Dustin Egusquiza, of Marianna, Florida, and Jay, Oklahoma’s Travis Graves took an early lead with a 4.7-second run in the slack at the 2021 Woodward (Oklahoma) Elks Rodeo on Wednesday, June 9.

Egusquiza and Graves were named team roping titlists after the final performance on June 12, and earned $4,626 a man, putting Egusquiza second in the PRCA world standings with $61,249.35 and Graves third with $39,542.96

Heading Out for the Summer Run with Dustin Egusquiza

“They’ve really stepped up and added a lot of money for us,” said Graves, a 12-time NFR qualifier. “I remember going to Woodward when I was a kid going to circuit rodeos. It’s amazing how much they have done for their rodeo and how much better they have made it.”

The old school setup with a longer score and fresh steers hesitant to leave the chute tested headers’ scoring abilities.

“My steer left pretty true, and I got a pretty good start,” said three-time NFR qualifier Egusquiza. “I was just focusing on getting as good of a start as I could. I was focused on riding my horse and roping the steer instead of just hitting the line and throwing.”

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After 2020’s edition of the Woodward Elks Rodeo, where ropers battled 40-mile-per-hour headwinds in the slack, Egusquiza wasn’t a fan of the rodeo—until now.

“I used a heel rope because I thought that might be a better idea to have a little more weight to get it to the steer and that didn’t work out so well. I guess it’s harder to swing a heel rope in a head wind,” he said. “The wind was literally blowing so hard that you couldn’t hardly swing your rope, so it wasn’t one of my favorite rodeos. This year, it treated us a lot better. It was great weather and we drew a good steer.”

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Egusquiza was riding Mohawk, a gelding he purchased at the end of the 2020 ProRodeo season.

Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves team roping at the Woodward Elks Rodeo in June 2021.

Dustin Egusquiza sets up a shot for Travis Graves to clean up two feet to win the 2021 Woodward Elks Rodeo. 

“He’s been outstanding. He scores good enough and runs well,” said Egusquiza, the 2016 Resistol Rookie Header of the Year. “He never tries to hurt you. It always seems like I have a good chance to win every time I ride him. It never feels like he does anything wrong and always feels like he gives you a chance.”

Graves rode a 14-year-old blue roan he calls Blue, a horse he had previously owned and instantly regretted selling.

“I bought him off Justin Pruitt, and I just got him back about a month or so ago from the Passmores,” Graves said. “He’s such a good horse. He’s easy, solid, scores good, drags his butt, really sound, and easy to catch two feet on. They weren’t really using him like they wanted to, so I got the chance to get him back.”

Swing Consistency with Travis Graves

Egusquiza and Graves plan to continue their winning streak as they head out to rope at the Reno Rodeo and Bob Feist Invitational in Reno, Nevada, to kick off the summer run.

“We are really excited to be headed to Reno,” Egusquiza said. “It feels pretty cool to pack everything up and head west and go to Reno. It’s one of our favorite times.”

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Full ProRodeo Results: 

