Ropers Sports News | October 2019

24060 N. Ray Rd., Lodi, CA 95242 • 209-333-2924 • • R OPERS S PORTS N EWS OCTOBER 2019 V OL . 51, N O . 11 $2.50 “The Original Team Roping Publication” O FFICIAL P UBLICATION O F : • California ACTRA • California $hoot-Outs • NCJRA Postage Pre-Paid TIME DATED MATERIAL – DO NOT DELAY Jason Stewart and Calgary Smith set a new three-head Pendleton Round-Up team roping average record of 17.1 seconds on their way to a victory lap on the grass. – Kirt Steinke/Western Rodeo Images Photo Stewart & Smith Take Pendleton Team Roping Title On The Grass LET ‛ER BUCK By Lane Karney Special To Ropers Sports News PENDLETON, ORE. – Since its inception in 1910, the Pendleton Round-Up has not strayed from its roots. That may be the greatest compliment the iconic Oregon fall classic cow- boy contest could receive, as over the course of the Round- Up’s 109-year run and Pro- Rodeo Hall of Fame-worthy reign, its rich history and deep traditions have stood the test of time. Anything—in any event— can happen out there on the grass. And it does. No matter how many times you’ve been to Pendleton, you’re certain to see something you’ve never seen before. Every time. There’s no such thing as an ordinary performance or an unevent- ful Pendleton Round-Up. This year, the one constant theme seemed to be records. From team roping average champions Jason Stewart and Calgary Smith setting a new three-head average record of 17.1 seconds—besting Chad Masters and Jade Corkill’s pre- vious mark of 17.6 on three in 2010 by half a second—to Lane Ivy and Cesar de la Cruz tying the team roping arena record of 4.6 in the second round—which ties David Key and Travis Woodard’s round-winning run from 2015—there were a lot of firsts at the 2019 Round-Up. Baker City, Oregon’s 2017 Resistol Steer Wrestling Rookie of the Year Jesse Brown threw a steer faster than anybody ever has at Pendleton in 3.7 seconds in the short round to break the previous record of 3.8 seconds set by K.C. Jones in 2001 and matched by Casey Martin in 2014. That run helped Brown take the Round-Up victory lap and also break the average re- cord with 14.8 on three steers. Teddy Johnson and Birch Negaard previously co-owned the record with 15.3 seconds apiece from 2000. Trevor Brazile won the Pendleton Round-Up all-around title for an unprecedented sev- enth time (1999, 2012-15, 2018-19). Yes, that broke the previous record of six Round- Up all-around championships held by—you guessed it—the King of the Cowboys him- self. The win marked Trevor’s ninth Pendleton Round-Up title—Brazile also won the tie- down roping title in 1999 and the team roping in 2015 with Patrick Smith—which now ties Trevor for the most overall wins with Pendleton Round-Up pioneers Yakima Canutt and Hugo Strickland. It could not have been more fitting than to see Trevor take his permanent place in Pendle- ton history, as he was inducted into the Pendleton Round-Up Hall of Fame on the eve of this year’s rodeo as the headliner in its 50th class of inductees. “I’m in no way telling Pend- leton what to do or how to run this rodeo,” the 24-time champ of the world and reigning world champion all-around cowboy said in his acceptance speech on the night of his Pendleton induction. “But if I could say one thing, I would encourage you not to stray from what’s gotten you this far and the things that make this rodeo unique. There are no sponsor banners in the arena, it’s on the grass and it’s old school. A lot of cowboys will tell you they love this rodeo and it’s their fa- vorite. The other guys are just too scared to love it.” Brazile, who’s 42 now, won $14,131 at this year’s Pendleton Round-Up, including second in the tie-down roping aver- age and third in the steer rop- ing average. Trevor headed for Junior Nogueira on the grass, but didn’t have any luck in that third event. Stewart and Smith, on the other hand, did have good for- tune on the grass. They split eighth in the first round with a 5.8-second run, were 6.5 on their second steer and won the short round with a 4.8-second run, which brought their total earnings to $8,788 a man. For Stewart, a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo header—“Stewy” roped with Kyle Lockett in Vegas in 1998, and Bucky Campbell in 2000—this was his second time in the winner’s circle at the Round-Up. Stewart won the steer roping at Pendleton in 2003. “It’s a dream come true,” Stewy said. “I’m not known for being a steer roper. I’ve team roped my whole life. To be able to win the team roping here is Idaho/ Nevada ACTRA Finals Winnemucca, Nevada See story on page 8 See PENDLETON On Page 4 Jay Guerrero and Gene Curtis were the winners of the #10.5 Hdcp. at the Idaho-Nevada ACTRA Chapter Finals.

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