Fresh off their first-ever Wrangler NFR appearance, Coy Rahlmann and Douglas Rich kicked off the 2022 ProRodeo season winning the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo Team Roping Title in Denver, held January 13–23, 2022.
Rahlmann, of Missouri, and Rich, of Illinois, won the final round of the tournament-style rodeo after laying down a 4.4-second run, worth $4,533 a man.
“We just said that we couldn’t miss,” Rahlmann said. “We just tried to make a good run. Sometimes, when you just slow down and try to be smooth is when you end up making your best runs. By the books, that was our first rodeo since the Finals. It felt good coming off the Finals and getting a win. That should hopefully give us some momentum going into the winter rodeos and get the season started off right.”
The National Western Stock Show & Rodeo changed its format in 2020. Now, ropers run two head to advance to a semifinal round that advances the top 24 teams with the fastest times on two. The semifinals rounds are then broken into three sets of eight teams. From there, this year’s top four teams in each bracket moved on to Sunday’s championship round for a sudden-death Finals.
Rahlmann and Rich drew on the faster end of the steers in the first round of the qualifying rounds and stopped the clock with a clean time of 10.5 seconds.
“The first steer was extremely fast,” Rahlmann said. “We ran literally to the bucking chutes. I turned him off, [and] Doug had to wait for him to come off the bucking chutes and trail in behind him. It was a wreck.”
They made a comeback in the second round and stopped the clock in 5.6 seconds to advance to the semifinals.
“We knew that if we probably made a decent run on the second steer, we would still make it back,” Rahlmann said. “We made another clean run, and it was enough. We didn’t get any money out of the first two rounds, but that money in the semifinals was pretty good. That was where you had to step it up to make it back to the short round.”
The roped in the third bracket of the semifinals and were the third team out. They finished second in the round with a 5.1-second run, worth $2,759 a man, behind Rhen Richard and Jeremy Buhler’s 4.9-second run.
“The semifinals are weird because you can’t layup and make sure you catch, but you don’t want to miss because you never really know how it’s going to play out,” Rahmann said. “We just tried to make another snappy, good run and see where it left us.”
Rahlmann rode his grade roan gelding, Blue, the horse he rode in all 10 rounds of the 2021 Wrangler NFR.
“He doesn’t really get rattled,” Rahlmann said. “That horse is a blessing in disguise because I just happened to accidentally get him bought. I get zero credit for that horse. I didn’t train him. I just sit up there, swing my rope, rope and turn off on him.”
Rich heeled on his 12-year-old spotted grey gelding, Seven Sun, known as Malibu.
“As far as Doug’s personal horses, that is probably the best one he’s got,” Rahlmann said. “That’s probably my favorite one that he rides. We always do good when he rides that one.”
After pocketing a total of $7,292 a man, Rahlmann and Rich are sitting inside the Top 15 of the ProRodeo standings, unofficially, as the ProRodeo standings have yet to be updated.
“It feels pretty good with the first building rodeo, first winter rodeo, to kick it off and get a good win and get about $7,000 in the standings,” Rahlmann said. “Hopefully we do good at the rest of the building rodeos, too.”
1. Jr. Dees and Levi Lord, 4.6-second run, worth $3,627 a man
2. Levi Simpson and Ryan Motes, 4.9-second run, worth $3,154 a man
3. Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves, 5.3-second run, worth $2,681 a man
4. Paul David Tierney and Tanner Braden, 5.6-second run, worth $2,208 a man
5/6. Tanner James and Phoenix Everano, 6.0-second run, worth $1,498 a man
5/6. Justin Pruitt and Blaine Turner, 6.0-second run, worth $1,498 a man
7/8/9. Tate Kirchenschlager and Cole Davison, 6.1-second run, worth $368 a man
7/8/9. Pedro Egurrola and J.C. Flake, 6.1-second run, worth $368 a man
7/8/9. Tyler Waters and Tyler McKnight, 6.1-second run, worth $368 a man
1. Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins II, 4.3-second run, worth $3,627 a man
2. Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira, 4.4-second run, worth $3,154 a man
3/4. Rhett Anderson and Max Kuttler, 4.7-second run, worth $2,444 a man
3/4. Joshua Torres and Jonathan Torres, 4.7-second run, worth $2,444 a man
5/6. Garrett Rogers and Justin Davis, 4.8-second run, worth $1,498 a man
5/6.Clay Tryan and Jake Long, 4.8-second run, worth $1,498 a man
7. Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp, 4.9-second run, worth $788 a man
8. Garrett Tonozzi and T.J. Watts, 5.1-second run, worth $315 a man
1. Clay Tryan and Jake Long, 4.2-second run, worth $3,679 a man
2. Luke Brown and Hunter Koch, 4.9-second run, worth $2,759 a man
3. Tucker Menz and Blaine Vick, 5.0-second run, worth $1,839 a man
4/5. Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp, 5.3-second run, worth $460 a man
4/5. Jase Staudt and Riley Pedro, 5.3-second run, worth $460 a man
1. Chace Thompson and Tyson Thompson, 4.2-second run, worth $3,679 a man
2. Tyler Waters and Tyler McKnight, 5.1-second run, worth $2,759 a man
3. Garrett Rogers and Justin Davis, 5.5-second run, worth $1,840 a man
4. Kellan Johnson and Carson Johnson, 6.3-second run, worth $920 a man
1. Rhen Richard and Jeremy Buhler, 4.9-second run, worth $3,679 a man
2. Coy Rahlmann and Douglas Rich, 5.1-second run, worth $2,759 a man
3. Clay Smith and Jade Corkill, 5.5-second run, worth $1,840 a man
4. Rhett Anderson and Max Kuttler, 5.8-second run, worth $920 a man
1. Coy Rahlmann and Douglas Rich, 4.4-second run, worth $4,533 a man
2. Rhen Richard and Jeremy Buhler, 4.7-second run, worth $3,942 a man
3/4. Garrett Rogers and Justin Davis, 5.4-second run, worth $3,055 a man
3/4.Chace Thompson and Tyson Thompson, 5.4-second run, worth $3,055 a man
5. Tucker Menz and Blaine Vick, 6.5-second run, worth $2,168 a man
6. Luke Brown and Hunter Koch, 9.9-second run, worth $1,577 a man
7. Clay Tryan and Jake Long, 11.0-second run, worth $985 a man