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Rogers, partner place seventh in team-roping average

Rogers, partner place seventh in team-roping average
Erich Rogers of Rough Rock, Ariz., finished seventh in the average race with partner Cory Petska at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Both cowboys won $32,794 during the 10-day event. (Courtesy photo – PRCA)

Erich Rogers of Rough Rock, Ariz., finished seventh in the average race with partner Cory Petska at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Both cowboys won $32,794 during the 10-day event. (Courtesy photo – PRCA)

LAS VEGAS, Nev.

The team-roping competition was a hit and miss for the contestants at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Of the 15 teams, Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill were the only ropers to catch all 10 steers while two other teams roped nine draws.

Dustin Bird of Cut Bank, Mont., won two rounds at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with partner Paul Eaves. Both cowboys also placed in two other rounds and cashed in $56,087. (Courtesy photo – PRCA)

Dustin Bird of Cut Bank, Mont., won two rounds at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with partner Paul Eaves. Both cowboys also placed in two other rounds and cashed in $56,087. (Courtesy photo – PRCA)

In essence, the rest of team ropers had some problems with a tough pen of steers. Nonetheless, Rough Rock, Ariz., cowboy Erich Rogers placed seventh in the average race with a 73.80 run on eight steers with his partner Cory Petska of Marana, Ariz.

“I was hoping to win a lot bit more and catching more but it is what it is,” said Rogers, who pocketed $32,794 at this year’s finals to push his year-end total to $134,215 for an eighth place finish in the world standings.

During the 10-day event, Rogers said they weren’t drawing well but he put most of the blame on himself.
“I was not doing what I was supposed to do,” Rogers said. “Every night we just tried to catch so we had to rope a little more aggressive.”

And when they got too aggressive they were assessed a penalty. Nevertheless, both ropers earned a second place check of $15,018 in the seventh round with the 3.9 run they produced.

“It feels good to get a check,” Rogers said. “I wished that we could won a little bit more but we’ll take that.”

Tohatchi, N.M. cowgirl Kassidy Dennison cashed in $34,000 in her Wrangler National Finals Rodeo debut. Dennison won the third round and placed second in second round performance. (Courtesy photo – PRCA)

Tohatchi, N.M. cowgirl Kassidy Dennison cashed in $34,000 in her Wrangler National Finals Rodeo debut. Dennison won the third round and placed second in second round performance. (Courtesy photo – PRCA)

In that round, the team-roping combo of Cut Bank, Mont., cowboy Dustin Bird and Lonedell, Mo., Paul Eaves topped the 3.9 run turned in by Rogers and Petska.

The winning pair posted a 3.7 run and earned their second go-round buckle at the WNFR.

“I got a good start and things happened so fast,” the Blackfeet tribal member said of their run. “We’re out of the average, so we have no choice but to win as much as we can in the rounds. That’s how we roll anyway.”

About The Author

Quentin Jodie

Quentin Jodie is the Sports Editor for the Navajo Times. He started working for the Navajo Times in February 2010 and was promoted to the Sports Editor position at the end of summer in 2012. Previously, he wrote for the Gallup Independent. Reach him at qjodie@navajotimes.com

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