CTEC Round 4: Tierney at the Top of Timed Event
March 5, 2016 / Guthrie, Oklahoma – Jess Tierney wants to win the CINCH Timed Event Championship in the worst way.
It doesn’t look like it’s going to happen this year.
“You want to win the average, and that’s why you come,” said Tierney, who has roped, tied and wrestled 20 head in a cumulative time of 333.8 seconds and is way off the pace of 219.4 set by his younger brother, average leader Paul David Tierney, the 2014 champion.
“When things don’t go your way, you’ve got to block it out and perform that day. They give money away in the rounds, so hopefully that (time) wins something.”
That approach worked well for Jess, who posted a 50.0-second round during the fourth performance Saturday night at the Lazy E Arena. If that time holds out through Sunday’s final go-round, Jess Tierney will pocket $10,000 for that feat.
“You’ve got to look forward to each day and your chance for money that day,” he said.
The Timed Event has become somewhat of a family tradition for the Tierneys. Their father, Paul, has earned four championships (1987, ’91, ’97 and ’00). In addition to his 2014 title, Paul David Tierney was the runner-up in 2013 and 2015. He’s in great position to add a sixth Timed Event title to the family’s trophy case.
“It’s great to be here with my brother,” said Paul David Tierney, who has an 8.8-second lead over seven-time and reigning champion Trevor Brazile. “We’ve both got advice for each other, and he’s really good to have here.”
They also have a strong affection for this championship, now in its 32nd year.
“This event is something our family’s been a part of forever, and I hope we’re always part of it,” Jess Tierney said. “This is one event I look forward to all year, and we work on it all year long. Whether we come here and do good or not, we’re going to be working on it when we come home.
“As this event has grown, it has created Timed Event cowboys. For 20 years, they have grown up getting ready for this event.”
Paul David Tierney and Brazile seem to be in their own little battle for the coveted title – Brazile is 71 seconds faster than the third-place cowboy, Cody Doescher of Oklahoma City. It will all be decided during the final performance, set for 1 p.m. Sunday.
That’s just the way it ought to be.
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CTEC Round 3: Tierney Jumps Past Brazile into Lead
March 5, 2016 / Guthrie, Oklahoma – If anybody in this year’s CINCH Timed Event Championship field has a bigger smile than Dustin Bird, it might be Paul David Tierney.
After three rounds of a back-and-forth battle with seven-time champion Trevor Brazile, Tierney heads into Saturday night’s fourth round with a 1.6-second lead. He also owns the fastest round time, capitalizing on his 50.8-second third go-round.
“I’m really enjoying it,” Tierney said of his race with Brazile. “He keeps pushing you and doesn’t let up; that’s the best part. It drives you to just keep doing what you do, and it’s back-and-forth with him.”
It has been fun. Tierney has roped, tied and wrestled 15 animals in a cumulative time of 165.0 seconds. He and Brazile are nearly 50 seconds better than the field, led by the No. 3 man in Bird, who posted a 51.1 Saturday afternoon to make a run with two go-rounds remaining in the “Ironman of ProRodeo.”
“I just want to slow down and get them down no matter what,” Bird said, pointing out that he has yet to take a 60-second marking, the equivalent to a no-time in this unique championship. “I’ve been long in a few events, and that’s what’s kept me down a little. I just keep going and never get done.
“You back in (the timed-event box), see the start and go out and make the best run you can. At the end of the game, you’re better off than you thought.”
It takes a considerably different mindset than the typical rodeo cowboy deals with in most competitions. Take the National Finals Rodeo, where speed is a necessity.
“At the NFR … you go fast every time and throw caution to the wind,” said Bird, now in his fifth year competing in the Timed Event. “Here it’s about getting everything down and not make any mistakes. The less mistakes you make, the better off you’ll be.”
Tierney knows that well. Not only did he watch his father, Paul, win four Timed Event crowns, he earned this championship two years ago. In addition, he was the runner-up in 2013 and 2015. He knows that being consistent is vital in this grueling challenge.
“It’s the most important thing,” Tierney said. “You can’t change it up and try to go faster; you just try to be smooth and do your job.
“You take care of your stuff and don’t worry about what’s going on around you. I’m just taking care of my business.”
It’s a winning formula.
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CTEC Round 2: Brazile Blazes to the CTEC Lead
March 4, 2016 / Guthrie, Oklahoma – The keys to Trevor Brazile’s great success in the rodeo arena lies in his amazing work ethic and the talent of his equine partners.
He showed it Friday at the Lazy E Arena during the first two go-rounds of the CINCH Timed Event Championship, but that’s nothing new for the Decatur, Texas, cowboy. No other cowboy in the event’s 31-year history has won this championship more than Brazile, who owns seven titles.
He roped, tied and wrestled 10 head of livestock in 108.3 seconds and holds a 5.9-second lead over the No. 2 man, Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., heading into the third go-round, which begins at noon Saturday.
