The brother-in-law team of Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins II had a big weekend back on the rodeo trail, banking $6,517 each in total PRCA Pro Rodeo earnings. They won the Woodward (Oklahoma) Elks Rodeo and placed at the Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo with runs that they have been practicing as a team since they began their partnership.
“The other day at Coleman and Woodward may be a little bit more of a shorter barrier, but that run that we used in those rodeos is what we basically built our team on," Hawkins said. "If I put it in one word it would be confirmation. That’s what we were looking for when we got ready to go rodeo. That’s also what we’re planning on trying to build on going forward.”
Ward and Hawkins' 4.4-second run was fast enough to secure the number-one spot after sweating two performances at the Woodward Elks Rodeo, adding $5,510 to their earnings.
They had seen their steer go during the head-wind on Tuesday's slack, but were uncertain as to how the steer would leave, run and handle.
“I had seen the steer go but I didn’t remember him really well," Hawkins said. "I called the guys and they gave us an idea of what he was. They didn’t have any luck on him so we kind of took that with a grain of salt as we were going forward. It ended up being a good steer. Andrew probably saw just a little extra which ended up being good because he kind of let up in the field when we were starting the run. He stepped left a little bit. Andrew’s rope is probably the strongest part of our run. He handles his rope so well and roped him on the left led and put him on a fast turn. I thought we finished well, but maybe not the best finish possible."
After making their winning run at Woodward, Ward and Hawkins headed to Texas to run their next steer at the Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo. They knocked their steer down in 4.6 seconds to tie Dustin Egusquiza and Travis Graves and Marcus Theriot and Tyler McKnight for sixth, adding $1,007 each to their earnings.
"We had the first run on that steer at that rodeo," Hawkins explained. "Those steers had been to more rodeos than the ones at Woodward, or at least we knew the herd a little better. We knew that steer wasn't going to be real strong. It seemed like the barrier pulled a little bit fast there. The steer tangled himself up. It actually cost us a couple tenths because it made the clock start faster. It's a foul that you could probably pull up on if you saw it happening fast enough, but the judge would have had to see it, too.
Ward moved from 13th to 10th in the PRCA world standings and Hawkins jumped from 14th to eighth with $23,930.60.TRJ
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Top 15 Headers:
1. Luke Brown, $69,055.15
2. Clay Smith, $51,175.64
3. Dustin Egusquiza, $43,720.10
4. Charly Crawford, $37,795.81
5. Clay Ullery, $32,777.18
6. Cody Snow, $29,462.83
7. Colby Lovell, $28,143.21
8. Matt Sherwood, $26,411.54
9. Kolton Schmidt, $25,217.53
10. Andrew Ward, $23,930.60
11. Clay Tryan, $22,534.17
12. Chad Masters, $20,119.42
13. Kal Fuller, $18,872.73
14. Brenten Hall, $16,966.25
15. Tate Kirchenschlager, $16,871.68
Top 15 Heelers:
1. Joseph Harrison, $63,649.99
2. Jade Corkill, $51,175.64
3. Travis Graves, $38,065.36
4. Logan Medlin, $37,187.38
5. Jake Edwards, $30,675.07
6. Jake Long, $29,563.18
7. Hunter Koch, $25,217.53
8. Buddy Hawkins II, $23,930.60
9. Trey Yates, $23,638.25
10. Shay Dixon Carroll, $20,697.84
11. Wesley Thorp, $20,119.42
12. Paul Eaves, $18,793.61
13. Tyler Worley, $18,615.55
14. Kyle Lockett, $18,222.04
15. Junior Nogueira, $18,027.74
Ash Flat, Ark. 1. Dilan Rucker/Kolby Krieger, 5.0 seconds, $639 each; 2. Clint Wallace/Heath Williams, 5.8, $479; 3. Seth Driggers/Ben Runyon, 5.9, $320; 4. Keith Hanna/Corey Barnett, 6.4, $160.
Mesquite, Texas 1. (tie) Clay Tryan/Jake Long, Cody Snow/Junior Nogueira and Clint Summers/Douglas Rich, 4.4 seconds, $1,490 each; 4. (tie) Tyler Wade/Billie Jack Saebens and Charly Crawford/Logan Medlin, 4.7, $714 each; 6. Garrett Tonozzi/Dustin Davis, 4.9, $310.
Coleman, Texas 1. Tanner Tomlinson/Brady Norman, 4.0 seconds, $2,733 each; 2. Cody Snow/Junior Nogueira, 4.2, $2,445; 3. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 4.3, $2,157; 4. Clay Ullery/Shay Dixon Carroll, 4.4, $1,870; 5. Charly Crawford/Logan Medlin, 4.5, $1,582; 6. (tie) Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II and Marcus Theriot/Tyler McKnight, 4.6, $1,007 each; 9. Truman Magnus/Tyler Magnus, 4.7, $431; 10. (tie) Chad Masters/Wesley Thorp and Colby Lovell/Paul Eaves, 4.8, $72 each.
Eagle Mountain, Utah 1. (tie) Dylin Ahlstrom/Caleb Hendrix and Hayes Smith/Evan Arnold, 5.5 seconds, $1,432 each; 3. Matt Sherwood/Kycen Winn, 5.6, $1,027; 4. Ken McKibbin/Riley Pedro, 6.0, $757; 5. Kelson Robinson/Jade Anderson, 6.2, $486; 6. Zane Barnson/Cole Wilson, 6.4, $270.
Woodward, Okla. 1. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.4 seconds, $5,510 each; 2. (tie) Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, Tyler Waters/Jim Ross Cooper, Charly Crawford/Logan Medlin, Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan and Pace Freed/Dustin Searcy, 4.9, $3,770 each; 7. Reno Stoebner/Lane Siggins, 5.0, $2,030; 8. (tie) Blake Hughes/Derrick Jantzen and Chad Masters/Wesley Thorp, 5.1, $1,160 each; 10. Wyatt Imus/Joseph Harrison, 5.2, $290.