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Tuesday, July 2, 2002

Rodeo's 2001 champ grabs first go lead

A defending champion from last year's West of the Pecos Rodeo holds the early lead after the first go round on Monday, while one of the current leaders in the All-Around standings added to his 2002 earnings with his own first place effort on the opening day of slack for the 2002 show.

Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan., leads in steer roping after posting an 11.2 time in the first go on Monday. Patterson, who won last year's steer roping competition with a combined 53.2-second time for his three attempts, currently is in fourth place among all rodeo cowboys in steer roping earnings for 2002.

The first go-round was completed on Monday in steer roping, calf roping, team roping and steer wrestling, and second go-round competition began this morning at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena. Second go in steer roping will continue tonight at the arena, along with the start of ladies' barrel racing and the first two sections of bull riding.

Howdy Cloud, ranked 16th this week among the money leaders, and No. 5 finisher last year, Philip Elkins, are among the bull riders scheduled to compete during the first two sections. Tonight's show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets will be $5 apiece at the arena box office.

Patterson's time was .7 seconds faster than Rod Hartness of Pawhuska, Okla., and earned him $2,082.28. Hartness picked up $1,723.26, while Jim Folk of Lenapah, Okla., was third with a 12.7 time, good for $1,364.25.

Jim Davis of Abilene and Kim Ziegelbruder of Edmond, Okla., share fourth place with 13.0 times and both received $825.72, while another Pawhuska cowboy, Shorty Garten, had a 13.3 time for sixth place overall.

Splitting $2,622.18 for finishing first in team roping on Monday was Brent Lewis of Pinon, N.M., who currently is in fourth place in the All-Around standings as well as in calf roping among 2002 money leaders. Lewis didn't place among the Top 6 in that event, where he has won nearly $45,000 this year, but earned $1,311.09 after he and Clint James of Payson, Ariz., scored a 7.9 time on their first attempt.

Matt Gulley of Novice and Blake Elms of Stephenville were second, with an 8.5 time and earned $1.085.04, while Breck Bean of Fort Hancock and Shot Branham of Midland were third, with an 8.8 time and won $858.99 apiece.

They were followed by Brady and Tom Wren of Kerrville, who had a 9.1 time and won $632.94 each; Jason Cooper of Jarrell and Paul Gutierrez of El Paso, who had a 9.5 time and won $406.89; and former West of the Pecos Rodeo producer Mack Altizer of Del Rio and his partner, Scott Snedecor of Uvalde, who each earned $226.05 with their 9.7 time.

In steer wrestling, Joe Walker of Springtown and Brian Bauerle of Kyle both were able to down their steer in 5.2 seconds on Monday to share the lead after the first go-round. Walker and Bauerle each earned $1,418.89. Charles Harris of Modesto, Okla., was one-tenth of a second back and earned $1,017.32, while Dale Mienecke of Aubrey had a 5.6 time for fourth place, and $749.60.

Sharing fifth were Vince Walker and Brentwood, Calif., and Frank Davis of Menard. Both had 5.8 times for the first go round and collected $374.81.

In calf roping, Neal Felton of Mountain Home was the only roper on Monday to break 10 seconds. He had 9.9-second time to win the first go round and pick up $1,913.43.

Tye Pride of Carthage was next with a 10.5 time, which earned him $1,588.52, Kody Curry of Hamilton was third with a 10.8 time, good for $1,253.62, and three cowboys, Russell Blandford of Stockdale, Bubba Flores of Iraan and Raymond Hallsburgh of Stamford, all had 10.9 times and earned $615.81.

After the start of barrel racing and bull riding tonight, the West of the Pecos Rodeo will officially get underway on Wednesday, with the first of four performances. Saddle bronc and bareback riding will also begin on Wednesday and is scheduled to include Jesse Bail, currently the No. 2 cowboy in the All-Around standings, while standing No. 2 in saddle bronc riding and No. 9 in bull riding earnings through the first half of 2002.

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