How to Win the Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo with JC Flake
Winning run from the Brawley (California) Cattle Call Rodeo
Won the Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo, worth $1,629 a man, moving JC Flake to No. 1 in the PRCA world standings with $6,037.57 in total earnings.
He reached and handled him awesome. He ended up getting in the corner because that arena is real narrow and then it gets wide. He undallied when I heeled him and redallied so we could get tight.
He reached a long ways and did a good job putting the steer on the end of it. The steer was good because he stayed straighter, which helped us get a better finish. Pedro does a super good job when he puts it on the horns. He keeps the steers rounded.
That is my good horse, Doc. He’s 12. He just never messes up. You can’t ever push him by. When you ride him, he doesn’t feel like he’s the fastest horse, but you’re never behind. He’s really good at finishing a run. When you put it around the saddle horn, he’ll pull back and have a strong finish.
I keep my eyes focused on the right hock. I feel like, if I get my top strand and my hondo right there, I feel like it’s really going to finish and bring my bottom back to me. If you get it around the right leg, the left leg usually comes with it because, if you push it around the right hock and your hondo hits perfect, then your loop will follow all the way through.
I knew that I was a touch to the inside, so I knew that I had to throw it hard and I knew that I had to stay down with it until I saw the steer all the way. I have a tendency to be quick with my slack—like I feel like I’m going to catch my slack and I end up losing an inside leg because I never really let my loop finish.
I was a touch behind, so I brought it fast. I got pinched to the inside and he was a bigger steer and hit out wider. When I brought it, I was coming in there and didn’t get far enough down the arena as I liked, so my hondo ended up on the right leg a little bit farther back than I usually like.
I was planning on doing good so I could get in the top three in the world to get into San Antone and Houston—if they have them, of course. My main plan was just to make sure and catch. We got popped to fourth out in the rodeo. We got there and they said that the steers had three runs on them and had been in the feedlot for a month and a half waiting for somewhere to go.