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2011 National Finals Steer Roping
11/11/2011 - 11/12/2011
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Brazile Nearly Goes Wire to Wire for 15th Title

All-Around Champ Wins 3rd Steer Roping Gold Buckle after Leading Standings since February

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Trevor Brazile’s final run at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping wasn’t his fastest of the two-day, 10-round championship on Nov. 11-12 at the Lazy E Arena. It wasn’t the prettiest, either.

But that 13.7-second sprint to the finish was efficient and accomplished a major goal for Brazile’s 2011 campaign, his third Steer Roping World Championship and the 15th Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Title in his stellar career.

“I owe a lot of that success to San Antone,” Brazile said of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, which initiated steer roping into its competition this season and provided one of the biggest purses of the season; Brazile won $24,060 there. “That was a huge win for me. I knew it going in. I prepared for that like I would a National Finals.”

In fact, it was 25 percent of Brazile’s earnings this season, but it wasn’t the only win. He also earned Steer Roping titles at All-American ProRodeo Finals (Waco, Texas), Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Lovington, N.M.), Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo (Garden City, Kan.), Will Rogers Stampede (Claremore, Okla.), San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, SandHills Stock Show & Rodeo (Odessa, Texas), Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo and the Butterfield Stage Days (Bridgeport, Texas).

          “I like to win every time I get a chance, therefore I don’t leave everything on one run,” said Brazile, 35, of Decatur, Texas. “I like to get my job done ahead of schedule.

“Steer roping’s taught me to win money when you can, because there are more variables in this event than anything.”

One of the variables was Two-Time Reigning World Champion Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan., who inched his way into the World Standings lead by winning the ninth go-round on Saturday night. After struggling to just two qualified runs during the first five rounds on Friday night, Patterson placed in four of five rounds Saturday, including the ninth-round victory. That pushed him ahead of Brazile by $173 heading into the final run of the 2011 season.

Patterson was not in the average race – he finished ninth in the average with a cumulative total of 87.3 seconds on seven qualified times – so in order to claim his third straight Montana Silversmiths gold buckle, the Kansan had to win the go-round and watch Brazile fall to fifth in the aggregate race. Brazile was the second-to-last cowboy to go, just ahead of Patterson.

When he raised his hands in the air and called for time, the World Championship was Brazile’s.\

          “It just made it that much sweeter,” said Brazile, of Decatur, Texas. “There are things you remember, and I’ll remember that run because of that race, whereas you don’t remember it when it doesn’t come down to (that).

          “When your heart’s not that heavy on your last one, it doesn’t stick with you as long.”

          Most of the two-day championship didn’t sit pretty for Two-Time World Champion Scott Snedecor, but he got the job done the hard way. Snedecor, of Fredericksburg, Texas, was the only cowboy in the 15-man field to rope and tie down all 10 steers, claiming the aggregate title. It’s the second such award Snedecor has earned in his career.

          “Out of the 10 steers, I probably had seven of them that kicked me or tried to get up,” he said. “These steers were really good two weeks ago. I was on the wrong end of them.”

          Still, there is a nice new piece of hardware hanging from his belt.

          “A (NFSR) average title is the second best thing a guy can get in his career,” Snedecor said. “Other than a gold buckle, that’s the next step down. I’m fortunate enough to have two gold buckles and two average buckles.”

          In addition, Montana Silversmiths also created Go-Round Buckles for cowboys who excelled throughout the weekend. Snedecor failed to place in any round and his $15,231 was nice. But it was far from the biggest. In fact, six cowboys earned more money in Guthrie that weekend, led by Chance Kelton of Mayer, Ariz., who pocketed $28,615. Kelton placed in five go-rounds, including the win in the third, and finished second in the average race to Snedecor.

          Early on in the championship, it looked as though J.P. Wickett of Sallisaw, Okla., had a bulls-eye painted on the Average Title. Wickett won the first round with a 10.5-second run, and then finished second in the second (11.0) and third in the third (12.0). Then in a tough pen, he slugged through a 13.2-second run to win the fourth round. In all, he won $17,308 on opening night. All was great until that fifth go-round, when the steer got up after the trip.

          “That ticks me off,” Wickett said. “I really wanted to rope all five head tonight. I got in a little bit of a hurry, and I rushed the trip. That was my fault.”

