Dublin’s Lane Ivy is making his debut at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Buddy Hawkins II is on his second trip, first since 2013.
The team roping partners looked like a pair of seasoned Wrangler NFR veterans when they stopped the clock in a Round 4-best time of 4.1 seconds.
Team roping heeler Hawkins has tried to impart a bit of wisdom on his heading partner, Ivy, 26.
“It takes everything to do good, every single thing,” said Hawkins, 32. “If there’s any advice I gave Lane coming out here it was to not be afraid of the barrier. If you break the barrier that’s fine, but if you miss the barrier it’s not fine, and that’s just the beginning of the run. You can nail the barrier and then there’s so many things that can go wrong or right and everything seemed like it went right tonight. This was the easiest run I’ve ever made here.”
Ivy is settling in to his first trip to the Finals. A little help from mom also never hurts.
“The first few nights I did absolutely terrible,” Ivy said. “I broke the barrier on one. Tonight, my mom said, ‘Hey, just take a deep breath, it’s just another rodeo.’ And that’s true, it pays a lot more, but that’s all it comes down to – being sharp and doing your job. This is what we prepared for, and I’m just excited to get the opportunity.”
The victory has Ivy and Hawkins sitting in 12th place in the world standings in their respective events. Ivy has $103,688 in the heading standings, while Hawkins has $100,682.
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