LAS VEGAS – Ryan Jarrett may not like the number, 6, but he’ll take it.
Through nine nights of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the tie-down roper from Comanche, Okla., has placed four times – he won the opening round, then finished sixth in Rounds 5, 6 and 9. He hopes to change that Saturday night during the 10th round of this yea’s championship.
“I had a pretty good calf, but I should have finished third or better,” he said of his ninth-round run, in which he roped and tied his calf in 7.9 seconds to earn $4,231. “It ended up being a 7.9 instead of being 7.0 or 7.1.”
Shane Hanchey, the 2013 world champion, tied the fastest run of the week with a 6.9 to win the round, but there were fast times all night. Twice this week, Jarrett placed with runs in the 8-second range. He’ll take it. He has pushed his NFR earnings to almost $49,000.
“It all adds up, but it would be alright with me to top it off with a win (Saturday),” he said. “That would be a good way to end the 2017 season. A go-round win would have me at $75,000. That’s what I was shooting for when I arrived, but sometimes things don’t work out.”
That is ProRodeo’s grand championship in a nutshell. While saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright has earned $174,000 in Las Vegas, there are several cowboys and cowgirls that haven’t cashed in at all. For Jarrett, he’ll take whatever he can get.
“it’s the way the chips fall out here,” he said. I’ve been on the end when you could do no wrong, and I’ve been on the slow end, too.
“I’m not doing anything different. My horse has been working good. I don’t have to worry about him at all. I was curious as to how he was going to work, but he’d done great.”
While there has been some disappointment in the Nevada desert, Jarrett looks at every situation in a positive light. The money may not be where he wants it heading into the final night of the season, but he’s earned nearly $145,000 doing something he loves in 2017.
“I learn something every time I compete, so I can take that with me,” he said. “You have to learn, or you won’t get any better.”