Tie-Down Roper Marty Yates Snares Logandale Title
Still, it could be lower is more, at least for the first half of the season, if the 2022 ProRodeo season had a theme for eight-time Wrangler National Tests Rodeo rigger Marty Yates.
Yates has competed in just 11 rodeos since the new season was pushed back in October. January 1, 2021, but previously ranked 14th in the PRCA | RAM World rankings are based on the strength of wins like the bone he collected on April 10 at the Clark County Fair and Rodeo in Logandale, Nevada, a stop in the PRCA NFR Playoff Series presented by Pendleton Whiskey.
A winner of more than $1.5 million in ties in his ProRodeo career, the buckaroo from Stephenville, Texas was the picture of thickness with runs of 9.4 seconds and 9.2 seconds to earn fifth place in both rounds. His two-headed average time of 18.6 seconds was more than a second better than his closest rivals and earned him a total of $6,564.
They were a strong set of pins, said Yates, 27. I had two that were a little bit stronger in the race and I got two good thresholds to catch them quickly. Also, they both took the tie well on the ground.
With a reduced downtime schedule, Yates made sure to include the stop in Logandale, where he has won crowns in history, including a palm at the rodeo in 2018 and the Wrangler Titleholders Challenge event hosted there in 2015.
I love Logandale, we drive just for that, Yates admitted from the road as he headed back to San Angelo, Texas. I always feel like I’m doing well.
For power, Yates relied on Jag, a stallion he purchased from 2020 PRCA World Champion Tie-Down Roper Shad Mayfield last summer.
I’ve ridden it all fall and it’s been there every time I’ve ridden it, Yates said, adding that his trusty horse Buster, aboard whom he finished eighth in the world rankings a while ago, sustained an injury just after the Wrangler NFR he will probably end his legendary career. I don’t know if he’ll come back, and he doesn’t owe me anything.
Having only one good horse in his magazine now, coupled with a new rodeo limit of 75 for ropers for 2022, has Yates nearly covering his schedule.
I like it, he said of the fewest number of detours necessary.
The NFR Playoff series is part of the game plan, particularly with the initial NFR Playoff in Puyallup, Washington on September 1. 8-11 ready to pay $1 million.
Of course, we’ll go to those to try to get to the big deal at the end, Yates said of him and his transport partners Lane Livingston and Richard Newton. Besides, with only one steed, I need to make sure he saves it for the good bones.
Other winners in the $244,156 rodeo were each: around the Tanner Green buckaroo ($2,109, tie ropes and platoon ropes); bareback rider Seth Hardwick (86 points in Macza Pro Rodeo’s OLS Barrels Stevie Knicks); management wrestler Ringo Robinson (8.3 seconds over two heads); platoon ropers Kaleb Driggers/ Junior Nogueira (9.5 seconds in two heads); bronc defile jockey Sage Newman (89.5 points over King Rodeo and Wentz Bucking Bulls’Popeye); barrel racer Megan McLeod Sprague (17.22 seconds); and bull rider Jeff Askey (88 points at Macza Pro Rodeo’s OLS Barrels Sunny).