Rattan, Oklahoma teen Briar Teague made consistency count to take the Round-1 victory lap at the Jr Ironman, which is held in conjunction with the Cinch Timed Event Championship here at the Lazy E Arena. With four runs—one each in heading, heeling, tie-down roping and steer wrestling—done in 43.8 seconds, Teague took command of the three-head contest, which will crown a champion on Saturday.
“Just to get picked to compete for this event is outstanding,” said Teague, who won a round of the team roping event heading for Rance Doyal at the 2020 National High School Finals Rodeo held here at the Lazy E last summer. “To be recognized and given the chance to show what we can do at this level is pretty cool.”
Teague sometimes practices his bulldogging with World Champion Steer Wrestler Tyler Pearson, and had Pearson’s hazing help here today. While over at Pearson’s the other day, Teague also picked up heading help for the Jr Ironman from World Champion Header Erich Rogers. Teague’s best friend, Jessen James, heeled for Briar in the heading event.
Teague’s a two-time Oklahoma High School Finals Rodeo all-around champ, and considers heading his main event.
“My career goal would be to win a gold buckle heading,” Teague said. “And I’d really love to come back and compete at the Timed Event Championship.”
The 20 Titans of the Timed Event Championship take center stage at 7:30 p.m. tonight. And yes, Pearson will be hazing for Rogers in that, too.
BY KENDRA SANTOS
Kendra Santos has written about cowboys all her life, including longtime stints with the PRCA, PBR, BFI and The Team Roping Journal. She’s also mom to two 2021 Timed Event Championship cowboys, Lane Karney and Taylor Santos.