Patterson Breaks Steer Roping Earnings Mark
Kansas Cowboy Wins Second Straight World Championship Gold Buckle
GUTHRIE, Okla. – Rocky Patterson knew the PRCA steer roping earnings record was within reach when he mounted his horse for the final run Saturday night at the 52nd Annual Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping.
“I’ve got some friends that were here with me, and they figured the numbers,” said Patterson of Pratt, Kan., who clinched his second straight World Championship with nearly $18,000 in earnings the first weekend of November inside the Lazy E Arena. “That really wasn’t a goal of mine, but it was nice to do.”
All Patterson needed was a solid time to finish fourth in the average race and the $6,923 paycheck that came with it, and he’d surpass Guy Allen’s record of $99,132, which was set at the Lazy E in 1998. Patterson capped his season with $101,685.
“This was my goal,” he said, pointing to the gold buckle awarded to PRCA World Champion. “I don’t think little kids dream of a second one, but it’s sure nice to have.”
There were a lot of bonuses in this championship, especially the final 10 go-rounds of the season. Even with Pops, the PRCA/AQHA Steer Roping Horse of the Year in tow, Patterson found success on his backup horse, Ricky Bobby; he also watched his two traveling partners – Chet Herren of Pawhuska, Okla., and Cody Scheck of Kiowa, Kan. – have success.
“Cody, Chet and I rodeoed together all year,” he said. “It’s pretty rare for three of us to make the finals.”
While Herren had the fastest run of the weekend with a 9.2-second run in the eighth round on Saturday night, Scheck was the man of the rugged 10-round competition that featured the top 15 steer ropers in the business from the 2010 season – Herren’s quick run was on Patterson’s top horse, Pops. Scheck also competed on the rodeo team at Pratt (Kan.) Community College when Patterson was the coach.
But there’s even more. Scheck’s horse, FBI, was purchased from Patterson, and Scheck calls the world champ a mentor, along with other legends in steer roping, C.A. Lauer, Buster Record Jr. and Scott Snedecor.
“I wanted to win the average and have him win the world,” Scheck said, referring to Patterson. “To me, that’s very special. He’s the one that got me roping steers.”
Scheck attended Pratt in the late 1990s, and over the years, their relationship has evolved. The proof came at the Lazy E.
“Watching him and learning from him is what’s helped me so much,” Scheck said. “He rides his horse so well. He built a foundation to make me a steer roper.”
While he had a comfortable lead prior to the finals, Patterson said this year’s competition was a little bit tougher than last year, when he had some 10th-round heroics to win the world title.
“It really wasn’t easier to rope this year,” he said. “I think Trevor can go off like a cheap pistol, so that’s always in the back of your mind.”
He’s speaking of two-time world champion steer roper Trevor Brazile, who also owns two tie down roping and seven all-around gold buckles. Brazile had the lead in the average heading into the final night of competition, but he failed to score a time in the sixth go-round. Still he finished second in the average and pocketed a little more than $28,000 in two days, the most of any contestant in the field.
Round Six: 1. Bryce Davis, Abilene, Texas, 10.5 seconds, $5,000; 2. Lawson Plemons, Axtell, Texas, 10.6, $3,846; 3. Rod Hartness, Pawhuska, Okla., 10.7, $3,077; 4. Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas, 11.2, $2,308; 5. J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas, 11.6, $1,154.
Round Seven: 1.Bryce Davis, Abilene, Texas, 10.9 seconds, $5,000; 2. Vin Fisher Jr, Andrews, Texas, 11.0, $3,846; 3. J.D. Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 11.5, $3,077; 4. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 11.7, $2,308; 5. Lawson Plemons, Axtell, Texas, 12.5, $1,154.
Round Eight: 1. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 9.2 seconds, $5,000; 2. Scott Snedecor, Uvalde, Texas, 9.9, $3,846; 3. Vin Fisher Jr, Andrews, Texas, 10.1, $3,077; 4. Bryce Davis, Abilene, Texas, 10.4, $2,308; 5. Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas, 11.6, $1,154.
Round Ninth: 1. Bryce Davis, Abilene, Texas, 9.6 seconds, $5,000; 2. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 10.1, $3,846; 3. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 11.4, $3,077; 4. Rod Hartness, Pawhuska, Okla., 12.6, $2,308; 5. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., 12.8, $1,154.
