On March 9, Chisum Allen had his rig packed by 2:00 p.m. and was collecting horses on his way to The Lazy E, just a short three hours after getting the call that he’d be taking Sam Morgan’s place in the JR Ironman. He’ll be there in time to break in the cattle, having lined up his horsepower and partners in record time.
“I have a calf horse and a heel horse, and then, Korbin [Rice], the kid that’s going to head for me, I’m going to ride his head horse.”
Handily, the Cisco College freshman will also be borrowing a bulldogging horse from his rodeo coach, Don Eddleman, and has a bit of a crew to lean on at the event, in addition to his parents, Rusty and Carmen, who will be in the stands cheering, despite the short notice.
“Colton Greene, he’s actually my team roping partner now, in college, and we Region Rodeoed together in Texas. And then, Hayden Powell, he’s going to college in Cisco with me. I’ve been [to the event] and I’ve helped Lane Karney, and Taylor, a lot of my roping success has to do with Taylor [Santos.] We’ve been close and, when I was living in Cisco, I always caught myself in Stephenville with him. It’s kind of nice to have guys that know what they’re doing over there [and] they’ll be right there with me.”
Allen is a competitive and accomplished in calf roper, steer wrestler and team roper, and a 2021 Jr. NFR qualifier, a three-time Jr. American qualifier, a three-time Texas state High School Rodeo Finals qualifier, and an AQHA Reserve Champion tie-down roper, to name just a few of his accolades. He’s hot off a weekend competing in Fort Worth at the Jr. American, which didn’t go the way he hoped, but he knows now it was part of the plan.
“My sister texted me and was like, ‘Hey, keep your head up. The Lord is going to reward your hard work.’ That was actually yesterday evening. Then, I got the phone call this morning that they want me up there.”