Hometown favorite Ty Harris rocks San Angelo Rodeo Coliseum

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Peggy Harris belonged inside the Foster Communications Coliseum.

Her grandson, Ty Harris, likely sought her out there before heading to Thursday’s 10th performance of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

Although his seat was vacant, his presence was still felt and he roped himself into the lead in his hometown rodeo heading into Friday’s championship round.

“This is my first time at the San Angelo Rodeo without her,” said Ty Harris, noting that his grandmother passed away last June.

San Angelo tie-roper Ty Harris, left, receives a round of applause during the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo introductions at Foster Communications Coliseum on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

“If there was one thing I wished it was for my grandmother to be sitting right there,” he told announcer Boyd Polhamus, pointing in the direction of the seat, “but she has the best seat in the world.”

Harris roped and tied his calf in 7.7 seconds to take the lead overall with the best two-run cumulative time of 15.6 seconds. That puts him in first place as he prepares for Friday’s short round, which will feature only the top 12 competitors in each event based on the 10 preliminary performances that ended on Thursday.

“I like to say the people who are really under pressure are the ones who are battling cancer or have something they’re really struggling with,” said Harris, a three-time national finalist in the rodeo. “The truth is, I get more nervous at the tug of war in this arena than anywhere else.”

Pressure tests an athlete’s will and courage. It’s one thing to ride a horse and string a calf, but it’s quite another when the weight of an entire community rests on its shoulders before it even nods in competition.

San Angeloan Ty Harris competes in the Tie-Down at the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo at Foster Communications Coliseum on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

The last time Harris was in that position was two seasons ago, and he entered Championship Night in 11th place. Being the man with a target on his back is considerably different.

He is focused and ready to clinch one of ProRodeo’s most valuable titles.

“If I were to win this rodeo, it would be one of the top three accomplishments for me,” he said. “Doing my first NFR was huge, but winning that rodeo would be everything.”

He’s only 23, so he’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so, but there’s always something lurking behind a contestant’s mind when he walks into a colosseum he’s been in for a long time. he is very young.

Bayleigh Choate competes in barrel racing at the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo at Foster Communications Coliseum on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

While Foster Communications Coliseum is home to Harris, it’s gotten pretty cozy for bareback rider Caleb Bennett, a two-time champion who clinched his short ticket with an 84-point run on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Put It Away on Thursday.

“It’s been a honey hole for me,” said Bennett, 33, a nine-time NFR qualifier from Corvallis, Montana. “Obviously the big thing is that you have the opportunity to pull off some good ones in San Angelo. I feel like I’m drawing the right horse that’s right for me and making it work.

Only four points – 86 to 82 – separate the top bareback jumper of the first round, Keenan Reed Hayes, from the 12th man entering the championship on Friday.

“It shows how good the guys are and how consistent the horses are,” said Bennett, who won San Angelo in 2019 and 2021. “Everyone has a chance to win this title. One of the cool things about this rodeo is that Pete Carr brings in all these other contractors, which gives us the opportunity to ride more good bucking horses.

It was tough enough to wear Pink Night at the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo at Foster Communications Coliseum on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

“San Angelo is cool, because people are always in it. It’s one hell of a rodeo. The crowd loves it…eats it. When the crowd gets into it like they do here, it just helps me feed off of it and helps me do my job better.

Maybe that’s why the competition is so tough for the best cowboys in the game.

Friday’s short-go is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo

Results until April 14

Bareback Riding Leaders: 1. Keenan Reed Hayes, 86 on Hampton Pro Rodeo’s Rising Tide, $7,428; 2. (tie) Tanner Aus and Tim O’Connell, 85, $4,952 each; 4. (tie) Bronc Marriott and Luke Barlow Thrash, 84.5, $2,228; 6. (tie) Seth Hardwick, Jayco Roper, Tim Murphy, Caleb Bennett and Bradlee Miller, 84, $594 each; 11. (tie) Chad Rutherford and Gavin French, 82.

Steer wrestling: First-round leaders: 1. Cade Goodman, 3.5 seconds, $6,236; 2. (tie) Talon Roseland, Bryn Roy, Trell Etbauer, Gus Franzen and Gavin Soileau, 3.8, $3.796 each; 7. (tie) Dakota Eldridge, Brandon Harrison, Justin Shaffer and Tyler Waguespack, 3.9, $475 each. Second-round leaders: 1. Chance Howard, 3.3 seconds, $6,236; 2. (tie) Stetson Jorgensen and Walt Arnold, 3.5, $5,016 each; 4. (tie) Tyler Pearson and Kyle Irwin, 3.6, $3,389 each; 6. (tie) Dakota Eldridge, Rowdy Parrott and Dirk Tavenner, 3.7, $1,356 each. Average leaders: 1. (tie) Dakota Eldridge and Stetson Jorgensen, 7.6 seconds on two runs; 3. Walt Arnold, 7.7; 4. Clayton Hass, 7.9; 5. (tie) Tyler Pearson and Payden McIntyre, 8.1; 7. Dirk Tavenner, 8.2; 8. Tory Johnson, 8.3; 9. (tie) Landris White and Winston McGraw, 8.4; 11. Gus Franzen, 8.5; 12. Brandon Harrison, 8.6.

