Rod Lyman is like a Timex watch. He just keeps on ticking and ticking. The Victor, Mont., cowboy turned in another solid performance at the 78th Tucson Rodeo Sunday to win the bulldogging title and the all-important tour round.
Lyman, who has qualified for 15 National Finals Rodeos, posted a time of 4.3 seconds in front of a capacity crowd of 11,000 and collected 12 ProRodeo Tour points. The run topped his nearest rival, Lee Graves, by a half second.
Tucson's La Fiesta de los Vaqueros was the fourth stop on the 10-city PRCA ProRodeo Tour and will air on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) March 9 at 4 p.m. PST.
"I didn't have any tour points coming in here, so this was an important win for me," Lyman said. "I want to do well on the tour, so I needed this win."
The 42-year-old Lyman had a comfortable lead in the average coming into Sunday's tour round, so he figured he could make a fast run on the steer he had drawn and go for the tour points.
"I knew I could be safe and win the average," He said. "But I wanted to earn more tour points, so I wanted to go for the win in the tour round. It all worked out."
Calf roper Brad Goodrich needed to pick up some valuable tour points at Tucson and rose to the occasion Sunday. The cowboy from Hermiston won the tour round with a run of 9.7 seconds.
"I've been the first alternate to two or three Finales and last year I was knocked out of the NFR by two guys who won big at the last Finale, so I was determined this year not to let that happen again."
In bareback riding, Chad Klein of Clinton, La., drew three-time bareback riding horse of the year, "Smokeless Commotion" of the Beutler and Son's string and turned in a big score of 86 points to win the tour round, as well as the overall Tucson title.
Travis Tryan and partner Matt Zancanella won the tour round in team roping with a run of 5.6 seconds and 12 tour points. The quick run also locked up the average.
Mo Forbes of Kaycee, Wyo., topped the field of bronc riders to win the tour round with an 85-point ride aboard Beutler and Son's Golden Leaf Snuff. The victory also gave Forbes the Tucson championship.
Charmayne James turned in the fastest time in barrel racing Sunday afternoon. The 11-time world champion stopped the clock in 17.08 seconds to pick up 12 ProRodeo Tour points, her first on the tour this winter.
In bull riding, young Luke Kelley of Eagle, Colo., won the tour round with an 87-point ride aboard Beutler and Son's Moonshine. His efforts Sunday also locked up the average title.
The next ProRodeo Tour stop will be RodeoHouston on March 16.
Justin McBride claimed his second consecutive 2003 Built Ford Tough Series title by winning the St. Louis Open Saturday with a two-round score of 180 points. The 23-year-old PBR veteran added $29,302 to his earnings.
McBride won the Built Ford Tough Championship Round with 91.5 points on D&H Cattle Company's bull Mossy Oak Mudslinger.
"I never had a really solid seat on him," said McBride. "I was never sure I'd be there for the next jump but I hung in there until the whistle and it worked out for me."
McBride of Elk City, Okla., is now within 535.5 points of overtaking leader Chris Shivers in the Built Ford Tough Series Points Standings.
The PBR moves to Philadelphia this weekend for the Philadelphia Invitational. Tune in for all of the exciting action on OLN at 5 p.m. PST both Saturday and Sunday.
Pendleton writer Butch Thurman's rodeo column appears weekly in the East Oregon.