Masters, Graves win team roping at California Rodeo Salias

Travis Graves is shown at the 2016 National Finals Rodeo || Courtesy Dudley Barker/

Flash Staff Report

(July 24, 2017) — Lipan header Chad Masters and Morgan Mill heeler Travis Graves won the team roping average at California Rodeo Salinas, one of the more grueling rodeos for team ropers with five head.

Masters and Graves took the steady route to the championship, making the money in just two of five rounds – fourth in the third in 9.7 for $1,115 and fifth with a 9.3 in the finals for $376. Their total of 50.5 on five won the average by 1.7 seconds for a payout of $5,495 giving each a total take of more than $7,000 at the rodeo.

Luke Brown of Stephenville and Jake Long of Morgan Mill finished third in the average and Morgan Mill heeler Dakota Kirchenschlager and his partner, Lane Ivy, were fourth.

Past Tarleton cowboy Reese Riemer finished fourth and Stephenville’s Sterling Smith eighth in tie-down roping.

Here’s a look at the round-by-round money won by local athletes, listed by event:


Team Roping:

First Round – 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 7.4, $1,832; 3. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 8.1, $1,354

Third round – 1. and Ivy/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 9.2, $1,832; 4. Chad Masters/Travis Graves 9.7, $1,115

Finals – 3. Lane Ivy/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 8.8, $793; 4. Lkw Brown/Jake Long, 9.1, $585; 5. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 8.7, $376

Avetrage – 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 50.5 on 5, $5,495; 3. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 52.4; 4. Lane Ivy/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 53.8, $3,345


Saddle bronc riding:

First round – 5. Isaac Diaz, 76, $703

Tie-down roping:

First round – 6. Timber Moore, 11.2; 7. (tie) Sterling Smith, 11.4, $442

Finals: 3. (tie) Reese Riemer (12.5) $594


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