By Libby Cluett
After Wednesday night’s “slack night” at the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association Pro Rodeo, cowboys and cowgirls started staking their claims to respective events.
In tie-down roping, Cory Solomon, of Prairie View, Texas, took the lead with 7.5 seconds, beating Cody Owens’ 7.9 seconds. But things could change in the ensuing nights.
In steer wrestling, with 3.9 seconds, Morgan Grant of New Waverly, Texas, scored 1.7 seconds faster than his nearest contestant, CJ Kerr of Paradise.
In team roping, the spread is tighter. Leading the standings are the following teams: Josh Morris and Austin Rogers, with 5.4 seconds; Chace Thompson and Twister Cain, with 5.5 seconds; and Joel Bach and Millsap’s Allen Bach, also with 5.5 seconds.
After the first round of barrel racing, Emily Efurd, of Pittsburg, Texas, and Alicia Stockton, of Stephenville, are tied fir first with 14.67 seconds. Their lead is just fractions of a second better than the remainder of the field: Brittany Pozzi, Jane Melby, Jaime Barrow, Lizzy Her, Mattie Jackson, Morgan Figueroa, Benette Little and Jamie Ashford.
More action continued Thusdays night and will take place Friday and Saturday nights.
Competition begins nightly at 7:30 p.m. at the Mineral Wells rodeo grounds, located at 800 Farm-to-Market Road 1821 North.
Here are a few highlights:
• Show support for cancer research by wearing pink or purple clothing Friday night. Ten percent of Friday night’s ticket sales will be donated to the Palo Pinto General Hospital Cancer Fund as spectators are encouraged to wear pink or purple to show their support.
• Rodeo competition concludes Saturday night with the crowning of the 2013 rodeo queen and princess. A concert and dance, featuring the Thieving Birds, will take place following the event at the nearby Expo Center.
Nightly events will include mutton bustin’, opening rides by Cowgirls of Hope, and a trick-riding act by Melissa Navarre and Company. Advanced tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth, and are available at the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce, local banks, and from the 2013 rodeo queen and princess contestants. Tickets are $12 and $6, resectively, at the gate.
In addition to broncs and bulls, the community can get moving with a 5K Rodeo Fun Run and Walk taking place at 8 a.m. Saturday and beginning at Anytime Fitness.