Jarrett snags the lead in Guymon

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Ryan Jarrett dismounts his horse ans he speeds to a time of 9.3 seconds to take the third-round and average leads in tie-down roping at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo. (PHOTO BY ROBBY FREEMAN)

GUYMON, Okla. – It’s been a decade since Ryan Jarrett last left the Oklahoma Panhandle with the unique trophy belt given to the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo champions.

He wants another one, and he’s staking his claim for it this year. On Saturday afternoon during the second performance, Jarrett roped and tied his calf in 9.3 seconds to take the third-round and aggregate leads in tie-down roping. It seems like he’s always finding his way to a good payday in Guymon.

“That doesn’t always happen,” he said. “I like this rodeo. It’s a good rodeo and old school as far as everybody being around during slack. It’s the way rodeo was when I first started.”

Ryan Jarrett
Ryan Jarrett

Many rodeos now feature back-to-back runs for the contestants, meaning they will make a first-round run on a certain morning, then follow with their second-round run that evening during a performance. Pioneer Days Rodeo features two full rounds during slack earlier in the week, and the top times return for the weekend performances.

Jarrett, a 12-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier now sitting 15th in the tie-down roping world standings, also competed in team roping in the Oklahoma Panhandle. He and heeling partner Matt Kasner advanced from the first two rounds, but Jarrett was saddled with a no-time in that event.

“It was good that we made it back, but then I missed a good one,” Jarrett said. “You have to take a deep breath and move on, because I’ve got another one to rope. In reality, I haven’t been focusing on team roping a whole lot.”

Pioneer Days Rodeo is unique in that the team ropers compete on hornless cattle, otherwise known as muleys. There are enough cattle for the timed events that each cowboy or team is given a fresh animal on which to compete, so there have been no previous runs on them.

“It’s a fresh one for everybody, so it’s about as fair as you can get in all the timed events,” he said. “I drew decent in calf roping. I knew I didn’t want to break the barrier, just give the calf a safe start, knock him down and see how it ended up.”

The 9.3 moved his three-run cumulative time to 38.3 seconds. He’ll have to await the outcome of the final two performances to see how it all plays out. Shortly after his performance Saturday afternoon, he was southeast bound, counting down every minute of his five-and-a-half-hour drive home to his wife, Shy-Anne, and 2-month-old baby girl, Junee Rae.

“My life in rodeo has changed a lot since she was born,” said Jarrett, the 2005 all-around world champion. “It sure makes it pretty hard to drive away.”

Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
April 29-May 5
Results through the second performance
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Garrett Shadbolt, 87 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Joker; 2. Ty Breuer, 85; 3. Taylor Broussard, 83.5; 4. Tanner Aus, 81.5; 5. (tie) Brazos Winters and Mason Clements, 80; 7. Daylon Swearingen, 77; 8. Cole Reiner, 74.

Team roping: Third round leaders: 1. Tanner Green/Jake Clay, 5.4 seconds; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 6.1; 3. Jake Orman/Walt Woodard, 6.3; 4. Garett Chick/Ross Ashford, 6.9; 5. (tie) Laramie Allen/Jace Davis and Nick Sartain/Austin Rogers, 7.0; 7, Jase Staudt/Clancey Kreutzer, 12.1; 8. Cody Hilzendeger/J.C. Flake, 12.2. Aggregate leaders: 1. Garret Chick/Ross Ashford, 29.4 seconds on three runs; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 37.6; 3. Nick Sartain/Austin Rogers, 40.5; 4. Jase Staudt/Clancey kreutzer, 43.7; 5. Tanner Green/Jake Clay, 13.4 seconds on two runs; 6. Jake Orman/Walt Woodard, 13.7; 7. Laramie Allen/Jace Davis, 14.1; 8. (tie) Cole Morgan/Derrick Jantzen and Blake Hughes/Braden Harmon, 15.0.

Steer wrestling: Third round leaders: 1. Jule Hazen, 4.1 seconds; 2. Tom Uttermark, 4.4; 3. Richard Coats, 4.8; 4. Cody Devers, 5.3; 5. Hunter Washburn, 5.5; 6. (tie) T.J. Hall and Tyler Pearson, 5.8; 8. Blake Mindemann, 6.0. Aggregate leaders: 1. Blake Mindemann, 15.9 seconds on three runs; 2. Billy Boldon, 16.9; 3. T.J. Hall, 18.2; 4. Jule Hazen, 18.6; 5. Hunter Washburn, 20.0; 6. Tom Uttermark, 20.4; 7. Justin Nokes, 24.0; 8. Tyler Pearson, 24.3.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Wade Sundell, 90 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Big News; 2. Isaac Diaz, 87.5; 3. Colt Gordon, 85; 4. Taos Muncy, 83; 5. Cort Scheer, 83; 6. Preston Burr, 82; 7. (tie) Cole Elshere and Jesse Bail, 77.5.

Tie-down roping: Third round leaders: 1. Ryan Jarrett, 9.3 seconds; 2. Will Howell, 9.4; 3. (tie) Seth Cooke and Jase Staudt, 10.6; 5. Justin Smith, 11.1; 6. Chase Williams, 11.5; 7. Tyler Prcin, 11.7; 8. Ty Harris, 12.1. Aggregate leaders: 1. Ryan Jarrett, 38.3 seconds on three runs; 2. Jase Staudt, 32.5; 3. Will Howell, 34.2; 4. Chase Williams, 35.9; 5. Ty Harris, 36.1; 6. Robert Mathis, 37.1; 7. (tie) Tyler Prcin and Justin Smith, 38.3.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. Ivy Hurst, 17.39 seconds; 2. (toe) Billie Ann Harmon and $yann Pedone, 17.48; 4. Sarah McCormick, 17.49; 5. (tie) Ashley Castleberry and Stevi Hillman, 17.58; 7. Kylie Weast, 17.59; 8. Kelly Yates, 17.60; 9. (tie) Michelle Darling and Shannon Lillard, 17.67. Aggregate leaders: 1. Kylie Weast, 35.12 seconds on two runs; 2. Ivy Hurst, 35.44; 3. Ryan Pedone, 35.49; 4. Michelle Darling, 35.50; 5. Sevi Hillman, 35.53; 6. Billie Ann Harmon, 35.56; 7. Kelly Yates, 35.59; 8. Tracy Nowlin, 35.66; 9. Tyra Kane, 35.68; 10. Sarah McCormick, 35.74.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Corey Atwell, 84.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Psychopath; 2. Daylon Swearingen, 84; 3. Eligah Mora, 83; 4. Toby Collins, 82; 5. Josh Frost, 81.5; 6. Cain Smith, 79; no other qualified rides.


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