DUNCAN, Okla. – Three-time world champion Rocky Patterson continued his dominance in the region Friday morning during the steer roping competition during the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo at Stephens County Arena.
Patterson placed in all three go-rounds, including the final-round victory, to win the average championship in a cumulative time of 37.2 seconds. In fact, he was six seconds faster than the runner-up, Chet Herren.
Just as importantly, Patterson pocketed $5,747 in Duncan and pushed his season earnings in the region to $29,591. He and Herren were the only two cowboys in the circuit to surpass more than $20,000.
Patterson and Herren also sit first and second, respectively, in the world standings and will carry that momentum with them when they compete at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in three weeks. They will be joined by fellow circuit competitor J.P. Wickett, who finished the season third in the region; he is 11th in the world standings.
Steer roping: First round: 1. Brodie Poppino, 12.2 seconds, $1,642; 2. J.P. Wickett, 14.0, $1,232; 3. Rocky Patterson, 14.8, $821; 4. Zac Parrington, 17.2. Second round: 1. Thomas Smith, 9.8 seconds, $1,642; 2. Chet Herren, 10.6, $1,232; 3. Rocky Patterson, 10.7, $821; 4. J.P. Wickett, 13.5, $411. Third round: 1. Rocky Patterson, 11.7 seconds, $1,642; 2. (tie) Billy Good and Kelton McMillen, 12.0, $1,026 each; 4. Marty Poppino, 12.1, $411. Average: 1. Rocky Patterson, 37.2 seconds on three runs, $2,463; 2. Chet Herren, 43.2, $1,847; 3. Brodie Poppino, 46.2, $1,232; 4. Billy Good, 48.2, $616.