FLASH STAFF REPORT
(September 3, 2015) — Marty Yates roped and tied himself a Wrangler Champions Challenge title in Pueblo, Colo. Wednesday night, capturing the tie-down championship in 7.9 seconds.
Yates entered the week No. 3 in the world and is neck and neck with No. 2 Hunter Herrin – his travel partner – and No. 4 Timber Moore. All three have led the world standings at some point this year but currently trail reigning world champ Tuf Cooper.
Yates won the Pueblo Challenge by half a second, with Cooper roping and tying his calf in 8.4. Trevor Brazile and Herrin split third and fourth in 8.5.
Yates also chopped third and fourth in the Horse Heaven Round-Up Champions Challenge in Kennewick, Wash. last week.
Other local athletes shining in Puebo Wednesday night include four-time world champion bareback rider Bobby Mote, who chopped third through fifth with Kaycee Field and Jake Brown, each scoring 83 points and earning $2,133. Jacobs Crawley split third and fourth with 84 points in the saddle bronc riding, pocketing $1,856. Britany Diaz of nearby Desdemona completed the barrel race in 17.77 seconds for fifth place and $1,280.
The Kennewick Champions Challenge was dominated by local cowboys, especially in the team roping. All five spots that paid featured a local athlete as Stephenville heeler Travis Woodard was first in 4.2 seconds for $5,440, Huckabay heeler Paul Eaves was second in 4.4 for $4,160, Stephenville heeler Kory Koontz took third and $3,040 in 4.5, Stephenville header Jake Cooper was fourth in 4.6 for $2,080 and Lipan heeler Patrick Smith won $1,280 for finishing fifth in 5.0.
Isaac Diaz won the saddle bronc riding at Kennewick, scoring 83 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Jamboree for $3,944. Crawley tied for second and $2,610 with a score of 79.