“The second round went good,” said Brazile, who has earned more than $750,000 in his Timed Event career. “I think it was pretty right on to the first round, other than my bulldogging; I didn’t do very good the first time.”
His 51.1-second score on Friday night pushed him to the fastest round time, just a half second ahead of Kyle Lockett of Visalia, Calif. In the Timed Event, the best cumulative time through all 25 runs earns the biggest paycheck, $100,000. The top eight aggregate scores are paid according to place, but the six fastest rounds also earn money – $10,000 for the fastest round.
Still there are plenty of hiccups that come the way of the “Ironman of ProRodeo.” Brazile, one of the most veteran cowboys in the field, understands how to overcome the grueling challenges that face everyone over the three-day championship.
“You just make a plan and execute,” said Brazile, a 23-time world champion in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. “It’s about executing. Once you know what (animal) you’ve got, you just perform.”
That’s easier said than done, but the Texan is the only cowboy competing at the Lazy E Arena this weekend that has qualified for the National Finals in four of the five timed-event disciplines. The only event in which he doesn’t regularly compete is steer wrestling, but he typically manages his runs fairly well.
“One thing my dad’s always told me here, and I’ve watched it happen, is the ones you take for granted are the ones that bite you,” said Brazile, who owns gold buckles in steer roping (6), tie-down roping (3) and heading (1). “It’s happened to me in the past. I just try not to take any one event for granted, whether it’s my strong suit or not.”
It shows, year in and year out.
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CTEC Round 1: Tierney Back on Top
The first round of the CINCH Timed Event Championship is always a mixture of first-run jitters and gaining confidence.Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., understands that as well as anybody. Not only is he a veteran in the “Ironman of ProRodeo,” he is the 2014 champion; he’s also a two-time runner-up, having finished as the reserve champ in 2013 and 2015.
“I’m not even concerned about the first round right now,” said Tierney, the son of four-time CTEC champion Paul Tierney. “I just want to keep being smooth and wait until the end to see how it all plays out. “Making sure you get the steers and calves down is the key in the first couple rounds, that and to see what the steers and calves are doing. You want to be sure you get out on the barrier and make a smooth run, then work from there on them.”
Tierney posted a solid 55.9-second opening go-round, highlighted by a 7.9-second heading run, an 8.2 in heeling and a 5.0 in steer wrestling. He holds a 1.3-second lead over the No. 2 man, Trevor Brazile, the reigning champion from Decatur, Texas, that owns a record seven Timed Event titles. Just behind him is 2010 titlist Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo. Two-time winner Kyle Lockett of Visalia, Calif., sits fourth, while three-time titlist Daniel Green of Oakdale, Calif., is seventh; that makes all five former champions that are in the field among the top eight after the first round.
It takes consistent all-around cowboys to excel in this unique event in which all 20 competitors will make runs in all five timed-event disciplines: heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping. “I like doing all the events, but I’m not too competitive in the bulldogging or steer roping right now,” Tierney said. “This is a fun opportunity for me to get to do them all.”
It’s also a grueling test of 25 runs over just three days. The biggest incentive is the $100,000 payout to the cowboy that finishes the five-round affair with the fastest cumulative time. It’s a challenge for the cowboys and the animals they use.
That’s why it’s the “Ironman.”
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CTEC Round 5: Tierney Doubles up at Timed Event
March 6, 2016 / Guthrie, Oklahoma – At just 26 years of age, Paul David Tierney has found his calling at the CINCH Timed Event Championship.
In just three days inside the Lazy E Arena, the Oral, S.D., cowboy made 25 runs in a record cumulative time of 267.9 seconds to win his second Timed Event title in three years. In all, he pocketed $113,000, nearly doubling his earnings from the previous four years in this unique competition.
“That’s a lot of money, life-changing money,” said Tierney, who also won the title in 2014 and became just the second cowboy in the event’s 32-year history to earn the $100,000 prize for first place overall. “That feels pretty dang good right now.”
In addition to his record run over the five-round, three-day affair, Tierney finished twice among the top six in the fastest-rounds portion of the competition. He added $10,000 by finishing second (48.5 seconds) and fourth (50.8), then pocketed another $3,000 for the record run.
“Winning this feels great,” he said. “Just being able to compete in this is an honor, and to be able to win it is even better.”
This title marks the sixth Timed Event gold buckle in the Tierney family. His father, Paul, was a four-time winner, earning his championships in 1987, ’91, 97 and 2000. The Tierney patriarch earned his first title before his youngest son was born, but the legacy has definitely been passed on.
“It all just lined up this year,” Paul David Tierney said.
