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Chad Masters and Tyler Worley claimed the Pendleton Round-Up team roping title with their time of 18.1 seconds on three head, which earned them the victory lap around the track. – Kirt Steinke/Western Rodeo Images

By Lane Karney
Special To Ropers Sports News

The Pendleton Round-Up has been and always will be one of the most historic, tradition-rich rodeos in the West. They’ve been doing it on the grass for over 100 years, alongside their Happy Canyon Night Show. There’s never a dull moment at Pendleton, with such a unique arena in that “Let ’Er Buck” environment. It sets the stage for great watching and great cowboy moments. This time around, Trevor Brazile rewrote Pendleton Round-Up history, claiming his sixth All-Around trophy and surpassing Yakima Canutt, a cowboy and movie stuntman who won his fifth All-Around title at the 1923 Round-Up. 

 

At the 2018 edition of the Round-Up, Chad Masters and Tyler Worley took the wild-ride victory lap in the team roping. It was Chad’s second Pendleton win, with the first coming at the rodeo’s 100th Anniversary in 2010 with Jade Corkill, when Chad and Jade set the three-steer Pendleton average record of 17.6. For Worley, who roped at his second Pendleton Round-Up this year, it was his first win on the grass and an early career highlight. 

Ask just about anybody who’s ever worn a cowboy hat and swung a rope which rodeos they would love to win in his lifetime, and you’d probably get answers like Pendleton, Salinas, Cheyenne on top of the National Finals Rodeo. 

In the last two years, Masters has stamped his name on the coveted buckles at all four of those prestigious rodeos, winning Salinas and the NFR average with Travis Graves in 2017, Cheyenne this past July with Joseph Harrison, who will heel for Chad at this year’s NFR, and now Pendleton with Worley. 

“Nowadays, things have gotten so fast everywhere. But it is nice to feel like there are still rodeos where you can use your horse and win,” said Masters, who rode his 2017 AQHA/PRCA Head Horse of the Year, Clint, at Pendleton this year. “That horse makes it easy. He runs so fast. We never knew he could run until I took him to Salinas and won second in 2015. He’s got a way of catching up, and has good timing, and lets you rope when you get there.”

While many guys debate about riding their main mounts under those cowboy conditions supplied by the Pendleton Buckaroos high school football field, Masters is a believer.

“I was going to ride a younger horse I had at Pendleton in 2010. They had 114 teams—the most ever since I’ve gone there. I had a gut feeling that if I rode Cody (Masters’ longtime signature bay horse) it would go way, way better, so I did and I won it,” said Tennessee native Masters, a two-time World Champion Header, who won gold buckles in 2007 and 2012. 

“I rode Clint there last year, and he did really, really good. This year, I was going to ride a younger horse, but I rode Clint and it makes it way, way easier to ride your good one here. You almost don’t want to ride your good horse, because you don’t want to hurt him. But on the other hand, you want to ride one you trust and is sure-footed. I understand how many things can go wrong here. If there’s ever a place that stuff can go wrong, it’s definitely here.”

Coming from the sixth callback, and with no money in the first two rounds, Masters and Worley were in the middle of the 12-team field on Saturday’s final day. Realistically, they were wanting to win some money and solidify Masters’ 12th NFR qualification. He entered Pendleton in the number 11 spot amongst team roping headers with just shy of $77,000 on the year. He rode away from Pendleton number six, with over $85,000 in the world standings. 

“I was hoping to win fourth or better (coming into the short round). We drew a pretty good steer. I felt late, and all of a sudden I gained on him and the run came together way faster than I expected. I headed him where I headed all the others. I never really took any chances or had to do anything dumb. Worley heeled him so fast. He isn’t scared of anything. If anybody was there to win it, it was obviously him,” said Masters, who had planned to rope with Worley at Pendleton awhile back, when Harrison decided he was going to get home and ride his futurity horses this fall.

It was Worley’s second time coming down the hill at the iconic Pendleton Round-Up, but he’s no stranger to playing on the grass.

