(December 12, 2014) — It’s no secret Stephenville and Erath County area cowboys and cowgirls are raking in the wins – and the money – in Las Vegas.
But did you know it isn’t just happening at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo?
Many local team ropers – especially Stephenville cowboy John Kay Coltharp – are padding their pockets in the Priefert World Series of Team Roping at The Orleans Hotel and Casino. In fact, the local contingency combined to win more than a $350,000 at the event.
Coltharp, a header, partnered with Decatur heeler Phillip James to win the No. 12 roping for $300,000, a cool $150,000 each. And he isn’t the only one bringing cash from the World Series back home to the Cross Timbers.
Bailey Corkill, sister of PRCA team roping world standings leader Jade Corkill, won $90,500, her share of $181,000 for finishing second in the No. 13 field. Corkill is listed as being from Fallon, Nevada, but spends most of her time living in Erath County.
Husband and wife Joe Ross Jameson and Jill Jameson of Stephenville finished sixth in the same No. 12 field, pocketing a total of $86,000.
Lipan heeler Wesley Johnson was part of a 43rd-place finish, claiming half of a $6,000 pay day in the No. 12s, while Bill Richards of Dublin won $3,000, half the pay for the fastest time in rotation two of the No. 12 consolation field.
Bill Richards of Dublin won $3,000, half of the pay for the fastest time in rotation two of the No. 12 consolation field.
Jody Reynolds was part of a 27th-place finish in the No. 13 roping, with his half of the earnings equalling $4,800. Chad Plumlee won $4,500, part of the $9,000 payout for placing 30th in the same class. Reynolds and Plumlee are each Stephenville headers.
Cory King of Dublin won $3,250 for his role as heeler on the 15th-place team in the No. 15 class. Stephenville heeler Martin Lucero was 17th, claiming $2,900. Header Jacky Crawford, the wife of 2014 WNFR team roping qualifier Charly Crawford, won $2,575 as part of the 24th finishers. Ty Murphy, a header from Dublin, was 32nd and picked up $1,500. Kyle Crick, a Lipan heeler, was 35th, also collecting $1,500.
De Leon header Speed Williams was part of the fastest time in rotation five of the No. 15s, picking up $1,500.
In the No. 15 consolation competition, Lipan heeler Wesley Johnson was fifth, earning himself $2,500.