In fact, it was a two-man race for most of the weekend between him and seven-time champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas. Tierney held just a 6.8-second lead heading into Sunday’s final go-round, but he expanded that lead after the second event, tie-down roping. After Brazile was saddled
with a long time, the event was Tierney’s to lose. Brazile finished as the reserve champion and has pushed his Timed Event earnings to $776,500, the most ever.
By finished second and fourth in the fastest rounds, Tierney matched round earnings with Trell Etbauer, who won the fastest-rounds competition with a 44.7-second run worth $10,000. It marked the first solid day for the Goodwell, Okla., cowboy since the Timed Event began Friday afternoon.
“I drew some really good cattle today, so I knew I had a chance to set up a good round,” Etbauer said. “I’ve been sick all week, and I finally woke up this morning feeling a lot better. I guess I could think better, too.
“This is an event I wait for every year.”
So do all the other elite all-around timed-event cowboys in the game.
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Red Dirt Classic A Success!
The last Red Dirt Classic of the season at the Lazy E Arena was again a tremendous success! Over 1,300 teams made the trip to the fabulous Lazy E Arena over the 3-days (August 7th-9th) to compete for a pay-out of $182,340.00!! And yesterday … the RDC used both the main Lazy E Arena and the newly completed LE2 Arena to run the roping at the fastest possible pace – and it paid off having run 844 TEAMS in just 10 hours!! Click here to view results.
The Lazy E would like to thank all the ropers for coming and supporting the Red Dirt Classic!
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St. Jude Barrel Jam announced
Caitlyn Garner’s voice cracked with emotion as she talked about her second home – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.
On Thursday, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Lazy E Arena and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry hosted a press conference to announce an inaugural event called the St. Jude Barrel Jam, a national barrel racing event scheduled for October 2-4 at the Lazy E Arena.
When outstanding barrel racers from across the nation converge on the Lazy E Arena for the St. Jude Barrel Jam, they will not only race against the clock but more importantly, they will be helping children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The press conference was held in the Blue Room of the state capitol building and Garner, 22, of Stigler, told how special it is to her that her second home – St. Jude – has a home for its new event in her home state of Oklahoma.
Two weeks shy of her sixth birthday, Garner was diagnosed with leukemia. She had turned 6 by the time she began her treatments at St. Jude in 1999. What could have been a challenging time for Garner is an experience she continues to treasure.
“At that time I was so young that I really didn’t know what was going on and St. Jude just does such a great job of making you feel so comfortable and at home,” she said. “I honestly didn’t even know I was sick. I was always up playing, I don’t think I ever stopped for a minute, I was always running around.
“It was a really awesome experience.”
And then her voice began to weaken.
“To this day, I will be at home sitting in my living room and I will tell my parents ‘I’m getting homesick’ and they know exactly what I mean,” Garner said. “That’s just how much that St. Jude and everybody there, the faculty, the doctors and even the other patients and their families that we meet, that’s just how much they mean to us.”
Garner, a student at Oklahoma State University, has been pronounced cured for 11 years now, but she continues to go back and participate in life studies, a long-term follow up on patients.
Sue Harpole, Senior Vice President, St. Jude, was among those speaking at the press conference and she said that with each child, once a member of the St. Jude family, always a member.
“Caitlyn is a St. Jude patient,” Harpole said. “Once you are a St. Jude patient you always are a St. Jude patient because we have the only childhood life study in the country.”
The fundraising event scheduled for early October at the Lazy E Arena is the first sanctioned St. Jude Barrel Jam and a new national program serving the barrel racing segment of the equestrian community.
“You think ‘What would be the most amazing way to kick this off?’ and there’s no question, any barrel racers dream arena is going to be to come to the Lazy E,” said Chris Thompson, St. Jude Sr. Director, Enterprise Architecture, who added that the Lazy E was “all in” from the start.
The owners of the event venue, Lazy E Arena, hope this is the beginning of a longstanding relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Lazy E Arena opened in 1984 and was purchased by the McKinney family in 2013 to maintain its reputation as the world’s premier western entertainment facility. The building sits southeast of Guthrie and northeast of Edmond/Oklahoma City and the main arena floor is 70,400 square feet, making it the largest indoor rodeo arena in the world.
Lazy E Ranch & Arena owners Micah and Leslie McKinney were among those speaking on Thursday.
“When we had the opportunity to look at this event and see what it could do for children, plus be on the innovative upstart of a new program nationwide, we were all in, we said, ‘Yes, absolutely,’’’ Micah McKinney said. “The Lazy E Arena has always been on the cusp of new innovative ideas and this could take off and be huge. Being a childhood cancer survivor myself anything that we could do for St. Jude and for cancer research just made it that much more special for us. So we’re very happy that you chose us.”