“Growing up there around the house, I’ve helped people work cows, gather cattle, and go catch them and stuff like that. We’ve had pasture ropings around the house for a long time. When I was really little, my dad would go to pasture ropings. We don’t think twice about it,” said Worley, 25, who originally called Berryville, Arkansas, home before spending the majority of his time in Stephenville, Texas, starting about four years ago. “I feel like if you’re scared and timid about it, you’re more likely to wreck out. If you just let your horse work and stay out of the way, it works out. I was going to do good or wipe out, but I wasn’t going to slow down. That’s the only way to be if you’re going to win something.”

Worley, who has roped and won money with the likes of Tate Kirchenslager, Bubba Buckaloo, Derrick Begay, and Masters at one point or another this year, couldn’t have drawn up his Pendleton success much better than it played out.

“It was sweet. It’s awesome to have the opportunity to rope with Chad. When you rope with someone like that, you know you’ve got a great chance to win. He’s not only going to catch them fast, but he’s going to make it easy,” said Worley, who’s wife, Brittany, is the daughter of two-time World Champion Header Bobby Hurley. 

Besides having a great chance heeling behind Masters, Worley gives a lot of credit to his horse, who was able to handle the cowboy conditions in winning fashion.

“His name is Brazos,” Worley said. “I bought him from Jace Crabb right before Dodge City (in August). It’s the horse he rides over there at the Timed Event, and Jess Tierney rides him there in the heeling, too. Jace had cowboyed on him, rodeoed on him a little bit, and ridden him at Pendleton the one time he came here.” 

While Masters now has two Pendleton wins to his name, Worley can’t wait to get back and add a second one.

“I love Pendleton. If you come to Pendleton and do good, it’s almost like you get some street cred. I always looked up to guys who came and did good here, because you could tell they weren’t scared. Guys like Kyle Lockett, that I look up to, always do good here. I think it’s cool to be able to do good here, too.”

THE GREEN MILE RUNS FULL CIRCLE

This year’s barrel racing victory lap around the track went to Mabton, Washington’s Cheyenne Allan, who clocked a combined 57.38 on two runs, edging reserve champ Kacey Gartner by two one-hundredths of a second. 

For Allan, who now leads the Columbia River Circuit barrel racing standings, the Round-Up win was particularly sweet, given her close ties to Pendleton. 

“When I was a little girl, my dad took me and my grandma and grandpa to go to the parade, and on Tuesday we’d go watch the men’s slack. For my dad, that was one of the biggest rodeos in his life. My husband, Randy, has picked up at Pendleton. So it’s been a family thing on my husband’s side for a number of years also,” said Allan, who rode her 13-year-old mare, RS Mollys Honor (Molly), who she raised and trained herself, to second in the first round and second in the final round, en route to her Pendleton win and just shy of an $11,000 week.

“They got to having barrel racing at Pendleton (in 2000). In its second year here, I ran at Pendleton (setting the then-arena record of 28.19). Over the years, I’ve seen barrel racing evolve here. At first, you could just have a fast horse that went around the barrels. Now you’ve got to have a great horse.”

The barrel pattern is the most unique you’ll find in the world of barrel racing, with each stretch between the three barrels on the grass. Each barrel is positioned on the track, which surrounds the infield. 

“Pendleton is unique. It’s like no other that was established quite a few years ago. It was unique from beginning, and has stayed unique ’til today. Every contestant who has competed at Pendleton will say it’s like no other. It’s very true. There is no other rodeo in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico that has this size of pattern and pays this well for money to count toward the NFR. It’s a bucket-list rodeo,” said Allan, who has competed at Pendleton just about every year since that first trip in 2001. “The more you go back, the more you realize how you want horses to run to the second barrel. The main thing here is you’ve got to have horses conditioned for it. The last few years, I’ve had the horsepower, and it materialized this year.” 

After all those years of running the green mile, Allan was tickled to get that lap around the track on short-round Saturday.

