If this weekend in Guthrie is any indication of the crowds that could be in town later this summer for the Little Britches Rodeo than Guthrie has a busy week on its hands. The Timed Event Championship and Junior Timed Event Championships were held this weekend at the Lazy E Arena. The events brought the 20 best cowboys and 10 best high school rodeo competitors from across the country for three days of competition. The professionals ran 25 times while the high school boys ran 12 times over the three days.
A trip through Guthrie Friday night and Saturday afternoon saw a lot of horse trailers and pick-up trucks at the local restaurants and gas stations. The crowd Saturday afternoon had to be around 5'000 people in attendance. In addition to the eight shows in three days, the arena had a mini shopping center for the cowboys, visitors and families to check-out. There was also a Chuck Wagon cook-off on Saturday morning for breakfast and Saturday afternoon for a late lunch. There were over 20 teams in town competing for that title.
In the end on Sunday afternoon, Jess Tierney closed out a wild final round to become the 13th winner of this event.
The cowboys compete in heading, tie-downs, heeling, steer wrestling and steer roping in what is called the ironman event of rodeo. The cowboy with the best total time wins. Tierney of Hermosa, South Dakota totaled 326.8 seconds on 25 rides to edge out Clay Smith of Broken Bow by six seconds for the title. Crowd favorite Trevor Brazile of Dectur, Texas finished in third place ten seconds behind the winner after leading for most of the first two days. Defending champion Paul David Tierney finished in fifth place after having trouble in the steer wrestling that knocked him out of contention for a repeat title. Tierney slammed the door on the field when he roped and tied a steer in 16.4 seconds. Josh Peek of Pueblo Colorado was in second place at the time and clocked a 33.9 in the same event to assure Tierney of the title.
The 2017 CINCH Timed Event Championship is sponsored by a host of companies across the country but it was good to see local banners from John Vance Motors, Guthrie Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Hampton Inn - Guthrie in the arena and in the program this weekend.
Tierney for his efforts won $104,000 for the first place finish. Smith finished with $27,000 and Brazile was third with a payday of $22,000.
In the Junior Ironman Championship which was in its first year, Bo Yaussi of Udall, Kansas won the crown with a time of 152.2 seconds on 12 runs to edge out J.D. Draper of Oakley Kansas for the title. Wyatt Hansen of Oakdale, California finished third in the money. Yaussi won $10,000 for his efforts over the weekend.
You can probably expect to see Yaussi and Draper later this spring when the Kansas-Oklahoma Border bash comes to the Lazy E Arena in late April. Draper was also in Guthrie last summer as part of the Little Britches National Finals and was the reserve grand champion in steer wrestling and had a third place finish in the tie-down roping event.
While Oklahoma was not represented in the Junior Ironman, based on the traffic that the events created this weekend, Guthrie could be in store for a busy week in July when the Little Britches Rodeo comes back for a second year July 3-9.