It took about four hours for Jarett Freeman to drive from his Tolar home to Gonzales to compete in a high school rodeo.
Freeman said he made about a dozen trips to the South Texas town near San Antonio during the 2017-2018 regular season so he could partner with savvy competitor Logan Moore in the team roping competition.
Each regular season rodeo was conducted at Gonzales where Freeman and Moore clinched the team roping title in the Texas High School Rodeo Association Region 6. As a result, the duo advanced to the June 9-16 THSRA Finals Rodeo in Abilene where they clinched the state team roping title.
At the Abilene championships, Freeman (a header) and Moore (a heeler) placed in all three rounds. The duo finished third in the first round with a time of 6.26 seconds, second in the second round with a 5.81, and third in the final round with an 8.03. They also won the average title with three-run time of 20.00.
After all that, Freeman and Moore clinched the state title after earning 63 points during the 2017-2018 regular season and the Abilene-based THSRA Finals Rodeo, 14 points ahead of second place finishers Cade Boettcher and Tanner Tomlinson.
“I had not thought about winning the state title,” Freeman said. “But it feels good to come out with a win.”
After clinching the title, Freeman and Moore have advanced to the July 15-21 National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo.
Freeman has earned his second berth to the national show. Three years ago as a freshman, Freeman finished in the top four at the state finals, which is the criterion to qualify for the National Finals.
Freeman said he relishes the competition and the camaraderie that goes along with riding in rodeos.
“The friends that you make are lifelong friends and if you need anything they’ll always help you,” he said. “It’s a great feeling to win, knowing that you practiced harder than anybody else and you’ve had success because it doesn’t come easy.”
Freeman said he practices about six to seven hours each day and rides about five or six horses on a daily basis to keep them tuned up and to sell them in some cases. Freeman also is employed at Fast Back Ropes, a Granbury-based business that manufacturer rodeo ropes.
Freeman said he plans on attending Weatherford College and being part of the school’s rodeo program this fall.
Weatherford cowgirls win
Maci Berry of Weatherford clinched the 2017-2018 break-away roping title in the Texas High School Rodeo Association. Berry finished No. 1 in the title race after earning 53 points throughout the regular season and the Abilene championships. Jordi Edens finished second in the title race after earning 52 points.
Berry clinched the title after winning the short final round on June 16 with a 2.28.
Sheridan Clark of Weatherford clinched the 2017-2018 TSHSRA’s girls cutting title after finishing the year with 62.5 points. She won the short go-round with a score of 147 en route to winning the state title.
College rodeo update
On the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association circuit, Tyler Berghuis of Tarleton State clinched the bareback riding title during the June 10-16 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.
Berghuis also helped Tarleton State finish second in the men’s team title race with 650 points. Oklahoma Panhandle State clinched the men’s team title after earning 750 points. Hill College finished 17th in the title race.
Texas Texas Tech finished second in the women’s team title race after earning 475 points during the two-day rodeo. McNeese State clinched the title after earning 480 points.
Texas Tech’s Kynzie McNeill clinched the barrel racing title at the CNFR.
Durfey roping tough
On the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, 2016 PRCA tie-down roping champion Tyson Durfey clinched tie-down roping title at the Reno Rodeo in Reno, Nev., and earned $13,004 in prize money.
When the title was at stake during the final round on Saturday night, Durfey turned in an 8.6, which helped him clinch the average title with a three-run time of 25.5. Two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Randall Carlisle, a former Lipan area resident who currently lives in Athens, La., finished fifth with a 27.2 After winning the title, Durfey is ranked No. 1 in the PRCA’s 2018 world tie-down title race.
The Reno Rodeo traditionally is the PRCA’s first major summer show.
On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, Kaique Pacheco clinched the individual average title at the PBR’s Global Cup in Sydney, Australia, and helped the Brazilians snare the team title. Pacheco earned $69,494.86 (US) at the two-day show (June 8-9).
Pacheco, who has earned $369,232.95 on the PBR circuit this year, also is ranked No. 1 in the 2018 PBR world title race with 2,960 points, 329.17 ahead of No. 2 Claudio Montanha Jr., who has earned 2630.83 points. Pacheco and Montanha both live in the Decatur area when they compete in North America.
Bob Feist Roping
Team roping partners Chris Francis and Cade Passig of Las Vegas, N.M., each earned $61,000 after clinching the team roping title at the 41st annual Bob Feist Invitational on June 18 in Reno, Nev. The duo won with a six-run time of 43.34.