Stephenville cowgirl Jackie Crawford’s honesty cost her lead at the National Finals yesterday as she self-reported she had made an illegal catch the judges missed.
Crawford’s loop snagged a calf’s leg in the 5th round, and it happened so fast that it looks like only Crawford saw it during the live-action. Replays of the runs show the catching the calf’s head and back leg, but at full speed, it is hard to see the illegal catch.
Crawford was quoted in Breakaway Roping Journal.
“I didn’t want to go out there and dispute the judges, I mean that’s their call,” Crawford, 38, of Stephenville, Texas, said. “But at the same time, I knew that they had missed it, and you don’t live with something like that and let it go. So I just got back around to the front and made sure I wasn’t going to get in trouble by going out there, and I went and told them that I definitely had a back leg in it and they missed it, and that’s just human error. I can’t imagine having their job and trying to make those split-second decisions. It was nobody’s fault except my own for roping a back leg, and they got it right. And now we have to figure out a different game plan.”
Crawford’s honesty dropped her from first place in the standings and the National Finals to 5th, and still has a good shot finishing on top.
Round 8 is known as the “clean-slate” round, with the top four ropers advancing into the sudden death finals.
Crawford still has a tight rein on the overall standings.
|Jackie Crawford||Stephenville, TX||$31,934.69|
|2||Cassie Bahe Latham||Rigby, ID||$28,591.45|
|3||Martha Angelone||Stephenville, TX||$23,392.57|
|4||Jordan Fabrizio||Canyon, TX||$22,349.85|
|5||Hope Thompson||Abilene, TX||$20,554.17|
|6||Lari Dee Guy||Abilene, TX||$18,931.78|
|7||Shelby Boisjoli||Stephenville, TX||$18,638.54|
|8||Tanegai Zilverberg||Holabird, SD||$16,677.21|
|9||Katie Mundorf||Mullen, NE||$14,221.93|
|10||Amanda Coleman||Stephenville, TX||$14,218.46|
|11||Jj Hampton||Stephenville, TX||$13,886.95|