Team stringing: First-round leaders: 1. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 3.5 seconds, $5,206; 2. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 3.7, $4,527; 3. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 3.8, $3,848; 4. (tie) JC Yeahquo/LJ Yeahquo and Lightning Aguilera/Coleby Payne, 3.9, $2,830 each; 6. Caleb Smidt/Sergio Gonzales, 4.1, $1,811; 7. (tie) Aaron Tsinigine/Paul Eaves and Dawson Graham/Dillon Graham, 4.2, $792 each. Second-round leaders: 1. Nelson Wyatt/Tyler Worley, 3.5 seconds, $5,206; 2. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 3.6, $4,527; 3. Cory Kidd/Lane Mitchell and Chace Thompson/Tyson Thompson, 3.8, $3,509 each; 5. Clay Smith/Jade Corkill, 3.9, $2,490; 6. (tie) Clint Summers/Ross Ashford, Erich Rogers/Paden Bray and Chet Weitz/Jace Davis, 4.1, $1,132 each. Average leaders: 1. Aaron Tsinigine/Paul Eaves, 8.8 seconds on two runs; 2. Derrick Begay/Colter Todd, 8.9; 3. Lightning Aguilera/Coleby Payne, 9.2; 4. Kolton Schmidt/Wyatt Cox, 9.4; 5. Tanner James/Phoenix Everano, 9.5; 6. Wyatt Imus/Caleb Anderson, 9.6; 7. Andrew Livingston/Seth Smithson, 9.8; 8. Payden Emmett/Lucas Falconer, 10.2; 9. (tie) Kolby Krieger/Boogie Ray and Cinch Moody/Rich Skelton, 10.4; 11. Nelson Wyatt/Tyler Worley, 12.5; 12. JC Yeahquo/LJ Yeahquo, 12.6.

Saddle Bronc Riding Leaders: 1. Ryder Wright, 89 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Uptuck, $7,047; 2. Spencer Wright, 88, $5,403; 3. Jake Finlay, 86, $3,993; 4. Rusty Wright. 85.5, $2,584; 5. Allen Boore, 85, $1,644; 6. Chase Brooks, 84.5, $1,175; 7. Statler Wright, 84, $940; 8. Stetson Wright, 83.5, $705; 9. (tie) Riggin Smith, Samuel Kelts, Kole Ashbacher, Jack Wright and Creighton Curley, 83. (Rusty Wright probably won’t be able to ride due to injury)

Lashing rope: First-round leaders: 1. (tie) Tyler Milligan and Travis Rogers, 7.6 seconds, $6,219 each; 3. (tie) Kase Bacque and Marty Yates, 7.7, $4,483 each; 5. (tie) Hudson Wallace, Dakota Felton and Tuf Cooper, 7.8, $2,314 each; 8. (tie) Michael Otero and Ty Harris, 7.9, $289 each. Second-round leaders: 1. (tie) Riley Webb and Tuf Cooper, 7.3 seconds, $6,219 each; 3. (tie) John Douch and Zack Jongbloed, 7.4, $4,483 each; 5. (tie) Marcos Costa and Kincade Henry, 7.5, $2,748 each; 7. (tie) King Pickett, Ty Harris and Trenton Smith, 7.7, $675 each. Average leaders: 1. Ty Harris, 15.6 seconds on two points; 2. Tyler Milligan, 15.7; 3. Marty Yates, 16.4; 4. (tie) Zack Jongbloed and JD McCuistion, 16.7; 6. Dakota Felton, 16.8; 7. (tie) Luke Potter and Cody McCartney, 16.9; 9. (tie) Marcos Costa and Travis Rogers, 17.5; 11. Livingston Alley, 17.7; 12. (tie) Shane Hanchey and Brushton Minton, 17.9.

Barrel stroke: Second-round leaders: 1. Shannon McReynolds, 14.12 seconds, $5,773; 2. Michelle Alley, 14.16, $4,948; 3. Chani Graves, 14.19, $4,124; 4. Kailee Murdock, 14.21, $3,574; 5. (tie) rule by Jordon Briggs and Dona Kay, 14.29, $2,474; 7. Sherry Cervi, 2:30 p.m., $1,649; 8. (tie) Shelley Morgan and McKenzie Morgan, 14.31, $962; 10. Laura Mote, 14.34, $550. Average leaders: 1. (tie) Shannon McReynolds and Dona Kay Rule, 29.76 seconds on two runs; 3.Wenda Johnson, 29.83; 4. (tie) Lisa Zachoda and Ericka Nelson, 29.96; 6. Margo Crowther, 29.98; 7. (tie) Jordan Briggs and Michelle Alley, 29.99; 9. Bayleigh Choate, 30.02; 10. McKenzie Morgan, 30.03; 11.Emma Charleston, 30.06; 12. Shelley Morgan, 30.07.

Bull leaders: 1. Laramie Mosley, 90 points on Hampton Pro Rodeo’s Road Warrior, $7,259; 2. Stetson Wright, 88, $5,565; 3. Riley Barg, 87, $4,113; 4. Ky Hamilton, 85.5, $2,662; 5. Zach Parker, 85, $1,694; 6. Tristen Hutchings, 84.5, $1,210; 7. (tie) Jaron Sheehan, Tyler Bingham and Jordan Wacey Spears, 84, $565 each; 10. Parker Breding, 83; 11. Garrett Wall, 82; 12. Toby Collins, 80.5.

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