Chase Tryan had 24 hours to think about being "the first heeler to ever rope the nose at the NFR," as he says.
Tryan spent much of that time on the golf course with friend and top heeler Ryan Motes, and that zen time paid off with a go-round win behind Brenten Hall in Round 4 of the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a 4.2-second run worth 26,230.77 world standings points.
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"I didn't really know what to do, because I thought I should be mad," Tryan, 32, of Helena, Montana, said. "But I don't really know what I changed. The steer threw snot on my hat."
While the run felt a world better for Tryan, Hall wasn't thrilled with the go he got.
"Tonight felt pretty bad," Hall, 21, from Jay, Oklahoma, said. "From the spot I threw my rope, I felt like I wasn't where I needed to be. I knew the steer was pretty sharp—this was the strongest set of steers. I knew he was straight, really straight. And he hopped good. I was pretty sure if I got a good start we could for certain win the round on him. But I didn't really get the start I wanted, so that's why I felt like I wasn't where I needed to be to do the shot I needed to do."
The new Globe Life Field setup in Arlington, Texas, with an oddly angled left wall, is giving head horses fits and causing problems for heelers when the steers lose momentum as the head horses run out of room.
"I don't know what it feels like for other heelers, but there's so much room to the left now, but at the same time, if they head them fast and the steer's going left, they get stuck in the wall," Tryan said. "I've seen a lot of steers this week—a lot of heelers are slipping legs because head horses are seeing the wall and wanting to go down because they don't want to pull back into it. It's tough on horses. It's a tough angle out of the roping chute."
"It's worse than the Thomas & Mack wall because, once you're there, you're just there," Hall added. "With that angle, there's no chance they can come back. They can run into it. But they cannot come back unless you immediately pull them over themselves."
Hall is riding his 12-year-old bay gelding, Timebomb, registered as Baylite Buster with the AQHA. It's the same horse he excelled on in 2019 in Las Vegas.
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"Timebomb's pretty tight," Hall said. "But he's doing good. He's a little bit sticky in the box and wanting to lean a little bit. If I pull just a little bit when I nod, then drop my hand, he honestly picks his front feet just barely off the ground, and then he's perfect. But in the arena, he's easy to rope on and pulling good. He's not worried about the wall. He's doing a good job for what he can do. He's just a little tight, but I need to use my feet more."
Tryan doesn't blame Friendly, the 14-year-old sorrel gelding registered as Col Triangle Gold—the same horse he rode at last year's Finals, as well.
"I have nothing else that I want to ride," Tryan said.
Hall and Tryan are now 11th in the average with two out of four steers down in 9.4 seconds, and they moved to seventh and sixth in the PRCA world standings with 90,144.92 world standings points each. They've won 43,000 in world standings points at the Finals.
Leading the world with 144,829.89 and 137,167.86, respectively, is still Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves, who had a tough draw in Round 4 and survived to stay first in the average with a leg at 22.0 on four head. Luke Brown and Joseph Harrison kept things tight at the top with a 4.8-second run to split second, third and fourth, and remain second in the world with 144,652.15 and 125,286.18, respectively, and second in the average with a time of 23.50 seconds on four head. TRJ
1. Brenten Hall and Chase Tryan: 4.2 seconds, 26,230.77 each
2/3/4. Luke Brown and Joseph Harrison: 4.8 seconds, 15,794.87 each
2/3/4. Clay Tryan and Jake Long: 4.8 seconds, 15,794.87 each
2/3/4. Nelson Wyatt and Levi Lord: 4.8 seconds, 15,794.87 each
5/6. Chad Masters and Wesley Thorp: 4.9 seconds, 5,500 each
5/6. Levi Simpson and Shay Carroll: 4.9 seconds, 5,550 each
Charly Crawford and Logan Medlin: 5.9 seconds
Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins: 6.2 seconds
Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves: 9.1 seconds
Colby Lovell and Paul Eaves: 4.3 + 30 seconds
Cody Snow and Junior Nogueira: NT
Clay Smith and Jade Corkill: 3.9 + 5 seconds
Kolton Schmidt and Hunter Koch: NT
Jeff Flenniken and Tyler Worley: 5.6 seconds
Erich Rogers and Paden Bray: 4.6 + 5 seconds