Bray Armes captures RTCFR average title

Photo by James Phifer

 

WACO, Texas – Just missing out on qualifying for the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo didn’t sit well with steer wrestler Bray Armes.

Armes lost out on the coveted No. 15 spot to Blake Knowles by a mere $166.

Armes, a three-time WNFR qualifier (2012-14), is trying to erase that memory, and there’s no better way to do that than to win rodeos.

That’s exactly what Armes did at the RAM Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo (Dec. 31-Jan. 2).

The Pilot Point, Texas cowboy clocked a 13.1-second time on three head to win the average at the Extraco Events Center.

“I just came here and backed in there and tried to make the best runs that I could,” said Armes, who also won the RTCFR average crown in 2004. “I just tried to be solid, and it paid off.”

With his average winning performance, Armes qualified for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo April 7-10 in Kissimmee, Fla.

Armes punched his ticket to the RNCFR by being consistently fast in Waco. He had a 3.9-second first round winning run and then he was 4.1 seconds to tie for second with Shayde Etherton in the second round. 

In the finals, Armes just needed a 9.4-second time to defeat Austin Courmier, and he responded with a businessman-like effort, stopping the clock in 5.1 seconds. Courmier was second with a 17.5-second time on three head. 

Armes left Waco with $6,341 in his bank account.

“I knew what time I had to have and I just backed off the barrier and ran him down there and made the run,” Armes said. “When you know you just pretty much need to go get out of the barrier and go catch him and throw him down good, sometimes that’s a little tougher than having to be 3.9 seconds, but things worked out for me.”

Armes was riding his horse, Ote to capture glory at the RTCFR. Clayton Hass, who finished fifth in the 2015 PRCA world standings, was hazing for Armes. Hass won the Texas Circuit year-end championship.

“Ote worked really great for me,” Armes said.

Armes made a frantic push the last week of the 2015 regular season, highlighted by his $5,068 in winnings at the Justin Boots Championships Sept. 25 in Omaha, Neb.

However, when Blake Knowles finished fourth at the Sheriff's PRCA Rodeo in San Bernardino, Calif., Sept. 27 and collected a $921 check that denied Armes his fourth trip to Vegas. Armes won the WNFR average title in 2013 when he finished a career-best third in the world standings.

“When you don’t achieve what you want to achieve it has dang sure made me practice more,” Armes said. “I’m just trying to be solid and make practice pen runs, and usually when you do that you win. When you go try to do too much you break barriers and you don’t do good.”

Armes did go to the 2015 WNFR and hazed for Casey Martin in Rounds 1 through 4 before his hazing horse, Bam was injured. Martin rode Ote at the WNFR.

“I stayed the rest of the time (after Bam got injured) and got Ote ready every night for Casey,” Armes said. “This season I’m just focused on doing the best I can and let the chips fall where they may.”

Other winners at the $199,130 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($7,896 team roping, steer roping), bareback rider Evan Jayne (238 points on three head), team ropers Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith ( 19.1 seconds on three head),  saddle bronc rider Isaac Diaz (251 points on three head), tie-down roper Timber Moore (25.9 seconds on three head), barrel racer Kelly Tovar (47.93 seconds on three runs), steer roper Scott Snedecor (35.9 seconds on three head), and bull rider Cody Rostockyj (178 points on three head).


2015 World Champ Jacobs Crawley fixing to be 85 pts AR the Tx Circuit finals Rodeo tonight!!

Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo

Waco, Texas, Dec. 31-Jan. 2

 

All-around cowboy: Trevor Brazile, $7,896, team roping and steer roping.