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese on Thursday said, “We know that the Lazy E and all of their staff are going to do everything that they can to make this successful. We know St. Jude is going to do everything they can to make this successful. We know the state of Oklahoma and Oklahoma citizens are going to do everything they can do. We still need spectators and we still need supporters. We want people to know that this event is going on so that they come, they support the event and they enjoy the event when it is held.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Unlike any other hospital, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from individual contributions. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is simple: finding cures and saving children. One reason the St. Jude mission is relevant to donors and sponsors everywhere is because St. Jude freely shares its discoveries, so one child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
Those also on hand on Thursday included: Blayne Arthur, Deputy Commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry; Oklahoma Senator Ron Justice, Oklahoma Senator Eddie Fields, Oklahoma Representative John Pfeiffer; Cody Moseley and Laurie Fuller with the City of Guthrie; Greg “Heady” Coleman, Guthrie Chamber CEO; Cathy Williams-White, Director of Edmond CVB; Dan Wall, General Manager of the Lazy E Arena, and Robert Simpson, Lazy E Arena Director of Events, Marketing and Sponsorship.
“I just want to say thank you to you for hosting this event and I want to thank everybody in here for making this event possible,” Garner said. “Growing up around rodeo, it’s just so awesome to be able to join these two things together, because rodeo and horses and that kind of lifestyle is my passion and I’m also very passionate about fundraising for St. Jude, so it’s just a real honor to be able to join these two together.”
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TEC - Brazile Leads Fast Fourth Round
March 7, 2015 / Guthrie, Oklahoma – The fourth go-round of the Timed Event Championship of the World was fast and exciting.
In fact, four of the top six fastest round times of the weekend happened Saturday night at the Lazy E Arena. It’s making for an exciting sprint to the finish Sunday afternoon.
“I usually try to not watch much of the other competition, but when it’s as good watching as it is here, the fan in me comes out,” said leader Trevor Brazile, who has posted a 20-run cumulative time of 212.2 seconds, on pace to set a new record for the fastest aggregate. “It’s fun. There are a lot of good runs. There is a lot to be watching for.”
Brazile led the way again Saturday night, posting a 45.8-second go-round – it is the second fastest round so far this weekend behind the 43.7 he posted Friday night. Kyle Lockett, a two-time champion, scored a 48.7, followed by Russell Cardoza’s 51.1 and Jess Tierney’s 52.8.
It all happened before another large crowd.
“They have raised the stakes,” Brazile said, referring to the increased purse of $200,000, of which $100,000 is paid to the average champion. “They doubled first place. That’s a game-changer. You can see it by the contestants and the fans.”
Brazile owns eight of the top 10 fastest times in the Timed Event’s 31-year history, including the top six. He is also the event’s only six-time champion.
“When I have a chance (to post a fast round), and it comes down to the steer roping, it makes me a touch more aggressive,” he said, noting that bonuses are paid to the top six fastest rounds each year. “I didn’t come here to win anything in the rounds. If I have a chance, I try to capitalize on it.”
Brazile owns a 22.5-second lead over the man in second place, defending champion Paul David Tierney, whose older brother, Jess, is third.
AVERAGE LEADERS: 1. Trevor Brazile, 212.2 seconds on 20 runs; 2. Paul David Tierney, 234.7; 3. Jess Tierney, 238.5; 4. Erich Rogers, 272.1; 5. Josh Peek, 298.6; 6. Clay Smith, 315.4.
ROUND 4: 1. Trevor Brazile, 45.8 seconds; 2. Kyle Lockett, 48.7; 3. Russell Cardoza, 51.1; 4. Jess Tierney, 52.8; 5. Paul David Tierney, 55.9; 6. Erich Rogers, 59.8.
FASTEST ROUND LEADERS: 1. Trevor Brazile, 43.7; 2. Trevor Brazile, 45.8; 3. Kyle Lockett, 48.7; 4. Russell Cardoza, 51.1; 5. Erich Rogers, 51.6; 6. Jess Tierney, 52.8.
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TEC - Brazile Claims Seventh Title
Texan Becomes First Timed Event Titlist to Win the $100,000 Prize
March 8, 2015 / Guthrie, Oklahoma – Trevor Brazile is the most decorated cowboy in ProRodeo history.
On Sunday afternoon, he added another prestigious championship to his trophy case, winning the Timed Event Championship of the World for a record seventh time. In the process, he pocketed $116,000 – most came in the form of the average title, which paid $100,000 for the first time ever; the rest he earned by having the two fastest go-rounds of this year’s competition.
“This is the event of the purist in my events,” said Brazile, who scored a 43.7-second second round Friday night and a 45.8 Saturday night. “I’ve always loved it. It means a lot just because of everything entails. It’s 25 head. It’s a fun contest.”
He utilized a steady approach to claim the top prize, outdistancing runner-up Paul David Tierney by 25 seconds.
“You’ve got a game plan when you come here,” he said. “I try not to back off too much. I try to be efficient, but not overly protective.
“I’ve had a two-year hiatus from here. Coming back, you always question it. I felt like I could do it still, but until you come and do it, you never know.”
