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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, July 10, 2000
Allen gets Pecos Rodeo title, night at home
By JON FULBRIGHT
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
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
“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
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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