Brown and Koch Battle Lightning Storm to Advance to WCRA’s Gold Medal Round
Luke Brown and Hunter Koch won third performance of the semi-finals during a lightning storm with a 4.91-second run, advancing them to the WCRA Days of ’47 Gold Medal Round

“Tonight was crazy,” Koch said.

Luke Brown and Hunter Koch came out on top of the leaderboard in the third performance of the WCRA Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo after roping in unexpected weather conditions which delayed the rodeo.

Brown and Koch were the second to last team out during the performance on Thursday, July 22, and drew a steer that was on the stronger end of the herd. They stopped the clock in 4.91 seconds to win the round, worth $1,600 a man, and secure a spot in the Gold Medal Round on Saturday, July 24.

“The steer we had drawn was supposed to be the strongest one in the herd,” Koch said, who is one of the few team roping coaches at “It said medium-plus on the list; was strong and hard to heel. We were a little nervous about our steer, but we were fortunate enough to get by him.”