HEBER CITY, Utah – Brothers Rob and Dan Webb pulled off the daily double with their team roping win at the RAM Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo here Oct. 25.
They won the average with a time of 20.7 seconds on three head, which also clinched the year-end title for both Rob, the header, and Dan, the heeler. They also won the year-end title in 2013, and entered this three-day rodeo with a lead of $1,030 over Rhett Anderson and Cole Wilson, who finished fourth in the average.
“It’s really exciting to win tonight, and especially to win both the year-end and the average,” said Dan Webb, 30. “There are a lot of good teams in this circuit, and a lot of good rodeos. I feel it’s a pretty good honor to finish first, and we’re proud to have won it.”
They also swept the Horse of the Year awards in team roping for the Wilderness Circuit, as Rob’s top horse, Firecracker, won the heading honor while Dan’s horse, Nick, took the heeling crown.
“It’s funny, because Rob started my horse and I started his horse,” Dan said. “We raised Firecracker and I took him to college and headed on him. Rob rode Nick in college, but we switched horses several years ago and it’s worked out great.”
Dan rodeoed at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore., and Rob went to Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College.
Firecracker has suffered some health problems recently, so Rob rode Hondo at the RWCFR.
The brothers had identical runs of 7.2 seconds while taking second in the first round and fourth in the second round. They trailed Taylor Winn and R.D. Abplanalp by .3 seconds going into Saturday’s final round.
“I knew we had to go faster than we had the first two rounds,” said Rob Webb, 25. “Taylor and R.D. were going last, right after us, and they’d really been roping well.”
The Webb brothers posted a 6.3-second run to put the pressure on.
“R.D.’s horse stood up when he went to dally and they ended up just catching one leg,” Rob Webb said.
The penalty cost Winn and Abplanalp dearly, as they didn’t place in the final round or the average.
“It’s really cool to win the average and the year-end,” Rob Webb said. “It’s always good to win at this level; there were a lot of quality teams at this rodeo.”
The Webbs qualified for their first RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo by winning the 2013 year-end title. They’re excited about returning to the RNCFR, scheduled next March 25-28 in Kissimmee, Fla.
“It’s just a privilege to be going,” Rob said. “It’ll be fun, and I hope luck shines on us.”
Other winners at the $105,438 rodeo were bareback rider Kaycee Feild (257 points on three head), steer wrestlers Olin Hannum and Baylor Roche (15.7 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright (247 points on three head), tie-down roper Rhen Richard (25.0 seconds on three head), barrel racer McKale Hadley (48.59 seconds on three head) and bull rider Joe Frost (238 points on three head).
The Wright brothers have won the RWCFR saddle bronc riding title six times in a row. Jesse has three of the wins (2009-10, 2014), Cody two (2011, 2013) and Jake one (2012).
This was Feild’s fourth win at the RWCFR (2009-10, 2012, 2014).
It’s the first time steer wrestling has ended in a tie at the RWCFR.
Courtesy of PRCA