GUTHRIE, Okla. – Clayton Hass has learned a few things in his years of competing at the Timed Event Championship.
He’s hoping all those lessons pay off by the time the five-round competition concludes Sunday afternoon. For now, though, he’ll continue to focus on the tasks at hand. Maybe that’s why he holds the lead after the first round of this year’s “Ironman” Event of ProRodeo.
“It’s a marathon here,” said Hass, 29, of Terrel, Texas. “It’s going to be up and down all weekend long. If you have a bad run, just keep doing what you do and it’ll come back to you.”
Hass finished Friday afternoon’s round 54.4 seconds to lead the pack consisting of 20 of the greatest all-around cowboys in the sport. He put together solid times in all five events of this rugged contest: 8.1 seconds in heading, 15.1 in tie-down roping, 9.4 in heeling, 4.7 in steer wrestling and 17.1 in steer roping.
Hass leads Trevor Brazile by 1.4 seconds – Brazile owns six Timed Event titles and 17 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world championships, including 10 coveted all-around gold buckles.
“We had a good day today and just made some good practice-pen runs,” Hass said. “My first few years of coming here, I just tried to coast. I’ve learned over the last couple of years just to do what I do, rope my roping and just go at it like that. I’m just going to take each event one step at a time and go with it.”
The 2013 Timed Event Championship is a Lazy E Production. For more information on the Timed Event Championship or other Lazy E events, contact the Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK 73044, (405) 282-RIDE, (800) 595-RIDE or visit www.lazye.com.
1. Clayton Hass, 54.4 seconds; 2 Trevor Brazile, 55.8; 3. Trell Etbauer, 57.7; 4. Landon McClaugherty, 57.9; 5. Mike Outhier, 58.4; 6. Dustin Bird, 60.3; 7. Daniel Green, 61.4; 8. Kyle Lockett, 63.9.
Hass Holds the Lead after First Go-Round