Kinney Harrell of Marshall, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, and his heading partner, Bubba Buckaloo, clinched the men’s team roping title as the 2016 Windy Ryon Memorial Roping began its three-day run Friday at the North Texas High School Rodeo Association Arena in Fort Worth.
As tough as that short [finals] round was, we knew we had to be very aggressive just to secure a check.
Kinney Harrell on winning the team roping title
When the title was a stake in the final round, Harrell, and Buckaloo, who is from Kingston, Okla., turned in a solid time of 5.75 seconds. The duo finished with an aggregate time of 33.71 and each earned $7,440.
“As tough as that short [finals] round was, we knew we had to be very aggressive just to secure a check,” Harrell said. “Bubba did a great job of scoring and turning the steer and set it up where I could throw pretty fast and it went our way.”
T. Luttrell and Coleby Payne finished second with a 34.40 after turning in a 5.50 in the finals. They each earned $5,930.
Turtle Powell of Stephenville, the 2011 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion, and his partner, Junior Nogueira, finished third with a 34.69 after turning in a finals time of 6.03.
In the women’s team roping competition earlier in the day, veteran header Barrie Smith of Stephenville, and her heeling partner, Jackie Crawford, clinched the title with an aggregate time of 41.37. They each earned $3,770.
The Windy Ryon Roping’s opening performance was conducted in the covered NTHSRA Arena after a rainstorm. Chairman Gary McKinney ruled that the massive outdoor Windy Ryon arena, which is next to the smaller high school facility, was too wet and potentially dangerous. McKinney said the remaining two performances this weekend will be conducted at the Ryon Arena.
Buckaloo and Harrell entered the final round in fourth place and took the lead in the average after turning in the 5.75. They clinched the title after the next three teams each turned in no-time. The other teams were David Key and Walt Woodard (who entered the finals in third place), Cory Kidd V and Wesley Thorp (second place) and Colby Lovell and Paul Eaves (first).
Veteran Chad Masters and Jett Hillman (of Stephenville) finished fourth in the average with an aggregate time of 35.39. They turned in a 5.52 in the finals.
Zachary Small of Afton, Okla., and Wesley Thorp of Stephenville entered the finals in 16th place. But they catapulted to fifth place after turning in a finals time of 4.64, which was the fastest time of the day. They finished with a 35.42.