Eastern Oregon Livestock Show

Union, Oregon, June 11-13

1. Jack Graham and Calgary Smith, 5.8-second run, worth $1,688 each

2. Brodi Jones and Jared Fillmore, 6.1-second run, worth $1,397 each 

3. Garrett Rogers and Jake Minor, 6.3-second run, worth $1,106 each 

4. Jake Stanley and Bucky Campbell, 6.5-second run, worth $815 each 

5. Rob Webb and Matt Williams, 6.8-second run, worth $524 each 

6. Dillon Holyfield and Breck Ward, 7.0-second run, worth $291 each.

Goshen Stampede

Goshen, Connecticut, June 13

1. Eric Fabian and Derek Carey, 7.1-second run, worth $752 each 

2. Darren Morgan and Drew Carnes, 7.2-second run, worth $564 each 

3. Jacob Rounds and Shawn Quinn, 7.5-second run, worth $376 each 

4. Tyler Pitman and Tyler Zebrovious, 11.6-second run, worth $188 each.

Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo

Merrill, Wisconsin, June 11-13

1. Cale McCall and Blaine Turner, 6.0-second run, worth $1,227 each 

2. Lane Goebel and Cole Stevens, 6.5-second run, worth $1,015 each

3. Jay Crain and Wyatt Kanan, 7.1-second run, worth $804 each 

4. Lee Van Der Geest and Gabe Gwaltney, 7.9-second run, worth $592 each

5. Adam Rose and J.W. Beck, 10.4-second run, worth $381 each 

6. Justin Pruitt and Douglas Henry, 21.1-second run, worth $212 each.

Glennville Round-Up Rodeo

Glennville, California, June 13

1. Tanner James and Wyatt Cox, 5.4-second run, worth $1,363 each

2. Mike Christensen and Justin Spence, 5.7-second run, worth $1,128 each 

3. C.J. DeForest Jr. and Jordan Ketscher, 5.8-second run, worth $893 each 

4/5. Aaron Tsinigine and Kyle Lockett, 5.0-second run, worth $541 each

4/5. Ryan Reed and Cody Cowden, 5.9-second run, worth $541 each

6. Doyle Hoskins and Monty Joe Petska, 6.1-second run, worth $235 each.

Goshen Stampede

Goshen, Connecticut, June 12

1. Darren Morgan and Drew Carnes, 6.3-second run, worth $639 each 

2. Rob Toth and Chris Soto, 6.8-second run, worth $479 each 

3. Jacob Rounds and Shawn Quinn, 8.3-second run, worth $320 each 

4. Robbie Erck and Fred Brunelle, 11.0-second run, worth $160 each.

Woodward Elks Rodeo

Woodward, Oklahoma, June 9-12

1. Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves, 4.7-second run, worth $4,626 each 

2/3. Curry Kirchner and Austin Rogers, 4.8-second run, worth $3,985 each

2/3. Kellan Johnson and Carson Johnson, 4.8-second run, worth $3,895 each 

4/5. Hayes Smith and Justin Davis, 5.1-second run, worth $2,922 each

4/5. Caleb Smidt and B.J. Dugger, 5.1-second run, worth $2,922 each 

6. Tyler Waters and Richard Durham, 5.5-second run, worth $2,191 each 

7. Nick Sartain and Reagan Ward, 5.7-second run, worth $1,704 each 

8. Joshua Torres and Jonathan Torres, 6.1-second run, worth $1,217 each 

9. Jake Clay and Rance Doyal, 6.7-second run, worth $730 each 

10. Jesse Stipes and Casey Stipes, 7.0-second run, worth $243 each.

Parker County Sheriffs Posse Frontier Days And PRCA Rodeo

Weatherford, Texas, June 9-12

1/2. Coy Rahlmann and Douglas Rich, 4.1-second run, worth $3,299 each

1/2. Colby Lovell and Paul Eaves, 4.1-second run, worth $3,299 each 

3/4. Nick Sartain and Reagan Ward, 4.2-second run, worth $2,566 each

3/4. Wyatt Imus and Caleb Anderson, 4.2-second run, worth $2,566 each 

5/6. Tyler Wade and Evan Arnold, 4.3-second run, worth $1,833 each

5/6. Marcus Theriot and Jim Ross Cooper, 4.3-second run, worth $1,833 each 

7. Cash Duty and Boogie Ray, 4.4-second run, worth $1,283 each

8/9/10. Brandon Webb and Kollin VonAhn, 4.6-second run, worth $550 each

9/9/10. Jake Clay and Rance Doyal, 4.6-second run, worth $550 each

8/9/10. Levi Simpson and Tyler Worley, 4.6-second run, worth $550 each.

