HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Trey Green wasn’t content with the way the 2021 ProRodeo season ended.
He battled to the very end with hopes of qualifying for the Texas Circuit Rodeo, which features only the top 12 in each event and features rodeos and contestants primarily from within the Lone Star State. Instead, he finished just outside that magical number, and he’ll have to try again next year.
The good news is that the new year began Thursday night with the first performance of the Waller County Fair and Rodeo. Green, a 12th-year PRCA member from Edgewood, Texas, wrestled his steer to the ground in 3.7 seconds to take the early bulldogging lead in Hempstead.
“It’s a little muddy, but it’s not bad,” Green said, noting that the area received a considerable amount of rain Thursday afternoon before the rodeo began. “I expected it to be a lot worse with the amount of rain that came through.”
The weather didn’t dampen his spirits any, and he proved it as the first steer wrestler to compete. Riding a horse owned by Matt Reeves, an eight-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, Green took advantage of the situation.
“A good start and a fast horse,” he said about the key to his run. “This means a lot. I started late in the season. I barely missed the circuit finals, so getting a start like this is awesome.”
Green doesn’t typically travel Reeves nor ride Reeves’ horses, but it worked out for him to kick off his 2022 season.
“I knew I had an outstanding chance,” Green said. “My traveling partners and I got up the same night here and Rosenburg (Texas). They had to go to that one. I called up Matt and said I was still coming but my horses ain’t. I he had a good horse, and he said, ‘Yeah, no problem.’
“Matt’s a good guy, a lot of help. I’m glad it worked out.”
Bull rider Toby Collins of Stephenville, Texas – originally from southeastern Australia – was the only bull rider to match moves with his animal for the qualifying eight seconds. He also posted the highest-marked ride of the rodeo, 87 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Black Beauty.
The Waller County Fair and Rodeo continues with performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Hempstead.
Waller County Fair and Rodeo
Sept. 30-Oct. 2
Bareback riding: 1. Kade Sonnier, 82 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Coal Thunder; 2. Rickey Williams, 76.5; 3. Kolt Dement, 75; 4. A.J. Ruth, 68; no other qualified rides.
Steer wrestling: 1. Trey Green, 3.7 seconds; 2. Matt Reeves, 7.9; no other qualified runs.
Team roping: 1. Kreece Thompson/Chad Williams, 4.9 seconds; 2. Luke Brown/Hunter Koch, 5.2; 3. (tie) Shay Carrol/Evan Arnold and Manny Equsquiza/Lane Mitchell, 5.3; 5. Tyler Waters/Tyler McKnight, 9.6, 6. Garett Chick/Calgary Smith, 10.3; 7. Zach Kilgus/Jake Edwards, 13.7; no other qualified runs.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Logan Cook, 85 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Flirt; 2. Blaise Freeman, 83; 3. Cash Wilson, 82; 4. Damo Brennan, 77; no other qualified rides.
Tie-down roping: 1. Sherman Lasker, 8.4 seconds; 2. Sterling Smith, 10.1; no other qualified runs.
Barrel racing: 1. Ericka Nelson, 15.44 seconds; 2. Taycee Matthews, 15.78; 3. Kyndal Schley, 15.99; 4. Deb Guelly, 20.89; 5. Nicole Driggers, 21.33; 6. Nicole Love, 22.86; 7. Bryana Lehrmann, 26.45; 8. Timber Allenbrand, 27.13; 9. Jordan Driver, 27.33; no other qualified runs.
Bull riding: 1. Toby Collins, 87 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Black Beauty; no other qualified rides.