FLASH STAFF REPORT
(MAY 29, 2016) — A pair of local ladies came out victorious at the prestigious Windy Ryon Memorial Roping in Saginaw Friday, kicking off a successful weekend at the event for local athletes.
Renowned ropers Barrie Smith and Jackie Hobbs Crawford teamed up to rope four head in 41.37 seconds for $3,770 each. Crawford, a Huckabay resident, is a 14-time WPRA world champion, while Smith, of Stephenville won NIRA Women’s All-Around titles in 1978 and 1979 as well as the 1978 goat-tying title, and is a two-time USTRC Cruel Girl Champion header along with many other titles including previously at the Windy Ryon.
Crawford wasn’t done, also winning the second round of the breakaway roping in 3.28 seconds to pocket another $1,575. Tibba Smith of Stephenville, daughter in law to Barrie Smith, was fourth in the same round in 3.35 for $594.
Stephenville cowboys Marty Yates and Sterling Smith each won rounds in the calf roping. Yates won the first go and Smith the second go, each winning $2,320.
Weatherford College star and Southwest Region tie-down and all-around champ Lane Livingston,who is coming to Tarleton next year, was fourth in the short round and the average. He won a total of $1,740.
The women weren’t alone in team roping success with Turtle Powell of Stephenville and Junior Nogeira placing third in 34.69 on five for $3,985 each. Chad Masters of Lipan and Jett Hillman were fourth in 35.39, earning $2,815 each. Masters and Hillman pocketed another $515 for posting the third-fastest short-go time of 5.52.
The fastest round-one time of 6.14 was run by Stephenville’s Colby Lovell and Huckabay’s Paul Eaves for $1,285 each. Huckabay header Logan Olson and Stephenville heeler Travis Woodard were second at 6.44 for $775 each, and Charly Crawford and Kollin VonAhn took third in 6.45 for $515 each.