Goodwell, Oklahoma's Trell Etbauer will return to the Lazy E Arena for the Cinch Timed Event Championship, following a one-year hiatus caused by a broken arm at his circuit finals last year.
After former Cinch Timed Event Champion Daniel Green bowed out of competition for family reasons, Etbauer jumped at the chance to get back in the mix of the cowboy's ironman event. The Cinch Timed Event Championship tests 20 of the best timed event hands over five rounds in the heading, heeling, tie-down, steer wrestling and steer roping.
"It’s an event for me, because I used to ride broncs and rope calves and steer wrestle," Etbauer, a four-time PRCA Linderman Award winner, said. "I’ve always wanted to go to it and see if a guy could win it. Winning it is kind of like winning the world for me because it's so prestigious."
Etbauer, who has over $400,000 in PRCA earnings, will spend the next few weeks preparing for the event, focusing on his two weaknesses: the heading and heeling.
"We had a trip planned to take my little girl to Disney," Etbauer said. "So when I got the call, we still wanted to go through with it. Now as soon as I get home, I’m going to get on my heeling. Ever since I’ve been going to the Timed Event I’ve made it a goal to work on my heeling. It would be a lot easier if I could figure that out. I have a Smarty sled, and I’ll go rope a bunch with Jett Hillman. My Uncle Billy has a lot of boys around there who rope. Last year I spent some time with Shannon Frost. I take the help wherever I can."
Etbauer will return to the Lazy E without the help of his father's iconic roan stud Rambo—registered as Berts Sunny Dee—who he used in multiple events in his previous Cinch Timed Event appearances. This year, he'll have with him his dun calf horse Corduroy, Travis Sheets' steer roping horse and his own bull dogging horse he calls Star. A 5 header and 5 heeler, Etbauer is still undecided on the heading and heeling horses that will make his job easier.
Full contestant roster:
Trell Etbauer of Goodwell, Oklahoma
Cody Doescher of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Clay Smith of Broken Bow, Oklahoma
Jo Jo Lemond of Andrews, Texas
Marcus Theriot of Poplarville, Mississippi
Lane Karney of Creston, California
Cash Myers of Athens, Texas
Paul D. Tierney of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Rhen Richard of Roosevelt, Utah
KC Jones of Burlington, Wyoming
Erich Rogers of Round Rock, Arizona
Landon McClaugherty of Tilden, Texas
Shay Carroll of Hico, Texas
Jess Tierney of Hermosa, South Dakota
Shank Edwards of Tatum, New Mexico
Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas
And Jordan Ketscher, the 2018 Ironman Champion of Squaw Valley, California
*Joel Bach replaces Russel Cardoza for the 2019 CTEC due to medical circumstances.
* Trell Etbauer replaces Daniel Green for the 2019 CTEC due to a family illness.
Jr. Ironman Roster:
Quade Hiatt of Canyon, Texas
Trevor Meier of Garden City, Kansas
Hiyo Yazzie of Brimhall, New Mexico
*Cole Walker of Sparta, Tennessee
Charles Tyler West of Mertzon, Texas
Allen Morse of Dawson Springs, Kentucky
Rylen Sutherland of Benton, Kentucky
Laine Moore of Albertville, Alabama
Rowdy Norwood of Amarillo, Texas
Dillon Jones of Weir, Mississippi
*Cole Walker replaces Cole Dodds for the 2019 Jr Ironman.
Jr Ironman contestants will compete in three performances consisting of Heading, Heeling, Tie Down Roping and Steer Wrestling. This will determine the next young champion and winner of $10,000. TRJ