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Travis, Chase Tryan pick up big team roping win in Texas

February 23, 2017 GMT

There are certain rodeos where Travis Tryan feels comfortable.

The San Angelo Rodeo in western Texas is near the top of his list.

The Billings cowboy won the team roping for the fourth time at San Angelo, giving him a nice check of $6,898 during his winter season.

“I’ve always done real well at that rodeo,” said Tryan, an 11-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier with more than $1.5 million in PRCA career earnings. “Even when I don’t win it, I’ve always left with some money.”

And this year’s win was a little more special because it involved family.

Tryan was the header. Younger cousin Chase Tryan was his heeler. Chase, of Helena, qualified for the NFR in 2012.

“We decided to rope together in early December, before the books closed to enter Denver,” said Travis Tryan, who turned 36 in early January. “We plan to keep roping together the rest of the year.”

The pair needed a little help for their win in San Angelo. The two sat in ninth place entering the final round. A couple of roping teams opted to compete in San Antonio, moving them up to seventh.

“There were five other teams that were three, four seconds ahead of us,” Tryan said of the average.

But a winning time of 5.5 seconds in the final round, coupled with some misses, gave them their first team roping title of 2017.

“It feels good any time to go somewhere and get a big win,” Tryan said. “All rodeos are important. But it’s nice to get a big check out of one.”

Both are fifth in the team roping heading and heeling standings. And both plan to compete in the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit this summer. Tryan returned to his MPRC roots last year.

“Winter is Texas, April is California,” he said of the rodeo focus. “And as soon as the snow melts, we come to Montana. Then you go everywhere.

“Any time you win a big rodeo, it helps.”

Lockwood out 4 weeks

Volborg bull rider Jess Lockwood confirmed to Justin Felisko of the Professional Bull Riders that he has suffered a torn groin in two places and is out of competition for four weeks.

Lockwood, the 2016 PBR Rookie of the Year, suffered the injury when he was bucked off at the Iron Cowboy competition at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this past weekend.

An MRI on Monday showed the two tears in his left groin.

Lockwood told Felisko he might have initially suffered the injury when he sustained a deep thigh bruise after being stepped on by the bull SweetPro’s Long John in Kansas City.

The Montana teenager is second in the Built Ford Tough Series standings after winning in New York City and Sacramento. Calif.

Lockwood left the door open to return sooner, depending on how quickly he heals.

The Billings PBR event is April 7-9. Lockwood is the defending champion.

Newman out six months

Nevada Newman of Melstone, according to the PBR injury report, is out for six months after injuring his right shoulder earlier this year. The injury to his free arm will require surgery.

Newman is 24th in the BFTS standings. His best finish in 2017 is fourth at Oklahoma City.

SweepPro’s Long John dies

Lockwood will have the distinction of being the last bull rider to climb aboard the 2015 PBR Bull of the Year.

D & H Cattle Company announced Wednesday that SweetPro’s Long John, one of the PBR’s top bulls, died from a stomach infection.

The 1,900-pound bull was 60-9 at all levels.

The bull twice bucked in Billings, tossing Gage Gay in 4.35 seconds during the 15/15 Bucking Battle in 2016 and throwing Kasey Hayes in 2.47 seconds in the 15/15 Bucking Battle in 2015.

SweetPro’s Long John handled Lockwood in 1.49 seconds in Kansas City.

The American pays large

Saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss, barrel racer Hailey Kinsel and bull rider Sage Kimzey each earned a share of the $1 million bonus at The American Rodeo in Texas.

By winning the Shoot-Out round of their events for $100,000, the trio pocketed another $333,333 for coming through the qualifying process to reach the finals.

Other winners were: Tim O’Connell, bareback; Clayton Hass, steer wrestling; Marty Yates, tie-down roping; Riley Minor and Brady Minor, team roping.

Dustin Bird of Cut Bank and partner Russell Cardoza earned $25,000 by placing second in the Shoot-Out round of team roping.

Two-time barrel racing winner Lisa Lockhart, the Circle native, was fourth in the Shoot-Out round.

High school finals moving

The National High School Rodeo Association recently announced that the 2020 and 2021 Finals will be in Lincoln, Neb.

The 2017 Finals, billed as the “World’s Largest Rodeo,” will be July 16-22 in Gillette, Wyo.

The event will move to Rock Springs, Wyo., for 2018 and 2019.