To kick off the limited Fourth-of-July run in ProRodeo, Texas' Jake Orman and Oklahoma's Brye Crites came out on top in Crossett, Arkansas, adding $3,612 each to their 2020 PRCA season earnings.
Orman and Crites built confidence as they head into the Cowboy Christmas run, winning the average at the Crossett (Arkansas) Riding Club 72nd Annual PRCA Rodeo with a time of 11.0 on two head, worth $2,167 a man.
"I just started roping with Brye Crites whenever we started back going places," Orman said. "It definitely helped. We did good at Coleman, and then doing good over there gives us a little confidence over the Fourth."
They took an early lead while roping in the mud with a 4.7-second run, which won the first round, adding $1,445 to each man's earnings.
"I don't think of it as any different. We drew a really good steer in the first round. We didn't do anything special. We just had a good steer, made a good run and won the first round. On our second one we were kind of toward the end and nobody was catching. We talked about it before and just said let's just catch and see what happens because there were about two or three teams after us that could get us but nobody else. We just went and caught and made a decent run."
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Their win in the first round gave them a little relief to go out and lay down a time in the second run to secure the average win.
"Going into that one being a two-header I think it's always better to try and win something in the first round and then you can go just catch if you need to in the second round. The next week and a half of rodeos are going to be 120 teams everywhere, one-headers. They're all going to be tough. I don't think there's going to be any laying up anywhere."
Orman can usually be seen riding a flashy grey gelding, but this time he was roping on his 15-year-old buckskin gelding, Brute, to push through the deep mud.
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"I was on my buckskin—my backup. I had just gotten my grey injected and I was taking my buckskin up there anyway, so it worked out that I didn't have my grey there. I bought him from J.D. Yates two years ago."
Orman and Crites are already headed out for the Cowboy Christmas run with their mental game stronger than ever for what the next week has in store.
"Just make the best run that we can every time and see what happens,” Orman said. “It seems like a lot of times when I go at the end of the rodeos I beat myself because I know what time I have to beat. We're going to try and just make the best run that we can and see what happens." TRJ
Mesquite, Texas 1. (tie) Marcus Theriot/Tyler McKnight and Tyler Wade/Evan Arnold, 4.1 seconds, $797 each; 3. Clay Smith/Jade Corkill, 4.2, $571; 4. Britt Smith/Jake Smith, 4.8, $421; 5. Zach Kilgus/Boogie Ray, 5.4, $271; 6. Clint Wallace/Heath Williams, 10.2, $150.
Crossett, Ark. First round: 1. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 4.7 seconds, $1,445 each; 2. (tie) Tanner Tomlinson/Brady Norman and Justin Johnson/Cole Curry, 4.8, $1,071 each; 4. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 5.0, $697; 5. Kolton Schmidt/Hunter Koch, 5.4, $448; 6. Kaleb Driggers/Cory Petska, 6.2, $249. Second round: 1. Cody Snow/Junior Nogueira, 4.5 seconds, $1,445 each; 2. Pace Freed/Dustin Searcy, 4.7, $1,196; 3. Jake Cooper/Caleb Anderson, 5.1, $947; 4. (tie) Clay Ullery/Tyce McLeod and Jeff Flenniken/Tyler Worley, 5.8, $573 each; 6. Colby Lovell/Paul Eaves, 5.9, $249. Average: 1. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 11.0 seconds on two head, $2,167 each; 2. Jake Cooper/Caleb Anderson, 12.1, $1,794; 3. Kaleb Driggers/Cory Petska, 12.5, $1,420; 4. Tanner Tomlinson/Brady Norman, 14.9, $1,046; 5. Wyatt Muggli/Cody Andrews, 16.3, $673; 6. Colby Lovell/Paul Eaves, 16.4, $374.
Kadoka, S.D. 1. Jr. Dees/Cody Cowden, 5.6 seconds, $1,670 each; 2. Jason Schaffer/Cole Robinson, 5.7, $1,382; 3. Tucker Dale/Cash Hetzel, 5.9, $1,094; 4. (tie) Wyatt Bice/Mason Bice and Jeff Johnston/Ty Talsma, 6.4, $662 each; 6. (tie) Zane Thompson/Colton Reed and Turner Harris/Jade Nelson, 6.9, $144 each.