After four days of furious and high powered rodeo action, the Clark County Fair and Rodeo wound up its 2014 contests on Sunday, April 13 in Logandale, Nevada. A stop along professional rodeo's Wrangler Million Dollar Tour, the rodeo once again hosted the best of pro rodeo, all vying for valuable points towards qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) and World Championships.
Among the 2014 champions are some of the best in pro rodeo right now. Guys like bareback rider Steven Peebles; the Oregon cowboy finished second in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) World standings in 2013 and has been at the top of the standings nearly the entire 2014 campaign thus far. Guys like Cort Scheer, the Nebraska saddle bronc rider who has been on fire all year, also found their way to the top in Logandale.
Also in the mix were a pair of Nevada team ropers. Two-time and reigning World Champ Jade Corkill did not rope the title in Logandale but he and partner Clay Tryan came very close. The championship team roped two steers in 9.6 seconds, a scant one one-hundredth behind champions Jake Barnes and Junior Nogueira. They earned $2,964 each, inching closer to the number one spot in the current standings. They now trail leaders Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves by just over $3,500.
Clay Cooper is also a world champion team roper having won seven titles with Barnes in 1980's and 1990's. He won the Clark County Fair and Rodeo in 2013 and returned with a different partner, Chad Masters, in 2014. Masters, a two-time World Champ himself, and Cooper placed in a go round in Logandale to earn $1,523 each. Cooper is now ranked 19th.
Of a field of about 15, Corkill and Cooper were the only Nevada cowboys to scratch at the Clark County Fair and Rodeo.
Pro rodeo cowboys now shift their attention to the "spring run" in California, beginning April 16 at the Red Bluff Round-Up.