 

Bareback riding: First round: 1. Steven Anding, 83 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo's Freckled Frog, $2,029; 2. (tie) Jamie Howlett, Evan Jayne and Jake Brown, 82, $1,015 each. Second round: 1. Cody Joe Ziober, 81 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Real Deal, $2,029; 2. Taylor Price, 78, $1,522; 3. Matt Bright, 77, $1,015; 4. (tie) Evan Jayne and Luke Creasy, 76, $254 each. Third round: 1. Jake Brown, 87 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Dirty Jacket, $2,029; 2. Luke Creasy, 83, $1,522; 3. Jamie Howlett, 81, $1,015; 4. Evan Jayne, 80, $507. Average: 1. Evan Jayne, 238 points on three head, $3,044; 2. (tie) Luke Creasy and Jamie Howlett, 237, $1,902 each; 4. Steven Anding, 230, $761. 

 

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Bray Armes, 3.9 seconds, $2,029; 2. Hunter Cure, 4.0, $1,522; 3. Stan Branco, 4.2, $1,015; 4. Austin Courmier, 5.2, $507. Second round: 1. Clayton Hass, 3.5 seconds, $2,029; 2. (tie) Bray Armes and Shayde Etherton, 4.1, $1,268 each; 4. (tie) Brad Loesch and Sam Powers, 4.8, $254 each. Third round: 1. (tie) Justin Blaine Davis and Brad Loesch, 3.6 seconds, $1,775 each; 3. (tie) Stan Branco and Clayton Hass, 5.0, $761 each. Average: 1. Bray Armes, 13.1 seconds on three head, $3,044; 2. Austin Courmier, 17.5, $2,283; 3. Stan Branco, 23.0, $1,522; 4. Shayde Etherton, 26.9, $761. 

 

Team roping: First round: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 5.9 seconds, $2,029 each; 2. David Key/Boogie Ray, 6.2, $1,522; 3. JoJo LeMond/Wesley Johnson, 6.4, $1,015; 4. Clayton Hass/Tommy Zuniga, 7.5, $507. Second round: 1. Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero, 4.6 seconds, $2,029 each; 2. Cole Wheeler/Wesley Thorp, 5.1, $1,522; 3. Jake Orman/Tyler Domingue, 5.3, $1,015; 4. (tie) Quisto Lopez/Tee Luttrell and Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 5.4, $254 each. Third round: 1. (tie) Clayton Hass/Tommy Zuniga and Tyler Wade/Kinney Harrell, 4.5 seconds, $1,775 each; 3. Cole Wheeler/Wesley Thorp, 4.9, $1,015; 4. JoJo LeMond/Wesley Johnson, 5.0, $507. Average: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 19.1 seconds on three head, $3,044 each; 2. Clayton Hass/Tommy Zuniga, 29.7, $2,283; 3. Jake Orman/Tyler Domingue, 40.3, $1,522; 4. Blaine Vick/Twister Cain, 40.8, $761. 

 

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Sterling Crawley, 82 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Trail Dust, $2,029; 2. Isaac Diaz, 81, $1,522; 3. Jeremy Melancon, 80, $1,015; 4. Sam Spreadborough, 79, $507. Second round: 1. Isaac Diaz, 85 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Miss Congeniality, $2,029; 2. Dean Wadsworth, 81, $1,522; 3. Garet Aldridge, 80, $1,015; 4. (tie) Sterling Crawley and Cody Anthony, 79, $254 each. Third round: 1. (tie) Isaac Diaz, on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos' Pony Man, and Jacobs Crawley, on Andrews Rodeo's Fire Lane, 85 points, $1,775 each; 3. Sam Spreadborough, 83, $1,015; 4. Sterling Crawley, 79, $507. Average: 1. Isaac Diaz, 251 points on three head, $3,044; 2. Sterling Crawley, 240, $2,283; 3. Jacobs Crawley, 163 on two head, $1,522; 4. Sam Spreadborough, 162, $761. 

