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Clay Tryan Hits Trifecta at 41st Windy Ryon Memorial Roping

No Comments2 July 17:13


by Kent Lynch

When fans arrived at the Windy Ryon Arena in Saginaw, Texas on May 23, they had no idea their $10 admission included a free roping clinic.  That’s what they got as they watched Clay Tryan, of Lipan, Texas, show them how to do everything right.

The jackpot king left the Cactus Ropes Open Team Roping with personal earnings of almost $23,000, plus a buckle by Montana Silversmiths and a new hat from American Hat Company.  Tryan pulled off the hat trick in a “go three times” event, by winning the top three spots in the average.  He shared the championship with Travis Graves, won second with Jade Corkill and picked up the third hole with Patrick Smith…that’s $45,900 that went to about a twenty square mile area in Erath and Hood counties.

Tryan and Graves, who now lives in Morgan Mill, Texas, turned in a 34.09 on five steers to split $20,500, while they also placed second in the first round with a 5.90.  Tryan and Corkill, who makes his home in Stephenville, were 35.14 for $13,000, while he and Smith, also of Lipan, came tight on five in 35.49.  Tryan and Smith also picked up fourth in the short go with a 6.3.

Chad Masters and Jim Ross Cooper won the first go with a 5.68, good for $3,400.  Keven Daniel and Rich Skelton set the pace in the short round with a 5.57 for $3,400.  Winners were awarded points from the USTRC for the Priefert US Open Tour.

More money went to Stephenville in the Classic Ropes/Classic Equine All Girl Roping, as Barrie Smith and Jackie Crawford, both of The Ville, claimed the average title with a 39.62 on four and took the fast time in the short round. Smith, the 2012 Windy Ryon champion, also won the first go with Lari Dee Guy, her partner in 2012.  Crawford, meanwhile, also picked up the number three hole in the average heeling for Bailey Corkill.

Besides the Montana Silversmiths buckles, Smith earned $7,325, while Crawford took home $7,160.  Jayme Marcrum and Kelly Hicks split $6,330 as the reserve champions with a 44.08.  USTRC Flex Earnings were awarded to the top three average times.

The 41st Annual Windy Ryon Memorial Roping was presented by Coors and celebrated the memory of Don J. “Windy” Ryon, a Fort Worth businessman who helped many cowboys up the ladder of success.  Ryon passed away in 1973, but his memory lives in the form of scholarships for North Texas young people.  Each year, the Windy Ryon generates nearly $50,000 in scholarships and donations to area youth groups that include the Boswell-Saginaw-Chisholm Trail FFA, Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show, North Texas High School Rodeo Association, Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show Calf Scramble, Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund and Saginaw 4H.

Roping continued on Saturday as the ladies again entered the arena in the Invitational Breakaway Roping presented by Cinch/Cruel.  Cassidy Boggs claimed the average buckle and $1,756 for her 9.78 on three head, while Lari Dee Guy picked up the reserve championship with an 11.38.  J.J. Hampton won the first go, Jackie Crawford took the second and Boggs turned in the fastest time of the short round with a 2.87.  Boggs’ horse was selected as the top horse and she received a custom rope can from Rafter 3 Ranch.

The Coors Invitational Tie-Down Roping, presented by Panhandle, was another treat for the crowd.  There was not a single round or the average that didn’t have at least one Cooper in it.  Brothers Clif, Clint and Tuf dominated the roping with Clif finishing the day as the champion.  Clif edged out brother Clint for the championship by a mere two tenths of a second.  He also won the first round and placed in the short round for a total take of $7,540.  Clif also received a custom rope can for the top horse of the event.  The second round was won by Clint, with brother Tuf picking up third, while Clint and Clif won third and fourth in the short go.  A total of $15,660 was paid out to those with the last name Cooper from Decatur, Texas, 54% of the total purse.  It may look like it but the Coopers weren’t the only competitors.  Cody Lawrence of Pleasanton, Texas placed in two rounds and won third in the average, while Tyson Durfey won the short round and claimed fourth overall.

The annual Coors Tie-Down Match featured defending champion and 4-time NFR qualifier, Clint Cooper of Decatur against 8-time NFR qualifier Justin Maass of Giddings.  The 8-head match began in a dead heat with both ropers recording an 11.1 on the first calf, and stayed competitive until run number four, when Cooper took a 60 second time. Trying to make up time and put on a show for the crowd, Cooper suffered three more 60 second times before the end of the match.  Maass stayed steady until number eight, when he took a 60, but held on for the win, 146.9 to 292.2, for $5,000.

For the first time in 2012, the Windy Ryon committee offered amateur team ropers the chance to compete in the legendary arena with a #11 handicapped roping.  With the success of that first year, a #9 was added in the North Texas High School Rodeo Association covered arena in 2013 and the tradition of both continued this year.  In both USTRC Affiliate ropings, ropers vied for their share of a $26,400 pot in each division.
The popularity of the event caused the limited entry ropings to fill within minutes of the books opening on Friday, leaving some potential competitiors holding their entry cards in their hands.  Discussions are already being had among committee members to streamline the entry process and make changes to allow more competitors next year.

Those who did get entered were treated to an outstanding set of cattle from Robertson Hill Ranch, a World Series type barrier in the #11 and a very short score in the #9.  After the high team of Trevor and Lane Hedeman suffered a no-time in the short round, it was David Woolley, of Springtown, and Jered Hollaway, of Decatur, who emerged as the champions in the #11 Division.  The pair took home $7,840, buckles and Flex Earnings from the USTRC for their 36.64 on four head.  Everardo Guevara, of Weatherford, and Will Cowling, of Paradise, took the #9 championship with a 40.98 on four, earning the buckles, $7,840 and Flex Earnings.

Sunday’s roping closed with the traditional cowboy event of steer roping, presented by Wrangler, Bud Light, Carla Trimber Realty Partners and Martindale Feed.  Team roper-turned-steer roper and all-around hand, Chance Kelton of Mayer, Arizona, placed third in the first round and won the short round en route to the championship.  Kelton roped four steers in 50.6 for a total payday of $7,650.  Marty Jones was the runner up with a 55.2.

The Windy Ryon Memorial Roping will take place again Memorial Day weekend in 2015.  This year’s event was presented by: Coors, Classic Ropes/Classic Equine, Cactus Ropes, Panhandle, Western Horseman, Wrangler, Bud Light, Justin Boots, Hydrotex, Cinch Jeans & Shirts/Cruel, Carla Trimber Realty Partners, Sean Ryon Saddlery, Priefert, Riscky’s Barbeque, Martindale Feed, M.L. Leddy’s, Vaquero Ventures, Best Hat Store, Mark Hurley Saddlery, Outlaw Equine, Luskey’s/Ryon’s Western Wear, El Sombrero Restaurant and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.

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