Broc Cresta Memorial winners: header Zac Small (r) and heeler Tyler Worley (l) receiving their awards from the roping producers Justin Davis and Mandy Davis Staley. (Boots and Bouquets Photography)
By Brody Gill
Special To Ropers Sports News
COTTONWOOD, CALIF. – When springtime comes around, PRCA cowboys and cowgirls head to California to warm sunny weather and the West Coast swing of the season and enter in some the biggest and best rodeos of the year, like Oakdale, Red Bluff, Clovis and Redding. It is also time for team ropers to hit up some of the most popular jackpots of the year, such as the Hork Dog, Brew’s Switch-Ender, and for four years now, the Broc Cresta Memorial Roping in Cottonwood.
Green grasses, flowering trees and blue skies had been the ritual for the past three years at the picture-perfect Four Star Ranch where Broc had lived the last seven years of his life. However, this year the weather forecast called for rain on the day of the event. It was not until the morning of the roping that it would be known if the roping would be held at the past home of Broc’s.
Clay Smith turned five quick ones for many time NFR heeler Dugan Kelly to win the James Pickens Jr. Foundation Charity Open Roping with a time of 31.29 on five steers. Sal Owen Photo
CLOVIS, CALIF. – The 7th annual James Pickens Jr. Foundation Charity Open Roping was held April 19 at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds.
The Pro-Am Roping was held first, with entries at $200 per man. Next was the Open roping at $300/man, a five-steer, progressive after two.
Clay Smith has really been on a roll this year at the Spring jackpots held throughout California. He recently won third at the Oakdale Open Match with Paul Eaves. The week before the Pickens Roping, he won second and third in the average at the Broc Cresta Memorial. Teamed up with Dugan Kelly, he won this year’s Foundation Charity Open Roping.