 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Marty Yates, 8.0 seconds, $2,029; 2. Timber Moore, 8.2, $1,522; 3. Cimarron Boardman, 9.1, $1,015; 4. Ace Slone, 9.2, $507. Second round: 1. Timber Moore, 7.9 seconds, $2,029; 2. Cory Solomon, 9.5, $1,522; 3. Clayton Collmorgen, 9.8, $1,015; 4. Cimarron Boardman, 10.9, $507. Third round: 1. Trent Walls, 7.8 seconds, $2,029; 2. Marty Yates, 8.1, $1,522; 3. Scott Kormos, 8.4, $1,015; 4. Clay Long, 8.7, $507. Average: 1. Timber Moore, 25.9 seconds on three head, $3,044; 2. Clayton Collmorgen, 28.4, $2,283; 3. Trent Walls, 29.1, $1,522; 4. Scott Kormos, 39.1, $761. 

 

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Kelly Tovar, 15.83 seconds, $2,029; 2. Shelby Herrmann, 16.00, $1,522; 3. Lisa Thornton, 16.07, $1,015; 4. Kelly Bruner, 16.13, $507. Second round: 1. Kelly Tovar, 15.88 seconds, $2,029; 2. Kelly Bruner, 15.94, $1,522; 3. Jackie Ganter, 16.07, $1,015; 4. Katelyn McLeod, 16.10, $507. Third round: 1. Lisa Thornton, 16.10 seconds, $2,029; 2. Katelyn McLeod, 16.18, $1,522; 3. Kelly Bruner, 16.20, $1,015; 4. Kelly Tovar, 16.22, $507. Average: 1. Kelly Tovar, 47.93 seconds on three head, $3,044; 2. Kelly Bruner, 48.27, $2,283; 3. Katelyn McLeod, 48.45, $1,522; 4. Jackie Ganter, 48.75, $761. 

 

Steer roping: First round: 1. (tie) Jason Evans and Vin Fisher Jr., 11.0 seconds, $1,285 each; 3. Dan Fisher, 11.5, $734; 4. Landon McClaugherty, 11.7, $367. Second round: 1. Scott Snedecor, 10.6 seconds, $1,468; 2. Cody Lee, 11.3, $1,101; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., 13.3, $734; 4. Landon McClaugherty, 13.6, $367. Third round: 1. Trevor Brazile, 7.7 seconds, $1,468; 2. Jason Evans, 9.6, $1,101; 3. (tie) JoJo LeMond and Scott Snedecor, 11.9, $551 each. Average: 1. Scott Snedecor, 35.9 seconds on three head, $2,203; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., 44.8, $1,652; 3. Trevor Brazile, 19.7 on two head, $1,101; 4. Jason Evans, 20.6, $551. 

 

Bull riding: First round: 1. Cody Rostockyj, 86 points on United Pro Rodeo's Partin's Little Party, $2,029; 2. Pistol Robinson, 83, $1,522; 3. Preston Preece, 80, $1,015; no other qualified rides. Second round: 1. Elliot Jacoby, 87 points on Rafter G Rodeo's J lazy, $2,029; 2. Pistol Robinson, 86, $1,522; 3. Preston Preece, 83, $1,015; 4. Cody Teel, 78, $507. Third round: 1. Cody Rostockyj, 92 points on Andrews Rodeo's Flight Risk, $2,029; 2. Cody Teel, 87, $1,522; 3. Corey Maier, 86, $1,015; 4. Casey Huckabee, 85, $507. Average: 1. Cody Rostockyj, 178 points on two head, $3,044; 2. Pistol Robinson, 169, $2,283; 3. Cody Teel, 165, $1,522; 4. Preston Preece, 163, $761. 

 

Total payoff: $199,130. Stock contractors: Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, Hurst Pro Rodeo, Rafter G Rodeo, Stace Smith Pro Rodeos and United Pro Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Mikey Duggan. Officials: Mike Todd, Gary Case and Carl Burkholder. Timers: Jayme Pemberton and Missy Swartz. Announcers: Mike Mathis and T.C. Long. Bullfighters: Jake King and Dusty Tuckness. Clown/barrelman: Mark Swingler. Flankmen: Sammy Andrews, Dusty Duba, Lyndal Hurst and Chad Lancaster. Chute boss: Jimmy Adams. Pickup men: Jason Bottoms and Josh Edwards. Photographer: James Phifer. Music director: Benje Bendele.