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Mon. Dec 17, 2012 | 3:37 p.m.

How could a horse be at the top of his game for this long? I hope the Hubbells don't mind our posting this awesome image of Kory Koontz snagging one exactly 10 years ago on Jackyl. Maybe someone will contact Dan Hubbell for more shots of this amazing horse. Jade Corkill's gold buckle was the second one earned on Jackyl, who's also won two NFRs and up to $2 million for Tyler Magnus, Kory Koontz, Allen Bach and Michael Jones. Jackyl is arguably the winningest heel horse of all time, and is our hero. He's unregistered, because his dam was traded by a Mexican to a Texan for a bloodhound back in the late 1980s. But at roughly 25 years old, he's still got it. Cool.

 

Sat. Dec 15, 2012 | 10:55 p.m.

On Saturday morning, Jade Corkill got one text message from Clay O'Brien Cooper. It said, "I want to heel like Jade Corkill when I grow up." Jade wrote back, "I can't wait to see you get that eighth buckle tonight."
Jade and Chad Masters both feel that Kaleb Driggers and Clay O deserve the buckles more. One thing Jade can do -- win the round when he has to do it. One thing he can't? Bring back the mullet.


Sat. Dec 15, 2012 | 10:27 p.m.

Spencer Mitchell leaves what he knows could be his or anyone else's last NFR. In 2011 it was his friend Broc Cresta's last. He kept perspective this week, carrying BC with him every step....

 

Sat. Dec 15, 2012 | 9:08 p.m.

So says Clay O'Brien Cooper, who lost a record eighth gold buckle by $1,131: "Jade Corkill is one of the greatest heelers I've ever seen. He's been wanting a gold buckle extremely bad, and he outroped everyone here this week. I'm a part of Chad's championship and I couldn't be any happier. He turned 10 steers and I wish I'd have roped them all by two feet. Then I'd have been there for the world championship. Jade roped every steer by two feet. He deserves to be The Champ."
Incidentally, Cooper refuses to reveal his new partner for 2013. Rumor has it that the two separate champs, Chad and Jade, will again partner up. Look out next season.

Fri. Dec 14, 2012 | 10:10 p.m.

Who's all smiles again in the Thomas and Mack Center? Spencer Mitchell and Dakota Kirchenschlager. "Broc was looking out for us tonight," said Dakota of the soft round that saw a leg win fourth place. They were gunners tonight, and didn't figure their 4.0 would hold up. It did. "I want to win that last round tomorrow night so bad," he added. These guys might be craving that last fast time more than any soul here. 

"Tomorrow," said Spencer. "We're supposed to win tomorrow." That's the round that he and Broc Cresta won last year, and the memories will no doubt be front and center for him. 
As for Dakota, his first time in Vegas has been everything any kid who ropes would have dreamed about. Here's what he said when asked how many loops he's thrown at a dummy pretending he was at the NFR. "Millions. I couldn't count them, even in just the last month. I practice every day thinking about this. I just want to make it back here again." We'll take that bet. And we figure Broc will look out for them one more time....

 Team roping Results: 1. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif. 4.5 seconds; 2. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 4.3 seconds; 3. Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn./Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont., 4.6 seconds; 4. Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz./Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas, 4.9 seconds; 5. Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn./Clay O'Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 5.3 seconds; 6. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Travis Graves, Jay, Okla. 7.7 seconds.


Thurs. Dec 13, 2012 | 9:24 p.m.

Turtle Powell is in this post-team-roping photo from the NFR alone because his partner was so excited about sixth last night and first tonight that he was hunting down some Coors Light for the two of them.
"I got off Vegas in the third roun
d," said Turtle, who rode the Horse of the Year again tonight for the round win in 3.9 seconds. "They said he was good to go that night, but he pinned his ears a little when I went to catch him, and $18,000 doesn't mean enough to me to do that to him." Turtle had the horse re-shod; the soreness lifted and he got the nod tonight. "Dugan made some horse changes, too, and we finally got tapped off." 

