Masters and Harrison Refocus to Win Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo

Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison won the Sikeston (Missouri) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo when they got back to the basics: catching.

Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison each shuffled three spots in the PRCA World Standings after adding a total of $4,440, moving Masters to 19th with 39,816.94, and Harrison inside the bubble at 14th with $44,686.26.

After picking up checks here and there at Pro Rodeos, Masters and Harrison turned their luck around and won the Sikeston (Missouri) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo with a time of 11.9 seconds on two head, worth $2,641 a man.

Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison come tight to win the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo. Avid Visual Imagery Rodeo Photography/Phillip Kitts

“We have been piecing along,” Harrison said. “It hasn’t been terrible, but it hasn’t been great. That should give us, not any breathing room by any means, but it should make it to where we can get ahead of them (in the standings). That was a great rodeo. It was pretty simple to go over there and knock two down and get some good dough. Hopefully, that turns it around for our team.”

The Strong Stop with Joseph Harrison

They drew a stronger steer in the first round and got it caught in 6.0 seconds to place fifth, worth $842 a man.

“Our first steer was supposed to be maybe even a tick stronger than what he was,” Harrison said. “Chad was going to get a real good start on him, and he pulled at the line and let that steer advance on us just a little bit. He went and caught and made it easy for me. I forgot all about trying to win anything. At that point we were just catching the steer.”

Science of Score

After knocking their first steer down, they came back solid in the performance on Saturday, Aug. 14. They split fourth in the round with Clint Summers and Ross Ashford with a 5.9-second run, worth $957 a man.

“Chad did a good job at hitting the barrier good and making it easy for me,” Harrison said. “I got to throw at the first jump on him. We really made the same run twice in hindsight. That was what we needed to do.”

Before roping in Sikeston, the team was getting distracted and had lost focus.