Every so often, Texas sends a clear message that the Lone Star State is a major tie-down roping stronghold.
That was the case last weekend at the Justin Boots Playoffs in Puyallup, Wash., where four Texas cowboys battled for the tie-down roping title during the final round.
Timber Moore, a former Ponder resident who lives in Aubrey, clinched the title after turning in a time of 9.2 on Sunday afternoon. Moore is ranked second in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tie-down roping world standings with $104,742 in regular-season earnings.
Marcos Costa, a Brazilian who lives in Childress, finished second in the title race after turning in a final-round time of 9.3 seconds. Costa earned $8,872 and he is ranked sixth in the title race with $79,493, which should be enough to earn his first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
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Trevor Brazile of Decatur finished third with a 9.6. Brazile is ranked seventh with $79,455. Brazile, who has earned 12 world all-around titles, also is No. 1 this season with $196,157, $62,305 ahead of Tuf Cooper, who also is from Decatur.
Meanwhile, Cooper finished fourth in the tie-down roping race after turning in a 11.0 in the finals. Cooper, a three-time world champion, is ranked No. 1 in the tie-down roping world standings with $122,905, $18,173 ahead of Moore.
Kaycee Feild, who is attempting to win a record-tying fifth world bareback riding title, clinched the title after turning in a final-round score of 87 aboard Calgary Stampede’s Reckless Margie. It was his fourth title at the Puyallup Rodeo in the past five years.
During the past weekend, the Professional Bull Riders top competitors were in Springfield, Mo.
J.W. Harris of May, a four-time PRCA champion who began competing on the PBR tour more frequently last year, won the title in Springfield. He is ranked sixth in the 2015 world title race with 2,267.5 points.
J.B. Mauney, who tied for ninth in the title race in Springfield, is ranked No. 1 with 3,947.5 points, 312.5 ahead of Vieira going into this weekend’s show in North Carolina. Kaique Pacheco is ranked No. 3 with 2,987.5, 960 behind Mauney.
While competing in Round 3 on Sunday in Springfield, Mauney sustained a bruised left leg and ankle, as well as spraining his left knee (MCL), when his leg hung in the slat of the chute as the bull bucked prior to his ride attempt. He was unable to take his re-ride or compete in the final round.
Mauney is listed as probable for this weekend’s tour stop in Charlotte. He was able to leave the arena without crutches, according to the PBR.
The Charlotte show, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, is the first of three remaining regular-season Built Ford Tough Series tour stops that can help competitors qualify for the October 21-25 PBR World Finals in Las Vegas.