He knows very well. Over his nearly two decades of competing in the “Ironman of ProRodeo,” Brazile has earned $751,500.
“Not just the money has made it better,” he said, referring to the winner’s payout doubling from $50,000. “I think it added more excitement and obviously there was more on the line, but I think this is the most even set of stock they’ve had. I think that helped keep it even throughout.
“This is probably the closest field I’ve seen. As a whole, it was keeping the pack together due to the quality of stock that was here. It let a guy do his job. There weren’t as many eliminators here as there has been.”
Still, the top players in this game were challenged.
“It was tough,” said Tierney, the reigning champion who has finished among the top two each of the past three years. “Everybody roped good, and having Trevor come back and being able to compete against him was good. He’s got to come back next year so we can have it out again.”
He was one of two Tierneys to finish atop the standings. Older brother Jess, a four-time qualifier to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, placed third. Between them, the Tierneys collected $42,000. That’s pretty good for the sons of ProRodeo legend, Paul Tierney, a four-time Timed Event champion.
“This is just a great event, and you get to go up against guys like Trevor, K.C. Jones and Daniel Green,” Jess Tierney said. “It’s the best event all year. I hope I can be like dad and come here until I’m 60.”
The Timed Event Championship is one of the most prestigious events in Western sports. It was developed 31 years ago as a way to decide the greatest all-around timed-event cowboy. Its list of champions is a who’s who of rodeo’s greatest stars.
This year’s Timed Event Championship of the World will be showcased in an RFD-TV prime-time special Wednesday, March 18th at 8PM Central. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the 2015 Timed Event Championship will be donated to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
The 2015 Timed Event Championship was sponsored by Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, Pendleton Whisky, Wrangler, American Farmers and Ranchers Insurance, Nutrena, Miller-Coors, Cox Communications, Bloomer Trailers and P&P Sales, MacroAir, Cross Bar Gallery, Ram Trucks, John Vance Motors, Big Tex Trailers, Western Horseman Magazine, R.K. Black Inc., KLX Energy, Absolute Innovations, Gist Silversmiths, Spin to Win Magazine, National Saddlery, Hot Heels, Rodeo Video, CSI Saddlepads, Sherwin-Williams, RFD-TV, the Best Western Edmond, and the Fairfield Inn & Suites – Edmond.
The 2015 Timed Event Championship was a Lazy E Production. For more information on the Timed Event Championship 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.
AVERAGE: 1. Trevor Brazile, 290.7 seconds on 25 runs, $100,000; 2. Paul David Tierney, 305.6, $25,000; 3. Jess Tierney, 331.4, $15,000; 4. Josh Peek, 364.8, $10,000; 5. Clay Smith, 373.1, $7,500; 6. Kyle Lockett, 381.0, $5,000; 7. Erich Rogers, 384.0, $4,500; 8. Russell Cardoza, 407.5, $3,000.
FASTEST ROUND: 1. Trevor Brazile, 43.7, $10,000; 2. Trevor Brazile, 45.8, $6,000; 3. Kyle Lockett, 48.7, $5,000; 4. Russell Cardoza, 51.1, $4,000; 5. Erich Rogers, 51.6, $3,000; 6. Jess Tierney, 52.8, $2,000.
TOTAL MONEY: 1. Trevor Brazile, $116,000; 2. Paul David Tierney, $25,000; 3. Jess Tierney, $17,000; 4. Josh Peek and Kyle Lockett, $10,000 each; 6. Clay Smith and Erich Rogers, $7,500; 8. Russell Cardoza, $7,000.
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World’s Best Excited for TEC
Rodeo’s Elite Cowboys are Ready to Chase the $100,000 Prize for the Winner
March 2, 2015 / Guthrie, Oklahoma – The incentives at the Timed Event Championship of the World are great for the world’s greatest cowboys.
From the challenges set forth through the rugged competition to the opportunity to play their game in one of the most storied arenas in rodeo, the annual championship is a destination for the elite timed-event contestants.
Add into the mix a first-time purse of $200,000 – with $100,000 going to this year’s average winner – and it’s easy to see why 20 men who make up 39 combined gold buckles will be part of the 2015 Timed Event Championship of the World, set for noon and 7:30 p.m. Friday 3/6, noon and 7:30 p.m. Saturday 3/7 and 1 p.m. Sunday 3/8.
“Any time a cowboy can win more money, it’s good,” said Daniel Green, a three-time champion from Oakdale, Calif. “The Timed Event is not an easy deal to win; it’s really difficult. It takes so much that has to go right.
“My hat’s off to the owners for boosting financial support for the event. Being as tough as it is and a World Championship event, it should pay in that range.”
The players compete in five go-rounds and must make runs in heading, tie-down roping, heeling, steer wrestling and steer roping in each. It is dubbed the “Ironman of ProRodeo” because of its rugged nature. Spread over just three days, it’s a test of talent, durability and endurance.
