Last night, during the opening of the fourth round of the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, we paid tribute to all those that we have lost over the past year within the western lifestyle industry and the sport of professional rodeo. One of the most touching tributes last night was that of the bullfighters and clown donning the greasepaint to share an iconic face that we are all greatly missing. Lecile Harris was well-known inside and outside of the arenas he worked all across this great country and the boys each had his face art all over theirs which did not go unnoticed with many sharing photos and posting comments across all sorts of social media platforms.
Tonight we began the fifth round like we have done each and every year in the past celebrating that of the Tough Enough To Wear Pink movement to support and remember those suffering from breast cancer. Every year, this is one of the funnest rounds to be a part of as all of the contestants, the equine athletes, and the fans inside of the arena all don the bright pink and showcase many different ways of proudly showing their support. Whenever a fifth-round comes around it always sparks the entertainment value and the athletic competition on the arena floor and we expected to see nothing less than this as the middle round of the ten-day action was set to begin.
Team Ropers Clay Smith & Jade Corkill Take Round Five
Photo Credit: Elko Daily Free Press
Over the last four nights, we have seen some very high highs as well as some down in the sellar lows when it comes to the team event of team-roping as both the cowboys and their equine partners try to figure out this new arena floor concept. It has seemed as the first loops keep getting thrown earlier and earlier in each round, the problems of being forced up against the fence and running out of real estate becomes more and more of a problem. Yes, it is exciting to see the loops thrown early and it looks cool on camera but that has shown to be where the problems begin. Tonight, these teams hope to adjust their strategies a little bit knowing that it might affect the time shown on the clock.
The talk among the fifteen teams was just that, thinking about holding off on the throw a little longer to give them some more room to work with but no team wants to be standing out in the middle of the arena waving at the go-round winners by being safe. One-by-one as the teams began their runs it was apparent that the chatter among the teams was nothing but talk as the loops were thrown quickly once again and the safety of longer runs were thrown out the window. When everything was said and done there would be ten teams that would put up a time with seven of them making clean runs. The team of Clay Smith and Jade Corkill were able to put it all together the best way possible tonight to walk out as the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo fifth go-round winning team with a time of 3.6 seconds.
Tie-Down Roper Hunter Herrin Wins Round Five
Photo Credit: Rodeo News
Keeping on with the theme for our fifth round coverage we take time to look at another roping timed event again as we focus on the tie-down roping for our second event feature tonight. We have seen our fair share of excitement and amazing runs laid down in this event over the last four nights of action and tonight did not disappoint either, shaping up the look of the average race quite nicely. Although Shad Mayfield came into the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a near blow-out lead in the overall world standings, he has struggled some while others behind him continue to shine which may make the world title race much more interesting as we get later into the week here in Texas.
Tonight, in round five of the WNFR here in Arlington, Texas, the tie-down ropers came to play and put on a show to remember for a long time to come as the runs were full of energy and heartbreak. After the first four rounds, there were some misses, injuries and fights that anyone watching will remember for years to come which made many of these guys here this year begin looking at day money instead of the overall WNFR average race. Tonight, however, it would be Hunter Herrin who would put all the pieces together and lay down an amazing 7.4 second run to claim the round five win here at the Tough Enough To Wear Pink night at the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Round Five Winners From The 2020 WNFR:
Round Winner: Clayton Biglow (89.00)
2002 WNFR Average Richmond Champion (428.00/5)
World Title Leader: Tim O’Connell
Round Winner: Jace Melvin & Matt Reeves (3.9 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Stetson Jorgensen (23.3 Seconds/5)
World Title Leader: Jacob Talley
Round Winners: Clay Smith & Jade Corkill (3.6 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leaders: Erich Rogers & Paden Bray (40.1 Seconds/5)
World Title Leaders: Dustin Egusquiza & Travis Graves
Saddle Bronc Riding:
Round Winner: Wyatt Casper (90.50)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Ryder Wright (434.50/5)
World Title Leader: Wyatt Casper
Round Winner: Hunter Herrin (7.4 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Westyn Hughes (40.7 Seconds/5)
World Title Leader: Shad Mayfield
Round Winner: Hailey Kinsel (16.92 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Hailey Kinsel (85.91 Seconds/5)
World Title Leader: Hailey Kinsel
Round Winner: Ty Wallace (91.50)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Ty Wallace (261.00/4 of 5)
World Title Leader: Ky Hamilton
- Stetson Wright ($174,700)
- Tuf Cooper ($132,450)
Top Gun Award:
- Hailey Kinsel ($109,423.08)
- Wyatt Casper ($88,692.31)
As the rounds begin to dwindle, there is a lot of attention on the world title races this year as they are as close as they ever have been, allowing anything to happen at any given point throughout the ten days of action here in Texas! Each night the PRCA will be putting out what the world title races look like at the conclusion of each round and we will be sharing that with you in the above graphic. That being said, many times it takes a bit for them to get that together so we will add that in as soon as we receive it each night or the morning following the conclusion of each round. This will be another fun way to interact in a very different year as we all enjoy the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!
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