“I have never in my life gotten to have a victory lap at any rodeo, any little barrel race, any anything,” Allan said. “The feeling is indescribable here. It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe. It was exhilarating. I tried to take deep breaths, and enjoy the moment, because it doesn’t happen very often in one’s life. It was a great moment. This arena, and that many people applauding and cheering—mercy, mercy. It was an experience one will never forget.”

Pendleton, Ore., Sept. 12-15

All-around cowboy: Trevor Brazile, $13,705, tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping.

Bareback riding: First round: 1. Blaine Kaufman, 85 points on Four Star Rodeo’s Cc Valley, $6,335; 2. Steven Peebles, 83.5, $4,857; 3. (tie) Ty Breuer and Tim O’Connell, 82, $2,956 each; 5. (tie) Jake Stemo and Blake Smith, 81.5, $1,267 each; 7. (tie) Nate McFadden and Wyatt Denny, 81, $739 each. Finals: 1. Orin Larsen, 88.5 points on Calgary Stampede’s Yipee Kibitz, $1,650; 2. Caleb Bennett, 86.5, $1,250; 3. (tie) Wyatt Denny and Kenny Haworth, 85.5, $750 each; 5. Ty Breuer, 85, $350; 6. Ty Taypotat, 84, $250. Average: 1. Orin Larsen , 168 points on two head, $6,335; 2. (tie) Ty Breuer and Caleb Bennett, 167, $4,223 each; 4. Wyatt Denny, 166.5, $2,323; 5. Kenny Haworth, 165, $1,478; 6. Ty Taypotat, 164.5, $1,056; 7. Blake Smith, 163, $845; 8. Trenten Montero, 161.5, $634.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Nick Guy, 4.4 seconds, $3,728; 2. Sterling Lambert, 5.6, $3,242; 3. (tie) Josh Garner and Dirk Tavenner, 6.0, $2,512 each; 5. Mike McGinn, 6.1, $1,783; 6. Rudy Switzer, 6.3, $1,297; 7. Blake Mindemann, 6.5, $810; 8. Tristan Martin, 6.7, $324. Second round: 1. Bear Pascoe, 4.1 seconds, $3,728; 2. Sterling Lambert, 5.1, $3,242; 3. Tom Lewis, 5.7, $2,756; 4. Jesse Brown, 5.8, $2,269; 5. Clayton Hass, 5.9, $1,783; 6. Rudy Switzer, 6.1, $1,297; 7. Taylor Gregg, 6.4, $810; 8. Kyle Whitaker, 6.7, $324. Finals: 1. Andy Weldon, 4.9 seconds, $1,117; 2. (tie) Jesse Brown and Nick Guy, 5.5, $828 each; 4. Sterling Lambert, 5.6, $539; 5. Blake Mindemann, 6.3, $347; 6. Clayton Morrison, 6.9, $193. Average: 1. Sterling Lambert , 16.3 seconds on three head, $5,592; 2. Jesse Brown, 18.1, $4,863; 3. Nick Guy, 19.7, $4,133; 4. Andy Weldon, 21.3, $3,404; 5. Rudy Switzer, 21.5, $2,675; 6. Blake Mindemann, 22.4, $1,945; 7. Clayton Morrison, 24.0, $1,216; 8. Levi Rudd, 24.6, $486.