          In a rare moment of success on Friday, Patterson won the second go-round with a 10.4-second run. That $5,077 check came in handy at the end, where Patterson finished second in the world standings with $87,642. Where others faltered, first-timer Kim Ziegelgruber of nearby Edmond, Okla., succeeded. He won the fifth round and placed five others. He finished fourth in the average race and earned $19,192 through the weekend.

“I drew just right for that last steer,” Ziegelgruber told Marvin Olberding of ProRodeo Sports News. “I had the opportunity to free this horse up, and that was perfect for that last one. That steer kind of sat up when I roped him. I was nervous, because I put a wrap and a half on him.”

          Chet Herren of Pawhuska, Okla., came out on Saturday night with a vengeance, trying to make up for a rough opening night, where he had qualified times on just two runs and failed. He won the sixth go-round in 10.3 seconds, and then earned another Montana Silversmiths Go-Round Buckle in the seventh when he bested his traveling partners, Patterson and Cody Scheck, in the fastest of the competition.

          Patterson had set the standard early with a 10.8, but Scheck went seven players later and scored a 9.6-second run. Herren, the next cowboy on the list, bettered that mark but one-tenth of a second to take the round victory. Herren placed in five rounds and won $20,385.

          Scheck, though, finished strong. He scored just one qualified time on opening night, but he made up for it on Saturday, placing in three rounds and winning the other two – well, he split the eighth-round victory with Vin Fisher Jr. (10.0) and won the 10th round in 10.4. Fisher, who entered the Clem McSpadden as a contender for the world title, placed in just three go-rounds.

          Those are the breaks at championship events.

“A little bit too conservative, but in the end, it’s all about the ‘W,’” said Brazile, who has won four Montana Silversmiths Gold Buckles in less than a year – he won the Triple Crown in December 2010 with the All-Around, Tie-Down Roping and Team Roping-Heading Championships, then added the Steer Roping Title this November. “You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do (to win). There are times of year when it pays to be reckless, and this was not one of those times.

“It’s hard knowing that you’re losing ground. It’s hard not to listen to that, but you can’t get caught up in that. You go to battle in the go-rounds with guys that aren’t in the average.”

          As in years past and just like the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the event will consisted of 10 go-rounds to determine the PRCA World Champion and the final 2011 PRCA Steer Roping World Standings. The Lazy E Arena was built to host the NFSR in 1984 by E.K. Gaylord II. The Lazy E hosted this world championship event from 1984 until 2000. After eight years, first in Amarillo followed by Hobbs, the event moved back “home” to the Lazy E. In 2009, the Oklahoma state Legislature unanimously passed a resolution to change the name of the event to honor the late Clem McSpadden, who served for many years in the Oklahoma Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives while also building a reputation as one of the best announcers in rodeo history. He worked the steer roping finals a record 27 times. McSpadden was also known as the “Voice of the Lazy E”. 

          A portion of the proceeds from the 2011 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping were donated to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Clem McSpadden Endowed Chair at Oklahoma State University. The Lazy E is proud to support these institutions for Western preservation.

          The 2011 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping was presented by National Saddlery, with support from Wrangler, American Farmers& Ranchers Insurance, Boyd Gaming, Montana Silversmiths, the American Quarter Horse Association, Justin Boots, Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, Ram Rodeo, John Vance Auto Group, Pendleton Whisky, Purina Mills, Cinderella Horses, the San Antonio Stock Show& Rodeo, Kyler Cattle Company, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, The Oklahoman, One Stop Copy Shop, the Fairfield Inn & Suites – Edmond, Best Western – Edmond, and the Comfort Suites – Edmond.

          The Clem McSpadden NFSR was a Lazy E Production.  For more information on the NFSR or other Lazy E events, contact the Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK  73044, (405) 282-RIDE, (800) 595-RIDE or visit www.lazye.com.

Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping

Lazy E Arena

Nov. 11-12

            First round: 1. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 10.5 seconds, $5,077; 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 11.1, $4,077; 3. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., 11.9, $3,077; 4. Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla., 12.1, $2,077; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 12.3, $1,077.

            Second round: 1. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 10.4 seconds, $5,077; 2. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 11.0, $4,077; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 11.1, $3,077; 4. Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla., 11.4, $2,077; 5. Will Gasperson, Decatur, Texas, 13.0, $1,077.

