Friday, March 06, 2009
THE WRANGLER TIMED EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO THE LAZY E ARENA TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF WORLD CHAMPIONS
The Ironman event of ProRodeo will celebrate twenty-five fabulous years this coming March 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2009 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. For two and a half decades, this one-of-a-kind event has showcased world champion cowboys competing in the most unique event in rodeo – the Wrangler Timed Event Championship.
The WTEC features twenty of the world’s best cowboys in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) competing in pro rodeo’s most unique event that is often referred to as “The Ironman” — it is a true test of versatility and stamina. Each contestant is required to compete in all five grueling timed events: tie-down roping, steer roping, heading, heeling and steer wrestling – over five rounds in three days.
In addition to the competition, numerous special functions are being planned to commemorate this special anniversary event that will include appearances and highlights from previous champions such as two-time WTEC Champion Leo Camarillo; 1986 Champion Mike Beers; 1990 Champion Bobby Harris and 1995 Champion Olie Smith. These great WTEC ambassadors who are now retired, will join current competing past champions for special festivities that include five-time WTEC Champion Trevor Brazile; four-time Champions Paul Tierney and K.C. Jones; three-time champion Jimmie Cooper; two-time and defending champion Daniel Green; and 2005 champion Kyle Lockett.
Last year, Daniel Green of Oakdale, California went into the fifth performance with a 31-second lead on the “King of Rodeo” Trevor Brazile and a field of World Champions. Not only did Green win his second title and hold off the world’s best cowboys, but shattered the arena record in the average set in 2007 by Brazile. Green posted a 276.1 over 25 head of livestock worth $57,000.00 and joined the elite fraternity of multiple-time world champions.
Green had a stellar weekend and used consistent runs, great horses, and world class helpers to rise above his fellow nineteen competitors that made up one of the greatest fields of contestants ever assembled to compete for the prestigious “Iron-Man” title. Brazile, after winning his record fifth title in 2007, finished the event as the runner-up, recorded the fastest over-all go-round time, and placed again in the 5th round for an event total of $41,000.00 bringing Brazile’s career WTEC earnings to $508,500.00. Keeping on the west coast, Los Alamos, California cowboy Casey Branquinho took home third place honors and earned $15,000.00.
Each round of competition features excitement with the leaders changing after every run, with only seconds separating them. The champion isn’t determined until the last rope is thrown, the flag is dropped and the clock has stopped.
The Wrangler Timed Event Championship was developed by the Lazy E in 1985 to determine the best all-around timed event cowboy in the world — the man who could stand out in more than his specialty event, the man who could be consistent in all five timed events. The majority of today’s professional rodeo cowboys no longer compete in multiple events, but specialize in one, possibly two. This event attracts the biggest names in the rodeo industry that correlates into 40 World Championship titles, in addition to thousands of fans representing 48 states from across the country! Some of the cowboys scheduled to compete against defending champion Green for the $150,000.00 purse include: eight-time PRCA World Champion Trevor Brazile; World Champions Luke Branquinho, Steve Duhon, Scott Snedecor; ten-time NFR qualifier, Cash Myers; 2005 PRCA All Around World Champion, Ryan Jarrett; Veteran World Champions Jimmie Cooper and Paul Tierney; and new stars such as the 2007 PRCA Runner-Up World Champion All-Around, Josh Peek.
First Round Results:
Kyle Lockett 55.10
Josh Peek 55.9
Daniel Green 57.10
Trevor Brazille 57.3
Brett Fleming 59.5