Marty Yates goes Big Time at Dixie National

Courtesy PRCA (ProRodeo.com)

Courtesy PRCA (ProRodeo.com)



JACKSON, Miss. – Marty Yates and his new horse haven’t been to many rodeos together, but are already collecting large checks and clicking like old friends.

The 22-year-old tie-down roper from Stephenville, Texas, combined with 9-year-old Big Time to win the Feb. 9-15 Dixie National Rodeo in Jackson, Miss., with a time of 15.5 seconds on two head.

The time was one-tenth of a second better than second-place Cody Quaney, and was one-tenth of a second off the two-head arena record, set by Jesse Childers in 2005.

“I had no idea I was that close to the arena record,” Yates said. “Dang, I almost got there. I drew two really good calves, and I’m going to give Big Time the credit. He used to be a head horse, and I just bought him off Colby Lovell. NFR tie-down roper Mike Arnold trained the horse, and I’ve been doing really well on him so far.”

Jackson was only the seventh rodeo Yates and Big Time have competed at together, but they performed like they’ve been doing it much longer.

Yates placed second in the first round with a time of 7.9 seconds, and split first in the second round with a 7.6. In total, he earned $9,153 in Jackson, which was nearly as much as he’d won previously all winter.

“Jackson is always a cool place to rope,” Yates said. “They have stronger calves down there than usual, and I just happened to have two really good ones. This is one of the best starts to a season I’ve had in my career, and I want the winter to carry over to the summer so I don’t go into the NFR as far down as I did last year.”

Yates entered the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER in the 15th and final spot, but rose to fourth in the world by the end of the 10 nights.

He was hit-or-miss in Las Vegas, finishing 15th in the average, but placing in six rounds, including winning two.

“I go all-or-nothing with every run,” Yates said. “I used to think that maybe I needed to change my style, but now I live with the good and bad, and hope for the best. The older I get, the better I get at going fast.”

Yates and Big Time have made the short round at the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo, and through two rounds of his bracket at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Yates has earned second- and third-place checks.

“I feel like this is going to be the best horse I’ve ever rode, I just have to keep him sound,” Yates said.

Others winners at the $216,449 rodeo were all-around cowboy Clayton Hass ($5,276 in steer wrestling and team roping), bareback riders Jake Vold (86.5 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Cactus Black) and Bill Tutor (86.5 points on Korkow Rodeos’ Onion Ring), steer wrestler Ty Erickson (6.9 seconds on two head), team ropers Hass and John Robertson (8.4 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss (86.5 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s Midnight Cowboy), barrel racer Amberleigh Moore (15.24 seconds) and bull rider Tim Bingham (89 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan’s No. 30).


Dixie National Rodeo

 

Jackson, Miss., Feb. 9-15

 

All-around cowboy: Clayton Hass, $5,276, steer wrestling and team roping.

 

