Garden City Community College’s Ean Price, and his brother, Ethan, followed up Friday’s solid 6.3-second run in the team roping with a 6.7 Sunday to garner the most points in the event during the Broncbuster Rodeo over the weekend.
Ethan Price is a Northwestern Oklahoma State University cowboy, but competes with his brother at all of the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
The duo had taken second at Southeastern Oklahoma’s rodeo at the end of September 2017, but had not been able to get the coveted top prize this season — until Sunday.
“It was pretty awesome,” GCCC head coach Jim Boy Hash said. “They drew a good steer and were able to use him. For Ean, roping in his own barn probably helped, too.”
The win vaults each of them into the top three in the team roping header and heeler standings. Ethan is the header (the roper aiming for the head of the steer) and Ean is the heeler (the roper aiming for the heels of the steer).
Garden City’s Tucker McClain and Gunnar Stapleton remain atop the team roping standings despite an off weekend in Garden City.
“There’s plenty of rodeo left, so it could be anybody’s game still in the standings,” Hash said.
The standings determine berths to the College National Finals Rodeo on June 8 to 16 in Casper, Wyo.
“Besides Ean doing well, Payton Welsh made her first short-go,” Hash said. “She’s been working hard at that.”
Welsh, a Meade product, tied down an 8.1-second run in goat tie down on Friday to make the short-go, during which she posted an 8.4-second run. The effort did not garner any points, but Hash said it was good to see her take a step forward in her progress.
“It was good to see her have a little success,” he said. “And it was great crowds on Friday and Saturday night.”