            Third round: 1. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., 11.5 seconds, $5,077; 2. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 11.7, $4,077; 3. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 12.0, $3,077; 4. Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas, 12.6, $2,077; 5. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 13.7, $1,077.

            Fourth round: 1. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 13.2 seconds, $5,077; 2. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 13.5, $4,077; 3. Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas, 14.2, $3,077; 4. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 15.8, $2,077; 5. Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla., 16.9, $1,077

            Fifth round: 1. Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla., 10.7 seconds, $5,077; 2. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 11.4, $4,077; 3. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., 11.5, $3,077; 4. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 11.7, $2,077; 5. Bryce Davis, Abilene, Texas, 12.1, $1,077.

            Sixth Round: 1. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 10.3 seconds, $5,077; 2. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 11.1, $4,077; 3. Will Gasperson, Decatur, Texas, 11.6, $3,077; 4. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 11.9, $2,077; 5. Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas, 12.5, $1,077.

            Seventh Round: 1. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 9.5 seconds, $5,077; 2. Cody Scheck, Kiowa, Kan., 9.6, $4,077; 3. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 10.8, $3,077; 4. (tie) Bryce Davis, Abilene, Texas, 11.4, $1,577; 5. Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla., 11.4, $1,577

            Eight Round: 1. (tie) Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, and Cody Scheck, Kiowa, Kan., 10.0 seconds, $4,577 each; 3. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 11.0, $3,077; 4. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., 11.7, $2,077; 5. Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla., 12.3, $1,077

            Ninth Round: 1. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 11.8 seconds, $5,077; 2. Bryce Davis, Abilene, Texas, 12.1, $4,077; 3. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., 12.3, $3,077; 4. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D., 13.9, $2,077; 5. Will Gasperson, Decatur, Texas, 14.6, $1,077.

            Tenth Round: 1. Cody Scheck, Kiowa, Kan., 10.4 seconds, $5,077; 2. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 11.1, $4,077; 3.            Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 11.3, $3,077; 4. Bryce Davis, Abilene, Texas, 11.4, $2,077; 5. Will Gasperson, Decatur, Texas, 13.3, $1,077.

            Average: 1. Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas, 172.8 seconds on ten head, $15,231; 2. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., 116.5 on nine, $12,231; 3. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 121.5, $9,231; 4.  Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla., 123.5, $6,231; 5.         Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas, 129.7, $3,231; 6. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 103.8 on eight; 7. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 110.7; 8. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D., 135.5; 9. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 87.3 on seven; 10. Will Gasperson, Decatur, Texas, 100.2; 11. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 104.7; 12. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 110.9; 13. Bryce Davis, Abilene, Texas, 75.8 on six; 14. Cody Scheck, Kiowa, Kan., 62.8 on five; 15. Ralph Williams, Skiatook, Okla., 80.9.

 

Final World Standings and NFSR Earnings:

Rank     Name                            Season Winnings          NFSR Earnings   Total World Earnings

1          Trevor Brazile                $77,161.90                    $19,538.46        $96,700.36

2          Rocky Patterson             $66,257.28                    $21,384.64        $87,641.92

3          Vin Fisher Jr.                 $65,271.55                    $8,730.77          $74,002.32

4          Cody Lee                       $61,627.41                    $9,461.53          $71,088.94

5          Chet Herren                   $35,552.17                    $20,384.64        $55,936.81

6          Chance Kelton                $26,886.22                    $28,615.38        $55,501.60

7          Scott Snedecor               $36,158.41                    $15,230.77        $51,389.18

8          Kim Ziegelgruber            $31,110.52                    $19,192.30        $50,302.82

9          Cody Scheck                  $33,978.00                    $13,730.79        $47,708.79

10         J.P. Wickett                   $25,519.83                    $19,384.63        $44,904.46

11         Bryce Davis                   $35,556.94                    $8,807.69          $44,364.63

12         Will Gasperson               $36,443.91                    $6,307.68          $42,751.59

13         Mike Chase                    $29,923.86                    $7,153.85          $37,077.71

14         Ralph Williams               $33,523.69                    $0.00                $33,523.69

15         Jess Tierney                  $26,775.48                    $2,076.92          $28,852.40

 


Saturday Night Recap .......

