There were 13 national rodeo finalists and four world champions who had eight combined gold buckles who competed in Friday’s third performance on Rooftop Rodeo.
It was just as a team, and the standings changed in a hurry. The fastest first-lap run came with the tandem of header Coleman Proctor and hooker Logan Medlin, who stopped the clock in 4.3 seconds.
“I didn’t get good results, which put me behind,” said Proctor, a six-time NFR qualifier from Pryor, Oklahoma. “I knew I had to let go (the rope) pretty quickly. Fortunately, it continued; I do not know how. Then (steering) stopped at the end, and Logan stopped it…our typical run. I just spin them, and he waxes them, and that allows us to be fast.
After Eric Martin and Ryon Tittel set the bar Thursday night with a 5.0-second run, a roster of teams chased it. By the time Friday’s races were over, Martin and Tittle had been pushed into seventh place. In front of them stood 12 men, and 10 of them all played the game in the ProRodeo grand finale.
“Coleman is doing a good job,” said Medlin, a two-time NFR qualifier from Tatum, New Mexico. “I think the team stringing is 80% of the header; I can’t do everything. He does a good job putting (the steers) on the end of (the rope) and pulling them where I think they’re going to go, and I just try to catch them by two feet.
That works. Proctor is seventh among the world ranking headers and Medlin is the No. 8 ranked hooker.
“Any time you have good back-to-back runs, you feel like it’s easier to stay on the pace,” Proctor said. “It’s a good time of year to work and draw our horses. We couldn’t do it without them. I’m so lucky to have the Admiral back (from injury) and Jesse James back in the herd.
“We have the heel horse of the year. Having good equine athletes helps us stay on the pace. Moose is a sweet thing. If you can keep going, a lot of magical things can happen, especially in July. »
Medlin’s, Drago, was named the 2021 PRCA Horse of the Year and has been instrumental in the team’s successes.
“It’s a good time of year to catch steers,” Medlin said. “They give a lot of money. We’re going to see a lot of rodeos. Any time you can leave a rodeo with a beat, you can build on it, and we’re trying to capitalize on that momentum right now.
Doing it in the Rocky Mountains is also a plus on a long summer run. Both men left their home a few weeks ago and may not see their families for weeks, so it’s important to find comfort on the rodeo trail.
“I love this rodeo,” Proctor said. “It takes a while to get through this canyon, but it’s still worth getting here and spending a day or two.”
Of course, finding success helps too.
“It’s a place we always like to come to,” Medlin said. “The committee always does a good job of giving us accommodation. The hospitality is excellent and it is a good place for horses. We always have Estes Park on our bucket list.
Bareback: 1. Bill Tutor, 87 points on Cervi Brothers’ Jelly Bean; 2. Chad Rutherford, 84; 3. (tie) Tyler Griffin and Waylon Bourgeois, 83.5; 5. Luke Thrash, 80; 6. Will Lowe, 79; 7. Casey Colletti, 78; 8. Mark Kreder, 73.5.
Steer wrestling: 1. Jace Logan, 4.9 seconds; 2. (tie) Cody Pratt and Walt Arnold, 5.0; 4. Chisum Docheff, 5.2; 5. (tie) Hadley Jackson and Riley Westhaver, 5.7.
Team String: 1. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 4.3 seconds; 2. Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan, 4.6; 3. Kolton Schmidt/Cole Davison, 4.7; 4. (tie) Payden Emmett/Lucas Falconer, Luke Brown/Hunter Koch and Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp 4.8; 7. Eric Martin/Ryon Tittel, 5.0; 8. (tie) Kellan Johnson/Carson Johnson and JC Yeahquo/LJ Yeahquo, 5.3.
Riding Saddle Bronc: 1. Ross Griffin, 85 points on Cervi’s Two Cookies; 2. Statler Wright, 84.5; 3. Houston Brown, 83; 4. Jake Watson, 82.5; 5. Spencer Wright, 82; 6. (tie) Brody Cress and Will Pollock, 81; 8. Ben Anderson, 80.5.
Tie-Down: 1. Ryan Thibodeaux, 9.4 seconds; 2. Brody Stallard, 10.4; 3. Seth Hall, 10.9; 4. Kaiai Nobriga, 11.2; 5. Zaine Mikita, 11.3; 6. (tie) Pryce Harris and Colby Anders, 11.4; 8. Gavin Liggett, 11.5.
Barrel racing: 1. Josey Owens, 16.49 seconds; 2. Carly Cervi, 16.57; 3.Catherine Varian, 16.62; 4. Elizabeth Ellis, 16.67; 5. Kaycee Willbanks Colletti, 16.70; 6. Wendy Hofer, 16.74; 7. Leslie Smalygo, 16.85; 8. Peyton Stepanoff, 16.86; 9. Acey Pinkston, 16.87; 10. (tie) Chris Gibson and Shawnee Williams, 16.93.
Climbing bulls: 1. Jesse Flores, 87 points on Skim Walker from Cervi; 2. Brody Yeary, 85.5; 3. Robbie James Taylor, 84.5; 4. JR Stratford, 84; 5. Koby Radley, 82; 6. Ward Jackson, 79; 7. Jeff Askey, 78.5; 8. Daily newspaper Corye, 70 years old.