STEPHENVILLE, Texas – The sport of rodeo is a never-ending trip on an emotional roller-coaster.
Team roping partners header Tyler Wade and heeler Tyler McKnight know that all too well, especially after Sunday, the final day of the PRCA 2018 regular season.
The duo split the win at the 49th annual Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo with Bubba Buckaloo and Hunter Koch. Each team had 3.9-second runs.
The win solidified Wade’s spot for the upcoming Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Dec. 6-15. McKnight, however, won’t be joining his partner after finishing 16th and just out of the top 15 by a little over $1,0000 join his partner.
Wade and McKnight earned $3,532 apiece for splitting the Stephenville win. They also pocketed $2,701 each for claiming the title at the American Royal Rodeo in Kansas City, Mo., with a 4.4-second run Sept. 29.
The hard part for McKnight is he has traveled down the road of narrowly missing the Wrangler NFR twice before. He was 17th in 2015 and 21st in 2016.
“It’s depressing,” McKnight said. “You put so much time into it all year, and if you make the Finals it is your bonus. I have been in this situation before, and if I had not made it (in 2017) I would be more upset, but now I just have to work even harder for next year.”
Other winners at the $125,890 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($2,331, tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping); bareback rider Seth Hardwick (89 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Good Time Charlie); steer wrestler Tanner Brunner (3.5 seconds); saddle bronc rider Ross Griffin (86 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Cool Runnings); tie-down roper Marty Yates (7.2 seconds); barrel racer Teri Bangart (15.59 seconds); steer roper Garrett Hale (34.8 seconds on three head); and bull rider Aaron Pass (90 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Ace of Spades).
Yates’ time was a rodeo record. The record was 7.3 seconds shared by Kurt Goulding (set in 2002), Fred Whitfield (2002), Tyson Durfey (2016) and Tuf Cooper (2017).
Stephenville Cowboy Kory Koontz and Isaac Diaz have the top rankings among area cowboys headed to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this December as a total of eight cowboys made the final cut.
10 Marty Yates Stephenville TX $86,482.63
14 Sterling Smith Stephenville TX $79,083.07
15 Ryan Jarrett Comanche OK $77,551.73
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14 Lane Ivy Dublin TX $67,457.62
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3 Kory Koontz Stephenville TX $106,396.04
14 Cole Davison Stephenville TX $62,476.81
3 Isaac Diaz Desdemona TX $124,936.53
10 Sterling Crawley Stephenville TX $98,747.76