Brazile Wraps Up World Championship No. 15

Texas Cowboy Now Has Three in Steer Roping; Snedecor Wins NFSR Average Title

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Three times in his career, Trevor Brazile was the No. 1 man heading into the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping.

          When he walked away from the championship, he did so with the Montana Silversmiths Gold Buckle given to that season’s World Champion. The latest episode of this finely tuned act came Nov. 11-12 at the Lazy E Arena when Brazile earned his 15th Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Title.

          It came down to the final run of the final round of the two-day event. Over the course of the Clem McSpadden, Two-Time Reigning World Champion Rocky Patterson had propelled himself into the world standings lead heading into the 10th go-round – that marked the first time since March that someone other than Brazile had been No. 1 in the standings.

          Patterson, who knew he would not be able to earn money in the aggregate race, needed to win the go-round and see Brazile drop in the average. Brazile, though, posted a 13.7-second run, secured a third-place aggregate check of $9,231 and also another title

          “It just made it that much sweeter,” said Brazile, of Decatur, Texas. “There are things you remember, and I’ll remember that run because of that race, whereas you don’t remember it when it doesn’t come down to (that).

          “When your heart’s not that heavy on your last one, it doesn’t stick with you as long.”

          Brazile placed in four go-rounds and earned $19,538 inside the Lazy E. But only one cowboy was able to rope and tie down all 10 steers, Two-Time World Champion Scott Snedecor of Fredricksburg, Texas. The $15,231 he earned for claiming the average title was the only one he received over the course of the 10-round competition. The steers on which he competed weren’t as favorable as he would’ve liked, and his final steer nearly got up on him a couple of times.

          “That steer … they missed him yesterday,” Snedecor said of Friday’s opening night of competition. “The fight was on holding him down.”

          It wasn’t the only steer Snedecor battled.

          “Out of the 10 steers, I probably had seven of them that kicked me or tried to get up,” he said. “These steers were really good two weeks ago. I was on the wrong end of them.”

          Still, there is a nice new piece of hardware hanging from his belt.

          “A (NFSR) average title is the second best thing a guy can get in his career,” Snedecor said. “Other than a gold buckle, that’s the next step down. I’m fortunate enough to have two gold buckles and two average buckles.”

          Brazile has his own trophy case, and it keeps expanding. Of course, he has tremendous talent, but he also uses a strong philosophy to winning titles.

          “I like to win every time I get a chance, therefore I don’t leave everything on one run,” he said. “I like to get my job done ahead of schedule.

“Steer roping’s taught me to win money when you can, because there’s more variables in this sport than anything.”


 

Friday Night Recap .......

          It was quite fitting that a couple of Oklahomans shared the spotlight Friday during opening night of the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping at the Lazy E Arena.

          J.P. Wickett of Sallisaw was the night’s star by winning two of five go-rounds and placing in two more, pocketing $17,308. In the process, he moved from 15th to fifth in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s world standings. Kim Ziegelgruber, a first-time qualifier form Edmond, won the final go-round and is No. 1 in the aggregate race.

          “This is my best start to a finals by far,” said Wickett, who serves as the contestant director for steer roping. “After last year, I knew I had to go after the rounds every time.”

          That worked very well until the fifth and final round of the evening. Wickett roped his steer cleanly, dropped it to the ground, but the animal got to his feet, resulting in a no-time.

          “That ticks me off,” Wickett said. “I really wanted to rope all five head tonight. I got in a little bit of a hurry, and I rushed the trip. That was my fault.”

          It probably hurt a little more that it was his final run of the night, but it doesn’t take away from his tremendous evening. Wickett won the opening round with a 10.5-second run, then followed it up with an 11.0 to be runner-up in the second round. He finished third in the third round with a 12.0, then won the fourth round in 13.2.

          “I like to see J.P. do good,” said 14-time world champion Trevor Brazile, the top cowboy in the all-around and steer roping standings. “No. 1, he’s a good friend of mine and was my team roping partner. When you team rope for that long with someone, you’re either good friends or you’re not friends at all.

“He was a great partner, and he’s great for steer roping as our director.”

Even with his no-time, Wickett is fourth in the aggregate with 46.7 seconds on five runs – the average winner at the conclusion of Saturday night’s final performance will earn an additional $15,231, so the consistency through 10 rounds is important to the ropers who make their living doing this. Not only that, but money counts as championship points – the cowboy with the most money won at the conclusion of the 2011 season is crowned world champion.

Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan., has been that man the last two years. In fact, he owns the single-season earnings mark set last year with $101,685. Patterson scored the fastest run of the night to win the second round with a 10.4, but was saddled with three no-times. Sitting second in the world standings heading into the championship, Patterson will have to make a bold move on Saturday to earn his third gold buckle.

Chance Kelton of Mayer, Ariz., won the third round in 11.5 seconds. He also placed in the first and fifth rounds. He has earned $11,231 so far. Ziegelgruber scored a 10.7 in the final round of the night; also he placed in three other go-rounds and has increased his annual earnings by $10,308.

“Last year I embarrassed myself, and I didn’t want to do that again,” said Wickett, 42. “This year I worked hard at it. The last three weeks, it’s be a grind. You want to win, but I’m not a spring chicken anymore, so I have to work harder at it than I used to.”

It worked pretty well Friday night.


 

NFSR

Hosting Great Athletes this Weekend!

In addition to the Top 15 Cowboys in the World,

the NFSR will Feature the Greatest Horses

Click to Listen to a NFSR Preview on ProRodeoLive with Steve Kenyon

including an interview with Trevor Brazile and his thoughts on the NFSR!

GUTHRIE, Okla., Nov. 7, 2011 – It takes a great horse to make a cowboy. No matter which rodeo event it is, each cowboy realizes the path to championships is on talented mounts.

“There’s no event in rodeo where you need a great horse more than steer roping,” said J.P. Wickett, a 12-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping presented by National Saddlery, with the 53rd edition set for 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12, at the Lazy E Arena.

Wickett knows more than most of what he speaks. Not only is the Sallisaw, Okla., cowboy one of the elite Steer Ropers in the game – only the top 15 ropers qualify for the two-day, 10-round finale, where the 2011 World Champion will be crowned – but also he’s the event’s representative in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

“Steer Roping is one of the original events in rodeo,” said Wickett, who qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 1998 as a header in Team Roping. “I’ve roped claves, headed and heeled, but roping steers takes more horsemanship. You’ve got to be able to rope; you’ve got to be able to tie, but in Steer Roping, it’s all about the horse. You’ve got to have horsepower. The guys that win the world, when you look back, they’ve been the ones with the best horses.”

That history lesson bodes well for the others in the field, from standings leader Trevor Brazile – a 14-time World Champion who owns eight all-around titles, three tie-down roping championships, two steer roping crowns and a team roping-heading gold buckle – to reigning two-time World Champion Rocky Patterson to others who have become regulars in this weekend’s championship.

“It’s like any other event, where if you want to win the world title, you have to have a good finals,” said Brazile of Decatur, Texas. “It’s going to be close enough by that time that it will be about anyone’s to win.”

When the greatest in the business are all under one roof, something explosive is about to happen. That’s the great thing about the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping; the World Championship is on the line, but so is the biggest prize purse in the sport inside the Lazy E Arena.

“I don’t know the exact dimensions of the arena floor, but I know you could set a lot of coliseums in an arena that is that big,” Wickett said. “It’s unreal. It’s the pinnacle spot to have the steer roping finals.”

It’s a bigger deal for someone like Wickett, a proud Oklahoman by birth and one of five cowboys from the Sooner State in the field. Competing in “this” championship inside “this” arena is special to those cowboys – the NFSR took place at the Lazy E from 1984-2000, then moved to Amarillo, Texas, through 2005 and Hobbs, N.M., through 2008. The Championship returned to the Lazy E in 2009.

“Since the National Finals moved to Las Vegas, it’s good to have the steer roping finals back at the Lazy E and back in Oklahoma,” Wickett said.

As in years past and just like the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the event will consist of 10 go-rounds to determine the PRCA World Champion and the final 2011 PRCA Steer Roping World Standings. On Friday night, Nov. 11, Rounds 1 through 5 will take place – that means 75 runs in one night. Then on Saturday night, Nov. 12, Rounds 6 through 10 – and another rugged 75 runs – will determine who walks out of the Lazy E Arena with the PRCA World Championship gold buckle and saddle.

