Chad Masters and Cory Petska Add First Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo Championship to Resumes

Chad Masters and Cory Petska take the win at the 2022 Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, a first for the ProRodeo veterans.

Photo by Dale Hirschman

The veteran team of Chad Masters and Cory Petska have won virtually every major rodeo in the PRCA and, on Sunday, May 8, they added another title to their resumes with their victory at the 2022 Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo.

The team caught in all three rounds and won the average title in 22.1 seconds, including a 7.4-second run on the final day. As a result of their win, they each took home $4,912. Masters is now ranked No. 9 in the Team Roping Header World Standings, while Petska is ranked No.14 in the Team Roping Heeler World Standings.

Masters, a two-time World Champion, three-time NFR Average Champion, and 14-time NFR Qualifier, attributes his success at Guymon to good draws and a good partner.

Team Roping Journal Extra Volume 15: Chad Masters

“We did draw very, very good. All three of them were just perfect muleys,” he said. “Cory threw the best every time, he really did. He threw on the corner all three times. It’s like he was just waiting for me to get out of his way where he could rope them.”

Masters rode Roy, the same horse he rode at the BFI and recently purchased from JB James. In the lead-up to Guymon, his game plan was simple.

“I’ve been quite a few times now, but I’ve placed a couple of times, and broke out there before. I can just tell you, this time, I just tried to make sure I didn’t get in a hurry.”

Petska, the 2005 World Champion Heeler and 15-time NFR qualifier, rode Annie, his go-to horse, and maintained a similar strategy to Masters.

Hand Control with Cory Petska

“I stayed back with Chad, and I scored the same as he did. All the steers stayed straight. My horse is really fast and let me catch up. Chad just pushed down the arena and made them super easy to heel,” Petska said. “It helps when you have great horses and a great header.

“Any one of those rodeos that have a little bit of something different to where you just got to cowboy up and have a really good horse, they’re fun. They’re fun setups. And they’re even fun to win because they’re hard to win.”

The win in Guymon was the final time the two will rope together this season. While Masters is set to rope with Paul Eaves this summer, Petska—whose father-in-law, Mel Potter, will be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs come July—plans to remain at home, although he will attend a few rodeos, such as Wyoming’s Cheyenne, Casper, and Sheridan.

The Horseman’s Breeder: Mel Potter

2022 Guymon Pioneer Days Team Roping Results:

First round: 

1. Tate Kirchenschlager and Cole Davison, 6.4 seconds, $2,099 each
2. Caleb Smidt and Jim Ross Cooper, 6.6 seconds, $1,825
3. Clay Smith and Jade Corkill, 6.7 seconds, $1,551
4. Dawson Graham and Dillon Graham, 6.8 seconds, $1,278
5/6/7. Blake Hughes and Daniel Reed, 6.9 seconds, $730 each
5/6/7. Haven Meged and Trae Smith, 6.9 seconds, $730 each
5/6/7. Paul David Tierney and Tanner Braden, 6.9 seconds, $730 each
8/9/10/11. Jake Orman and Brye Crites, 7.1 seconds, $46 each
8/9/10/11. Coleman Proctor and Logan Medlin, 7.1 seconds, $46 each
8/9/10/11. Jhett Trenary and Gralyn Elkins, 7.1 seconds, $46 each
8/9/10/11. Clay Tryan and Jake Long, 7.1 seconds, $46 each

Second round: 

1. Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves, 6.3 seconds, $2,099 each
2/3/4. Bubba Buckaloo and Joseph Harrison, 6.6 seconds, $1,551 each
2/3/4. Shay Dixon Carroll and Evan Arnold, 6.6 seconds, $1,551 each
2/3/4. Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins II, 6.6 seconds, $1,551 each
5. Curry Kirchner and Reagan Ward, 6.8 seconds, $1,004
6. Coy Rahlmann and Douglas Rich, 6.9 seconds, $730
7/8/9. Derrick Begay/Paul Eaves, 7.0 seconds, $213 each
7/8/9. Chad Masters/Cory Petska, 7.0 seconds, $213 each
7/8/9. Paul David Tierney/Tanner Braden, 7.0 seconds, $213 each

Third round: 

1. Shay Dixon Carroll and Evan Arnold, 5.7 seconds, $2,099 each
2. Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins II, 7.3 seconds, $1,825
3. Chad Masters and Cory Petska, 7.4 seconds, $1,551
4. Jake Clay and Billie Jack Saebens, 7.8 seconds, $1,278 
5. Nick Sartain and Austin Rogers, 8.3 seconds, $1,004
6/7. Kreece Thompson and Chad Williams, 8.6 seconds, $593 each
6/7. Paul David Tierney and Tanner Braden, 8.6 seconds, $593 each
8. Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp, 8.8 seconds, $183

Average: 

1. Chad Masters and Cory Petska, 22.1 seconds on three head, $3,148 each
2. Paul David Tierney and Tanner Braden, 22.5 seconds, $2,738
3. Jake Clay and Billie Jack Saebens, 22.9 seconds, $2,327
4. Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp, 24.0 seconds, $1,916
5. Nick Sartain and Austin Rogers, 24.2 seconds, $1,506 
6. Kreece Thompson and Chad Williams, 26.7 seconds, $1,095 
7. Jake Orman and Brye Crites, 26.9 seconds, $684
8. Coy Rahlmann and Douglas Rich, 27.3 seconds, $274