PENDLETON ­— After Shane Hanchey took his victory lap for the first time at Round-Up Stadium, his voice cracked as he shared what winning the calf roping championship meant to him.

“It’s hard not to get a little cracked up and emotional just because it’s one of the rodeos that I have really wanted to win my whole career,” he said. “The atmosphere, the committee, the rodeo ­— it’s just a great deal. I have been fortunate enough to win a lot of rodeos in my young career, and I’m so excited I get to add this Pendleton saddle to the trophy room.”

Hanchey was the last man up on Saturday, as he entered with the best average, 19.4 seconds. By the time he got Si, his 11-year-old horse, into the box, Brad Goodrich and Matt Shiozawa shared first place. Their shared average of 32.1 gave Hanchey 12.7 seconds to work with. He only needed 8.4 of them to seal the deal.

His work on the grass infield was impressive, but he wouldn’t tell you that.

“I really got to give [Si] the credit — all I did was rope the calf and get him down and tie him,” Hanchey said. “My horse, you know he’s the best horse here. I think it’s pretty obvious I won it by however much. He just makes stuff happen for me.”

They had been riding and roping in the Northwest recently, and the change of scenery from his southern roots wasn’t doing him any favors.

“The Northwest the last few weeks hasn’t been that great,” Hanchey said, “but winning Pendleton will trump that any day of the week.”

The time from his 8.4 go to the victory lap that was so long his hand got tired from pumping his hat, Hanchey is more than pleased with how the 2017 season has shaped up.

“It’s probably been the best start to finish of my career,” he said.

Now, for the first time since May, he gets to travel back home for some of his mom’s cooking and Louisiana hospitality — all of which he will do as a first time Pendleton Round-Up Champion.

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Contact Alexis at amansanarez@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4542. Follow her on Twitter @almansanarez.

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Calf roping: First round: 1. J.C. Malone, 8.5 seconds, $3,597; 2. Tuf Cooper, 8.7, $3,128; 3. Hunter Herrin, 9.6, $2,659; 4. Shane Hanchey, 9.9, $2,190; 5. (tie) Chad Finley and Jake Pratt, 10.3, $1,486 each; 7. Justin Smith, 10.6, $782; 8. Jordan Ketscher, 10.7, $313. Second round: 1. Alwin Bouchard, 9.3 seconds, $3,597; 2. Shane Hanchey, 9.5, $3,128; 3. Dakota Eldridge, 9.6, $2,659; 4. Trevor Brazile, 9.7, $2,190; 5. Matt Shiozawa, 10.0, $1,720; 6. Jason Schaffer, 10.4, $1,251; 7. (tie) Taylor Santos and Brad Goodrich, 10.7, $547 each. Finals: 1. Shane Hanchey, 8.4 seconds, $972; 2. Brad Goodrich, 9.1, $804; 3. Matt Shiozawa, 9.2, $637; 4. Morgan Grant, 9.7, $469; 5. Roger Nonella, 10.7, $302; 6. (tie) Taylor Santos and Jared Parke, 12.2, $84 each. Average: 1. Shane Hanchey, 27.8 seconds on three head, $5,396; 2. (tie) Brad Goodrich and Matt Shiozawa, 32.1, $4,340 each; 4. Morgan Grant, 34.4, $3,285; 5. Ace Slone, 35.6, $2,581; 6. Roger Nonella, 35.7, $1,877; 7. Jared Parke, 36.4, $1,173; 8. Taylor Santos, 37.2, $469.

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