Yates wins tie-down, locals dominate team roping in first go-round

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Photos by Dudley Barker, dudleydoright.com

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(December 4, 2014) — Since he was old enough to be lifted onto a horse, Marty Yates has dreamed of reaching the National Finals Rodeo.

Once he arrived, it took the Stephenville cowboy just 7.4 seconds to make his mark.

That’s how long it took Yates to rope and tie his calf in the tie-down roping, winning the go-round and $19,002.40 on opening night of the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Thursday.

Marty Yates
Marty Yates

Yates, 20, is in just his second season of professional competition after winning all the major youth titles. He pushed his 2014 earnings over $102,000 with the win, and he wasn’t the only local cowboy to take the first go-round.

Marty Yates ropes his steer and dismounts before tying his calf in a victorious time of 7.4 seconds to win more than $19,000 on opening night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Thursday. || Photo by DUDLEY BARKER, dudleydoright.com
Marty Yates ropes his calf and dismounts before tying his animal in a victorious time of 7.4 seconds to win more than $19,000 on opening night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Thursday. || Photo by DUDLEY BARKER, dudleydoright.com
A wave of the hat from Stephenville cowboy Marty Yates after winning the tie-down in the first go-round. || Photo by DUDLEY BARKER, dudleydoright.com
A wave of the hat from Stephenville cowboy Marty Yates after winning the tie-down in the first go-round. || Photo by DUDLEY BARKER, dudleydoright.com
Marty Yates gives the fans a fist pump after winning the tie-down. || Photo by DUDLEY BARKER, dudleydoright.com
Marty Yates gives the fans a fist pump after winning the tie-down. || Photo by DUDLEY BARKER, dudleydoright.com

Turtle Powell of Stephenville and Dakota Kirchenschlager of Morgan Mill teamed up to rope head and heels, respectively, in 4.0 seconds, winning the team roping and $19,002.40 each. Powell, who now has more than $1.34 million in career earnings, is in his ninth WNFR. Kirchenschlager, 23, is in the finals for the third time.

Turtle Powell of Stephenville and Dakota Kirchenschlager of Morgan Mill dominated the team roping in 4.0 seconds Thursday night, winning the first go-round of the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo by half a second. || Photo by DUDLEY BARKER, dudleydoright.com
Turtle Powell of Stephenville and Dakota Kirchenschlager of Morgan Mill dominated the team roping in 4.0 seconds Thursday night, winning the first go-round of the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo by half a second. || Photo by DUDLEY BARKER, dudleydoright.com
Dakota Kirchenschlager ropes the heels of a steer in the first go-round at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. || Photo by DUDLEY BARKER, dudleydoright.com
Dakota Kirchenschlager ropes the heels of a steer in the first go-round at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. || Photo by DUDLEY BARKER, dudleydoright.com

The team roping was dominated by cowboys who call the Cross Timbers home. Placing second in 4.50 were Charly Crawford (header) of Huckabay and Shay Carroll (heeler) of Dublin, winning $15,018.03 each. Clay Tryan (header) of Lipan and Jade Corkill (heeler) of Huckabay were third in 4.70 for $11,340.14 each.

Jacobs Crawley of Stephenville split third and fourth in the saddle bronc riding on opening night of his fourth consecutive WNFR appearance. He scored 80.5 on Look Again to win $9,654.44.

Cody Ohl, 41, is no stranger to the WNFR. Leading out the tie-down roping in his 20th finals, the Hico cowboy and six-time world champion posted a 7.8 that held up for fourth fourth place and $7,968.75. Ohl’s career earnings are approaching $3.4 million.

Carlee Pierce of Stephenville represented area cowgirls in the barrel race. She was fourth with a time of 14.29 seconds, just 0.2 out of first, and won $7,968.75.

The 10-round event continues with the second performance on Friday night.

The Flash will have updates throughout the finals, and will add photos from Dudley Barker as they become available.

