Twice as Nice: Tyler Wade and Trey Yates Pick Up Second Day Money in Round 7
Wade and Yates are fifth in the average after a 3.9-second run.
Tyler Wade Trey Yates
Tyler Wade and Trey Yates won Round 7 of the 2022 NFR. Photo by Jamie Arviso.

Don’t tempt Tyler Wade and Trey Yates with a good time, and absolutely don’t dangle $28,913.70 out in front of them.

About $100,000 back from world standings leaders Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira and down two steers in the average race, Wade and Yates drew a good steer in Round 7 and made quick work of him to get the go-round win with a 3.9-second run and their second go-round check of the week.


Tyler Wade takes his favorite up-front shot to get it on his Round 7 steer fast, stopping the clock in 3.9 seconds. | Andersen CBarC Photography

“I knew that steer was straight with his head up and had big horns,” Wade, 30, of Terrell, Texas, said. “I waved it off one earlier this week with small horns, and it was kind of devastating. I honestly just knew he was good and honest and he handled good, and that’s important here.”

“The video we had seen, he was straight like TWade said and he was sharp,” Yates, 27, added. “He maybe wasn’t as sharp as he was the first time, but TWade hit the barrier so good that he got him on a short rope he could still get him legal and we could still get a good finish.”

The good finish, according to Wade, wasn’t a given, and he certainly needed Yates’ help to pull it together.

“It’s really hard for a horse to handle the steer and find a way to finish at the same time,” Wade explained. “You don’t have the momentum from just pushing up like you would at a jackpot. Here, there needs to be a little delay in the corner so your heeler can catch up because we’re literally both nodding and going at the same time, and I’m going to be a couple coils away and that means my heeler is too. Honestly, when you mash the corner like that so he can catch up, there’s not enough room to open him up to face and get that momentum. You’re honestly stuck in neutral hoping he brings his hips around. Some nights, the timing is a really good face. Luckily, tonight, Trey heeled him so fast and got tight that it helped me get around but I think I cost us two or three tenths when I did that.”

In just a split second, Yates was able to assess what he had to do when he saw Wade’s horse in the corner of his eye.

“I could kind of see he wasn’t getting the ideal finish, but if he’d have went to face he could cost us giving that steers head back. When I seen it and didn’t see the flag drop right away, I was trying to get back and get the rope tight as fast as I could.”

The run moved them to fifth in the average with a 26.6 on five head.


Yates and Romancing The Chicks
Yates and Romancing The Chicks pull back to win Round 7 of the 2022 NFR. | Andersen CBarC Photography

In one of the NFR’s most predictable teams of horsepower, Wade again rode Espuela Bro, the 15-year-old California-bred gelding he calls Spur by Blue Light Ike out of the Thoroughbred mare Brio Victress. Yates stayed on Dude, his 16-year-old gelding Romancing The Chics by Chic Please out of Lillys Starlight.

World Standings Race

Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira survived another tough slip up, with Driggers having figure-eighted the nose of his steer, fishing it off in dramatic fashion. Nogueira roped two feet as soon as he got the chance, stopping the clock in 18.4 seconds. In doing so, they moved up to second in the average, putting them in a spot for a potential $60,159.36 a man. If all things ended after Round 7, holding all variables the same, They’d have $334,645 with average earnings calculated in, and average leaders Tanner Tomlinson and Patrick Smith would be second with $271,963.50 a man.

Full Results Round 7

Clay Smith and Jake Long4.55 6$4,041.70 
Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill42$22,851.15 
Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira 18.4Fished, saved it
Jake Orman and Brye Crites4.55 6$4,041.70 
Riley Minor and Brady Minor13.7Barrier
Lightning Aguilera and Jonathan Torres9.1Leg
Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp4.55 6$4,041.70 
Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison4.43 414,690.02
JR Dees and Levi Lord0Heeler missed
Tyler Wade and Trey Yates3.91$28,913.70 
Rhen Richard and Jeremy Buhler0Header missed
Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves9.1Leg
Tanner Tomlinson and Patrick Smith9.4Leg
Coleman Proctor and Logan Medlin0
Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins4.43 414,690.02
Related Articles
March_24_2023_NFR_R05_TR_Tyler Wade_Wesley Thorp_HRae_002
Standing on Business
Forged From the Fire of Humble Beginnings
The initials of Trey’s guardian angels who left this world way too soon.
guardian angels
About Those Guardian Angels Trey Yates Talked About Last Night
Trey Yates heeling
Lessons in Losing
Mindset Matters
Tyler Wade team roping
a look back
Five of Our Favorite Moments from the 2023 NFR
Tyler Wade Wesley Thorp
the champs
2023 World Champs Tyler Wade and Wesley Thorp, and Average Champs Derrick Begay and Colter Todd