By BRAD KEITH
(August 5, 2015) — Stephenville team ropers David Key and Martin Lucerol, Desdemona saddle bronc rider Isaac Diaz and Morgan Mill barrel racer Tillar Murray scored big wins in the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo last weekend.
Martin and Lucero used a time of 4.9 seconds to win the finals and push them to the top of the average at Dodge City Roundup Rodeo. They finished eighth in the first round and tied for eighth in the second go,earning a total of $4,875 to go with $2,325 for placing second at Kansas Biggest Rodeo and $158 for eighth at Wild Bill Hickock Rodeo, also in Kansas.
Key, a nine-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier as a header, and Lucero, a 14-time NFR qualifier as a heeler, earned a total of $7,358 for the week, keeping them in contention to return to the “Super Bowl of rodeo.” Entering the week, Key was ranked 22nd in world heading standings, and Lucero was ranked 23rd in heeling.
Huckabay heeler Paul Eaves won three rodeos last week – the War Bonnet Roundup in Idaho Falls, Idaho, the Mountain Valley Stampede in Heber City, Utah and The Famous Preston Night Rodeo in Preston, Idaho. He and header Clay Smith posted times of 4.3 seconds for $3,947 in Idaho Falls, 4.0 seconds for $4,237 in Heber City and 4.0 for $3,273 in Preston. Add a tie for fourth and $1,504 each in Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo and that’s $12,961 for the week, a huge push for a cowboy who was 12th in the world standings and trying to reach his fourth NFR.
Stephenville heelers Walt Woodard and Kory Koontz each won rodeos, Woodard with a time of 4.1 seconds and $2,599 roping with header Adam Rose at Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo and Koontz and header Colby Lovell using 4.3 seconds to rope $1,816 at Wild Bill Hickock Rodeo.
Stephenville heeler Chad Williams and partner Aaron Macy were strong in those and other events, earning third and $2,052 in 4.3 seconds at Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo, second and $1,579 in 4.9 at Wild Bill Hickock Rodeo and fourth for $352 at Iowa’s Championship Rodeo. Their total take for the week was $3,983.
Diaz scored an eye-popping 93 points aboard Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman to win the finals and jump to the top of the average at Dodge City. The Desdemona rough stock cowboy and past Tarleton State University sensation also tied for fourth in the opening round with 80 points. He scored 173 on two and won a total of $4,684 after entering the week ranked ninth in the world.
Murray’s barrels victory came on the strength of a victory in the finals, when she needed just 17.26 seconds to pocket $2,420. Her combined time of 51.34 on three runs earned her $3,630 in the average and she was also eighth in the opening go-round, increasing her winnings to $6,511.
Stephenville header Luke Brown and Huckabay heeler Kollin VonAhn stayed hot a week after winning both Cheyenne Frontier Days and Days of ’47 Salt Lake. This week they took third in the average and won a total of $4,492 at Dodge City, where Huckabay header Charly Crawford and Dublin heeler Shay Carroll were eighth in the aggregate and roped a total of $2,197.
Jacobs Crawley of Stephenville is fourth in the saddle bronc rankings and also scored a win last week at Wild Bill HIckock Rodeo. He scored 84 points on Andrews Rodeo’s War Hawk for $1,449.
Richmond Champion won the bareback riding in Preston, Idaho, scoring 81 on Bar T Rodeo’s Big Hopper for $2,092. The former Tarleton cowboy and 2014 The American Champion also tied for third in a round and was eighth in the average at Dodge City, winning $1,574 there and $3,666 for the week.
For complete standings – including several more locals who earned money – from these and all 2015 PRCA rodeos, click here.