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Monday, July 10, 2000

Allen gets Pecos Rodeo title, night at home

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PECOS, July 10, 2000 -- Not only did Guy Allen get another roping title and an All-Around Cowboy championship at the West of the Pecos Rodeo on Saturday, he also got a rare chance to sleep in his own bed before heading off to his next rodeo performance.

The 14-time National Finals Rodeo champion in steer roping won his fourth title in that event at the West of the Pecos Rodeo and second all-around title Saturday, before heading home to Lovington N.M. for a night’s sleep, before heading out to Casper, Wyo., on Sunday.

“I went to Prescott, Window Rock, Cody, Greely, Colo., and Wolf Point, Mont., and just got back here at 8:30,” said Allen, who added to his lead in the race for a 10th straight NFR steer roping title and 15th overall. “I’m leaving in the morning to go to Casper, Wyo. I’ll go by my home for a couple of hours and lay down and then I’ll also be going to Vernal, Utah and Sheridan, Wyo.”

Allen had a chance to win his fourth steer roping title in Pecos last year, but missed on his fourth and final attempt. This time, he came into the final round having gone 38.2 on his first three attempts and holding a 6½ second lead over Trevor Brazile, who had won two All-Around titles in Pecos in his first five years of competition.

“I had a big lead, so pretty much all I had to do was get him down,” said Allen. “I just had to use my head and get him roped and tied up.

“The (Buck Jackson) arena is a good size. They run them out there and you have to catch them. It’s just a good arena,” Allen said.

Allen ended up roping his steer in 13.2 seconds, fourth on the night, but still good enough to earn the victory by just under six seconds over rookie roper Bryce Davis of Abilene. Allen also set an arena-record of 51.6 seconds on his four attempts and combined with his results in the team roping competition, took home $7,337 in earnings from this year’s rodeo.

Davis won the short go with an 11.5 second time and finished at 57.5 seconds overall, good for $4,581. Dan Fisher of Andrews was second in the short go at 12.5 seconds and third overall with a 58.5 second total. He took home $2,550.

Allen arrived just at the start of the rodeo, but had a few extra minutes to wait before his event went on, as a blown fuse midway through Saturday’s final performance turned the wild cow milking race into the blind cow milking competition, at least for the cowboys doing the milking.

The start of the event was delayed by about 10 minutes, then run off before the lights came back on in the arena. Trevor Teague and Ruben Carrasco ended up winning the competition, though Teague said the lack of light outside of the press box and scoreboard was a problem.

“I ran up to the wrong guy,” said Teague, who did the milking while Carrasco handled the roping. “I said `That’s not Ruben,’ then found him and ran back there.”

Russ Slaughter and Cody Everett were second in that event, while Carrasco also earned first place, with Adriel Ramon and Chris Cook, in the wild mare race, one of three local competitions at the rodeo. J.D. Logan of Goldsmith and Terry Glover over Midland took the West of the Pecos team roping title for non-PRCA ropers.

Among the professionals, Kevin Stewart of Glen Rose and Martin Lucero of Stephenville took the title, after a second place finish a year ago. The pair won the short go-round with a 7.4 second time, good enough for a 22.7 total on three attempts, earning them $5,228 apiece. Stewart and Lucero have won over $18,000 combined the past two years in Pecos.

Johnnie Philipp on Washington, Tx., and Nick Rowland of Antlers, Okla., were just behind in the short go with a 7.5 second time, though they were unable to break into the Top 5 overall. Travis Bard of Chino, Valley, Ariz., and Vin McKinley of Cortez, Colo. were third with a 7.9 second total and moved up to second overall, at 23.3 seconds, earning them $4,102 a piece. First go round winners Scott Snededor on Needville and Randy Halbert of Guy placed third with a 26.3 second total after an 11.1 run on Saturday, and earned $4,274 apiece.

Another former NFR and Pecos Rodeo champ, Byron Walker, saw his career earnings surpass the $1 million mark thanks to his victory in steer wrestling on Saturday night. The Ennis native won the short go with a 5.2 second time, and took the average with at 14.9-second mark. Overall, he earned $5,052 at this year’s rodeo.

Mark Belcher of Santa Fe, Tex., tied with Rowdy Cooper of Fort Worth for second place in the short go on Saturday, both at 5.3 seconds, and won second overall with a 15.2 second total, earning him $4,016 overall for his three attempts. Cooper ended up tied for third in the average with Menard’s Frank Davis, both at 15.9 seconds.

In the riding events, Jeffrey Collins repeated as bareback champion, after scoring 81 points on “Black Betty” after going for 86 points last year on “Skoal’s Free Ride.” He earned $4,100 and finished a point ahead of Royce Ford, who rode “No Satisfaction” to second place and $3,143. Beau Mayo of Stephenville rode the same bronc to a 78 point score and third place, worth $2,323.

None of the riding event winners were part of Saturday’s show, with the bull riding champ coming from Tuesday’s special pre-rodeo bull riding section for the second year in a row.

Felipe Aragon’s 87-point score on Tequila to close out Tuesday’s show won him $5,955. Aragon, of Tome, N.M., also earned day money and a $1,000 bonus for the pre-rodeo show that brought his earnings for the week to $7,620.

 “Tequila” also helped Jason Legler of Loveland, Colo. score 86 points to tie Rusty Burford of Balch Springs for second. Burford scored his 86 points on “Twilight Zone,” and both cowboys picked up $3,970.

John Hutcheson of Huntsville was the only cowboy to complete his ride during the final section on Saturday, earning 83 points, fourth place overall and $2,184 on “Hot Blooded.”

In saddle bronc competition, Rancy Bray of Dumas won with an 84 point score on “Cecelia,” which was good for $4,464. That was two points ahead of defending National Finals Rodeo champ Billy Etbauer, of Ree Heights, S.D., who rode “Centerfold” to a $3,422 payday. Hadley Reed of Spearman was third, scoring 79 points on “Wild One” to take home $2,529.

Another of the young cowboys entered this year, Houston Hutto of Del Rio, left Pecos $4,822 richer after winning the calf roping competition with a 30.2 time on three attempts, after finishing fourth in the short go with a 9.8 second time. Shawn Felton on Stephenville and Cody Ohl of Orchard, the NFR champ in 1997-98, shared second place with 30.9-second times. Ohl took home $4,035 and Felton won $2,544 overall for their three attempts.

Jerome Schneeberger on Ponca City, Okla., moved up to seventh place in the final standings with a 9.1 second time in the short go, the fastest overall time for the week. Ohl was next at 9.5, while Jeff Yates of Corsicana was third with a 9.5 second time.

In the barrel race competition, Phyllys Newton of Carlsbad saw her Wednesday night effort of 17.5 seconds hold up through the final three nights of competition. Newton, who finished ninth in Pecos a year ago, earned $2,759.

Donna Dugosh of Jourdanton was second with a 17.55 time and won $2,345, and Benette Holt of Rotan placed third with a 17.57 time, earning $1,931.16.

Total payout at the 2000 West of the Pecos Rodeo was put at $224,200, up just over $4,000 from 1999’s total. It was also another record payout for the rodeo, which was ranked 15th last year in prize money and remains the largest outdoor rodeo annually in Texas.

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