The field includes some of the brightest young stars in rodeo, including reigning champion Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., and the 2014 reserve champ, Clay Smith of Broken Bow, Okla.
They’ll test their talent against an amazing list of top cowboys, including Green; 27-time world champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, who owns 21 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association titles and a record six Timed Event crowns; five-time winner K.C. Jones of Burlington, Wyo.; two-time titlist Kyle Lockett of Visalia, Calif.; and 2010 champ Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo.
This is the one event in ProRodeo where the greatest ropers will wrestle steers and where elite bulldoggers and a Linderman Award winner will test their other skills in an action-packed weekend of world-class talent.
The Timed Event Championship is one of the most prestigious events in Western sports. It was developed 31 years ago as a way to decide the greatest all-around timed-event cowboy. Its list of champions is a who’s who of rodeo’s greatest stars. The tradition continues March 6-8 at the fabulous Lazy E Arena.
Families will enjoy all of the activities planned for the performances. Ticket prices are $45 for VIP, box seats $35, reserved bleachers $30 and general admission $25. Children 12 and under are free in general admission and VIP. Group and multiple performance discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, www.lazye.com, calling Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 or by calling the Lazy E Arena directly at (800) 595-RIDE.
This year’s Timed Event Championship of the World will be showcased in an RFD-TV prime-time special Wednesday, March 18th, just a week after this year’s winner is crowned. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the 2015 Timed Event Championship will be donated to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Country Christian artist Susie McEntire-Eaton and her husband, Mark Eaton, will perform during Cowboy Church, set for 9 a.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Lazy E Arena – the service is open to the public. And back again in 2015, the Lazy E will host the Second Annual TEC Chuckwagon Cook-Off Competition starting Friday with final conclusion and meals open to the public for purchase on Saturday afternoon.
The 2015 Timed Event Championship is sponsored by Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, Pendleton Whisky, Wrangler, American Farmers and Ranchers Insurance, Nutrena, Miller-Coors, Cox Communications, Bloomer Trailers and P&P Sales, MacroAir, Cross Bar Gallery, Ram Trucks, John Vance Motors, Big Tex Trailers, Western Horseman Magazine, R.K. Black Inc., KLX Energy, Absolute Innovations, Gist Silversmiths, Spin to Win Magazine, National Saddlery, Hot Heels, Rodeo Video, CSI Saddlepads, Sherwin-Williams, RFD-TV, the Best Western Edmond, and the Fairfield Inn & Suites – Edmond.
The 2015 Timed Event Championship is a Lazy E Production. For more information on the Timed Event Championship 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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CHRIS NEAL’S “FUTURE STARS” CALF ROPING
For Immediate Release
February 3, 2015
CNFS CALF ROPING ANNOUNCES MAJOR MOVE TO GUTHRIE, OK
Event producer Chris Neal announced today the new location for the third-annual “Future Stars” Calf Roping. The Lazy ‘E’ Arena in Guthrie, OK is now the official home to this Memorial Day weekend event. The decision to move to this state-of-the-art venue has opened the door to endless opportunities for growth in numbers as well as expanding the range of competition to calf ropers at every level.
“My dream as a producer has always been to create the world’s most exciting and professional youth calf roping that brings together families and contestants from across the nation to compete for the highest payout and top quality awards and prizes known to our sport,” said Neal. “This move will not only accommodate the anticipated growth of our youth event, but has also allowed us to expand the range of competition to calf ropers of every age and gender.”
Chris Neal’s “Future Stars” Calf Roping will be held Memorial Day weekend May 22, 23, 24 and 25 featuring 12 & under tie-down and 12 & under breakaway, 13-15 tie-down and 13-15 breakaway, 16-19 boys tie-down and 19 & under girls breakaway.
CNFS, in partnership with the WPRA, will also feature an Open Ladies Breakaway and All-Girl Tie-down on Monday, May 25.
Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 25 CNFS, in partnership with the Ultimate Calf Roping, will feature numbered ropings held in the Lazy E’s newest 150x300 covered arena just outside the main coliseum.
Contestants can expect to see the new 4-Star Aluminum horse trailer on site wrapped with a host of sponsorship logos and proudly displayed along with seven custom “Chris Neal Roper” trophy saddles and numerous other prizes and awards.
Neal said he is looking forward to accommodating contestants and their families with the help of Lazy ‘E’ Arena’s top-notch staff and state-of-the-art facilities, which includes stalls, RV hook ups, cantina and air-conditioned coliseum—home to the Cowboy Market for a comfortable, indoor shopping experience with vendors ranging from tack, trucks, trailers and ranch equipment to boutique-style clothing, accessories and food.
“My wife and I began this event with a big vision, and partnering with the Lazy ‘E’ Arena has propelled that vision faster, farther and quicker than we could have hoped,” said Neal. “This is only the beginning.”
