GUTHRIE, Okla. – A good cowboy is one who learns from experiences.
Landon McClaugherty is a good cowboy, and he proved it Friday night during the second go-round of the Timed Event Championship of the World. The Tilden, Texas, man raced through five runs in 57.2 seconds and pushed his two-round cumulative time to 122.6 seconds to lead the race in this year’s “Ironman of ProRodeo” event with three rounds remaining.
“I wish I wouldn’t have missed my trip on the last one,” McClaugherty said of his steer roping run, in which he didn’t quite get the rope in position initially and had to adjust quickly. He did and still posted a 25.5-second time in the event. “Other than that, it’s been going good.”
It was a busy day for all 20 of the top timed-event cowboys in rodeo to kick-start the championship. McClaugherty’s time is just seven seconds faster than K.C. Jones, a five-time champion from Burlington, Wyo., who held the lead after Friday afternoon’s opening go-round. McClaugherty was fourth heading into the evening performance.
That’s when he showed how his Timed Event training has come into play. Past champions always say that the man who makes the fewest mistakes will win the title. That means being steady and solid is the key. Even with his final-run bobble, the Texan was pretty solid.
“It’s like a practice-pen deal here; you let them out and work your horse, and you do your thing,” said McClaugherty, now in his fourth time in the most unique and rugged event in rodeo. “You’re only going to be as fast as the cow’s going to let you.”
He needs to keep that focus, especially with Jones and three-time champion Daniel Green on his tail – Green, of Oakdale, Calif., is third at 130.6. Also among the leaders is two-time winner Kyle Lockett of Visalia, Calif., who led the race until suffering a 60-second time in steer wrestling – at the Timed Event, a 60 is the equivalent of a no-time.
The race is on with two days of competition remaining.
AVERAGE LEADERS: 1. Landon McClaugherty, 122.6 on 10 head; 2. K.C. Jones, 129.7; 3. Daniel Green, 130.6; 4. Paul David Tierney, 138.9; 5. Clay Smith, 146.0; 6. Cody Doescher, 155.6; 7. Russell Cardoza, 158.5; 8. Kyle Lockett, 167.7.
ROUND 1: 1. K.C. Jones, 56.7 seconds; 2. Kyle Lockett, 57.2; 3. Daniel Green, 61.1; 4. (tie) Landon McClaugherty and JoJo LeMond, 65.4; 6. Dustin Bird, 66.4.
ROUND 2: 1. Russell Cardoza, 54.5 seconds; 2. Trell Etbauer, 56.8; 3. Landon McClaugherty, 57.2; 4. Paul David Tierney, 61.3; 5. Clayton Hass, 61.9; 6. Josh Peek, 64.8.
FASTEST ROUND LEADERS: 1. Russell Cardoza, 54.6 seconds; 2. K.C. Hones, 56.7; 3. Trell Etbauer, 56.8; 4. (tie) Kyle Lockett and Landon McClaugherty, 57.2; 6. Daniel Green, 61.6.