Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison Connect for NFR Round 6 Win
Masters and Harrison's 4.0-second run wins them $28,913.70 a man in Round 6
Joseph Harrison
Joseph Harrison pulls off a shot to win Round 6 of the 2022 NFR. | Jamie Arviso Photo

Veterans Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison survived a painful round of team roping to cash their first day money of the 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, with the flag dropping in 4.0 seconds worth $28,913.70 a man.

That brings Masters and Harrison’s total to $46,997.10 a man after six rounds, with four more chances at the day money. They’re 11th in the average.

“I think that was a heck of a steer,” Masters, 41, of Cedar Hill, Tennessee, said. “I knew he was good, but he looked as perfect as you could draw one… I felt like I was late, but then I watched it and I was about right. I didn’t try to move over a little in the box instead of trying to break at the pin a little bit. I was going to let him take a good step, and maybe that’s what I was feeling. You usually only have to let them wiggle, but since I was going to move over, I tried to see a little more and I just felt behind.”

Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison NFR Round 6 Team Roping
Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison get it on their steer quick in Round 6. | Jamie Arviso Photos

Harrison felt like he was out of position, too, but he made it work.

“That steer took that head rope amazing that time,” Harrison, 35, of Marietta, Oklahoma, said. “We’ve been talking about this the whole time. I give a lot of credit to Chad-Ro because he’s what we call a heeler’s header. He sets them up so nice for you. These steers are like race cars and they look like they’re gone. When the head rope goes on and I feel like I’m in such a bad spot. But then I watch the video and I don’t look like I’m in that bad of a spot.”

Masters opted for a horse with almost as much experience as he does at rodeo’s top tier. “Friendly” is registered as Haida Pine Quixote first came to the Thomas & Mack as a backup horse for JoJo LeMond years ago, and former NFR header Blaine Linaweaver owned him for a while, too. Masters rode him most of the winter in 2022, but after the run through on Nov. 29, Masters decided to go to Jimmy, the trusty yellow gelding he won the average aboard in 2017.

“I was going to start on Friendly, but I was afraid he’d get my rope. So I started on the other one, and I didn’t ride very good and he did get my rope. I was just a little bit behind him, and he’s been here a few years. They figure the play out, and in the next year or two, this one will too. That happened to Cody years ago. He was good here for three years, and the fourth year, it didn’t go good and we had to speed some runs up, and he was too tight from then on out.”

Harrison rode The Governor, his 10-year-old sorrel Frecklesinstantcoffee, by Instant Starlights out of the Smart Little Lena mare Lovly Little Freckle, and he doesn’t plan on getting off him over the next four rounds.

NFR Round 6 Team Roping results
Masters and Friendly make their NFR Round 6 victory lap. | Jamie Arviso Photo

So Why Were There So Many No-Times in the Team Roping?

“You can tell yourself to just go catch all you want,” Masters said. “And then you get out good, you see your shot, you take it and you miss, and you’re so upset that you don’t have any discipline.”

World Standings Race

Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira knocked their steer down with a leg to be 9.9, maintaining their fourth-place spot in the average with a 37.90 seconds on five head. Tanner Tomlinson and Patrick Smith further closed the gap on the standings leaders, picking up another $17,254.95 a man for third in the go-round.

Full Results

Coleman Proctor and Logan Medlin0Header missed
Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins0Header missed
Clay Smith and Jake Long0Header missed
Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill9.1Leg
Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira 9.9Leg, neck shot
Jake Orman and Brye Crites9.2Leg
Riley Minor and Brady Minor10.4Barrier
Lightning Aguilera and Jonathan Torres4.12$22,851.15 
Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp9Leg
Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison41$28,913.70 
JR Dees and Levi Lord4.74$12,125.10 
Tyler Wade and Trey Yates8.6Leg5$7,461.60 
Rhen Richard and Jeremy Buhler0Header missed
Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves8.9Leg6$4,663.50 
Tanner Tomlinson and Patrick Smith4.33$17,254.95
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