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Lane McGehee rides Cervi Brothers’ Matchbox for 84 points Sunday night to move into a tie for second place in bareback riding at Rooftop Rodeo.

ESTES PARK, Colo. – To watch Lane McGehee, it’s easy to see an infectious smile and a passion for rodeo.

He comes by it naturally, and he fits into his identity as a bareback rider. On Sunday night, he rode the Cervi Brothers’ Matchbox for 84 points to move into a tie for second place at Rooftop Rodeo.

“This is one of my favorite rodeos; I enter it every year,” said McGehee, 24, of Victoria, Texas. “Every year the committee adds more money. The hospitality is great. The atmosphere is great. This is one of my favorite rodeos in all the pro circuit.”

It’s more than the mountains and cooler weather, but he’s enjoying that, too, while he’s in Estes Park. It doesn’t hurt that he posted a nice score on a nice horse.

“I really didn’t know anything about that horse,” he said of Matchbox. “I called Rocker Steiner, who won a round in Houston. He said the horse was great and to, ‘Just go out and ride like you know how.’ ”

It \ worked out well for the Texas cowboy, who won the 2017 College National Finals Rodeo championship while competing for Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Though injuries have hampered his early career, he’s ready to make a run for the National Finals Rodeo.

He’s got some work to do, because only the top 15 in the world standings in each event at the end of the regular season advance to the grand finale in Las Vegas.

“I do this because my daddy did it,” said McGehee, who is 25th in the world standings. “I love my dad to death. I just want to make him proud, but I always knew I wanted to be a bareback rider.

“I’m 10 places out of the 15th spot right now. I don’t have much money won, but there are a lot of rodeos to go to and a bunch of money to be won. You’ll see me at the NFR.”

This is his first full season back after suffering through some injuries, and he’s excited about what the future holds. He should. He’s got a plan of attack for the rest of the season, and he knows how important his education is.

“Those college events just gear me up for the big shows in the pros,” he said. “I also do it because I want to get a degree and have a life after rodeo. I’m actually getting my master’s degree. I love what I do. Rodeo’s fun, and this is what I do right now, but I will be a CEO one day.”

Rooftop Rodeo
July 6-11
Bareback riding:
1. Bill Tutor, 87 points on Cervi Brothers’ Jelly Bean; 2. (tie) Chad Rutherford and Lane McGehee, 84; 4. (tie) Tyler Griffin and Waylon Bourgeois, 83.5; 6. Colton Crawford, 83;7. (tie) Caleb Bennett, Leighton Berry and Dean Thompson, 82.

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Sam Goings, 3.8 seconds, $1,807; 2. Stockton Graves, 4.1, $1,495; 3. Travis Munro, 4.2, $1,184; 4. Cody Devers, 4.3, $872; 5. (tie) Ty Allred, Grady Payne and Landris White, 4.6, $291 each. Second round: Clayton Hass, 3.5 seconds; 2. (tie) Kyler Dick and Shane Frey, 3.6; 4. Landris White, 3.9; 5. Rowdy Parrott, 4.0; 6. (tie) Cody Devers, Riley Duvall, Colt Honey, Tait Kvistad and Cash Robb, 4.2. Average: 1. (tie) Cody Devers, Sam Goings, Kyler Dick and Landris White, 8.5 seconds on two runs; 5. Rowdy Parrott, 8.9; 6. Grady Payne, 9.5; 7. Jace Logan, 10.0; 8. Ty Allred, 10.2.   

Team roping: First round: 1. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 4.3 seconds, $1,869; 2. Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan, 4.6, $1,547; 3. (tie) Chad Masters/Paul Eaves and Kolton Schmidt/Cole Davison, 4.7, $1,064 each; 5. (tie) Payden Emmett/Lucas Falconer, Luke Brown/Hunter Koch and Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp 4.8, $301 each. Second round: Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 3.9 seconds; 2. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 4.0; 3. Coy Rahlman/Douglas Rich, 4.1; 4. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 4.4; 5. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 4.5; 6. Austin Crist/Josh Fillmore, 5.2. Average: 1. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 8.8 seconds; 2. Chad Masters/Paul Eaves, 10.3; 3. J.C Yeahquo/L.J. Yeahquo, 10.9; 4. Kolton Schmidt/Cole Davison, 10.9; 5. Austin Crist/Josh Fillmore, 15.5; 6. Britt Smith/Jake Smith, 15.6.  

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Ross Griffin, 85 points on Cervi’s Two Cookies; 2. Statler Wright, 84.5; 3. Houston Brown, 83; 4. (tie) Jake Watson and Jacobs Crawley, 82.5; 6. Spencer Wright, 82; 7. (tie) Sterling Crawley and Riggin Smith, 81.5.

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Riley Pruitt, 7.4 seconds, $1,890; 2. Lane Livingston, 7.9, $1,644; 3. Cody Craig, 9.1, $1,397; 4. Ryan Thibodeaux, 9.4, $1,151; 5. Blane Cox, 9.8, $904; 6. Jeremiah Peek, 10.2, $657; 7. (tie) Macon Murphy, Brody Stallard and Buck Tate, 10.4, $192 each. Second round: 1. Hunter Reaume, 8.2 seconds; 2. Garrett Jacobs, 8.6; 3. Blake Chauvin, 8.8; 4. Cash Enderli, 8.9; 5. (tie) Brody Stallard and West Smith, 9.1; 7. (tie) Sy Felton, Tom Joe Crouse and Marcos Costa, 9.3. Average: 1. Brody Stallard, 19.5 seconds on two runs; 2. Marcos Costa, 19.8; 3. Hunter Reaume, 20.4; 4. (tie) Cash Enderli and Blane Cox, 20.6; 6. Jase Staudt, 20.9; 7. Jeremiah Peek, 21.1; 8. (tie) Cason Kingsbury and Pryce Harris, 21.3.  

Barrel racing: 1. Tarryn Lee, 16.36 seconds; 2. Nicole Driggers, 16.39; 3. Shelley Morgan, 16.45; 4. (tie) Josey Owens and Londyn Ross, 16.49; 6. Margo Crowther, 16.54; 7. (tie) Carly Cervi and Kelly Yates, 16.57; 9. Michelle Darling, 16.58; 10. Kathryn Varian, 16.62; 11. Sadie Wolaver, 16.64; 12. Keyla Costa, 16.66.

Bull riding: 1. Jesse Flores, 87 points on Cervi’s Skim Walker; 2. Ernie Courson Jr., 86; 3. Brody Yeary, 85.5; 4. Robbie James Taylor, 84.5; 5. J.R. Stratford, 84; 6. Koby Radley, 82; 7. Jake Gardner, 80; 8. Jackson Ward, 79.


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