Montanans Cash in at Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

- Wrangler National Finals Rodeo was December 11, 2014; round seven. During round seven of the team roping at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), two talented teams split the round win with smoking runs of 4.1- seconds. The team roping event has multiple components that must work together and work together quickly in order for cowboys to make a trip to the pay window. Both teams put their talents, horse power and best mental games together and it paid off in a big way.  Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves along with Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill each won $16,677 on Wednesday night.
2013 marks Bird and Eaves second NFR qualification together. Bird resides in Cut Bank, Mont., while Eaves calls Millsap, Texas home. Last year, they won round four in 3.9- seconds and finished tenth in the PRCA world standings. They are currently placing tenth in the overall NFR standings at this point with earnings equaling $29,297.
Montana cowboy Tryan  and Corkill of Fallon, Nev. had an outstanding season this year and entered the NFR sitting first place in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s world standings. They have each earned a total of $54,988 so far through this week’s competition. Tryan has one world championship under his belt, which he won in 2005, and Corkill is the reigning world champion heeler.
There has been discussion about the pen of steers and mixed emotions about whether they are the best set or not. “Yeah it’s been tough but these steers are old school steers and it’s going to be challenging,” said Tryan. “I think it’s a better team roping. You kinda got to do more right than in years past. I actually like it better. I like these steers and it makes it more of a roping contest.

“It’s just roping to me, but I’d like to win a gold buckle and for Jade to win it back to back. We’re giving it all we got I know that,” added Tryan. 
 If they continue to perform as they have thus far, their chances of winning a world title together look promising.

Contestants in the bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and bull riding along with the Women’s Professional Rodeo Associations sanctioned barrel race are all competing for a total purse of $6.25 million at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. On Wednesday night, 17,416 enthusiastic rodeo fans poured into the Thomas and Mack Center anxious to watch rodeo’s Super Bowl.

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