Mesquite Championship Rodeo

Mesquite, Texas, June 12

1. Cory Smothers and Cole Rogers, 4.7-second run, worth $679 each 

2/3. Cash Duty and Boogie Ray, 4.9-second run, worth $424 each

2/3. Mike Bacon and Dustin Davis, 4.9-second run, worth $424 each 

4. Clint Summers and Ross Ashford, 5.1-second run, worth $170 each.

101 Wild West Rodeo

Ponca City, Oklahoma, June 10-12

1. Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins II, 4.7-second run, worth $1,881 each 

2. Brice Boatright and Jett Hillman, 5.1-second run, worth $1,636 each 

3. Billie Jack Saebens and Derrick Jantzen, 5.3-second run, worth $1,390 each 

4/5/6. Bubba Buckaloo and Daniel Braman IV, 5.6-second run, worth $900 each 

4/5/6. Brett Christensen and Shannon Frascht, 5.6-second run, worth $900 each 

4/5/6. Jesse Stipes and Casey Stipes, 5.6-second run, worth $900 each 

7. Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison, 5.7-second run, worth $409 each 

8. Curry Kirchner and Austin Rogers, 5.8-second run, worth $164 each. 

American Heroes PRCA Rodeo

Hawley, Minnesota, June 11-12

1. Adam Rose and J.W. Beck, 5.5-second run, worth $1,329 each

2. Cameron Irwin and Rory Brown, 6.0-second run, worth $1,100 each 

3. Cody Hilzendeger and Dustin Harris, 6.4-second run, worth $871 each 

4. Logan Olson and Matt Kasner, 7.1-second run, worth $642 each 

5. Cale McCall and Blaine Turner, 7.2-second run, worth $412 each 

6. Alfred Hansen and Luke Morast, 8.8-second run, worth $229 each.

Cowtown Rodeo

Woodstown Pilesgrove, New Jersey, June 12

1. Kyle Letzelter and Casey Cox, 7.6-second run, worth $892 each 

2. Jimmy Healy Jr. and T.R. Serio, 8.8-second run, worth $669 each 

3. Tim Naylor and Paul Plume, 9.3-second run, worth $446 each 

4. Terry Shetron and Chris Boxler, 9.6-second run, worth $223 each.

Lake Region Stampede

Devils Lake, North Dakota, June 11-12

1. Logan Olson and Matt Kasner, 5.2-second run, worth$1,193 each 

2. Mitchell Barney and Riley Wakefield, 5.3-second run, worth $987 each

3. Cooper White and Tucker White, 5.4-second run, worth $781 each 

4. Butch Levell and Trevor Kirchenschlager, 5.6-second run, worth $576 each

5. Cody Hilzendeger and Dustin Harris, 6.2-second run, worth $370 each 

6/7. Tanner Wznick and Ethan Rodne, 6.6-second run, worth $103 each

6/7. A.J. Zieman and Nathan Zieman, 6.6-second run, worth $103 each.

Ute Mountain Round-Up

Cortez, Colorado, June 10-12

1. Erich Rogers and Paden Bray, 4.4-second run, worth $2,573 each 

2. Quinn Kesler and Caleb Hendrix, 4.8-second run, worth $2,237 each 

3. Kaden Richard and Clint Robinson, 5.5-second run, worth $1,902 each 

4. Wyatt Lacey and Tye Reddell, 6.0-second run, worth $1,566 each 

5. Rhen Richard and Max Kuttler, 6.2-second run, worth $1,230 each 

6. Pedro Egurrola and JC Flake, 6.4-second run, worth $895 each 

7. Josh Siggins and Kolt Campbell, 6.6-second run, worth $559 each 

8. Dwight Sells and Cole Cooper, 6.7-second run, worth $224 each.

Coleman PRCA Rodeo

Coleman, Texas, June 10-12

1. Caleb Smidt and B.J. Dugger, 4.6-second run, worth $2,627 each 

2/3. Brenten Hall and Tyler Worley, 4.7-second run, worth $2,113 each

2/3. Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins II, 4.7-second run, worth $2,113 each 

4. Jaxson Tucker and Lane Siggins, 4.9-second run, worth $1,599 each 

5. Manny Egusquiza Jr. and Kory Koontz, 5.0-second run, worth $1,256 each 

6/7. Luke Brown and Hunter Koch, 5.2-second run, worth $742 each

6/7. Cory Clark and Dustin Searcy, 5.2-second run, worth $742 each 

8/9. Cody Tew and Quisto Lopez, 5.3-second run, worth $114 each

8/9. Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves, 5.3-second run, worth $114 each.