The Lazy E Arena was built to host the NFSR in 1984 by E.K. Gaylord II. The Lazy E hosted this world championship event from 1984 until 2000. After eight years, first in Amarillo followed by Hobbs, the event moved back “home” to the Lazy E. In 2009, the Oklahoma state Legislature unanimously passed a resolution to change the name of the event to honor the late Clem McSpadden, who served for many years in the Oklahoma Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives while also building a reputation as one of the best announcers in rodeo history. He worked the steer roping finals a record 27 times. McSpadden was also known as the “Voice of the Lazy E”. 

Steer roping fans will enjoy all of the activities planned for the performances and in addition, the Senior National Finals Steer Roping will take place during the day at the Lazy E Arena on Nov. 11-12.  VIP ticket prices for each performance of the NFSR are $37 … Box seats $30 and general admission $20 pre-show.  Children 12 and under are free in general admission. Group discounts are also available … Call (800) 595-RIDE for complete details. A portion of the proceeds from the 2011 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping will again be donated to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Clem McSpadden Endowed Chair at Oklahoma State University. The Lazy E is proud to support these institutions for Western preservation.

Tickets are on sale now available at www.lazye.com, all ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 or by calling the Lazy E directly at (800) 595-RIDE. Call now for the best seats possible for this World Championship!

The 2011 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping is presented by National Saddlery, with support from Wrangler, American Farmers & Ranchers Insurance, Boyd Gaming, Montana Silversmiths, the American Quarter Horse Association, Justin Boots, Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, Ram Rodeo, John Vance Auto Group, Pendleton Whisky, Purina Mills, Cinderella Horses, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Kyler Cattle Company, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, The Oklahoman, One Stop Copy Shop, the Fairfield Inn & Suites – Edmond, Best Western – Edmond, and the Comfort Suites – Edmond.

The Clem McSpadden NFSR is a Lazy E Production.  For more information on the NFSR or other Lazy E events, contact the Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK  73044, (405) 282-RIDE, (800) 595-RIDE or visit www.lazye.com.


 

Top Cowboys Hope to Rope World Title

Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping at Lazy E Arena Will Host Top 15 Cowboys to Decide the 2011 World Championship

GUTHRIE, Okla., August 26, 2011 – The best steer ropers in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association will converge on central Oklahoma November 11-12 to decide the 2011 World Championship of Steer Roping at the 53rd Annual Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping presented by National Saddlery at the Lazy E Arena.

The two-day Championship that begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening will feature the top 15 steer ropers from the final regular-season world standings, all chasing that elusive, yet coveted, Montana Silversmiths gold buckle given to the cowboy who earns the title of PRCA World Champion. Atop the list heading into this year’s 10-Round slugfest is 14-time World Champion Trevor Brazile, owner of a record eight all-around titles, three tie-down roping crowns, a team roping championship and two steer roping season victories. Through late August, he held a $13,000 lead over Vin Fisher Jr., the No. 2 man in the world standings.

“It’s like any other event, where if you want to win the world title, you have to have a good Finals,” said Brazile of Decatur, Texas. “It’s going to be close enough by that time that it will be about anyone’s to win.”

Brazile had a significant run at the 2010 Steer Roping Finale inside the Lazy E last November, winning more than $28,000 in two days. But Kansan Rocky Patterson walked away with the World Championship, setting a new standard in the process. Patterson, carrying a significant lead in the standings heading into the November Finale, earned nearly $18,000 and finished fourth in the aggregate race. Most importantly, though, is that the money won at the Lazy E shot Patterson’s season earnings to $101,685; he became the first cowboy in PRCA history to earn more than $100,000 in steer roping.

“The last two years have been good for me, but I’ve been doing this for a long time,” said Patterson, the two-time reigning World Champion who has qualified for the Steer Roping Finals for the 17th time in his storied career. “To me, longevity means something.”

This year’s field is expected to feature a who’s who in the world of steer roping, including two-time World Champion Scott Snedecor of Uvalde, Texas; Bryce Davis of Abilene, Texas; and Cody Lee of Gatesville, Texas – those contestants are firmly in the top 10, but there are several others who are battling their way through the remaining few weeks of the season to play in the World Championship.

“There’s a lot of tradition in steer roping,” Brazile said. “It’s the first event, period. It’s one of the earliest cowboy sports. That tradition means a lot to me, plus it’s just a cowboy event.”