"My horse wasn't squaring up fast enough, so I switched in the sixth round to Circleback," said Dugan, cold beer in tow. As for their rough week, Turtle said all that money still on the table is how you keep your head up. We think it's cool that both cowboys were riding horses that not so long ago were not expected to live. Great to see them both get them back.

 Team roping Results: 1. Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif./Dakota Kirchenschlager, Stephenville, Texas, 4.0 seconds; 2. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif. 3.9 seconds; 3.  Kaleb Driggers, Albany, GA, Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev, 4.7 seconds; 4. Erich Rogers, Round Rock , Arizona/Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, 8.8 seconds; 5. Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 9.1 seconds; 6. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Travis Graves, Jay, Okla. 9.5 seconds.


Weds. Dec 12, 2012 | 9:31 p.m.

Finally. Montana's golden boy, Clay Tryan, hits pay dirt with Travis Graves. "People who know me have been surprised how good my mood's been," said Clay, who went 3.6 tonight after not making a single clean run in six rounds and falling to eighth in the world. "You're supposed to be the best, so you've got to get it done. Over the next three nights, we have to salvage the year. It's a long year to

 make it here and do bad." When asked who he'd take up on stage with him at the South Point tonight, Clay said, "What, you want me to bring George Strait, like Tuf [Cooper] did the other night? Maybe I'll bring some showgirls." One thing's certain - these two guys won't be drinking their gift of Pendleton Whisky. Instead, Travis joked that their wives might hit it.

Team roping Results: 1. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Travis Graves, Jay, Okla. 3.6 seconds; 2. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 3.8 seconds; 3. Erich Rogers, Round Rock , Arizona/Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, 4.1 seconds; 4. Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz./Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas, 4.3 seconds; 5. Kaleb Driggers, Albany, GA, Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev, 4.5 seconds; 6. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif. 4.7 seconds.

Weds. Dec 12, 2012 | 3:40 p.m.

Here's the official word on Arizona's Sherry Cervi -- she will run Stingray tonight in the 7th round despite their bad fall last night. "I thought she might switch," said her dad, Mel Potter, today. "George can outrun Stingray, but he's never been in a venue like that. She knows what that little mare will do." Mel is recovering from a bad bout of pneumonia and we're hoping he gets back on his rope horse soon.

Tues. Dec 11, 2012 | 9:39 p.m.

"He heels better than anybody here," said Russell Cardoza of his header. "Well, not better than me. I'm not going to say that." Russell likes to joke that when he's "having hell at the heel end," he gets pointers from Colby Lovell. The two jokesters daylighted the field by more than a half-second in the sixth round at the NFR after Russell switched horses tonight from his older mare, Mo, to his 7-year-old mare, Tara. No matter where it happened, that 3.5 was the highlight of their lives. "That's the best run I've ever made here," said Russell. "I've only ever been 3 once." And for Colby, the thrill is that "everybody who's ever watched a rodeo is watching." We'll toast to that.

 

Team roping Results: 1. Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas/Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 3.5 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazille, Decatur, Texas./Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 4.1 seconds; 3/4. Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn./Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont., 4.2 seconds; 3/4. Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif./Dakota Kirchenschlager, Stephenville, Texas, 4.2 seconds; 5/6. Erich Rogers, Round Rock , Arizona/Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, 4.3 seconds.  5/6. Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 4.3 seconds.


Tues. Dec 11, 2012 | 7:33 p.m.

The rookie, Dakota, played it cool last night after his win, being interviewed for Rodeo Video. Can he and Spencer do it again tonight? They're seventh out. The high lopers, or good pen of steers, is up tonight, so the other teams better "look out," according to Dakota.

 

Mon. Dec 10, 2012 | 11:58 p.m.

Check out Ryan Motes' pink goatee for Pink Night at the NFR. He'd like to point out that he won the race... actually victory lap... between the four team ropers tonight. He and the others are pleading the fifth amendment regarding the crossfire call on Jake Long. 