Bareback riding: 1. (tie) Bill Tutor, on Korkow Rodeos' Onion Ring, and Jake Vold, on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos' Cactus Black, 86.5 points, $5,499 each; 3. (tie) Tanner Aus and Wyatt Denny, 84.5, $2,905 each; 5. Clayton Biglow, 83.5, $1,453; 6. Evan Jayne, 83, $1,038; 7. Richmond Champion, 82.5, $830; 8. Luke Creasy, 81.5, $623. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Ty Erickson, 3.4 seconds, $2,193; 2. (tie) Timmy Sparing and Baylor Roche, 3.6, $1,764 each; 4. (tie) Riley Duvall and Blair Jones, 3.8, $1,192 each; 6. (tie) Tyler Pearson and Shane Frey, 3.9, $620 each; 8. (tie) Jacob Talley and Matt Reeves, 4.0, $95 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Will Lummus, Matt Reeves and Nick Guy, 3.3 seconds, $1,907 each; 4. (tie) Ty Erickson, Kyle Whitaker and Brady McFarren, 3.5, $1,049 each; 7. (tie) Joshua Clark, Shane Frey, Cody Harmon and Cody Cabral, 3.7, $167 each. Average: 1. Ty Erickson, 6.9 seconds on two head, $3,289; 2. Matt Reeves, 7.3, $2,860; 3. Shane Frey, 7.6, $2,431; 4. (tie) Blair Jones and Kyle Whitaker, 8.0, $1,788 each; 6. Nick Guy, 8.2, $1,144; 7. Riley Duvall, 8.5, $715; 8. Tyler Pearson, 8.6, $286. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. Clayton Hass/John Robertson, 4.0 seconds, $1,628 each; 2. Cory Clark/Clint Summers, 4.3, $1,347; 3. Nathan McWhorter/Dustin Davis, 4.4, $1,067; 4. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 4.5, $786; 5. Marcus Theriot/Kyle Lawrence, 4.9, $505; 6. Keven Daniel/Justin Yost, 5.1, $281. Second round: 1. Jake Orman/Tyler Domingue, 3.6 seconds, $1,628 each; 2. (tie) Bart Brunson/Trace Porter and Clayton Hass/John Robertson, 4.4, $1,207 each; 4. Justin Spotts/Shawn Harris, 4.6, $786; 5. Travis Dorman/Bradley Massey, 5.2, $505; 6. (tie) Casey Hilley/Mark Gentry and Payden Emmett/Justin Pruitt, 5.4, $140 each. Average: 1. Clayton Hass/John Robertson, 8.4 seconds on two head, $2,442 each; 2. Keven Daniel/Justin Yost, 10.9, $2,021; 3. Justin Spotts/Shawn Harris, 11.1, $1,600; 4. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 11.3, $1,179; 5. Cody Tew/Boogie Ray, 12.0, $758; 6. Marcus Theriot/Kyle Lawrence, 13.9, $421. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cody DeMoss, 86.5 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan's Midnight Cowboy, $5,527; 2. Roper Kiesner, 82.5, $4,238; 3. Cort Scheer, 81.5, $3,132; 4. (tie) Brady Nicholes and Ty Manke, 81, $1,658 each; 6. Cameron Messier, 80.5, $921; 7. Sterling Crawley, 79.5, $737; 8. (tie) Audy Reed and Joe Lufkin, 79, $276 each. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Cody Quaney, 7.6 seconds, $2,826; 2. Marty Yates, 7.9, $2,457; 3. Chase Williams, 8.0, $2,089; 4. Zack Jongbloed, 8.1, $1,720; 5. Shane Hanchey, 8.3, $1,352; 6. Alex Caudle, 8.5, $983; 7. Tim Pharr, 8.6, $614; 8. (tie) Bryson Sechrist and Stetson Vest, 8.8, $123 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Marty Yates, Bryson Sechrist and Blane Cox, 7.6 seconds, $2,457 each; 4. Michael Otero, 7.7, $1,720; 5. Cody Quaney, 8.0, $1,352; 6. Adam Gray, 8.2, $983; 7. Michael Akins, 8.4, $614; 8. Catfish Brown, 8.5, $246. Average: 1. Marty Yates, 15.5 seconds on two head, $4,239; 2. Cody Quaney, 15.6, $3,686; 3. Bryson Sechrist, 16.4, $3,133; 4. Michael Otero, 17.0, $2,580; 5. Shane Hanchey, 17.4, $2,027; 6. (tie) Randall Carlisle and Adam Gray, 17.5, $1,198 each; 8. Alex Caudle, 17.6, $369. 

 

Barrel racing: 1. Amberleigh Moore, 15.24 seconds, $5,941; 2. (tie) Suzanna Hill and Kimmie Wall, 15.27, $4,307 each; 4. (tie) Tiany Schuster and Kathy Grimes, 15.29, $2,673 each; 6. Tillar Murray, 15.33, $1,782; 7. Cassidy Kruse, 15.35, $1,485; 8. Kaily Richardson, 15.37, $1,337; 9. Ericka Nelson, 15.38, $1,188; 10. (tie) Britta Thiel, Kristin Shoppa and Jennifer Arnold, 15.41, $891 each; 13. (tie) Taylor Carver and Kassidy Lantis, 15.42, $520 each; 15. Fallon Jordan, 15.44, $297. 

 

Bull riding: 1. Tim Bingham, 89 points on Smith, Harper & Morgan's No. 30, $6,091; 2. Ty Wallace, 88, $4,670; 3. Jesse Petri, 87.5, $3,452; 4. (tie) Jamarcus Whiting and Douglas Duncan, 86, $1,827 each; 6. Guthrie Murray, 85, $1,015; 7. (tie) Cole Long and Ethan Lemmons, 84.5, $711 each. 

 

Total payoff: $216,449. Stock contractor: Smith, Harper & Morgan. Sub-contractors: Korkow Rodeos, Stace Smith Pro Rodeos, United Pro Rodeo and Brookman Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Linda Alsbaugh. Officials: Wade Berry, Buddy Reynolds and Joe Bob Locke. Timers: Brenda Crowder and Shawna Ray. Announcers: Mike Mathis and Andy Stewart. Specialty act: Lecile Harris. Bullfighters: Kenny Bergeron Jr, Darran Robertson and Scotty Spencer. Clown/barrelman: Lecile Harris. Flankmen: T.J. Korkow, Garrett Burruss, Don Reno and Kenny Barringer. Chute bosses: Art Alsbaugh and Levi McCray. Pickup men: Shawn Calhoun, Josh Deweese and Jason Bottoms. Photographer: Robby Freeman. Music director: Randy Mayer.

For more coverage of the Dixie National, check out the March 3 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.