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Jayne, Harter Pick Up Rodeo Checks All Over Texas in Long Weekend

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It is possible, with a little bit of imagination, to see the four Professional Rodeo Cowboys Associatio (PRCA) rodeos that were held in Texas over the May 6-9, 2010 weekend as one giant rodeo, with $181,354 in prize money and pretty much the same cast of characters.

Of course, the four arenas in this one big rodeo were 300 miles apart, west to east, and required a good deal more driving time than riding time, but still...

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Bareback rider Evan Jayne made more out of this long weekend odyssey than anybody, winning two of the rodeos and earning checks in all four. He banked $2,409 to help his cause both in the Texas Circuit and in the PRCA World Standings, where he moved from 35th to 30th place.

At 268,601 square miles, Jayne's adopted home of Texas is a bit larger than his native France (211,207), and over the last few years of residence in the Lone Star State, he has become accustomed to the wide open spaces and long road trips across its terrain.

"It is so much different here," Jayne said. "In Europe, there is a city every 10 miles or so, and in Texas, it is three times that. When you tell me that the driving I did this weekend was like driving from Marseille (his hometown) to north of Toulouse ... well, that sounds like a much longer trip."

Jayne's travels were further complicated by his day job. He is teaching French at Huntsville (Texas) High School and had classes to work both Wednesday and Thursday before hitting the road each afternoon for the rodeo grounds.

On May 5, Jayne had an 85-point ride on Beutler & Son's Rustler to tie Tilden Hooper and Wes Stevenson for first place at the Jasper (Texas) Lions Benefit Rodeo, and he then tied for third place at the Crockett (Texas) Lions Club PRCA Rodeo on May 6.

The longest leg of his weekend road trip, to the Butterfield Stage Days in Bridgeport, came on May 7. Jayne earned a fourth place finish there and then, saving his best for last, won the Mineral Wells (Texas) Rodeo on May 8.

His 82-point ride on Rafter G Rodeo's Assault was three points better than Clint Cannon and Ryan Little, who tied for second place.

"In Austin (in March), I got hung up during a ride and injured my groin," Jayne said. "I've been struggling to stay healthy ever since. I thought I might doctor release out of the rodeos this weekend, that if I kept competing hurt it could put a real dent in my summer schedule.

"But then I started looking at my draws for the weekend. I thought maybe I would give it a try. My leg didn't feel bad, and the issues I'd been having with equipment sorted themselves out. It was like everything was falling together at once.

"I feel I am riding to the best of my ability right now after some setbacks. I got kicked in the face (by a horse), then broke my back at the Heartland ProRodeo Finals in 2008. Last year, I kind of started 4-5 months behind everybody else."

Jayne's plan had been to use this as a sort of rebuilding year and stick to competing mostly in regional rodeos. He may still do that, but his success on his ambitious cross-Texas tour against the likes of Will Lowe, Cannon and Stevenson has him thinking about going to some of the bigger rodeos this summer.

"Right now? I have no idea," Jayne said. "I'll wait two or three weeks, then decide."

It could be argued that saddle bronc rider Bradley Harter had even a slightly better weekend than Jayne, placing first or second in all three of his appearances (he skipped Bridgeport).

Harter started May 6 with a win in what he considers his hometown rodeo in Mineral Wells - he lives midway between Weatherford and Mineral Wells, about 15 minutes from arena. His parents, Ted and Linda, wife Kirby and 7-month-old son Houston Ryder were all at the arena to see his winning 83-point ride on Rafter G Rodeo's Buck N Aye.

On Friday morning, he climbed into his camper-mounted Dodge truck with travel partner Sam Spreadborough and made the 3 1/2-hour drive to Crockett. He won again, this time with an 82-point ride on Andrews Rodeo's Copy Cat.

"If you get on one of Andrews' really good horses, it's kind of like cheating," Harter said.

He spent the night in Crockett, and then made the 90-minute drive to Jasper, where he and Cody Martin tied for second with 83 points, one back of Spreadborough. The three-rodeo parlay paid Harter $2,834, moving him from 19th place to 15th in the world standings.

"I had a good run at Rodeo Austin," Harter said, "but it's been kind of slow since then. It feels good to put together a weekend like this. It always makes for a nice trip home when both of us (he and Spreadborough) do well."

Trevor Brazile won the steer roping average in Bridgeport with a time of 36.1 seconds on three head to move from fourth to second place in the world standings and increase his lead in the all-around world standings.

Brazile has season all-around earnings of $110,274, to lead second-place Josh Peek by $63,206 as he bids to become the first eight-time all-around world champion in rodeo history.

Brazile also leads the tie-down roping standings by $5,207 over Stran Smith, and is seventh among team roping headers.

Editor's Note: Story courtesy of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)


 
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