Round Ten: 1. Scott Snedecor, Uvalde, Texas, 9.4 seconds, $5,000; 2. Vin Fisher Jr, Andrews, Texas, 10.0, $3,846; 3. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 10.3, $3,077; 4. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., 10.9, $2,308; 5. Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas, 11.1, $1,154.
Average: 1. Cody Scheck, Kiowa, Kan., 171.1 seconds on 10 head, $15,000; 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 115.4 on nine, $11,538; 3. J.D. Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 123.7, $9,231; 4. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 141.8, $6,923; 5. Scott Snedecor, Uvalde, Texas, 90.7 on eight, $3,462.
World standings: 1 Rocky Patterson, $17,884.61 (money won at the NFSR), $101,685.14; 2. Trevor Brazile, $28,076.91, $79,785.17; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., $24,615.37; $71,679.89; 4.Scott Snedecor, $26,538.45, $61,744.04; 5. Bryce Davis, $21,153.84, $56,123.91; 6. Cody Scheck, $23,269.22, $51,049.85; 7. Rod Hartness, $9,807.68, 5,698.47; 8. Chet Herren, $9,999.99, $45,350.85; 9. J.D. Yates, $19,038.46, $41,889.15; 10. Chance Kelton, $3,461.54, $40,869.31.
2010 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping AVERAGE CHAMPION - CODY SCHECK
Past World Champions Speed through Opening Night
GUTHRIE, Okla. – Between Scott Snedecor and Trevor Brazile, they own four Steer Roping World Championships in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
On Friday night, during the first five go-rounds of the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping at the Lazy E Arena, only two-tenths of a second is all that separates the Texas cowboys. Brazile of Decatur, roped and tied down five steers in 57.6 seconds to lead the all-important average at the halfway point in the championship.
“You try to place in every round,” said Brazile, who won the fourth go-round with the fastest run of the night in 9.7 seconds. “What you plan on and what happens are always different. I’m happy with what I’ve done.”
Snedecor placed in three rounds, including the fifth-round victory by stopping the clock in 10.1 seconds. It was a nice start to the weekend for the cowboy from Uvalde, Texas.
“I’ve got five of them down,” Snedecor said. “I got a little money, and I had a lot of fun.”
Snedecor entered this weekend’s competition seventh the world standings, well off the pace to win his third world title. But he knows the importance of a good showing at the steer roping finals.
“I’m doing what I’m supposed to do,” said Snedecor, who just missed the title last year, yielding to Rocky Patterson’s 10th-round heroics. “I drew a lot better this year. I’m roping good. I just go at them as fast as I can and see what happens.”
Snedecor has earned an event best $14,231, while Vin Fisher Jr. has pocketed $13,846. He won the second and third go-rounds and finished runner-up in the fourth round. Brazile placed in four rounds en route to his $13,462 payday, all rebounding after a near miss in Friday’s opener.
“I just didn't do my job very well” on the first one, Brazile said. “The steer was fine; I just let him get a touch further to the left than I needed to and missed my trip. Other than that, everything's went pretty smooth. That's the only one I wish I had back. As long as you keep those to a minimum, you're doing all right, especially over 10 head.”
Veterans Rod Hartness and J.D. Yates shared the opening-round victory with 11.3-second runs, followed by Fisher’s two round wins, Brazile and Snedecor.
Patterson, the reigning champion from Pratt, Kan., remains in the hunt to win back-to-back world championships. He placed in three rounds and has earned $7,115 so far. That moved his season earnings to $90,916 – he holds a $25,745 lead over Brazile, the No. 2 man in the standings.
Round One: 1. Rod Hartness and J.D. Yates, 11.3 seconds, $4,423; 3. Scott Snedecor, 11.6, $3,077; 4. Rocky Patterson and Cody Scheck, 12.5, $1,731.
Round Two: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.7 seconds, $5,000; 2. Snedecor, 10.9, $2,846; 3. Trevor Brazile, 11.0, $3,077; 4. Patterson, 12.6, $2,308; 5. Cody Lee, 14.5, $1,154.
Round Three: 1. Fisher, 11.0, $5,000; 2. Cody Scheck, 11.1, $3,846; 3. Brazile, 12.5, $3,077; 4. Snedecor, 13.5, $2,308; 5. Yates, 13.7; $1,154;
Round Four: 1. Brazile, 9.7, $5,000; 2. Fisher, 10.2, $3,846; 3. Chet Herren and Scheck, 10.8, $2,692; 5. Yates, 11.5, $1,154.
