Since the start of the standings this July, USTRC Resistol Jr. header Walker Guy has stalked the top spot— sometimes by as little as one point—and he now leads. Similarly, Houston Childers, who was once tied for first and never slipped past second in the heeling, has now claimed his own solitary lead.
Top 5 Takeaways
Compared to the reporting for the October issue of The Team Roping Journal, the action was light in the USTRC Resistol Jr. Champion standings, but for North Carolina header Walker Guy, it was significant. This month, Guy made the only move in the heading top 5, earning him an 8-point lead over last month’s leader, Alabama’s Aiden Perrett. The third-, fourth- and fifth-place holes remain in the care of North Carolina’s Weston Baucom, Florida’s Kade Clark and Georgia’s Houston Childers, respectively, with no point changes.
On the heel side, the same Houston Childers who holds fifth in the heading, has finally claimed the No. 1 heeling spot to himself—a position he started in back in July, but had to share in a tie before conceding. With his now 25-point lead, he’s earned himself a bit of breathing room at No. 1. Similar to the headers, no other points were made in the top 5, and the remaining holes are occupied by Florida’s Brit Smith, Mississippi’s Lucas Koehn, Texas’ Kelby Frizzell and California’s Dean Sherbo.
At last reporting, Walker Guy missed the top spot by one single point. Since then, the 15-year-old from Waynesville, North Carolina, made good on a trip to the Tennessee Super Qualifier by JX2 Productions in early September, where he won second place in the #11.5 for 9 points. Added to his previously earned 82 points, he now leads with 91 points. Of considerable note, as well, is that Guy earned his top-spot points with none other than the now No. 1 Resistol Jr. heeler, Houston Childers.
Arguably hungry for first, Fairmount, Georgia’s Houston Childers kept up his August momentum with a trip to the Tunica Super Qualifier, where he took fifth place for 6 points. Then, perhaps in celebration of his 14th birthday, Childers partnered up with top header Guy for their second-place finish and 9 points in the #11.5 at the Tennessee Super Qualifier. There, he also roped in the #10.5 for third place and 8 points, as well as in the #9.5 for another second place and 9 points. His 32-point haul gives him a total of 96 points.
Current USTRC or Key Card/Key Card Max membership is required to participate in the Resistol Junior Champion Program. Earned points begin counting at time of membership purchase thru the NFTR’s last shootout event. The season begins the Monday after the last USTRC Cinch NFTR event and ends the last day of the next USTRC Cinch NFTR event.
Ropers must enter at least one Shootout division in the USTRC NFTR to be eligible. The award will be announced at the end of the USTRC Cinch National Finals of Team Roping event.
The points breakdowns are as follows: Starting with At Home Challenge Events, ropers will earn 10 points if they win the Challenge. No other points will be awarded. At Signature Events, points will be awarded to those winning an aggregate check. It starts at First Place with 10 points, second = 9 points, and so on as far down as the ropings are paid. During the Cinch NFTR, the placing points are simply doubled. First Place will be 20, second = 18, and so on.