LAS VEGAS – Ryan Jarrett has won countless go-rounds in his 11 qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Thursday night marked the first time in his career that Jarrett has won the opening go-round. He roped and tied his calf in 7.5 seconds to win the round. By doing so, he added $26,231 to his 2017 payroll and pushed his season earnings to $132,286. He has moved up three spots to No. 5 in the tie-down roping world standings.
“To win the first round means a lot, but I’m just going to try to build off it the rest of the week,” said Jarrett, the 2005 all-around world champion. “If we draw good and rope good, things will pan out.”
He’s found a little gem in his horse, Snoopy, a 7-year-old sorrel gelding that he has raised and trained. The two found success at the All American Finals in Waco, Texas, this past October, and that secured his plans to use the mount in Vegas.
“He’s never been ridden here,” he said. “I thought it would fit him. Tonight went really good. I was hoping he would attend to business like he did. He’s no seasoned vet, so you can’t expect him to do everything correct.”
Jarrett understands the importance of a good horse. He’s not looking for one with the most power, but he knows he needs one that has its wits about him.
“You just need something that really fits you and lets you rope to your abilities and do your thing,” Jarrett said. “He still has to be strong and tough. Some of the greatest horses that go down the road aren’t very good in here.
“I was ready for tonight.”