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Standings per release from the PRCA following Thursday’s opening performance:

Wrangler National Finals RodeoThomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

First round – Dec. 4, 2014

Bareback riding: 1. Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, 84.5 points on Sutton Rodeos’ Cactus Juice, $19,002; 2. Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla., 83.5, $15,018; 3. (tie) Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, and Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 83, $9,654 each; 5. Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, 81.5, $4,904; 6. Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 81, $3,065; 7. (tie) Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa; Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., and Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, 80.5 each; 10. (tie) Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, and Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., 79 each; 12. Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., 78.5; 13. (tie) Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., and Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, 77.5 each; 15. J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 77. World standings: 1. Kaycee Feild, $191,386; 2. Steven Peebles, $126,929; 3. Austin Foss, $125,782; 4. Will Lowe, $108,668; 5. Tim O’Connell, $102,890; 6. Bobby Mote, $95,309; 7. Richmond Champion, $89,935; 8. Caleb Bennett, $84,225; 9. Justin McDaniel, $80,196; 10. Steven Dent, $74,222; 11. Winn Ratliff, $73,039; 12. Jake Vold, $72,689; 13. J.R. Vezain, $70,208; 14. Jessy Davis, $67,686; 15. Tilden Hooper, $65,779.

Steer wrestling: 1. Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 3.6 seconds, $19,002; 2. (tie) Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., and Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 3.7, $13,179 each; 4. Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., 3.8, $7,969; 5. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 4.1, $4,904; 6. Bray Armes, Ponder, Texas, 4.2, $3,065; 7. Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 4.3; 8. Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 4.8; 9. K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas, 4.9; 10. Cole Edge, Durant, Okla., 5.5; 11. Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, 5.6; 12. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 6.0; 13. Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 11.0; 14. Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 20.7; 15. Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., NT. World standings: 1. Nick Guy, $96,757; 2. Casey Martin, $93,457; 3. Trevor Knowles, $91,804; 4. K.C. Jones $82,055; 5. Luke Branquinho, $79,171; 6. Clayton Hass $76,576; 7. Bray Armes, $72,281; 8. Dru Melvin, $67,832; 9. Kyle Irwin, $64,640; 10. Dakota Eldridge, $63,015; 11. Ty Erickson, $60,439; 12. Curtis Cassidy, $57,449; 13. Cole Edge $57,406; 14. Wyatt Smith, $57,188; 15. Seth Brockman, $52,933.

Team roping: 1. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 4.0 seconds, $19,002 each; 2. Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore./Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo., 4.5, $15,018; 3. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 4.7, $11,340; 4. Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz./Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 4.9, $7,969; 5. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 5.2, $4,904; 6. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 5.5, $3,065; 7. Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., 9.4; 8. Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz./Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 9.9; 9. Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 17.7; 10. (tie) Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont./Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.; Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.; Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas; Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.; Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla./Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, and Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., NT. World standings (headers): 1. Clay Tryan, $121,521; 2. Trevor Brazile, $106,302.94; 3. Erich Rogers, $104,486; 4. Dustin Bird, $90,643; 5. Turtle Powell, $88,312; 6. Charly Crawford, $86,577; 7. Riley Minor, $82,889; 8. Kaleb Driggers, $81,470; 9. Jake Barnes, $80,310; 10. Brandon Beers, $79,491; 11. Nick Sartain, $76,963; 12. Coleman Proctor, $75,710; 13. Luke Brown, $73,062; 14. Aaron Tsinigine, $68,074; 15. Tom Richards, $66,744. World standings (heelers): 1. Jade Corkill, $121,521; 2. Travis Graves, $106,303; 3. Cory Petska, $104,834; 4. Paul Eaves, $93,735; 5. Shay Carroll, $87,636; 6. Dakota Kirchenschlager, $84,952; 7. Brady Minor, $82,889; 8. Patrick Smith, $81,470; 9. Jim Ross Cooper, $79,491; 10. Rich Skelton, $76,963; 11. Jake Long, $76,710; 12. Junior Nogueira, $70,302; 13. Kollin VonAhn, $70,062; 14. Clay O’Brien Cooper, $60,255; 15. Cesar de la Cruz $58,515.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 87 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Short Stop, $19,002; 2. Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 82, $15,018; 3. (tie) Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., and Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 80.5, $9,654 each; 5. Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 80, $4,904; 6. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 78.5, $3,065; 7. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 76.5; 8. Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 76; 9. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., 74; 10. Dustin Flundra, Pincher Creek, Alberta, 73; 11. Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, 70.5; 12. Bradley Harter, Loranger, La., 68.5; 13. (tie) Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn.; Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., and Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., NS. World standings: 1. Taos Muncy, $136,533; 2. Cort Scheer   $121,416; 3. Cody Wright, $111,085; 4. Heith DeMoss, $107,592; 5. Jacobs Crawley, $98,383; 6. Wade Sundell, $86,940; 7. Tyler Corrington, $77,694; 8. Jesse Wright, $77,495; 9. Bradley Harter, $74,836; 10. Chad Ferley, $73,705; 11. Cole Elshere, $71,109; 12. Cody DeMoss, $66,683; 13. Spencer Wright, $65,169; 14. Jake Wright, $59,795; 15. Dustin Flundra, $59,357.

