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North Texan captures title at inaugural ERA World Championship

The inaugural Elite Rodeo Athletes World Championship was held this weekend at American Airlines Center, with Clay Tryan of Lipan among those taking home a title.
The inaugural Elite Rodeo Athletes World Championship was held this weekend at American Airlines Center, with Clay Tryan of Lipan among those taking home a title. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Clay Tryan, who has a residence in the North Texas community of Lipan, clinched the Elite Rodeo Athletes’ 2016 team roping heading title Sunday as the inaugural finals concluded a three-day run at American Airlines Center.

Tryan and his partner, Jade Corkill, finished on top in the ERA’s title race after winning the finals average title, turning in the fastest aggregate time throughout the weekend. Tryan and Corkill won with a three-run time of 13.91.

The duo turned a 4.05 in Round 1 on Friday, a 3.94 in Round 2 on Saturday, and a 5.92 in Sunday’s Round 3.

“We had a great regular season, and then we roped really well at this Dallas rodeo,” Tryan said.

Prior to claiming the ERA title, Tryan had earned three world titles on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.

Pilot Point cowboy Bray Armes snared the ERA’s 2016 steer wrestling championship after finishing second in Sunday’s third round with a 3.76.

“I woke up this morning and I knew it was going to happen,” Armes said.

Lubbock cowboy Chandler Bownds clinched the ERA’s 2016 bull riding championship, winning the third round of the finals with a score of 86.5. He also won the average title.

In tie-down roping, Shane Hanchey, another former PRCA world champion, lassoed the title after winning Sunday’s third round with a 7.05. Hanchey also finished fourth in the average with a three-run time of 23.37.

Marty Yates of Stephenville won the average title with a three-run time of 21.28. He finished third in the ERA’s 2016 title race.

Other 2016 ERA champions were barrel racer Lisa Lockhart, saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer and bareback rider Steven Dent.

Steer roping update

Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan., clinched his fourth world steer roping title at the PRCA’s Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping last weekend in Mulvane, Kan.

Patterson, a 22-time NFSR qualifier, earned $56,432 throughout the 10 rounds. After the last steer was roped, Patterson finished the year with $141,350. Cody Lee finished second with $124,455, and Chet Herren was third with $109,747.

NCHA Futurity

The National Cutting Horse Association World Championship Futurity begins Thursday and runs through Dec. 10 at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. The Dec. 10 open division finals is the first jewel of the sport’s Triple Crown Series.

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