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Lazy E Red Dirt Reining – presented by National Saddlery
By Jessica Johnson
January 27, 2015
Guthrie, Oklahoma – Lazy E Arena is proud to announce the inaugural Lazy E Red Dirt Reining Event on May 1 – 3, 2015.
The event will include two full slates of ancillary classes with a total of $6,200 in added money. In addition to the traditional NRHA classes, Green Reiner 1 & 2, Masters Non Pro and Prime Time Rookie will also be offered. Entries may be submitted online at entermyhorse.com. Circuit awards – presented by National Saddlery – will be awarded in each class to the horse and rider combination with the highest accumulated points. A special thanks to ABI Equine and Kiser Arena Specialists for providing their equipment and consultation in preparing and maintaining the footing.
The beautiful Lazy E Arena is located just north of Oklahoma City, in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The historic arena consists of a 160 x 440 indoor, climate controlled arena, Roper’s Cantina overlooking the arena and seating for over 7,000. Additionally, Lazy E Arena is happy to announce a new 150 x 300 covered arena will be completed in spring of 2015.
“We are excited to welcome reiners to our facility in May and hope to make this event a destination stop”, said Dan Wall, General Manager of Lazy E Arena. “We encourage everyone to have a picnic, catch a fish, attend the Kentucky Derby party, and sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery of the Lazy E!”
Lazy E Arena appreciates the support and assistance from the Missouri Reining Horse Association, Oklahoma Reining Horse Association and Southwest Missouri Reining Horse Association.
The Lazy E Arena would like to thank the sponsors for their support of the Lazy E Red Dirt Reining: Cox Business, John Vance Auto Group, AFR Insurance, Priefert Rodeo & Ranch Equipment, Sherwin Williams, ABI Equine and Bloomer Trailers.
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OCA’s Range Round-Up to Move Back Home to Lazy E Arena
The Mission Remains the Same
OKLAHOMA CITY, January 19, 2015 – After a decade away, the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association’s Range Round-Up is returning to its original home – the Lazy E Arena near Guthrie, Oklahoma.
The 31st annual event will take place Aug. 28-29, 2015, at the Lazy E Arena which served as a two-decade host of the Range Round-Up beginning with its inception in 1985.
“We are excited about the possibilities that this move will offer,” said Tim Drummond, OCA Range Round-Up Chairman. “The Lazy E has upgraded their facilities, and, as a committee, we feel it will work well for us and be a good change. In addition, the Lazy E wants to help us with our mission.” Tickets are anticipated to go on sale in May.
The OCA Range Round-Up set out on a mission more than 30 years ago to provide family entertainment, promote beef and raise money for charity. The selected charity has varied over the years, but 2014 marked the 18th straight year the Children’s Miracle Network has been the charity. In that time, the OCA has donated more than $404,000 and formed a strong connection to the charity and its work.
The event will still consist of 12 ranch teams consisting of ranch cowboys that compete in six events that mirror many of the activities they do on the ranch. The Lazy E Arena is the perfect place to display it, with the largest dirt arena floor in the country and seating that provides spectators with that perfect vantage point no matter where the action happens. Just with the size of the arena, the cowboys have room to work their horses and handle livestock all while facing similar challenges in the pasturelands they patrol daily.
“The competition is fierce, but the cowboys don’t take home much more than bumps and bragging rights when it’s all said and done,” Drummond said with a grin. “Knowing that we are raising money to help sick children get well is an incentive and makes competing worth the while.”
About OCA: The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association exists to support and defend the state and nation's beef cattle industry. The OCA officers, board of directors and membership encourages you to join us in our advocacy efforts to ensure less government intervention, lower taxes and a better bottom line. For more information about OCA membership or activities, visit www.okcattlemen.org
About Lazy E Arena: The Lazy E hosts and produces 35 events a year, including the famed Timed Event Championship, the Professional Bull Riders and numerous other livestock and equine events. Built in 1984, the arena has a long-lasting legacy in Western events and continues to be a leader in promoting the Western way of life. For more information about the Lazy E Arena, visit www.LazyE.com
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Lazy E Arena Donates to the Victims of Apartment Complex Fire
Robert Simpson with the Lazy E Ranch and Arena donates a check to Karen Wallis with the American Red Cross to help families move forward following a tragic apartment fire on Nov. 19.
Courtesy of Guthrie News Page
A month has now gone by since the tragic Nov. 19 Guthrie apartment fire that claimed the life of a 9-month-old baby and left multiple families without a home and their possessions. Donations continue for the victims and the latest from the Lazy E Arena and Ranch will help give assistance during the Christmas holiday.
Through the Logan County Red Cross, the Lazy E Arena and Ranch donated $4,000 directly to the families to help move forward.
