Champs crowned at Kaw Valley

By Joshua Kinder

Jacobs Crawley was in Manhattan for about 90 minutes Saturday night.

That’s all he needed to come away with a share of the saddle bronc title at the Kaw Valley Rodeo, riding Summer Wages for a score of 79. He tied with Casey McGooden (Doniphan, Neb.) and Ryan Bestol (Hyannis, Neb.), who both rode earlier this weekend.

‘I’m about to haul butt back to Cheyenne, Wyoming for the shortgo,’ Crawley said, who earned $938 with the three-way tie. ‘The finals are tomorrow afternoon at 12:30. I was there last weekend. I’ve been to Preston, Idaho; Eagle, Colorado; Ogden, Utah and Springs Fork, Utah — all this last week. Then we eased over here to Manhattan because we knew it was a good rodeo and we like Dell (Hall’s) horses.’

Crawley graduated from Texas A&M just two years ago and is already ranked in the Top 15 in the world. He’s been to back-to-back National Finals Rodeos in Las Vegas and appears to be headed to another this December if he has more nights like Saturday.

‘It’s dedication,’ he said. ‘After you start competing against the top guys, you start feeling like maybe you can compete, maybe I can keep up with these guys and ride just as well.

‘It comes from not settling for anything less than your best every time. It usually works out if you do your best every time you nod your head and definitely keep pushing all year. It’s tough to succeed in this deal if you’re half-hearted.’

Kyle Zeigler is taking home all the money for bull riding — more than $4,000 in winnings. The Atwood native was the only cowboy to post a score on the bulls all weekend, getting an 82 atop White Rabbit on Saturday night.

Jerome Schneeberger won the weekend in tie-down roping after finishing in 9.5 seconds on Friday night. Tylen Layton of Copan, Okla., had the best time Saturday at 10.4 seconds.

Hoyt’s Zac Parrington was the easy winner in steer wrestling, needing just 4.8 seconds on Saturday night to take home more than $1,200 in winnings. Jeremey Zehr of Wellington and Tanner Brunner of Ramona were second and third for the weekend after posting times of 10.4 and 10.8 seconds, respectively, on Saturday.

The duo of Trey Harmon and Jace Crabb — both of Oklahoma — took the top spot in team roping after a time of 5.6 on Thursday night. Nicholas G. Thompson (Stillwater, Okla.) and Tad Sheets (Alva, Okla.) had the best time Saturday night at 7.4 seconds.

Barrel racing went to Sally Young of Micanopy, Fla., as she raced to a time of 17.73 this weekend, taking home more than $1,000 in earnings. Emily Miller of Weatherford, Okla., was second at 17.82 seconds, while Gretchen Benbenek of Aubrey, Texas, was third at 18.11 seconds.

Jake Brown, who rode to a score of 82 on Friday night, is the weekend champ in bareback riding, winning $1,085. Justin Lindquist of Lindsborg and Matt Crumpler of Winnie, Texas, tied for second with 69s. There were no bareback riders on Saturday night.

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