Athens Review, Athens, Texas


May 31, 2013

BRETT HOFFMAN: Rookie rider beats top bull in Dirty Jacket

CLAREMORE, Okla. — Bill Tutor is a promising young bareback rider from Huntsville.

During the past weekend, he won the Will Rogers Stampede after busting the former Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bronc Dirty Jacket.

Dirty Jacket is owned by Pete Carr, who lives in Dallas and owns a rodeo livestock ranch in Athens. Last year, Dirty Jacket finished third in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bareback Horse of the Year title race behind winner MGM Dueces Night (also owned by Carr Rodeo Co.) and second place finisher Full Baggage (Frontier Rodeo Co.)

Tutor clinched the title at the May 24-26 Claremore rodeo after turning in a score of 85.

Tutor earned $1,270 for the win and he’s ranked 42nd in the PRCA world bareback riding standings with regular season earnings of $5,533.

Tutor also won the May 15-18 Santa Rosa Round Up Rodeo in Vernon with an 83 aboard a bronc named Rustler, which is owned by the Beutler & Son Rodeo Co.

Lots of memories

When the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping celebrated its 40th anniversary last weekend in Fort Worth, organizers did a commendable job of bringing back great memories in the commemorative program.

Eight-time world champion Roy Cooper graced the cover. He’s shown competing in 1981 when he won his second of four Ryon invitational tie-down roping titles.

During the 2013 edition, Cooper watched his eldest son, Clint, win the tie-down roping tournament. He also saw his sons, Tuf and Clif, place in the invitational tie-down roping on May 25.

Inside the program, there’s a 1975 aerial photo of the sprawling arena. At the time, it was about four acres. Today, it covers about 3.2 acres.

The invitational tie-down roping and invitational steer champions are listed in the program and it’s an interesting read for studious longtime roping fans. A salty Texas roper named Ronnie Williams won the tie-down title at the inaugural Ryon Roping in 1974. Three-time world champion Sonny Davis clinched the ’74 Ryon steer roping title.

Tom Ferguson, who won six consecutive world all-around titles in the PRCA, won the tie-down roping in 1976. Two-time world all-around champion Phil Lyne won the tie-down roping in 1979 and 1986 and the steer roping crown in 1989.

Fred Whitfield, an eight-time world champion, won the 1991 tie-down title. Joe Beaver, a three-time world all-around champion from Huntsville, finished No. 1 in tie-down roping in 2001.

Steer roper Guy Allen has a record 18 PRCA gold buckles.

He won Ryon steer roping titles five times in three decades. Trevor Brazile, who has 17 PRCA gold buckles and 10 world all-around titles, won Ryon tie-down roping titles twice and the steer roping crown in 1997.

The Ryon Roping has also attracted world renowned women competitors such as Lari Dee Guy who won the team roping title last year.

Windy Ryon was a western wear businessman in the Fort Worth Stockyards. He died from a heart attack in 1973 and the inaugural Ryon Roping was conducted the following year.

PBR update

Former Professional Bull Riders World Finals qualifier Pistol Robinson will earn $40,000 if the Burleson cowboy can stay on Bushwacker, the 2011 PBR World Champion Bull, at the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge.

The show is scheduled for June 8 in Decatur.

Tickets for the show are available at or by calling 800-514-3849.

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

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