National Finals Rodeo begins tonight for 18 locals

Four-time world champion bareback rider Bobby Mote is one of 18 local cowboys pursuing gold buckles at the National Finals Rodeo beginning tonight in Las Vegas. || Courtesy DUDLEY BARKER/DudleyDoRight.com

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(Decmber 3, 2015) — It’s National Finals Rodeo time again, with 18 cowboys from Erath County and the immediate area competing for gold buckles at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

The 10-round Super Bowl of rodeo begins Thursday night and continues through Saturday, December 12, when the the world champions are crowned. Performances will be televised each night on CBS Sports beginning at 9 p.m. (CST).

Below is a list of local qualifiers by event. They are numbered based on world rank, with their number of world titles and NFR qualifications, including this NFR, in parenthesis.


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Bareback Riding

5. Bobby Mote, Stephenville, $88,485.69 (4 world titles – 15 NFR appearances)

Team Roping (Headers)

1. Clay Tryan, Lipan, $130,497.03 (3-14)

3. Chad Masters, Lipan, $92,658.18 (2-10)

6. Jake Cooper, Stephenville, $80,933.16 (0-2)

10. Luke Brown, Stephenville, $72,409.64 (0-8)

Team Roping (Heelers)

1. Jade Corkill, Huckabay, $130,497.03 (3-8)

3. Patrick Smith, Lipan, $92,267.56 (2-12)

4. Travis Graves, Stephenville, $85,265.12 (0-7)

6. Kollin VonAhn, Huckabay, $79,024.00 (1-5)

7. Travis Woodard, Stephenville, $78,519.30 (0-1)

8. Kory Koontz, Stephenville, $78,467.54 (0-20)

9. Paul Eaves, Huckabay, $77,430.09 (0-4)

13. Jake Long, Stephenville, $68,343.79 (0-5)

Saddle Bronc Riding

3. Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, $108,908.05  (0-5)

4. Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, $103,566.13 (0-5)

7. Cort Scheer, Huckabay, $88,740.21 (0-5)

Tie-Down Roping

3. Marty Yates, Stephenville, $99,280.84 (0-2)

13. Sterling Smith, Stephenville, $72,296.55 (0-2)


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