Johnson County Sheriff s Posse Rodeo - FWSSR PRORODEO TOU

Cleburne, Texas, June 9-12

First round: 

1. Joshua Torres and Jonathan Torres, 4.3-second run, worth $1,028 each 

2. Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison, 4.5-second run, worth $851 each 

3/4. Zach Kilgus and Jake Edwards, 5.1-second run, worth $585 each

3/4. Kal Fuller and Coleby Payne, 5.1-second run, worth $585 each 

5. Tyler Waters and Richard Durham, 5.2-second run, worth $319 each 

6. Monty James and Clay Elkington, 5.5-second run, worth $177 each. 

Second round: 

1/2. Cash Duty and Boogie Ray, 3.9-second run, worth $939 each

1/2. Britt Smith and Jake Smith, 3.9-second run, worth $939 each 

3. Korbin Rice and Whit Kitchens, 4.3-second run, worth $674 each 

4/5. Wyatt Imus and Caleb Anderson, 5.0-second run, worth $408 each

4/5. Zach Kilgus and Jake Edwards, 5.0-second run, worth $408 each 

6. Monty James and Clay Elkington, 5.2-second run, worth $177 each. 

Average:

1. Zach Kilgus and Jake Edwards, 10.1 seconds on two head, worth $1,542 each 

2. Joshua Torres and Jonathan Torres, 10.2 seconds on two head, worth $1,276 each 

3. Wyatt Imus and Caleb Anderson, 10.6 seconds on two head, worth $1,010 each 

4. Monty James and Clay Elkington, 10.7 seconds on two head, worth $744 each 

5. Cody Russell and Coy Brittain, 26.6 seconds on two head, worth $479 each

6. Tanner Green and Clay Futrell, 27.8 seconds on two head, worth $266 each.

Eagle Rodeo

Eagle, Idaho, June 10-12

1. Steven Duby and Andy Carlson, 4.3-second run, worth $1,849 each 

2. Garrett Rogers and Jake Minor, 4.7-second run, worth $1,607 each 

3. Brodi Jones and Jared Fillmore, 5.0-second run, worth $1,366 each 

4. Bryan Reay and Phoenix Everano, 5.2-second run, worth $1,125 each 

5/6. David Temple and Ryan Powell, 5.5-second run, worth $764 each

5/6. Houston Hull and Joey Bergevin, 5.5-second run, worth $764 each 

7. Jack Graham and Calgary Smith, 5.6-second run, worth $402 each 

8/9. Jordan Spears and Tex Sutfin, 5.9-second run, worth $80 each

8/9. Riley Minor and Brady Minor, 5.9-second run, worth $80 each.

Pony Express Rodeo

Eagle Mountain, Utah, June 10-12

1. Hagen Peterson and Jace Nielsen, 5.4-second run, worth, $1,363 each 

2. Rhen Richard and Max Kuttler, 5.5-second run, worth $1,128 each 

3. Tanner Pallesen and Arye Espenscheid, 5.6-second run, worth $893 each 

4. Zane Barnson and Cole Wilson, 6.1-second run, worth $658 each 

5. Houston Thomas and Chance Moldenhauer, 6.3-second run, worth $423 each 

6. Ken McKibbin and Joe Roderick, 6.8-second run, worth $235 each.

Gladewater Round-Up Rodeo

Gladewater, Texas, June 10-12

1/2. Aaron Macy and Zane Bruce, 4.0-second run, worth $2,298 each

1/2. Brenten Hall and Tyler Worley, 4.0-second run, worth $2,298 each 

3. Reno Stoebner and Pace Blanchard, 4.2-second run, worth $1,817 each 

4. Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison, 4.6-second run, worth $1,496 each 

5. Caleb Smidt and B.J. Dugger, 4.7-second run, worth $1,176 each 

6/7/8. Tyler Waters and Richard Durham, 5.2-second run, worth $534 each

6/7/8. Brandon Webb and Kollin VonAhn, 5.2-second run, worth $534 each

6/7/8. Nick Sartain and Reagan Ward, 5.2-second run, worth $534 each.

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