by ProRodeo.com | Jun 08, 2014
MARWAYNE, Alberta – Each dollar Tyler Corrington earns at a rodeo these days means more than it has in the past few years. The 28-year-old saddle bronc rider is getting married to his fiancé, Morgan, on Oct. 4 and the nice chunk of change that he won over the weekend will help pay for wedding expenses.
“I think the photographer she hired is going to cost about the same amount I won in Marwayne today,” Corrington said with a chuckle. “Getting married later this year makes every penny I earn matter a lot more.”
Corrington rode for 84 points on Calgary Stampede’s Sergeant Whitney to win the Lea Park Rodeo on the last day of the three-day event, earning $2,933.
The triumph in Marwayne comes a week after Corrington won the Grand Prairie (Alberta) Stompede. He also won the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up, making it three impressive spring wins for the Hastings, Minn., cowboy.
“Drawing the right horses is a huge difference, and I can’t complain about how I’ve been drawing lately,” Corrington said. “The good horses help build your confidence, and then you get going. Calgary Stampede does a great job breeding their horses, and I was on Sergeant Whitney at the Canadian Finals a few years ago. I had been excited since I found out last week that I drew him in Marwayne.”
Corrington, who has been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo two of the last three years – in 2011 and 2013, entered the weekend 14th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings.
He travels with fellow rodeo veterans Chet Johnson and Cort Scheer, who also have been to the WNFR multiple times. Ryan McKenzie has recently jumped into the truck, making it four of the top 18 saddle bronc riders in the world standings. Corrington says as the summer run gets closer, he relies on Johnson when it comes to entering rodeos.
“Chet is one of the best there is when it comes to entering, and Cort and I turn the reins over to him; it works out and he does a great job,” Corrington said. “Chet has been entering for us the last 3-4 years, and it’s been great. During the Fourth of July run, it seems like guys get overzealous. What’s worked for us is mainly just hitting the really big rodeos. That way you are still having fun and aren’t as worn down.”
While Corrington gears up for the summer run, he also looks forward to the week following the end of the rodeo regular season, when he and his bride-to-be will tie the knot.
“I’ve just let her take the reins for the arrangements for the wedding,” he said. “I figured getting married on October 4 would be a good thing, because then it would be easy to remember our anniversary. 10-4, just like the truckers say.”
Corrington met Morgan in Panama City, Fla., in March 2013 while driving down to compete in rodeos in the Sunshine State.
“She had never been to rodeo before I met her,” he said. “I showed her a few dance moves and impressed her. To be honest, I’m awful at dancing, and it’s a good thing she has a good sense of humor.”
Other winners at the Lea Park Rodeo Grounds were bareback rider Russ Hallaby (87 points on Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery), steer wrestlers Justin Miller and Trygve Pugh (4.6 seconds each), team ropers Rocky Dallyn and Kolton Schmidt (5.6 seconds), tie-down roper Cimarron Boardman (8.1 seconds), bull riders Ty Elliott (84 points on Franklin Rodeo’s Red Bull) and barrel racer Shelly Anzick (16.183 seconds).
Courtesy of PRCA