The Athens Review
FORT WORTH —
When the title was at stake at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo, Kory Koontz of Sudan and his partner Brock Hanson knew they were in for a big challenge.
They learned they had drawn a difficult steer, an animal that had a reputation for stopping immediately after the head catch had been made.
But they also realized they had some wiggle room.
They entered the finals with a commanding lead with a two-run time of 9.6, 1.1 seconds ahead of their nearest competitor.
Though they turned in a so-so time of 6.5 during the final round, Koontz and Hanson clinched the title with a three-run time of 16.1, nine tenths of a second ahead of second place finishers Brooks Dahozy of Window Rock, Ariz., and Jayton McCright of Canyon.
“It was like a football game, knowing we had a great lead going into the fourth quarter,” Koontz said. “We just had to maintain it. We knew the main thing that we had to do was just make a clean run.”
Koontz, a 19-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, clinched his second consecutive title at the Fort Worth rodeo on Feb 9.
Last year, he finished No. 1 with the help of partner Erich Rogers.
Other 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show champions crowned were: Kaycee Feild, bareback riding; Cody Wright, saddle bronc riding; Straws Milan, steer wrestling; Friday Wright II, bull riding; Taylor Jacob, Carmine, barrel racing; and Randall Carlisle, College Station, tie-down roping.
After winning the title in Fort Worth, Koontz, and Hanson, who lives in Casa Grande, Ariz., each earned $8,028.
After all that, Koontz is ranked No. 1 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association team roping heeling world title race with 2013 regular season earnings of $16,788.
Other 2012 Fort Worth Stock Show champions crowned were: Kaycee Feild, bareback riding; Cody Wright, saddle bronc riding; Straws Milan, steer wrestling; Friday Wright II, bull riding; Taylor Jacob, Carmine, barrel racing; and Randall Carisle, College Station, tie-down roping.
Jacob, a Texas A&M communications major who lives in Carmine, earned $14,796, and finished as the 17-day rodeo's highest money winner.
Koontz also is entered in the Feb. 14-17 & 20-23 San Angelo Stock Show Rodeo and the Feb. 7-24 San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo.
The Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series tour is scheduled to stop at Arlington’s Cowboys Stadium on March 2.
For more information, visit www.pbr.com.
Houston Livestock Rodeo update
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 25-March 17. For more information, visit www.rodeo-houston.com.
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.