Warkentin is a 19-year-old sophomore at Cisco College in Texas and also won the DY tie-down roping title. Bass, 17, is also an all-around hand who competed in the saddle-bronc riding and bull riding, with the bronc riding being his main event.
Taylor Vollin: What was your plan today? Did you know much about your steer?
Walker Warkentin: Just go catch. We were fourth out, so we were right in the middle of the pack, and I thought if we just caught and kind of let everybody else do their deal, then it’d give us a chance. They ran [our steer] on Thursday in the preliminary deal and he was good. He was supposed to be average.
TV: How did you feel about your run?
Colt Bass: It felt pretty good. We left the box and I was just looking at his feet and got in time, and when he turned he was kind of hopping away from it and when he cleaned up I just laid it down and let him have it.
TV: What does it mean to win this today?
WW: A lot. It’s a long drive out here, so it’s nice to win something.
CB: A lot.
TV: Tell me about the horse you rode today.
WW: His name is Big Mac. Jeremy Buhler’s fiancee Katie trained him, and I’ve had him for three years. He’s great; I love him. He’s just big and fast and strong. It’s easy.
CB: I bought him as a late yearling. He’s a 4-year-old now. His name’s 22. He’s a gelding, and I broke him as a 2-year-old. I’ve done everything with him. He went to Nationals, I’ve taken him to a bunch of ropings, but when I’m at home I go and catch cows out in the pasture and stuff. I cowboy, so I use him. I got a couple other ones at the house I use, too.
TV: How did you boys get teamed up?
WW: Honestly, I hadn’t met Colt until about half an hour before the rodeo. I’ve never met him. Blake Walker said that he’d be a good run, so my dad called his parents, and we got ahold of him and he said he’d rope.
CB: I just met [Walker] today, and I’ve asked around about him. They said he is a good run.
TV: Was there extra pressure since you didn’t know each other?
WW: Probably less because he’s pretty easy-going.
CB: It added a little bit, but out of all the people I talked to, they said that he was a pretty good run, so I was excited for it.
TV: How do you like the WCRA DY?
WW: They’re awesome. It gives the guy a chance to come out here. I came out here for the WCRA too, but it gives a person a chance to do some good.
CB: I like them because it gives everybody that’s younger a shot to get their name out there before they have to hit that big deal. So, the people know them a little bit better. They can get to know people, and they can figure out who the big guys are so when they get there, they’re not like, ‘I’m all alone, I don’t know anybody. I’m going to stay over here by myself.’ They can go talk and figure stuff out.
TV: Colt, you were in quite a few events today, how do you keep your mind focused?
CB: Well, I do five events at high school rodeos, so I’m always back and forth. I’m kind of used to it. When I was in junior high I did eight events. High school, for the first two years I did all six, but I sold my bareback riggin and I mean, it’s just a mental game kind of.
TV: What does it mean to compete on such a big stage in your home state?
CB: I like it because it really shows that North Carolina, they’ve actually got some pretty good cowboys coming up that can represent the state.
|Time||$||Ground $||Total $|
|1||WALKER WARKENTIN||COLT BASS||6.02||$2,000.00||$166.67||$2,166.67|
|2||KAITLYN TORRES||BRYCE EHLINGER||8.27||$1,500.00||$166.67||$1,666.67|
|3||CARSON SONNIER||JACOB STANSBURY||12.5||$1,000.00||$166.67||$1,166.67|