“The Lazy E Arena and Ranch, along with the McKinney Family, are proud to be a part of the Guthrie Community and when we can, we are happy to support organizations like the Red Cross to funnel these funds directly to the Victims.” Director of the Lazy E, Robert Simpson, said.
Emergency crews responded to the apartment complex at 902 N. Pine, at the intersection of Pine and College, just before 3:30 a.m. The fire destroyed the complex and three vehicles parked in front of the building.
“The recent Guthrie Apartment Fire touched our Lazy E family’s heart. We hope this donation can help the families get back on their feet,” Lazy E owner, Leslie McKinney, said.
The local Red Cross chapter immediately opened seven cases to begin helping the families.
Volunteer Disaster Program Specialist Karen Wallis says all except one family has found permanent housing, but says they are close to finalizing their home.
Wallis says the Long Term Recovery group is helping the families with furniture once the families move into their new homes.
“The effort from the Lazy E is certainly going help us with our needs. We appreciate it so much.”
In addition to furniture, the donation will help with clothing and food.
Donations of gift cards may be brought to the Logan County Red Cross building (219 S, 2nd), The Guthrie Chamber of Commerce (212 W. Oklahoma Ave.), or to Neighborhood Solutions at City Hall (101 N. 2nd). Donations of household items, nice furniture, or appliances can be arranged through Neighborhood Solutions at 405 282-0880.
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CBS Sports Network to air
“Bushwacker: Legend of the Bull” Nov. 2
PUEBLO, Colo. – CBS Sports Network will air a half-hour documentary recapping the life and career of the PBR’s greatest bull of all times, Bushwacker. “Bushwacker: Legend of the Bull” debuts Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. ET.
Bushwacker, dubbed the “baddest body in sports” by ESPN The Magazine’s 2013 The Body Issue, earned his third PBR World Champion Bull title on the final day of the 2014 PBR World Finals after dispatching 2004 PBR World Champion Mike Lee during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.
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Timed Event Increases Purse
Historic event will pay $100,000 to its winner beginning in 2015
October 14, 2014 / Guthrie, Oklahoma – One of the most unique and lucrative events in rodeo history has upped the ante beginning in 2015.
For the first time in its 30-year history, the Timed Event Championship of the World will feature a $100,000 prize to its champion, increasing winner’s payout by $50,000. “As owners of the Lazy E, the McKinney family has stepped up their support of not only the Lazy E as a whole but also our longest-running championship,” said Robert Simpson, Director of Events for the Lazy E. “This brings the TEC payout in line with other specialized events like RodeoHouston, the Calgary Stampede and The American. The Timed Event Championship was the first of its kind to offer a $50,000 prize to the winner, and the time has come to make the move and push our overall purse to $200,000.”
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Oklahoma Wildlife Expo
The 2014 Wildlife Expo is September 27th and 28th. Presented by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and a coalition of conservation organizations, agencies and sponsors, Expo celebrates our great state's natural diversity and opportunities for the sporting enthusiasts and newcomers. From camping and outdoor skills to shooting sports and fishing, from bird watching to kayaking, Expo visitors have an opportunity to try their hands at two days of fun in the outdoors. Come experience Oklahoma’s largest outdoor recreation event, 100% free.
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Lazy E Red Dirt World Series of Team Roping Qualifier
The first WSTR event produced by the Lazy E Arena was a success! Doors opened at 7am on Saturday the 6th and ropers poured into the famed Lazy E Arena for their share of a whopping $135,720 purse. When the dust settled, five teams stamped their ticket and qualified for the Word Series of Team Roping Finale in Las Vegas in addition to walking away with wads of cash in their pockets. Click here to view results!
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2014 Red Dirt Classic
The 2014 Red Dirt Classic is in the books! We had a total of 872 teams and are very pleased with the success of the over-all event. For any further details or questions, please call. Many thanks for your part in making the 2014 RDC a success!! See you on September 6th for the Red Dirt World Series of Team Roping Heartland Finale #9 and Red Dirt #11 Qualifier.
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New Owners of the Lazy E!
GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA— Gary McKinney of Midland, Texas, confirmed to TRACK Magazine late Friday afternoon that Reliance Ranches has completed the purchase of the properties known as Lazy E Ranch and Lazy E Arena. The transaction was closed Friday morning. The 960-acre facility in Logan County some 30 minutes north of Oklahoma City includes the 7,400 seat Lazy E Arena; a horse breeding facility that currently stands more than a dozen racing-bred American Quarter Horse stallions; a training center with a 5/8th mile oval race track; barns for conditioning of sale horses; turnout, rehab and layup facilities for racing age horses; and facilities for year-round boarding. McKinney, who operates Reliance Energy from its headquarters in Midland, owns Reliances Ranches with his son Micah and daughter-in-law Leslie. Reliance Ranches has been operating at the top end of the racing business for the past few years.
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