Team roping: First round: 1. Shawn Bessette/Sid Sporer, 5.5 seconds, $4,566 each; 2. Blake Teixeira/Ross Ashford, 5.6, $3,970; 3. (tie) Dex Maddock/Kurtis Barry, Jeff Flenniken/Jake Minor and Ty Blasingame/J.W. Borrego, 5.8, $2,779 each; 6. (tie) Dustin Bird/Kyle Lockett and Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, 6.0, $1,290 each; 8. Dale Benevides/Buck McCay, 6.2, $397. Second round: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.9 seconds, $4,566 each; 2. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 5.1, $3,970; 3. Rhen Richard/Quinn Kesler, 5.6, $3,375; 4. Dillon Holyfield/Robert Murphy, 6.0, $2,779; 5. (tie) Dustin Bird/Kyle Lockett, Cody Barney/Daniel Holland, Chaz Kananen/Tyler Whitlow and Colton Campbell/Jordan Ketscher, 6.3, $1,290 each. Finals: 1. Chad Masters/Tyler Worley, 5.0 seconds, $1,523 each; 2. (tie) Colton Campbell/Jordan Ketscher and Garrett Rogers/Cesar de la Cruz, 6.1, $1,129 each; 4. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, 6.7, $735; 5. Coleman Proctor/Ryan Motes, 7.2, $473; 6. Shane Erickson/Brent Falon, 8.2, $263. Average: 1. Chad Masters/Tyler Worley, 18.1 seconds on three head, $6,849 each; 2. Lane Ivy/Buddy Hawkins II, 19.6, $5,955; 3. Garrett Rogers/Cesar de la Cruz, 19.9, $5,062; 4. Colton Campbell/Jordan Ketscher, 20.1, $4,169; 5. Shane Erickson/Brent Falon, 22.4, $3,275; 6. Coleman Proctor/Ryan Motes, 22.5, $2,382; 7. Jeff Flenniken/Jake Minor, 23.4, $1,489; 8. Ty Blasingame/J.W. Borrego, 24.6, $596.

