Walking Fresh: Winning Guymon Pioneer Days

Cory Petska breaks down his Round 3 run from the 2022 Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo.

Photo by Dale Herschman


Round 3, Guymon (Oklahoma) Pioneer Days

Everybody got a walking fresh steer every run. This one was actually really good. He was trotting and waiting for us. We weren’t even trying to be fast. Chad did the same thing on all three of them, and he rode that new horse, Roy, that’s so fast. Chad just pushed forward every time. He made it easy for me to throw fast. We were just trying to make a run, and we were 7.4 right there. 

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7.4-second run to split third in Round 3, winning the average with a 22.1 on three head worth $4,912 a man



Chad did an amazing job scoring. He was the easiest guy to heel behind there. He roped and pushed them forward, almost like in a practice pen breaking fresh steers in. I like all of my steers rolled, pushing forward. That’s the way Rogers handles them, too. That’s how I like heeling them, and Chad gives that same amazing handle and he’s fun to heel behind. It makes you feel like a real heeler when you can heel behind guys like that. 

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This is Annie (Driftin Orphan Annie), and right now she is the best horse that I’ve got that’s sound. She’s amazing in all aspects of her life right now. She’s 18, and I’ve always just jackpotted on her. But now she’s just coming into her rodeo prime. 


You couldn’t ask for a better position. Annie’s right to the inside for a clear shot of the steer’s legs. I stayed back and left the box the same time Chad did, and she’s so freaking fast that, when I needed to throw, she was already there. 

Left Hand:

I always have constant contact with the horse. When I leave the box, I never give her head back. I’m not pulling, but I have constant contact the whole time. 

Loop Size:

My loop size varies from horse to horse. I use a smaller loop on her because she’s free. On Chumle, I use a bigger loop because I need more forgiveness. But on Annie, I’m always ahead of the steer, so I can get the same big gate I like with a smaller loop. 


Annie’s so broke that she’s up in my hand but I don’t have to kick. She’s so fast and so free that I don’t really have to push. 


This is just a ported Petska my dad makes. She just wants to be a little heavy in the front end, and with that bit she’s super light, so I have to barely pull to keep her up. She’s not naturally a big slider, so this bit is the help I need.

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