Joel Cowley, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo President/CEO; Jim Winne, Chairman of the Board; Michael Gomez, Mrs Baird’s Regional Sales Manager (RodeoHouston® Team Roping is sponsored by Mrs Baird’s and KHOU 11); Ty Blasingame, RodeoHouston champion team roping header; Kyle Lockett, RodeoHouston champion team roping heeler. –Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Photo
By Lane Karney
Special To Ropers Sports News
With the win at RodeoHouston, Ty Blasingame and Kyle Lockett put themselves in prime position for return appearances at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which this year will run December 5-14 in Las Vegas.
The win—one of the most prestigious and profitable in both of their all-star cowboy careers—pocketed them $55,750 a man, which for the first time in a long time counts toward Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings. At press time, Blasingame had jumped to the #1 spot amongst team roping headers, while Lockett landed second on the heeling side, just $1,000 shy of world #1, Ryan Motes, who won The American heeling for Coleman Proctor.
Justin Thigpen, the 2019 Cinch Timed Event champion, stayed solid in each event to win by a huge margin over second place finisher K.C. Jones. –James Phifer/RodeoBum.com
GUTHRIE, OK (March 10, 2019) – Seventeen days before the opening round of the Cinch Timed Event Championship, Justin Thigpen took a call from the Lazy E Arena inviting him to be a replacement for the injured JoJo LeMond.