Ryan Motes is a homebody, so 2020, with all its COVID-19 induced downtime, hasn't been too hard on the Weatherford, Texas heeler who's made five trips to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
It's fitting, then, that he got the win at Weatherford's Parker County Sheriffs Posse Frontier Days And PRCA Rodeo with a 4.2-second run, worth $3,751 for Motes and his partner, Pryor, Oklahoma's Coleman Proctor. That puts Proctor 23rd in the PRCA world standings with $19,477.66 won, and Motes is 20th with the same amount. Proctor is $5,042.72 out of the number-15 spot, currently occupied by Chad Masters. Motes is $4,452.94 out of Buddy Hawkins' number-15 spot on the heel side.
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"I'm home every week now," Motes said. "I've run nine steers since we've been back rodeoing, and that's a pretty small body of work to get a good idea of what's happening. It really would have been a good time to have roped two feet at San Antonio this winter. But a guy can't get too worried or concerned."
The downtime has been a welcome change for Motes' mount, CD Rockstar—a 17-year-old gelding called Rocky who was sidelined with pneumonia in August 2019. Motes and his wife Courtney, with the help of Charlie Buchanan at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital, brought the horse back just in time for the 2019 NFR. This winter, though, Rocky shared the workload with some of Motes' younger horses. But the rodeo load has been light enough lately that Rocky has been getting all of them.
"I put him in two stalls when I'm hauling him now, so that if he chokes or coughs he can get his head down. But really, it's what a person should do anyway."
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While Rocky has been feeling at the top of his game with limited runs, the human element of the team might be feeling the weight of a limited rodeo schedule.
"The one-headers are super, super tough this year. You can’t go make a good run on a strong steer and win much of anything. It’s hard to be sharp when it’s this different. It’s not like there’s a ton of rodeos to get in a groove. This past week was Vernal, and from there, we'd usually go to Casper and Sheridan and you don’t get a chance to practice. It’s a good year to have had a good winter. There’s no Cheyenne or Reno or anyting like that. No San Juan, no anything. We’re not going to the West Coast at all. I think we'll have 25 or 30 more rodeos left—and some good ones, like Lawton and Sikeston, too." TRJ
Steele, N.D. 1. Cooper White/Tucker White, 4.4 seconds, $1,111 each; 2. Nelson Wyatt/Levi Lord, 4.5, $920; 3. Braden Pirrung/Levi O'Keeffe, 4.8, $728; 4. Jared Odens/Emit Valnes, 5.4, $536; 5. Jordan Staton/Carey Bevan, 5.8, $345; 6. Turner Harris/Jade Nelson, 9.7, $192.
Elko, Nev. 1. Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 4.2 seconds, $3,474 each; 2. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Cory Petska and Clay Tryan/Jake Long, 4.6, $2,925 each; 4. (tie) Jr. Dees/Cody Cowden, Rhett Anderson/Olin Pulham and Tate Kirchenschlager/Ross Ashford, 4.7, $2,011 each; 7. Lane Ivy/Dillon Wingereid, 5.1, $1,280; 8. Blake Teixeira/Evan Arnold, 5.2, $914; 9. Jaxson Tucker/Cesar de la Cruz, 5.3, $548; 10. Brodi Jones/Braydin Evans, 5.4, $183.
Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J. 1. Darren Morgan/Drew Carnes, 6.0 seconds, $1,048 each; 2. Ty Miller/Eric Parker, 7.4, $786; 3. Chuck Smith/Kevin Brown, 7.5, $524; 4. Tim Naylor/Paul Plume, 8.1, $262.
Mesquite, Texas 1. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 4.8 seconds, $985 each; 2. (tie) Clay Smith/Jade Corkill and Cody Snow/Junior Nogueira, 4.9, $730 each; 4. Gavin Foster/Bradley Johnson, 5.0, $475; 5. Reno Stoebner/Colton Brittain, 5.7, $306; 6. (tie) Britt Smith/Jake Smith and Manny Egusquiza Jr./Coleby Payne, 5.8, $85 each.
Wall, S.D. 1. Garrett Tonozzi/Dustin Davis, 5.0 seconds, $1,772 each; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Cory Petska, 5.2, $1,466; 3. Delon Parker/Ryan Zurcher, 5.5, $1,161; 4. Cooper White/Tucker White, 5.8, $855; 5. Turner Harris/Jade Nelson, 6.1, $550; 6. Rex Treeby/Elliott Gourneau, 6.2, $306.
Wolf Point, Mont. 1. Nelson Wyatt/Levi Lord, 4.2 seconds, $3,251 each; 2. Colby Lovell/Paul Eaves, 4.3, $2,908; 3. Cooper White/Tucker White, 4.6, $2,566; 4. Kolton Schmidt/Hunter Koch, 4.7, $2,224; 5. Brooks Dahozy/Brandon Bates, 4.8, $1,882; 6. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 4.9, $1,540; 7. (tie) Shawn Bessette/Justin Viles and Cory Kidd V/Clay Futrell, 5.0, $1,026 each; 9. (tie) Garrett Tonozzi/Dustin Davis and Garrett Rogers/Jake Minor, 5.2, $342 each.
Weatherford, Texas 1. Coleman Proctor/Ryan Motes, 4.2 seconds, $3,751 each; 2. (tie) Britt Smith/Jake Smith and Levi Simpson/Shay Dixon Carroll, 4.3, $3,158 each; 4. (tie) Chad Masters/Wesley Thorp and Cyle Denison/Lane Mitchell, 4.4, $2,369 each; 6. (tie) Manny Egusquiza Jr./Coleby Payne, Tyler Wade/Billie Jack Saebens and Tanner Tomlinson/Brady Norman, 4.5, $1,382 each; 9. (tie) Cody Snow/Junior Nogueira and Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 4.6, $395 each.
Vernal, Utah 1. Tyler Wade/Billie Jack Saebens, 4.0 seconds, $4,813 each; 2. Cody Snow/Junior Nogueira, 4.1, $4,307; 3. Cory Kidd V/Clay Futrell, 4.2, $3,800; 4. Steven Duby/Jason Duby, 4.3, $3,293; 5. (tie) Colby Lovell/Paul Eaves, Clay Tryan/Jake Long, Hagen Peterson/Jace Nielsen, Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres and Jaxson Tucker/Cesar de la Cruz, 4.4, $1,773 each; 10. Erich Rogers/Paden Bray, 4.5, $253.