 

Mon. Dec 10, 2012 | 9:25 p.m.

What's even more special about our Arizona friend Brock Hanson winning his second go-round buckle as a rookie is that he's not going to put either of those buckles on his belt yet. Instead, he's sticking with the goat-roping buckle he won with Rube Woolsey because it's the last buckle that Toni Tyree made before she died. Yes, it depicts a goat being team roped. Hanson is one class act who's gathering more fans in Las Vegas by the minute. And how about his partner's pink goatee for Tough Enough to Wear Pink night? Ryan's mom, Danny, dyed it for him in support of the cause tonight. The pair's 3.7-second run tied Spencer Mitchell and Dakota K, who is awful glad he decided to switch horses to Randon Adams' Horse of the Year, Diesel. Expect to see Diesel every other night from now on!

Team roping Results: 1/2. Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz./Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas, 3.7 seconds; 1/2. Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif./Dakota Kirchenschlager, Stephenville, Texas, 3.7 seconds; 3. Trevor Brazille, Decatur, Texas./Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 4.3 seconds; 4. Kaleb Driggers, Albany, GA, Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev, 4.6 seconds; 5/6. Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn./Clay O'Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 4.9 seconds; 5/6. Erich Rogers, Round Rock , Arizona/Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, 4.9 seconds.

Sun. Dec 10, 2012 | 5:52 p.m.

Sometimes, halfway through the Finals, attitude can be the toughest battle. Sunday night was hard for Spencer Mitchell, with the memorializing of his late best friend, Broc Cresta, in the opening ceremony. On top of that, he finally stopped the clock - but with a leg. "I haven't gotten many breaks," Spencer said. "The second round proved that. But what's so much bigger is that we're here. We're here with our friends." Then he brightened. "Plus, Cesar told me that the year he won $90,000, he didn't get a check until the fifth round!" That's the spirit. Maybe tonight will be his night.

Sun. Dec 9, 2012 | 9:31 p.m.

A pair of rookies in Dustin Bird, 32, and Paul Eaves, 22, made it happen tonight in 3.9 seconds. The biggest grin hit Dustin's face when he talked about the victory lap. "It was SUPER fast!" he said. "We almost passed the flag girl!" They've moved from 7th to 4th in the world, to boot, and are about $37,000 behind the leaders. Montana's other talented rookie, Chase Tryan, sits third in the average with Keven Daniel. Tonight was the medium herd of three bunches of steers (you’ll see Saturday's high lopers again on Tuesday). And here's an Arizona teaser......this is the farewell tour for a few teams. Next season will see Kory Koontz heel for Brock Hanson, while Erich Rogers will head for Cory Petska. “It’s time for us to take another step in our lives,” said Koontz of his two-year partnership with Rogers. “I hope his new team is better and I hope mine will be, too. We’ll be butting heads!”

Team roping Results: 1. Dustin Bird, Cutbank, Mont/Paul Eaves, Millsap, Texas, 3.9 seconds; 2. Erich Rogers, Round Rock , Arizona/Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, 4.0 seconds;  3. Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn./Clay O'Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 4.9 seconds; 4. Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 6.1 seconds; 5.  Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 8.1 seconds; 6.  Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas/Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 9.4 seconds.


Sat. Dec 8, 2012 | 9:25 p.m.

Kory Koontz won the round tonight on Craig Mader's horse, Playboy, and has already made a deal to buy the horse, while Erich Rogers made a switch tonight to Jake Longbrake's horse, on whom he says he feels a lot more comfortable. The pair broke the 4-second barrier for the first time this week in front of a crowd that broke the all-time attendance record for tonight's performance (17,702 fans). Watch for more from Koontz and Playboy, who's dun like Iceman and Jackyl. No wonder that's Kory's favorite color. "It's neat to see my horses here that I've had in the past," he said of Jade Corkill borrowing Jackyl from Michael Jones and Clay Cooper setting one down tonight on LB. We're also loving that 14.9-on-three average time Begay and de la Cruz are notching for Arizona. And with only five teams having roped all three steers, this should get interesting.

