Ropers Sports News | March 2023

PAGE 6 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS MARCH 2023 Taylor Santos is a two-time NFR tie-down roper and two-time National Finals Steer Roping qualifier. He entered his first Timed event in 2020, and came out on top. – James Phifer Photo Missouri’s Clay Clayman will return to the Jr Ironman with hopes of defending the versatility crown he earned in 2022. – James Phifer Photo Marcus Theriot is now best known as a professional header, but in 2021 the son of World Champion Tie-Down Roper Herbert Theriot proved he can do it all. – James Phifer Photo Cinch Timed Event Warriors Ready For Battle... From Page 4 Timed Event is a big part of it. It takes so many good horses, and there are so many obstacles to overcome. When you make five runs in five events, you know it’s going to get bad at some point and you’re going to have to get through it and finish it off.” Like all Timed Event titans, Schmidt has more experience in some events than others. His NFR heading back numbers speak for themselves. “I’ve heeled a lot, and jackpotted heeling everywhere,” he said. “I high school, college and Canadian rodeoed in the tie-down. I bulldogged in high school and college, and entered a few Canadian rodeos in that, too. “Steer roping is the event that’s new to me. I’m learning that, and am amazed by it. I love it. It’s something new involving a rope and a horse, and that’s something I don’t get to experience very often. Heeling might be the event I’m most nervous about going in, though. I used to be good at it, but now I haven’t done it in forever.” Schmidt thought he had all his horses and help lined out, but, “I’ve had some hiccups come up in the last week. I’m getting it all figured out again now.” That’s pretty typical, and he, too, loves the Lazy E. Schmidt looks forward to going back for both the Timed Event and the 46th annual BFI on April 1. 2023 CTEC Contestants Following are the 2023 contestants with their back number, name, city and state: Jr. Ironman Contestants 2023 Jr Ironman contestants with their back number, name, city and state: 1 Erich Rogers...............Round Rock, Arizona 2 Clayton Hass ..............Weatherford, Oklahoma 3 Russell Cardoza ........Terrebonne, Oregon 4 Taylor Santos ..............Creston, California 5 Paul D. Tierney ..........Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 6 Haven Meged .............Miles City, Montana 7 Roger Nonella ............Redmond, Oregon 8 Lane Karney ...............Creston, California 9 Cole Patterson ...........Pratt, Kansas 10 Marcus Theriot ...........Poplarville, Mississippi 11 Shad Mayfield ............Clovis, New Mexico 12 Tyler Pearson .............Atoka, Oklahoma 13 Cody Doescher ..........Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 14 Jess Tierney ...............Altus, Oklahoma 15 Kyle Lockett ................Visalia, California 16 Seth Hall......................Albuquerque, New Mexico 17 Justin Thigpen............Waycross, Georgia 18 KC Jones ....................Burlington, Wyoming 19 Colby Lovell ................Madisonville, Texas 20 Kolton Schmidt...........Barrhead, Alberta, Canada 1 Jake Holmes...............Mulberry, Kansas 2 Mason Appleton .........Chelsea, Oklahoma 3 Connor Griffith ............Skullbone, Tennessee 4 Kreece Dearing ..........Chico, Texas 5 Ketch Kelton ...............Mayer, Arizona 6 Clay Clayman .............Highlandville, Missouri 7 Evan Bottini ................La Junta, Colorado 8 Wyatt Williams ............Penrose, Colorado 9 Dylan Hancock ...........San Angelo, Texas 10 Caleb Lake ..................Bayfield, Colorado “The Lazy E is like a pasture roping,” smiled Schmidt, who’s heading for Jake Minor at the rodeos this year. “There are no boundaries. Everything’s wide open, which makes it a little wild and good watching. “I think having the BFI at the Lazy E is awesome also. It’s definitely a change of scenario. We all grew up watching the BFI in Reno. But I like the big arena, the time of year it’s held now, that it’s closer to the house and pays great. There’s a lot to like about it.” Rogers will wear back #1. Rounding out the 2023 Cinch Timed Event Championship field in order of finish from last year will be Clayton Hass, Russell Cardoza, Taylor Santos, Paul David Tierney, Haven Meged, Roger Nonella, Lane Karney, Cole Patterson, Marcus Theriot, Shad Mayfield, Tyler Pearson, Cody Doescher, Jess Tierney, Kyle Lockett, Seth Hall, Justin Thigpen, KC Jones, Lovell and Schmidt. Rogers, Santos, Lockett, Thigpen, Theriot, Jones and both Tierney brothers are past champions who know what it’s like to come out King of the Timed Event Mountain and take home that $100,000 check. The Jr Ironman is held during the CTEC, and is three rounds in four events—heading, heeling, tie-down roping and steer wrestling. The champ’s check is worth a whopping $20,000. Missouri’s Clay Clayman will return to defend his 2022 title, and will be joined by Connor Griffith, Evan Bottini, Caleb Lake, Wyatt Williams, Jake Holmes, Dylan Hancock, Mason Appleton, Ketch Kelton and Kreece Dearing on the 10-young-gun roster. The 2023 Cinch Timed Event Championship will feature five performances: Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m.; Friday, March 3, 12 and 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 4, 12 and 7 p.m. The three Jr Ironman perfs will be held Thursday, March 2 at 5 p.m.; Friday, March 3 at 5 p.m.; and Saturday, March 4 at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at www. LazyE.com. See you at the E!

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