KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Timber Moore didn’t have much to stress about when he arrived at the American Royal PRCA Rodeo on Friday night.
He’s won more than $105,000 during the 2015 ProRodeo season and sits second in the world standings. He’s assured himself of a fourth trip to Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as the No. 2 tie-down roper on the money list.
None of that stopped him from trying to win in Kansas City. The 29-year-old cowboy roped and tied his calf in 7.9 seconds to take the early lead at the American Royal with two more performances remaining – at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hale Arena inside the American Royal complex.
“I’ve already placed in Omaha, and now I’m winning Kansas City; it feels great to finish the year strong,” said Moore of Aubrey, Texas. “Hopefully things will keep going this way and try to win the world this year. Maybe we’ll keep picking away at them during the finals if things go my way.”
The NFR is rodeo’s super bowl and features just the top 15 contestants in each event in the year-end championship. This year’s finale features an unprecedented purse, with go-round winners earning more than $26,000 each for 10 straight nights.
Making the NFR is imperative for rodeo’s stars that make their living in the game they love. Yes, he made a good living this year, but traveling expenses covered a big portion of that money. There are no guarantees in rodeo; cowboys and cowgirls not only cover their own expenses, but they also must pay fees in order to compete.
“My year’s been great, but I owe it all to Colonel,” Moore said of his horse, an 11-year-old sorrel gelding. “He got a little sore during the summer, but he’s been great all year. Without him, it wouldn’t be possible.”
Moore competed Thursday in Omaha during the River City Rodeo, then made the short commute to the West Bottoms on Friday. He returns to Omaha on Saturday for another PRCA event, ending his season after traveling to 71 rodeos all across the country. Having a solid mount is key to any cowboy’s success.
“He’s got a good mindset,” he said of Colonel. “He’s a little smaller, more compact. He’s real quick footed and wants to stop fast and be quick. He makes things happen. Anymore the calf roping is so tough you’ve got to cut time off where you can, and he allows you to do it.”
American Royal Rodeo
Kansas City, Mo.
Bareback riding: 1. (tie) Kyle Brennecke, on Frontier Rodeo’s Miss Garrett, and Devan Reilly, on Frontier Rodeo’s Lizzard Medicine, 81 points; 3. George Gillespie, 80; 4. Ethan Assman, 78; 5. (tie) Luke Creasy and Mason Clements, 76; 7. Tim O’Connell, 75.
Steer wrestling leaders: 1. Clayton Hass, 3.2 seconds; 2. (tie) Ryan Bothum, and J.D. Struxness, 4.0 each; 4. Casey Martin, 4.1; 5. Ryan Swayze, 4.2; 6. Dakota Eldridge, 4.3; 7. (tie) Jule Hazen, Josh Clark and Jacob Edler, 4.5.
Team roping leaders: 1. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 3.6 seconds; 2. (tie) Jeremy Hemmann/Jeff Brown, and Ryan Von Ahn/J.W. Beck, 4.6 each; 4. (tie) Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, and Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 5.1 each; 6. Cale Markham/Billie Jack Saebens, 5.5; 7. Ty Bach/Allen Bach, 5.7; 8. Jesse Stipes/Tyler Worley, 6.2.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Dalton Davis, 81 points on Salt Creek Rodeo’s Campfire; 2. Chuck Schmidt, 79; 3. Tyrel Larsen, 75; no other qualified rides.
Tie-down roping leaders: 1. Timber Moore, 7.9 seconds; 2. Caleb Smidt, 8.0; 3. Dillon Holder, 8.3; 4. Ryan Jarrett, 8.4; 5. Tuf Cooper, 8.5; 6. Monty Lewis, 9.0; 7. Kadin Boardman, 9.3; 8. Cade Swor, 9.6.
Barrel racing leaders: 1. Vickie Carter, 14.34 seconds; 2. Deb Guelly, 14.48; 3. Jeanne Anderson, 14.55; 4. Layna Kight, 14.56; 5. Laura Kennedy, 14.63; 6. Calyssa Thomas, 14.66; 7. Marne Loosenort, 14.67; 8. (tie) Trula Churchill and Sherry Cervi, 14.68; 10. Ashley Baur. 14.69.
Bull riding: 1. Corey Atwell, 88 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Big Money; 2. Dallee Mason, 85; 3. Trevor Reiste, 81; 4. John Young, 79; 5. Kody DeShon, 76; no other qualified rides.