Published 5/31/2011 in Beef Empire Days
By BRETT MARSHALL
Great athletes like competing at great venues with great competition.
Laurie Sisk/Telegram Cowboys line up on horseback to watch other competitors and wait for their turns to compete in the 2010 Beef Empire Days Ranch Rodeo.
That's what the cowboys will get at the 25th Annual Beef Empire Days Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event set to run June 8 through 11 at the Finney County Fairgrounds Grandstand Arena.
Thirty cowboys, currently ranked among the top 10 in their respective events, are registered to compete at the annual PRCA event here, and rodeo fans will have more than their share of top performers to observe.
"I think it's a combination of having a great venue, great stock, and the way we take care of the cowboys," Rod Wolking, president of the BED PRCA committee, said about what sets the Beef Empire Days rodeo apart from others.
Leading the list of professionals is No. 1-ranked all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas.
Brazile, also ranked No. 1 in steer roping, No. 8 in tie-down calf roping and No. 3 in team roping (header), will be among the favorites in all three when he arrives in Garden City.
No. 3 all-around Landon McClaugherty of Tilden, Texas, also will be competing, as will No. 7 all-around Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D.
Brazile's No. 1 ranking in steer roping will be challenged by a strong contingent of top 10-ranked cowboys. No. 2 Cody Lee of Gatesville, Texas; No. 4 Walter Priestly of Robstown, Texas; No. 5 Rocky Patterson of Pratt; No. 7 Scott Snedecor of Uvalde, Texas; No. 8 Will Gasperson of Decatur, Texas; and No. 9 Vin Fisher, Jr. of Andrews, Texas, all will contend in that event.
In steer wrestling, No. 6 Stockton Graves of Newkirk, Okla., heads the group of entrants, along with No. 10 Seth Brockman of Wheatland, Wyo. The bareback riding competition will be led by No. 2 Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas; No. 9 Wes Stevenson of Lubbock, Texas; and No. 10 Bo Casper of Fort Scott.
Brazile, ranked No. 3 as a header in team roping, will head the group in that event. Also competing are No. 9 header Kaleb Driggers of Albany, Ga.; No. 3 heeler Patrick Smith; No. 8 heeler Tyler Corrington of Hastings, Neb.; and heeler Jhett Johnson of Casper, Wyo.
In the tie-down calf roping competition, Brazile comes in ranked No. 8 while Hunter Herrin of Apache, Okla., is ranked No. 2; Monty Lewis of Hereford, Texas, is No. 9, and Cory Solomon of Prairie View, Texas, is No. 10.
Bull riding, one of the premier events in rodeo, will have the No. 4 (Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.); No. 5 (Clayton Foltyn, El Campo, Texas); and No. 6 (Jacob O'Mara, Prairieville, La.). Cort Scheer, No. 7 in saddle bronc riding, will be the top-ranked performer entered in that event. He will be joined by Tyler Corrington of Hastings, Neb.
The slack competition will be held June 8, with nightly competition running at 7 p.m. each night, June 9 through 11.
Rodeo stock is being provided once again by Korkow Rodeos of Pierre, S.D., one of the top stock producers in the country. The Korkow family is in its third generation of operation and is one of just a few producers to be represented with stock at the National Finals Rodeo every year since its inception in 1949.
There were 476 entrants registered by the PRCA when registration closed on May 18.
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