Crawford snags San Angelo lead

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Jackie Crawford, a 23-time world champion and the No. 1 cowgirl in the ProRodeo breakaway roping world standings, took the early lead during the inaugural night of the 2024 San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

SAN ANGELO, Texas – On the first night of breakaway roping at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, the event’s top dog took the top spot.  

Jackie Crawford, owner of 23 WPRA world championships and the first titlist in the ProRodeo breakaway roping era that began in 2020, stopped the clock in 2.9 seconds during Friday’s first performance at Foster Communications Coliseum.

She’s just not sure how far that will get her in this 11-performance rodeo.

“There are 172 girls left, which is going to make it tough, and I had a big chance right there and messed it up a little bit,” said Crawford, the No. 1 cowgirl in the world standings from Stephenville, Texas. “I hit the panel with my rope when I was leaving, so my rope was messed up. I had to take another swing, and that made me a little longer than I wanted to be.”

It was an important step for Crawford and all the other ladies competing inside the coliseum for the first time of this legendary rodeo. Known by many as the tie-down roping capital of ProRodeo, this is unchartered territory for the folks in Tom Green County.

“To me, this was a true test to how people are realizing breakaway roping is good for the industry and good for your community,” she said. “This is definitely a testament to how things are changing.”

Breakaway roping is fast-paced … the fastest of all the timed events. New Mexican cowgirl Danielle Lowman had runs of 1.6 and 1.8 seconds to win in Fort Worth. A few weeks later, she posted three 1.6s to win the championship in San Antonio.

During RodeoHouston in a much bigger NRG Stadium, winning times were much closer to 3.0 seconds. But San Angelo’s arena is tiny and tight. Crawford estimated it will take faster times to make any money inside this coliseum. She will rope her second calf Sunday afternoon and would love to post a sub-2.0-second run to have a chance to advance to the April 19 championship round, which features only the top 12 times or scores through the 10 preliminary performances.

“The setup was a little trickier than what any of us anticipated, so the cards would definitely have to fall in my favor,” she said. “I’d have to draw one of the really good calves and have everything fall my way, but that’s rodeo. Sometimes they do fall your way. It would be cool if it would happen.”

Crawford has qualified for three of the first four National Finals Breakaway Ropings. She won the inaugural event in Arlington, Texas, five seasons ago to claim another gold buckle. Her most recent success story came with the Houston title. That propelled her to the top spot in the world standings with $76,408 – all but $20,000 of that came at NRG Stadium.

“Anybody who wins Houston sets their sights on the gold buckle,” Crawford said. “It’s such a catapult. I didn’t have a stellar winter until then, so I didn’t just move leaps and bounds ahead of people. But winning Houston sets you up to being able to rodeo a little smarter and still have a really good shot at a gold buckle.

“That’s where my sights are. I would love to be able to win another one.”

