partner, five-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Travis Graves, finished with a five-run time of 34.09 seconds.
Tryan, and another partner, Jade Corkill, a two-time world champion from Stephenville, finished runner-up with a 35.14. If that wasn’t enough, Tryan and Patrick Smith, another two-time gold buckle winner who is from Lipan, came in third with a 35.49.
“I have a great heading horse and great heelers and I had some good fortune along the way,” Tryan said. “Some days, you just have those great days. I’ve always expected an outcome like this out of myself, and today, I finally did it.”
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In the Ladies Team Roping earlier in the day, Stephenville cowgirls Barrie Smith and Jackie Crawford clinched the title and each earned $7,325.
Tryan said winning the Ryon Roping was challenging.
“This score is long, it’s a long day, the wind is sometimes blowing, the steers run hard and they are harder to rope,” Tryan said. “I’m usually not all that excited about what I do, but today was pretty cool.”
Graves, who lives in Morgan Mill, also came away elated.
“It was awesome,” Graves said. “I’ve been coming here ever since I was a little kid. You want to win all of the big jackpots and this is one that I can mark off of my list.”
Tryan, a Montana native who also has a home in Billings, has earned 12 berths to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas (2001-07, 2009-13). He lassoed Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world heading titles in 2005 and 2013.
When the title was at stake in the final round of the Ladies Team Roping, Smith and Crawford paced the field with an 8.55. That helped them finish No. 1 in the average/aggregate race with a four-run aggregate time of 39.62.
Jayme Marcrum of Springtown and Kelly Hicks of Stephenville finished second with a 44.08. Bailey Corkill of Fallon, Nev., and Jackie Crawford of Stephenville came in third with a 45.43.
Saturday’s matinee men’s tie-down roping performance begins at 1 p.m. and features some of the world’s top hands such as defending world champion Shane Hanchey and two-time world champion Tuf Cooper.
Former Justin NFR qualifiers Justin Maass and Clint Cooper will compete in the traditional match roping.