RODEO HOUSTON: Team ropers win big in championship shootout

Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill are back on the PRCA circuit they had previously dominated and were back in the winner's circle last week in Ogden, Utah. || Courtesy DUDLEY BARKER/

Cowboy Capital represented by 15 local athletes in championship

Flash Staff Report

(March 21, 2016) — Local team ropers dominated in the championship shootout of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo last weekend, led by three-time world champs Clay Tryan of Lipan and Jade Corkill of Huckabay.


The three-time world champs won $100,000 with a run of 4.7 seconds in the championship shootout. Right on their heels was Jim Ross Cooper, a heeler of Stephenville, and partner JoJo Lemond, completing their run in 5.1 for $40,000. Huckabay heeler Paul Eaves partnered with Clay Smith to also reach the shootout. They didn’t have a time, but all four teams were guaranteed a minimum $15,500.

Ryle Smith took second in the championship shootout in tie-down roping. He roped and tied his calf in 9.4 seconds for $20,000.



Several other local athletes reached the championship round of the weeks-long rodeo, one of the most prestigious in Texas. All the finalists with local ties were:

Team Roping:

Shay Carroll

Jim Ross Cooper

Jake Cooper

Billy Bob Brown

Paul Eaves

Cole Davison

Clay Tryan

Jade Corkill

Colby Lovell

Kolin VonAhn



Tie-Down Roping:

Cody Ohl

Chase Williams

Ryle Smith

Steer Wrestling:

Josh Melvin

Barrel Racing:

Britany Diaz


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