The Athens Review
CASPER, Wyo. —
Trinity Valley Community College cowboys Lightning Aguilera and Thunder Miller finished sixth in the first round of team roping at the College National Finals Rodeo after turning in a time of 7.0 seconds.
But during the second round, the duo turned in a no-time.
The June 9-15 College National Finals is celebrating its 65th year.
It has been in conducted in Casper for 15 years.
Like the NBA playoffs, all CNFR qualifiers started on an even playing field.
Each contestant will compete in three preliminary rounds in a single event.
The prelims began June 9 and conclude June 14.
After that, the top 12, which is based on a three-ride aggregate score, will advance to the June 15 final round.
At that point, the rider who finishes with the best four-ride score or time in each event is the national champion.
Team titles and all-around championships, which is based on a point system, also are on the line.
Pistol Robinson of Burleson failed in his attempt to earn $40,000 as the result of getting bucked off of Bushwacker, the 2011 World Champion Bull, at the J.W. Hart Challenge on June 8 in Decatur.
The match came after a recent series of exchanges on Twitter between Hart and Robinson.
Robinson put up $1,000 and Hart agreed to 40-1 odds against his bet that he could stay on Bushwacker for the eight seconds. Robinson lasted only 3.56 seconds.
After collecting the $1,000, Hart said he will donate it to the Moore, Okla., tornado relief fund.
Jordan Hupp won the Decatur Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Division show.
He was the only competitor who conquered two bulls.
In addition to bull riding competition, Hart, a former PBR World Finals average winner, and his organizing committee gave away five homes to wounded veterans.
The local committee, called WC Challenger, worked with a program called Homes 4 Wounded Heroes.
Reaching a million dollar milestone
After winning the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, N.M., and finishing third at the Wild Wild West ProRodeo in Silver City, N.M., Weatherford saddle bronc rider Bradley Harter has surpassed $1 million in career earnings in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
According to the PRCA, Harter, who is a seven-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, is the 109th PRCA cowboy to reach the milestone.
Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has written a rodeo column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram over the past quarter century. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.