Tie-down roping: 1. Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 7.4 seconds, $19,002; 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 7.5, $15,018; 3. Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah, 7.7, $11,340; 4. Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 7.8, $7,969; 5. Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 8.3, $4,904; 6. (tie) Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., and Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 8.5, $1,532 each; 8. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 8.6; 9. Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., 9.3; 10. Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 9.4; 11. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 11.2; 12. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 17.9; 13. Ryan Watkins, Bluff Dale, Texas, 18.1; 14. Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 20.7; 15. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, NT. World standings: 1. Tuf Cooper, $153,822; 2. Matt Shiozawa, $116,983; 3. Trevor Brazile, $108,867; 4. Marty Yates, $102,190; 5. Clint Robinson, $97,233; 6. Hunter Herrin, $83,065; 7. Cade Swor, $81,223; 8. Shane Hanchey, $79,687; 9. Timber Moore $75,817; 10   Cody Ohl, $73,251; 11. Clint Cooper, $69,596; 12. Adam Gray, $69,401; 13. Ryan Watkins, $68,197; 14. Reese Riemer, $66,317; 15. Tyson Durfey, $64,240.

Barrel racing: 1. Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.09 seconds, $19,002; 2. Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., 14.20, $15,018; 3. Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.24, $11,340; 4. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 14.29, $7,969; 5. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 14.35, $4,904; 6. Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah, 14.45, $3,065; 7. Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D., 14.47; 8. Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., 14.56; 9. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 14.57; 10. Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 14.59; 11. Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo., 18.89; 12. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 19.08; 13. Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo., 19.19; 14. Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas, 19.34; 15. Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas, 19.37. World standings: 1. Kaley Bass $155,280; 2. Fallon Taylor, $150,474; 3. Lisa Lockhart, $121,617; 4. Michele McLeod, $111,985; 5. Nancy Hunter, $107,354; 6. Britany Diaz, $102,947; 7. Mary Walker, $99,712; 8. Carlee Pierce, 9. Sherry Cervi, $97,952; 10. Christine Laughlin, $93,135; 11. Kassidy Dennison, $92,051; 12. Christy Loflin, $91,736; 13. Trula Churchill, $90,892; 14. Samantha Lyne, $70,577; 15. Jana Bean, $70,416.

Bull riding: 1. Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 85.5 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Rattler, $19,002; 2. Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, 83.5, $15,018; 3. Beau Hill, West Glacier, Mont., 82.5, $11,340; 4. J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas, 75, $7,969; 5. (tie) Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas; Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla.; Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas; Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas; Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo.; Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas; Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.; Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas; Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.; Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif., and Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., NS. World standings: 1. Sage Kimzey, $143,165; 2. Trey Benton III, $125,547; 3. Cody Teel, $102,589; 4. Tim Bingham, $100,6522; 5. Joe Frost, $88,561; 6. J.W. Harris, $85,275; 7. Beau Hill, $78,498; 8. Brennon Eldred, $77,830; 9. Reid Barker, $76,227; 10. Josh Koschel, $72,837; 11. Jordan Spears, $72,139; 12. Tyler Smith, $70,040; 13. Ty Wallace, $67,577; 14. Aaron Pass, $66,546; 15. Elliot Jacoby, $65,039.

Total payout: $6,375,000. Stock contractors: Various. Rodeo secretary: Sunni Deb Backstrom. Assistant secretary: Jackie Higlin. Contestant office manager: Vickie Shireman. Officials: Wade Berry, Terry Carlon, Skip Emmett, George Gibbs, Chuck Hoss, Allan Jordan Jr., Bruce Keller, Butch Kirby, Steve Knowles, Joe Bob Locke, Cliff Overstreet, Harry Rose Jr., Rocky Steagall and Mike Todd. Timers: Sherry Rice Gibson, Tammy Braden and Jessi Franzen. Announcers: Wayne Brooks, Randy Corley and Boyd Polhamus. Specialty acts: Rider Kiesner, Madison MacDonald and Kenny Petet. Bullfighters: Chuck Swisher, Dusty Tuckness and Cody Webster.Barrelman: Justin Rumford. Barrrelman alternate: Mark Swingler. Livestock superintendent: John Barnes. Assistant livestock superintendent: Ryan Brown.Roughstock chute boss: Tom Neuens. Timed-event chute boss: Tony Amaral.Pickup men: Josh Edwards and Chase Cervi. Pickup man alternate: Matt Twitchell

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