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Colt Gordon, 86.5 points on Calgary Stampede’s Y u R Friskey, $5,341; 2. Clay Elliott, 86, $4,095; 3. Jake Wright, 85, $3,027; 4. (tie) Wade Sundell and Isaac Diaz, 83.5, $1,602 each; 6. Jesse Wright, 83, $890; 7. (tie) Allen Boore and Zeke Thurston, 82, $623 each. Finals: 1. (tie) Ryder Wright, on Calgary Stampede’s Zaka Kibitz, and Jesse Wright, on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Robinson Bulls’ Marquee, 85 points, $1,450 each; 3. Allen Boore, 84.5, $900; 4. Isaac Diaz, 83.5, $600; 5. Wade Sundell, 81, $350; 6. Bradley Harter, 80, $250. Average: 1. Jesse Wright, 168 points on two head, $5,341; 2. Isaac Diaz, 167, $4,095; 3. (tie) Ryder Wright and Allen Boore, 166.5, $2,493 each; 5. Colt Gordon, 166, $1,246; 6. Wade Sundell, 164.5, $890; 7. Bradley Harter, 161, $712; 8. Zeke Thurston, 160.5, $534.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Riley Pruitt, 8.8 seconds, $3,880; 2. Tuf Cooper, 8.9, $3,374; 3. Cyle Denison, 9.0, $2,868; 4. J.C. Malone, 9.2, $2,362; 5. Cooper Martin, 9.4, $1,856; 6. Dane Kissack, 9.5, $1,350; 7. Bo Pickett, 10.0, $844; 8. Tyler Prcin, 10.1, $337. Second round: 1. Jake Hannum, 8.7 seconds, $3,880; 2. (tie) Ty Harris and Shane Hanchey, 9.5, $3,121 each; 4. Ty Holly, 10.4, $2,362; 5. Tyler Prcin, 10.7, $1,856; 6. Bo Pickett, 10.9, $1,350; 7. Brad Goodrich, 11.1, $844; 8. Blane Cox, 11.3, $337. Finals: 1. J.C. Malone, 8.6 seconds, $1,059; 2. Dane Kissack, 10.2, $876; 3. Ty Harris, 10.4, $694; 4. Cooper Martin, 11.3, $511; 5. Shane Hanchey, 11.4, $329; 6. Cyle Denison, 12.0, $183. Average: 1. J.C. Malone, 31.3 seconds on three head, $5,820; 2. Shane Hanchey, 31.6, $5,061; 3. Ty Harris, 32.9, $4,302; 4. Tyler Prcin, 33.1, $3,543; 5. Cooper Martin, 34.0, $2,784; 6. Bo Pickett, 34.6, $2,025; 7. Dane Kissack, 34.7, $1,265; 8. Cyle Denison, 36.9, $506.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Jolene Douglas-Hoburg, 28.73 seconds, $5,007; 2. Cheyenne Allan, 28.76, $4,292; 3. Kacey Gartner, 28.93, $3,576; 4. Italy Sheehan, 29.05, $3,100; 5. Jessie Telford, 29.06, $2,384; 6. Mindy Goemmer, 29.09, $1,907; 7. Teri Bangart, 29.11, $1,431; 8. Katelyn Scott, 29.25, $954; 9. Cindy Woods, 29.29, $715; 10. Brenda Mays, 29.30, $477. Finals: 1. Kacey Gartner, 28.47 seconds, $2,119; 2. Cheyenne Allan, 28.62, $1,589; 3. Jolene Douglas-Hoburg, 28.76, $1,060; 4. Lexi Burgess, 28.82, $530. Average: 1. Cheyenne Allan, 57.38 seconds on two head, $5,007; 2. Kacey Gartner, 57.40, $4,292; 3. Jolene Douglas-Hoburg, 57.49, $3,576; 4. Teri Bangart, 57.99, $3,100; 5. Italy Sheehan, 58.15, $2,384; 6. Lexi Burgess, 58.32, $1,907; 7. Jessie Telford, 58.36, $1,431; 8. Katelyn Scott, 58.39, $954; 9. Mindy Goemmer, 58.43, $715; 10. Hayle Gibson, 58.64, $477.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 11.2 seconds, $3,966; 2. Tom Sorey, 11.3, $3,449; 3. Jim Locke, 11.9, $2,931; 4. Shorty Garten, 13.0, $2,414; 5. (tie) Roger Branch and J. Tom Fisher, 14.6, $1,638 each; 7. Will McBride, 14.9, $862; 8. Dave Sedar, 16.3, $345. Second round: 1. Chet Herren, 11.4 seconds, $3,966; 2. Chris Glover, 12.4, $3,449; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., 13.0, $2,931; 4. (tie) Ryan Rochlitz and Howdy McGinn, 13.2, $2,155 each; 6. Scott Snedecor, 13.6, $1,379; 7. Tuf Cooper, 13.7, $862; 8. Bryce Davis, 13.9, $345. Finals: 1. Chet Herren, 14.9 seconds, $1,117; 2. Cody Lee, 16.7, $924; 3. Jarrett Blessing, 17.5, $732; 4. (tie) Will Gasperson and Chris Glover, 17.9, $443 each; 6. Tygh Campbell, 20.4, $193. Average: 1. Chris Glover, 47.5 seconds on three head, $5,949; 2. Trevor Brazile, 48.2, $5,173; 3. Jarrett Blessing, 50.8, $4,397; 4. Will Gasperson, 51.4, $3,621; 5. Cody Lee, 62.0, $2,845; 6. Tygh Campbell, 65.0, $2,069; 7. Kim Ziegelgruber, 72.9, $1,293; 8. Chet Herren, 26.3 on two head, $517.

Bull riding: First round: 1. (tie) Koby Radley, on Korkow Rodeos’ Jambalaya, and Roscoe Jarboe, on Korkow Rodeos’ Teepee Creeper, 85.5 points, $4,693 each; 3. (tie) Sage Kimzey and Gumby Wren, 83.5, $2,479 each; 5. Jordan Hansen, 82.5, $1,240; 6. Corey Maier, 82, $886; 7. Tyler Bingham, 81.5, $708; 8. Shane Proctor, 81, $531. * Finals: 1. Jordan Spears, 86 points on Brookman Rodeo’s Little Chubby, $5,000; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Jordan Spears, 166 points on two head, $5,313; 2. (tie) Roscoe Jarboe and Koby Radley, 85.5 on one head, $3,542 each; 4. (tie) Gumby Wren and Sage Kimzey, 83.5, $1,594 each; 6. Jordan Hansen, 82.5, $886; 7. Corey Maier, 82, $708; 8. Tyler Bingham, 81.5, $531. *(all totals include ground money).