Brazile knows more than most the prestige that comes with winning the Steer Roping World Championship. The Texan owns a record eight all-around gold buckles, but his 2006 steer roping world title marked the first time in his career that Brazile had earned an individual event championship. One of just two men to have qualified for a ProRodeo National Finals in all four roping disciplines – team roping (heading and heeling), tie-down roping and steer roping – he’s also the man with the biggest target on his back when NFSR begins.

“I’m going to have to start roping better if I’m going to win another title,” Patterson said. “When you’re talking about Trevor, I think he’s just that talented; he works hard at it.”

As in years past and just like the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the event will consist of 10 go-rounds to determine the PRCA World Champion and the final 2011 PRCA Steer Roping World Standings. On Friday night, Nov. 11, Rounds 1 through 5 will take place – that means 75 runs in one night. Then on Saturday night, Nov. 12, Rounds 6 through 10 – and another rugged 75 runs – will determine who walks out of the Lazy E Arena with the PRCA World Championship gold buckle and saddle.

The Lazy E Arena was built to host the NFSR in 1984 by E.K. Gaylord II. The Lazy E hosted this world championship event from 1984 until 2000. In 2001, the Finals event moved to Amarillo, Texas, for a five-year run then made a three-year stop in Hobbs, N.M. In 2009, the Oklahoma State Legislature unanimously passed a resolution to bring the NFSR back to Oklahoma and change the name of the event to honor the late Clem McSpadden, who served for many years in the Oklahoma Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives while also building a reputation as one of the best announcers in rodeo history. He worked the NFSR a record 27 times. McSpadden was also known as the “Voice of the Lazy E”. 

Steer Roping fans will enjoy all of the activities planned for the performances and in addition, the Senior National Finals Steer Roping will take place during the day at the Lazy E Arena on Nov. 11-12.  VIP ticket prices for each performance of the NFSR are $37 … Box seats $30 and general admission $20 pre-show.  Children 12 and under are free in general admission. Group discounts are also available … Call (800) 595-RIDE for complete details. A portion of the proceeds from the 2011 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping will again be donated to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Clem McSpadden Endowed Chair at Oklahoma State University. The Lazy E is proud to support these institutions for Western preservation.

Tickets go on sale SEPTEMBER 12th and will be available at www.lazye.com, all ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 or by calling the Lazy E directly at (800) 595-RIDE. Call early to get the best seats possible for this World Championship!

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The 2011 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping is presented by National Saddlery, with support from Wrangler, Justin Boots, Boyd Gaming, Montana Silversmiths, the American Quarter Horse Association, Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, Ram Rodeo, John Vance Auto Group, Pendleton Whisky, Purina Mills, Cinderella Horses, Chesapeake Energy, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Kyler Cattle Company, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, CSI Saddlepads, Fentress Oil, One Stop Copy Shop, the Fairfield Inn & Suites – Edmond, Best Western – Edmond, and the Comfort Suites – Edmond.

The Clem McSpadden NFSR is a Lazy E Production.  For more information on the NFSR or other Lazy E events, contact the Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK  73044, (405) 282-RIDE, (800) 595-RIDE or visit www.lazye.com.

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About Lazy E Productions:

Since 1984, Lazy E Productions has been promoting the sport of professional rodeo and professional bull riding with its famed events. Some of Lazy E Productions marquee events include the Timed Event Championship; the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo; PBR-Built Ford Tough Series events in Oklahoma City, OK and Tulsa, OK; the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping; and Lazy E Barrel Race Series. Past produced events include the World’s Greatest Roper in Reno, NV; the Lazy E Dressage Classic; Roy Cooper’s World Championship Jr. Calf Roping; the Gold & Silver Cutting; the Bud Light Rough Stock Rodeo; the Xtreme Bulls National Finals in Reno, NV; PBR-Bullnanza events in Salt Lake City, UT, Wichita, KS, Birmingham, AL, Guthrie, OK, Lexington, KY and Reno, NV; the Lazy E Ranch Rodeo; the Reba McEntire Pro Celebrity Rodeo; the Ben Johnson Pro Celebrity Rodeo; the 89er Days PRCA Rodeo; the OCA Range Round-Up; the Lazy E Spring Barrel Futurity; 14 major act concerts; the Lazy E Spring Team Roping and the Dodge Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo.

For additional information on Lazy E Productions, please visit http://www.lazye.com/ or call 800.595.RIDE.


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