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo
April 5-19
Bareback riding leaders:
1. Ethan Mazurenko, 86 points on Macza Pro Rodeo’s Stevie Knicks; 2. Jess Pope, 83; 3. Gauge McBride, 80; 4. Cole Reiner, 77; 5. Rocker Steiner and Drake Amundson, 75; no other qualified rides.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Jacob Edler, 3.6 seconds; 2. Cole Walker, 3.7; 3. Stetson Jorgensen, 3.8; 4. Trisyn Kalawaia, 3.9; 5. Gavin Soileau, 4.0; 6. (tie) Matt Reeves and Jay Williamson, 4.1; 8; Brandon Harrison, 4.2. Second round leaders: 1. (tie) Trever Nelson and Rooster Yazzie, 3.6 seconds; 3. (tie) Adam Musil and Heath Thomas, 3.9; 5. Chance Howard, 4.1; 6. (tie) Tyke Kipp and Wade Steffen, 4.2. Average leaders: 1. Cole Walker, 8.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Trever Nelson, 8.9; 3. Gavin Soileau, 9.0; 4. Trisyn Kalawaia, 9.2; 5. Heath Thomas, 9.4; 6. Jake Nelson, 9.6; 7. (tie) Chance Howard and Gus Franzen, 9.6; 9. Rowdy Parrott, 9.9; 10. Trace Harris, 10.3; 11. Cody Cabral, 10.6, 12. Ty Allred, 11.2.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Brady Tryan/Calgary Smith, 4.1 seconds; 2. (tie) Luke Brown/Travis Graves, Devon Johnson/Boogie Ray and Max Kuttler/Cashton Weidenbener, 4.2; 5. Kolton Schmidt/Landen Glenn, 4.3; 6. (tie) Jesse Boos/Jace Steenhoek, Garett Chick/Lane Siggins, Devon McDaniel/Walt Woodard and Peyton Walters/Brandon Gonzales, 4.5. Second round leaders: 1. Chace Thompson/Chad Williams, 3.7 seconds; 2. Mason Appleton/Cooper Freeman, 3.9; 3. (tie) Wade Smith/Zach Varian and Slade Wood/Nathan Walker, 4.0; 5. (tie) James Arviso/J.R. Gonzalez and Shay Carrol/Jace Helton, 4.1. Average leaders: 1. James Arviso/J.R. Gonzalez, 8.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Shay Carroll/Jace Helton, 9.4; 3. Devon Johnson/Boogie Ray, 10.1; 4. Curry Kirchner, 11.0; 5. Jesse Boos/Jace Steenhoek, 14.0; 6. Coby Sanchez/Trace Porter, 14.2; 7. Coy Brittain/Colton Brittain, 14.3; 8. Chace Thompson/Chad Williams, 14.7; 9. John Wesley Sharp/Dodge Hare, 15.2; 10. Garett Chick/Lane Siggins, 19.0; 11. Cody Russell/Cole Carpenter, 19.8; 12. Bodie Mattson/Trae Smith, 24.5.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Jake Watson, 82.5 points on Macza Pro Rodeo’s Yellow Jacket; 2. Tegan Smith, 81; 3. Jarrod Hammons, 80; 4. (tie) Dylan Young and Jake Finlay, 77.5; 6. Allen Boore, 77; 7. Noel Johnson, 73; no other qualified rides.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Bryce Derrer and Connor Atkinson, 7.8 seconds; 3. Ryan Jarrett, 7.9; 4. Cash Hooper, 8.1; 6. Marty Yates, 8.2; 6. Colton Farquer, 8.4; 7. (tie) Cole Clemons and Walker Shane Akins, 8.6. Second round leaders: 1. (tie) Cash Enderli, Zaine Mikita and Marty Yates, 7.3 seconds; 4. Charlie Gibson, 7.5; 5. Jeremiah Peek, 7.6; 6. Paden Bray, 7.7; 7. Blake Ash, 7.8; 8. Spur Valdez, 7.9. Average leaders: 1. Marty Yates, 15.5 seconds on two runs; 2. Ryan Jarrett, 16.4; 3. Connor Blaise Atkinson, 16.5; 4. Carson Watford, 18.0; 5. (tie) Ty Moser and Bray Yore, 18.3; 7. Spur Valdez, 18.4; 8. Cash Enderli, 18.5; 9. (tie) Hayden Cole Ford and Cole Farquer, 18.6; 11. Seth Cook, 20.0; 12. Ike Fontenot, 20.2. 

Breakaway roping: First round leaders: 1. Jackie Crawford, 2.9 seconds; 2. Lari Dee Guy, 3.5; 3. Samantha Fulton, 3.8; 4. Maddy Deerman, 11.9; 5. Braylee Shepherd, 12.6; no other qualified times.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Wenda Johnson, 15.66 seconds, $5,883; 2. Kalli McCall, 15.97, $4,707; 3. Kylee Scribner, 16.02, $3,824; 4. (tie) Ashley Castleberry and Shelley Morgan, 16.09, $2,647 each; 6. Sara Winkelman, 16.10, $1,765; 7. Shy-Anne Jarrett, 16.12, $1,471; 8. (tie) Mallee Jones and Oceane Vielleaux, 16.16, $12,50 each; 10. (tie) Ryann Pedone and Dona Kay Rule, 16.17, $956 each; 12. Ilyssa Riley, 16.18, $735 each; 13. Emma Charleston, 16.19, $588; 14. (tie) Liz Pinkston and Jimmie Smith, 16.20, $368 each. Second round leaders: 1. Jessico Robb, 14.58 seconds; 2. Jennifer Driver, 14.76; 3. Ashley Parks, 14.80; 4. Cindy Sipe, 14.86; 5. Jordan Swan, 14.93; 6. Rebecca Rothlisberger, 15.32; 7. Jodye Smathers, 15.38; 8. Sydni Blanchard, 15.58; no other qualified runs. Average leaders: 1. Ashley Parks, 31.27 seconds on two runs; 2. Jennifer Driver, 31.41; 3. Jessica Robb, 31.59; 4. Cindy Sipe, 31.79; 5. Jordan Swan, 31.87; 6. Sydni Blanchard, 31.93; 7. Rebecca Rothlisberger, 32.25; 8. Jodye Smathers, 32.37; 9. Wenda Johnson, 15.66 seconds on one run; 10. Kalli McCall, 15.97; 11. Kylee Scribner, 16.02; 12. (tie) Ashley Castleberry and Shelley Morgan, 16.09.

Bull riding leaders: 1. J.R. Stratford, 90 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Bruised Kitty; 2. Jackson Carter Ward, 86.5; 3. Dylan Grant, 70; no other qualified rides.


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