Local ropers fare well at annual ACRA finals

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Osage County steer ropers lived up to the area’s lofty reputation at the American Cowboys Rodeo Association Finals held Dec. 11-13 in Built Ford Tough Arena at the Tulsa Fairgrounds.

Pawhuska’s Chet Herren placed first in the average standings of the annual event. Herren, a top-10 finisher in this year’s PRCA World Standings, won the ARCA title with a four-round time of 54.4 seconds. He was the winner of the third go (with a 11.9-second time) and finished fourth in round four. In addition to cash prizes, Herren received a championship bridle.

Shorty Garten, another Pawhuska steer tripper, was the first-go winner at the ARCA finals. His 10.5-second effort beat out runnerup Bobby Brock and third-place Roger Branch, with Brad Mohon taking fourth. First place in the second go (with a time of 10.8 seconds) went to Trenton Johnson. Copan’s Worm Shipley finishing second, Cord Hodge third and Matt Garrett of Barnsdall came in fourth.

The third go order of finish (after Herren) included Brock in second place, Zac Parrington for third and Branch, fourth. Skiatook’s Ralph Williams won round four by posting a time of 10.2 seconds. Rod Hartness of Pawhuska was second, followed by third-place Mohon and Herren in fourth.

Branch, who is from Perkins, wound up second for the average with a combined time of 55.7 seconds. Johnson was third in 62.8, with Lenapah’s Brad Starks (65.3) taking fourth. Fifth place overall went to Cole Wilson and Brock finished sixth in the average.

The 2015 average leaders for other ACRA Finals events included:

Saddle Bronc — Kip Overman finished first, former Osage County resident Sean Prater was second, with Shane Hand in third and Blane Stacy, fourth;

Tiedown Roping — first to Colby Setzer, Justin Smith came in second, Quinton Inman was third and Budge Herbert, fourth;

Bareback Riding — Austin Graham took first, Cody Parker placed second and Kevin Grimm was third;

Bull Riding — Mason Lowe was the winner, followed by Dakota Macom, Kenny Hickman and David King;

Team Roping — Destry Graham-Tanner Ward placed first, Cale Markhams-Billy Jack Sabiens were second, Thompson Berryhill and Kyle Berger, third, and Wyatt Mugli-Tyler Worley took fourth;

Barrel Racing — Sallye Williams of Skiatook won ahead of Lacinda Rose, Andee Jo Haden and Brittany Hipp;

Breakaway Roping — Angela Bartley and Jimme Beth Hefner tied for first place, with Lindsey Hughes taking third and Randi Stanley, fourth;

Steer Wrestling — first place went to Hunter Washburn, with Ronnie Fields in second, Logan Rudd, third, and Cody Brecheisen in fourth.