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Timed Event Championship begins Friday at Lazy E Arena

Trell Etbauer of Goodwell competes in steer wrestling during the 2017 Timed Event Championship at the Lazy E Arena. Etbauer is part of the 20-cowboy field in this year's event, which begins Friday. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Trell Etbauer of Goodwell competes in steer wrestling during the 2017 Timed Event Championship at the Lazy E Arena. Etbauer is part of the 20-cowboy field in this year's event, which begins Friday. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Thirty-five years ago, the Timed Event Championship was created at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie.

Called the Ironman of ProRodeo, the event was to determine the best all-around cowboy in the timed event competitions: steer wrestling, steer roping, tie-down roping, heading and heeling.

Seven-time Timed Event champion Trevor Brazile was a fan even before he became a competitor.

“I’d get to see guys I’d watched at rodeos and see how versatile they were,” said Brazile, who owns 24 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association world titles. “I look up to a lot of those guys that competed at the Timed Event, the Paul Tierneys and the Jimmie Coopers. I looked at their tenacity. They were tough and raw.”

It's traits required of all Timed Event cowboys, who must rope, wrestle and tie 25 head of cattle over three days to determine a winner.

Brazile will be back seeking an eighth Timed Event Championship crown beginning Friday at the Lazy E Arena against a field that includes five other former champions: Jess Tierney, Paul David Tierney, Kyle Lockett, K.C. Jones and defending champ Jordan Ketscher, who last year became just the 14th man to win the event.

Twenty cowboys will compete in the five-round invitation only event that runs through Sunday. They will be seeking a grand prize of $100,000.

The Junior Ironman Championship, for 10 cowboys ages 15 to 20, also will be held in conjunction with the Timed Event Championship.

The Timed Event Championship is one of the most unique events in rodeo. After 35 years, it has also earned a status of being one of the most prestigious and grueling events in the sport.

“They started something that’s going to keep going for generations to come,” Ketscher said. “It gives timed-event guys a chance to show off what they can do.”

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TIMED EVENT CHAMPIONSHIP

When: Friday and Saturday at noon and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m.

Where: Lazy E Arena in Guthrie

Cowboys in the field: Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas; Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, California; Clayton Hass, Stephenville, Texas; Marcus Theriot, Poplarville, Mississippi; Lane Karney, Creston, California;

Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Georgia; Cody Cabral, Hilio, Hawaii; Cash Myers, Athens, Texas; Shank Edwards, Tatum, New Mexico; Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah;

Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City; K.C. Jones, Burlington, Wyoming; Paul David Tierney, Oklahoma City; Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas; Jess Tierney, Hermosa, South Dakota;

Trell Etbauer, Goodwell; Clay Smith, Broken Bow; Shay Carroll, Hico, Texas; Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Arizona; Joel Bach, Rhome, Texas

JR. IRONMAN CHAMPIONSHIP

When: Friday and Saturday at 9 am.; Sunday at 10 a.m.

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›

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