EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final biography of the 20 contestants who will be part of the 2012 Timed Event Championship, which takes place at noon and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif.
When Kyle Lockett backs his horse into the chute, he knows the task at hand. In the Fabulous Lazy E Arena this weekend, it means being able to tackle a variety of tasks.
He does it pretty well, too, and proved his excellence last March when he won the Timed Event Championship for the second. More importantly, Lockett handled the pressure that comes with battling for the title of this unique event, securing the buckle and the $50,000 first-place prize.
Lockett, who has earned $206,500 in Timed Event money in his outstanding career, finished his three-day, 25-head run with 308.8 seconds to win the average. Everyone in the field knew he had it in him. Not only was he a regular fixture at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo when he traveled the trail as hard as anyone, he’s proven his talent by top finishes inside this arena year after year.
The first time Lockett left the Lazy E with the coveted title in 2005, he pulled off late-game heroics to upset Trevor Brazile, a six-time winner of this event and a 16-time PRCA World Champion. Lockett secured the coveted buckle on the final run of the weekend.
But it was just one moment in a long list of great things he’s done inside the Lazy E, where Lockett has proven his mettle each year. This weekend marks a dozen trips to the Timed Event for Lockett, and he’s returned to California with Oklahoma cash most of the time.
That’s as much of a testament to his talent as his two championships.