Round Five: 1. Snedecor, 10.1, $5,000; 2. Bryce Davis, 10.8, $3,846; 3. Patterson, $3,077; 4. Brazile, 11.6, $2,308; 5. J. Tom Fisher, 11.7, $1,154.
Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 57.6 on five runs, $13,462 (NFSR money earned); 2.Scott Snedecor, 57.8, $14,231; 3. Rod Hartness, 69.3, $4,423; 4. J.D. Yates, 70.1, $6,731; 5. Rocky Patterson, 73.9, $7,115.
World standings: 1. Rocky Patterson, $90,915.91; 2. Trevor Brazile, $65,169.79; 3. Vin Fisher Jr. $60,910.67; 4. Scott Snedecor, $49,436.35; 5. Rod Hartness, $40,313.86.
2-Time World Champion - TREVOR BRAZILE - 2010 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping
2-Time World Champion - SCOTT SNEDECOR - 2010 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping
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Kansan looking to defend
Steer Roping World Title
GUTHRIE, Okla., November 1, 2010 – It’s been a pretty good 12 months for Kansas cowboy Rocky Patterson.
A year ago, he left Oklahoma with a World Champion’s gold buckle, the prize given to the very best in 2009. Since then, he’s remained on top of the world. But he’ll receive the biggest test of his career when he tries to defend his World Title against the best in the business at the 52nd Annual Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping at the Lazy E Arena beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 6.
“I really didn’t get started until Guymon, but then it kept rolling,” Patterson said of the early May rodeo in the Oklahoma Panhandle. “I had a pretty solid July, then in August, it got really good there for about two weeks.
“I contribute it to having two really good horses. Most years, you’re lucky if you have one good horse, and I’ve had two all year long.”
In fact, he had the American Quarter Horse Association/Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Steer Roping Horse of the Year in Skips Harlan Tyree, also known as Pops. But that won’t be the only solid horse – and solid roper – in the mix when the top 15 cowboys in the event play for the biggest pay of the season at the Lazy E this weekend.
“It’s nice going in the winner and having a lead, but you want to win as much as you can while you’re there,” said Patterson, 44, of Pratt, Kan., a 16-time qualifier to the steer roping finals. “I guess the difference between this year and last year is that last year I was behind Scott Snedecor going into the finals; this year I’m kind of the hunted instead of the hunter. It’s a little nerve wracking, especially when you’re looking back at Trevor.”
Patterson means Trevor Brazile, an 11-time World Champion from Decatur, Texas, who is closing in on his record-setting eighth All-Around World Championship – he also owns two Steer Roping and two Tie Down Roping World Titles and is just the second man in the history of the sport to qualify for the PRCA championships in all four roping disciplines.
But there are plenty of others. Brazile is the No. 2 man in the standings heading into this weekend’s event, but he’s $32,000 behind Patterson. Just behind them, though, are Vin Fisher Jr. in third and Chance Kelton in fourth – both of whom have proven they are in the hunt for the coveted gold buckle.
“You don’t know who’s going to be hot, but you’d better count on Trevor being there,” Patterson said. “I know the only person I can look out for is me. I can’t control what Trevor or Vin are doing. Hopefully I can control some of what I’m doing.
“When you rope steers, you’ve got a chance to win something as long as you don’t beat yourself.”
Contestants in this field earned their way through the regular season. The top 15 cowboys on the money list at the conclusion of the regular season make their way to the Lazy E in early November. It’s a bonus for the best in the business, a way to fight for a championship with a big prize pool.
The elite ropers will compete in 10 rugged go-rounds, the first five Friday and the final five Saturday. That’s 75 runs per night that leads to the 2010 PRCA World Championship.
And for the second straight year, it’s back home. The Lazy E Arena was built to host the Steer Roping Finals in 1984 by E.K. Gaylord II. The Lazy E hosted this world championship event from 1984-2000. In 2001, the finale moved to Amarillo, Texas, for a five-year run, and then made a three-year stop in Hobbs, N.M.
Lazy E Arena officials could not be happier that this prestigious event has made its way back to Oklahoma. Last year, 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 a legend in ProRodeo. He worked the Steer Roping Finals a record 27 times. McSpadden was also known as the “Voice of the Lazy E.”
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