Jordan Ketscher of Squaw Valley, California, has maintained his 2020 Cinch Timed Event Championship lead through the first two rounds here at the Lazy E. Ketscher, who won Rodeo’s Ironman contest in 2018, has now run 10 head in five events in 130.1 seconds. He’s getting it done with a little help from his friends, including heading and heeling helper Cody Cowden, who’s an eight-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo heeler.
“This is the third year out of the four I’ve been here that Cody’s helped me,” Ketscher said. “His win history here (which includes helping the likes of Trevor Brazile, Kyle Lockett, Daniel Green and Ketscher to the winner’s circle) shows how solid he is. Cody’s a guy you can count on, and when he’s on your team, he helps you out in a lot of ways. He’s also always going to ride good horses.”
Ketscher was rolling last year when he hurt his right knee in the steer wrestling event.
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“It’s honestly just good to get back after getting hurt here last year,” he said. “What happened with my knee has been on my mind, so it’s awesome to get off to a good start and get some confidence built back in my knee and everything else.”
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Rounding out the top five here at TEC ’20 are Jess Tierney, Marcus Theriot, Erich Rogers and Taylor Santos. Cody Doescher was helped out of the arena after his Round 2 steer wrestling run with an apparent knee injury. Updates on that as they become available.