Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 21, 2012

BRETT HOFFMAN: TVCC rodeo team continues to climb the ladder

Brett Hoffman
The Athens Review

MOUNT PLEASANT — After competing in the Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo, Trinity Valley Community College is ranked third in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southern Region men’s team title race.

TVCC’s men’s team has accumulated 1,029 points throughout the first three rodeos of the regular season. Sam Houston State is ranked No. 1 in the standings with 1,556.5.

TVCC team ropers Lighting Nicholas Aguilera and Colby Ryan Miller are ranked first in the regional heading and heeling title races, respectively. The duo finished second at the Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo.   

Trinity Valley’s Ty Jesse Harris is ranked fourth in the regional bull riding standings. He came in second at the Northeast Texas Rodeo.

The Oct. 11-13 Northeast Texas Rodeo was the third of 10 regional regular season shows scheduled for 2012-13. TVCC’s next show is the McNeese State Rodeo, which is scheduled for Oct. 26-27 in Lake Charles, La.

Family business

Walt Woodward is a two-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world team roping champion. His son, Travis, also is a salty competitor.

Together, they run a team roping training business in Stephenville. On  Oct. 13, Travis Woodard advertised his heeling skills in dramatic fashion by winning the PRCA's All-American ProRodeo Finals in Waco.

Woodard and his heading partner, Calvin Brevik, each earned $12,079. When the title was at stake in the final round where no previous scores counted, Woodard and Brevik clinched the title with a time of 4.8 seconds on Saturday at the Extraco Coliseum.

The Oct. 7-13 rodeo featured 240 contestants from a series of more than 400 rodeos (less than $30,000 in added money from the organizing committee). The Waco rodeo featured both world-class and up-and-coming athletes.

In barrel racing, Mary Walker of Ennis clinched the title after turning in a final round time of 15.72 seconds. She earned $14,783.

Other winners were Clint Cannon, bareback riding (86 points); Stockton Graves, steer wrestling (4.0 seconds); Luke Butterfield, saddle bronc riding (79); Seth Childers, tie-down roping (7.6); Brant Atwood, bull riding (86); and Landon McClaugherty, steer roping (a four-run time of 47.4 seconds).

PBR update

The Professional Bull Riders closed its regular season on Oct. 13 with a Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Columbus, Ohio. The World Finals is Oct. 24-28 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

For the 10th consecutive year, the PBR will award a $1 million bonus to the world champion.

In the Ford Series world standings, Silvano Alves, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is ranked No. 1 with 10,553.75 points after tying for 12th place in Columbus. Valdiron de Oliveira, another Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is ranked second in the world race with 10,048.75 after finishing fifth at the Ohio tour stop. L.J. Jenkins, a former Texico, N.M., resident who lives in Porum, Okla. is ranked third in the standings with 9,408.50 after finishing 11th at the season closer show.

Mike Lee, the 2004 world champion from Decatur, won the Columbus show and earned $38,920. Lee clinched the title after turning in a final round score of 90.5 on the bull MVP, owned by Roy Carter.

San Angelo roping

Many of the PRCA’s top competitors will saddle up for the 2012 Cinch Roping Fiesta in San Angelo. The 59th edition is scheduled for Oct. 26-28.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has written a rodeo column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram during the past 25 years. Email him at