Final Push: Round 8 NFR Cheat Sheet

10-time NFR Header Charly Crawford breaks down the prospects for the next three rounds of team roping at the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves

Dustin has found the corner, and he’s not dead yet there. They’re going to be deadly over the next three rounds. 

Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins 

Andrew isn’t going to mess up and neither is Buddy. If Andrew could tighten up, he’d bring the feet back down the pen a little bit for Buddy and they’d have an even easier go at it, but they’re still dang good and fun to watch. 

Rhen Richard and Jeremy Buhler 

Rhen Richard throws a head loop like a fastball. He’s just posting those steers up like Trevor. He looks outstanding, and Buhler is cleaning every one of them up. 

Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira 

Driggers if fixing to tee off now that the pressure is off. Look out—it’s going to be a shootout these next three rounds.  

Clay Smith and Jade Corkill 

Clay Smith won’t back off either. It looks like the world standings race will come down to the go-rounds. They’ll start going at rounds and things are going to get way interesting. 

Clint Summers and Ross Ashford

He’s going too wide, and that horse sets him up in the middle of the arena. That horse needs just a little more room, and you want something going a little closer to the pin and stay up. If anything is leaning on you, it takes your throw away, I’ve tried that in that arena and couldn’t make anything work. That guy’s rope handling is amazing, so they’re bound to connect before it’s over.

Derrick Begay and Brady Minor 

He needs to keep his tip up—Begay is raising up just a little before he throws. That’s where he’s missing that horn. 

Clay Tryan and Jake Long

He looks so much more comfortable on his sorrel gelding. He’s just back to Clay Tryan. That horse gets to the pin smoother and that horse finds a corner good. On the end of it, Jake Long looks like he did last night every time. 

Tyler Wade and Trey Yates

He made a horse switch, and I figured that after that first round they’d be lighting them up. They lost their momentum a bit, but I think that buckskin will help him be right there in the first couple spots in the go-rounds. 

Erich Rogers and Paden Bray

He’s the quietest winner I’ve ever seen in my life. It looks like Paden is trying to get around the end of it. It’s just a different go, but he’ll come back strong after this. I know Rogers is a world champ, but he should have multiple gold buckles. He’s so textbook.

Coy Rahlmann and Douglas Rich

Doug looks comfortable on Paul’s horse. If they can just keep getting that throw, they’ll keep finding that corner. Coy has headed pretty good for a rookie. They’ll finish good if they can find more of what they did in their round win. 

Coleman Proctor and Logan Medlin

I think Coleman has his start down good and his timing looks good. If he can just make those steers hit, Logan will get two feet every time. It’s hard to get your rope there before the feet hit again. I know if he can make them hit and post them up there, Logan will get them. They will be fast. 

Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp

That’s so unusual. I never would have guessed them to be struggling how they’re struggling. Cody won’t miss, and he is getting the start figured out. He’s so correct and he handles cattle so good. They’ve got to get a good go-round check these next three rounds.

Quinn Kesler and Joseph Harrison

Quinn missed the start last night, and if that horse stays on the ground and gets his start, they’ll be a fast team. You have to know that you don’t have to pick up. Joe B. said there are just enough guys you can go at the first three, Guys like Quinn, once they get the start down it will be tough. He’s just got to trust they’re going to leave. When they hook, it will be fast. I can see a round win for sure. 

Brenten Hall and Chase Tryan

The last time they roped there, they roped great. It’s just a matter of time before their ability shows up. Momentum is such a cruel mistress that anything can change at the drop of a hat. Ten nights: 23 hours and 57 minutes later you have to do it again. When momentum isn’t on your side, it only lasts so long. TRJ