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'It’s like a hometown rodeo for me.' Ponder product enjoys success at 45th Ryon Roping

Hunter Herrin competes in the calf roping event at the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping Saturday May 23, 2009, in this file photo.
Hunter Herrin competes in the calf roping event at the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping Saturday May 23, 2009, in this file photo. Special to the Star-Telegram

Timber Moore grew up in Ponder, a small Denton County community that’s less than a half hour from the renowned Windy Ryon Memorial Roping.

Moore has great memories of attending the Windy Ryon, which traditionally is conducted during the Memorial Day Weekend in north Fort Worth. Today, he’s from Aubrey, another small Denton County town, and he’s one of the world’s top ropers.

Moore, 32, who has earned six trips to the Las Vegas-based Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, clinched both the match roping and the 40-man invitational tie-down roping titles at the 45th Ryon Roping on Saturday.

“My dad and I would come here every year when I was a little kid to watch the matches and the roping,” Moore said. “It just means everything to come down here and have success. It’s like a hometown rodeo for me.”

Moore earned $5,000 for snaring the match roping title against four-time National Finals qualifier Marty Yates of Stephenville. He also pocketed $7,540 for lassoing the invitational roping title, which pushed his total earnings on Saturday to $12,540.

When Moore faced Yates in the eight-round match, the two men were running neck and neck throughout the first half of the competition. After each man had completed four runs, Yates led by only four tenths of a second, 45.4 to 45.7.

But in Round 6, Yates turned in a devastating time of 61.3 after he caught on a third loop. However, Moore bobbled in Round 8, but not nearly has much as Yates had in Round 6. On his final run, Moore turned in a 23.2 after catching on a second loop.

After both men had made the required eight runs, Moore edged Yates, 107.6 to 137.0.

Moore and Yates also finished 1-2 in the invitational roping. Moore clinched the title with a three-run aggregate time of 28.8 after winning the 12-man final round with an 8.6. Yates finished runner-up with a 29.2 after turning in 10.1 on his final run.

Saturday’s Windy Ryon performance also featured invitational break-away roping. Kelsie Chase clinched the title with a three-run time of 10.48 after turning in a 3.84 in the final. Loni Lester came in second with a 10.79 after a 3.47 on her final run. Erin Johnson came in third with an 11.27 after a 3.79 in the final.

The 2018 Windy Ryon Memorial Roping began Friday with team roping. Trevor Brazile, a 23-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion from Decatur, and his partner, 2017 NFR qualifier Joseph Harrison, clinched the open division title with a 36.28 on five runs. They each earned $6,350.

Clay Tryan, a three-time world champion, and Jake Long came in second with a 38.51 and each man pocketed $3,850. Charly Crawford and Billie Jack Saebens wound up in third place with a 39.61 and each roper collected $2,800.

In the ladies team roping, AnnMarie Equsquiza and Whitney DeSalvo clinched the title with a 39.79 on four runs. Kenzie Andrus and Lorraine Moreno finished runner-up with a 40.25 and Lari Dee Guy and Margaret Foley came in third with a 40.59.

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