September 20, 2018

Yates wins Pueblo Champions Challenge

Local athletes shine in last two Champions Challenge events

Marty Yates, shown in the 2014 NFR, won the Champions Challenge in Pueblo, Colo. Wednesday night. || Courtesy DUDLEY BARKER/


(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.

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