BY RUSSELL HUFFMAN
Rodeo history was made this past weekend as Stephenville’s Jackie Crawford won the breakaway roping prize netting a cool $50,000 at the one-day million dollar event at the WCRA’s Windy City Roundup in Chicago at the Allstate Arena.
Crawford’s win is the first time ever that breakaway roping had been included in a major rodeo event and the reaction of fans and athletes has been epic.
Fellow competitor J.J. Hampton (who also hails from Stephenville) expressed her thoughts about what the event means to Kendra Santos in an article for the WCRA prior to the event and was quoted as saying.
“It’s been a lifelong dream to be able to rope for the same amount of money as the contestants in every other event. It’s taken a while, but we’re finally getting to do it. So it’s pretty cool. No, it’s really cool. This is a huge blessing for our sport, and all the women—for all of us who’ve worked so long and hard to be here, the breakaway ropers before us who blazed the trail and the women who’ll come after us. Breakaway roping has come a long way, and it’s incredible to be here and be a part of this. This is phenomenal. I love rodeo and I love to compete. So I’m tickled pink. It’s time to celebrate. Breakaway roping has evolved. Here we are, and it’s going to get nothing but bigger and better from here.”
It was also a big day for area rodeo athletes Stephenville barrel racer Cheyenne Wimberly and Desdemona saddle bronc rider Issac Diaz also pulled down the first-place money of $50,000.
Winning their events automatically advances athletes to the next WCRA million-dollar rodeo with six million dollars being paid out this year.
A winner from Stephenville in the breakaway roping was highly likely with Crawford, Cassidy Boogs
In the end, the heads-up competition boiled down between Crawford and Boggs. Crawford’s blistering clocking of 2.28 beat out Bogg’s effort of 2.64.
Via WCRA.com–The one-night, $1,000,000 rodeo began with the top 8-9 athletes in each discipline in the long round, with the top two fastest times/best scores progressing to a short go final round.
Bareback riders Wyatt Denny and Kaycee Feild advanced to the finals round where Denny’s score of 89.5 trumped Field’s 88.5 and earned him a $50,000 payday. The team roping duo Garrett Tonozzi and Joe Mattern cleared $62,500 after a 5.69 catch in the final round as Tyler Pearson beat out Stockton Graves’ 3.93
Saddle bronc rider’s Issac Diaz and Colt Gordon went head-to-head in the final round with Diaz achieving a 90.0 point score, defeating Gordon and netting $62,500. Tie-down roper Trevor Brazile fell to Shane Hanchey in the short go as Hanchey recorded a 7.46 run compared to Brazile’s 7.54. Hanchey walked away with a $50,000 check.
Cheyenne Wimberly had a $50,000 payday when the barrel racer out-ran Ivy Conrado’s 18.42 with a 13.56 time during the final round. Derek Kolbaba earned the champion spot in bulls with a score of 84.0 defeating Chandler Bownds.