Hale grabs Steer Roping title as rodeo gets rolling
Garrett Hale of Snyder was the winner of the Steer Roping title as the 51st annual Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo kicked off its first day of action on Thursday at Lone Star Arena in Stephenville.
Hale needed a three-round total time of only 35.9 seconds in all to catch three steers. In addition to earning $1,499.30, he also won a trophy CCPRA belt buckle and a trophy CCPRA rifle.
Taking second place in the Steer Roping average on Thursday was Landon McClaugherty of Tilden, while Trevor Brazile of Decatur placed third.
Brazile ranks No. 4 in the world in the PRCA Steer Roping standings, while McClaugherty is fourth and Hale is 10th.
The legendary Brazile — now a 25-time PRCA world champion with career earnings in excess of $6.9 million since starting in 1996 — announced in 2018 that he was shifting to a limited competition schedule.
Here are the Steer Roping totals for each of the three rounds:
First round: 1. Cash Myers, 12.0 seconds, $1,000; 2. Ryan Willberg, 12.1, $827; 3. (tie) Martin Poindexter and Corey Ross, 12.4, $569 each; 5. Tony Reina, 12.5, $310; 6. (tie) Landon McClaugherty and Trevor Brazile, 12.6, $86 each.
Second round: 1. Dalton Walker, 9.5 seconds, $1,000; 2. Jess Tierney, 9.7, $827; 3. Mike Chase, 9.8, $655; 4. Cole Patterson, 10.3, $483; 5. Billy Good, 10.9, $310; 6. Shay Good, 11.3, $172.
Third round: 1. Thomas Smith, 9.1 seconds, $1,000; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., 9.8, $827; 3. (tie) Cole Patterson and Cody Lee, 9.9, $569 each; 5. Landon McClaugherty, 10.2, $310; 6. Laramie Allen, 10.4, $172.
Average: 1. Garrett Hale, 35.9 seconds on three head, $1,499; 2. Landon McClaugherty, 36.4, $1,241; 3. Trevor Brazile, 38.4, $982; 4. Martin Poindexter, 39.0, $724; 5. Cash Myers, 39.2, $465; 6. Ryan Willberg, 39.8, $259.
The leaders so far in the Barrel Racing event, coming out of Thursday’s action, are:
Barrel racing leaders: 1. BryAnna Haluptzok, 15.40 seconds; 2. Molly Otto, 15.51; 3. Wenda Johnson, 15.53; 4. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 15.58; 5. Kenna Squires, 15.59; 6. Stephanie Fryar, 15.61.
The Rodeo Heritage Parade in downtown Stephenville is set for a 10 a.m. start today (Saturday, Sept. 26). PRCA Rodeo Performance No. 2 is set to begin at 7 p.m. today at Lone Star Arena — on “It’s Gonna Get Western Night.”
The Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo will continue through Sunday, capping off the action with the “Sunday Showdown,” which starts at 2 p.m.
Rodeo tickets for adults are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For children ages 6-12, tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Admission is free for children age 5 and under.
Tickets are now available at Bradberry’s Best; Capital Hatters; Chick Elms Grand Entry Western Store & Rodeo Shop; Saddle Rags The Western Store; and the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce. For more information call Stephenville Chamber of Commerce at 254-965-5313, or go online (cowboycapitalprcarodeo.com).
Lone Star Arena is at 4696 North U.S. Highway 377 in Stephenville.
The final results of the other events, Friday through Sunday, were not available by press time but will be posted online (yourstephenvilletx.com) and in Wednesday’s Empire-Tribune.
Saturday, Sept. 26
7:30 a.m.: Cowboy Capital 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, Stephenville City Park.
10 a.m.: Rodeo Heritage Parade, Stephenville downtown square.
7 p.m.: PRCA Rodeo Performance No. 2 (“It’s Gonna Get Western Night”), Lone Star Arena.
9 p.m.: Dancin’ in the Dirt live music concert with Jake Hooker & The Outsiders, Lone Star Arena (free admission with rodeo ticket).
Sunday, Sept. 27
2 p.m.: PRCA Rodeo Performance No. 3 (“Sunday Showdown”), Lone Star Arena.