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Five years later, Terrell cowboy earns roping victory at Windy Ryon

After Tyler Wade won the team roping heading title at this weekend’s Windy Ryon Memorial Roping, the Terrell cowboy reflected on his frustrations of letting it slip away five years ago.

Wade told about being only 17 when he and accomplished heeler York Gill entered the final round with the lead at the high-profile show. But the duo was denied the title when they received a no time.

That wasn’t the case Friday evening when Wade and his heeling partner, two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Dakota Kirchenschlager of Stephenville, entered the final round ranked No. 1.

This time, Wade made a clutch head catch and he and Kirchenschlager turned in a time of 7.70 seconds en route winning the title with a five-run aggregate time of 31.15 as the 42nd Ryon Roping began its three-day run in north Fort Worth.

“You learn from your past mistakes,” Wade said.

Two-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion Chad Masters and 19-time National Finals qualifier Kory Koontz finished second with a 32.12. Clay Tryan, a three-time PRCA world champion, and four-time NFR qualifier Jake Long came in third with a 32.73.

“It was fast roping and we drew the right cows,” Wade said. “Usually, when I am roping with Dakota, we can be fast.”

Despite nasty, rainy weather, the times were still fast because Ryon officials opted to move the competition from the sprawling outdoor Ryon Arena to the adjacent North Texas High School Rodeo Association Arena, which has a covered dirt floor and grandstands.

Wade, 22, grew up in North Texas near the famous annual Ryon Roping.

“It’s almost like a hometown jackpot,” Wade said.

During the Ryon Roping, team ropers are allowed to compete with multiple partners. Wade also finished fifth in the average after he and Koontz finished with a five-run time of 37.21.

Wade earned $10,265.

“It was a good day for double dipping,” Wade said.

Last year, Wade finished 17th in the PRCA’s team roping heading world title race, only two slots away from qualifying for the Las Vegas National Finals. He is ranked No. 8 in the PRCA’s heading world standings with $26,111 in regular-season earnings.

The Ryon Roping also featured a women’s team roping competition on Friday morning.

Former Professional Women’s Rodeo Association world all-around champion J.J. Hampton of Stephenville and her partner, Danielle Darnell, clinched the title after finishing with an aggregate time of 42.34. Tibba Smith and Ashley Richardson finished runner-up after turning in a 47.06. Megan White and Annette Stahl came in third with a 49.37.

The Invitational Break-away Roping is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and the Invitational Tie-down Roping begins at 1 p.m.

The traditional Ryon Match Roping also is scheduled for Saturday in conjunction with the Invitational Tie-Down Roping. The match will be between 2014 National Finals Rodeo qualifiers Marty Yates of Stephenville and eight-time NFR qualifier Justin Maass of Giddings.

The Invitational Steer Roping is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday. The show will feature 40 credentialed competitors.

For more information, visit windyryon.org.

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