Team roping Results: 1. Erich Rogers, Round Rock , Arizona/Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, 3.9 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazille, Decatur, Texas./Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 4.0 seconds; 3. Kaleb Driggers, Albany, GA, Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev, 4.3 seconds;  4. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 4.5 seconds;  5. Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn./Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont., 4.6 seconds; 6.  Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas/Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 4.7 seconds.


Sat. Dec 8, 2012 | 8:27 p.m.

Anyone curious about the re-run issue in round two at the NFR?   Of course, the PRCA rule is that a header has to immediately declare he was fouled to get a re-run. Our correspondent in Las Vegas spoke with Keven Daniel. As he warmed up for tonight's run, he said the entire bunch of team ropers felt Spencer Mitchell should have gotten another one, and a photograph proved he was fouled by the neck rope. "It's just so hard to declare that fast," Daniel said. "If it would have broke him out, he probably would have gotten another steer. He was able to get out, and just couldn't declare. Next year, we just need to put it in the ground rules."


Friday, Dec 7, 2012 | 9:25 p.m.

Another interesting night of team roping at the NFR...  Rumor has it the neck rope didn't come off the final steer of the night, so a re-run is scheduled after the bull riding for Spencer and Dakota. Meanwhile, our NAA connection to Montana and Arizona went well, with Brock Hanson miraculously fishing a slick right horn into a legal catch, and a Bird and Tryan getting in the money. As for Brown and Lucero, they're back in the average. Luke says the steers are stronger than they were in practice Tuesday, and since "laying off" didn't work last night, he got aggressive tonight. "There's not a better feeling in this world than taking that victory lap," said Luke. And even at his 15th NFR, Martin cannot believe how exhilarating it is to look up and see 4.0 on the clock. Martin's rubbing his hands together now. Says he, "It's gonna get fast this week, I promise you." Finally, we can't help but share a photo of Cesar getting in the zone during the grand entry, before he reared back on that second-place run. Watch for it......

Team roping Results: 1. Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, 4.0 seconds, $18,257 each; 2. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 4.6, $14,429; 3. Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont./Paul Eaves, Millsap, Texas, 5.2, $10,895; 4. Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 5.3, $7,656; 5. Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 5.4, $4,712; 6. Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn./Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont., 9.5, $2,945; 7. Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn./Clay O'Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 9.6; 8. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, 10.7; 9. Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz./Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas, 12.8; 10. Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas/Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 14.0; 11. (tie) Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas; Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.; Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.; Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif./Dakota Kirchenschlager, Stephenville, Texas, and Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif., NT.


Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 | 9:01 p.m.

Can you say NFR rookie? From our home in Arizona this winter, we're awful proud of Brock Hanson. He and Ryan Mote split the first round of the NFR with Driggers and Corkill. We asked Brock how come almost half the headers missed tonight, and of course, he doesn't know because he's never been there before! 

"You can prepare and study and practice but you can't ever practice those emotions when you're three teams back and they're calling your name," he said. 

As for Ryan, he calls his partner just flat-out "Nasty." This is Brock's set-up. As for the steers? They're so perfect that when they ran them through on Tuesday, everyone anticipated a world-record first round. But they got "overly aggressive." Mark Ryan Motes' words -- about mid-week it's "gonna be nasty!"

Team roping Results: 1. (tie) (tie) Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.,and Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz./Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas, 4.7 seconds, $16,343 each; 3. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 4.8, $10,895; 4. Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn./Clay O'Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 5.1, $7,656; 5. Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 5.8, $4,712; 6. Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn./Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont., 5.9, $2,945; 7. Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas/Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore., 6.5; 8. Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 11.3; 9. (tie) Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas; Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.; Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont./Paul Eaves, Millsap, Texas; Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.; Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas; Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif./Dakota Kirchenschlager, Stephenville, Texas, and Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif., NT.


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