by Justin Shaw | Jul 05, 2015
ST. PAUL, Ore. – The 2015 season may have begun slowly for 2013 World Champion Tie-down Roper Shane Hanchey, but he’s starting to get on a roll – which could be bad news for his fellow ropers.
Hanchey won his first title at the St. Paul Rodeo July 4, continuing what was a strong Cowboy Christmas run as he moves up the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings.
The Sulphur, La., cowboy placed fifth in the first round in St. Paul before winning the second round with an 8.2-second run. It led to the average victory with a time of 17.3 seconds on two head, and a total of $9,423.
“I’ve always had good luck there,” Hanchey said of St. Paul. “I set the arena record there in 2011, but still finished second in the average. It’s a different rodeo, and it’s one that we all want to win. I really like the way the buckle looks, and I couldn’t be happier winning here.”
Hanchey entered the week 25th in the world standings, but considering he wasn’t in the top 50 until recently, he’s content with playing catch-up.
In addition to the large sum earned in St. Paul, Hanchey also grabbed a good amount in Canada last week, winning a combined $5,746 in Ponoka and Airdrie, Alberta.
“At the beginning of the week, I wanted to win $20,000, but if you win $10,000 during Cowboy Christmas, then you’ve done pretty well,” Hanchey said. “I’m pumped about winning St. Paul, and I’m also excited that I did it on a horse I just bought earlier this year.”
Hanchey’s top horse, Riata, hasn’t seen too much action in 2015, which is exactly what Hanchey planned. His new horse, Si, has been solid and reliable so far this summer, which has allowed Riata to rest up in Florida until later in the season.
“I had a terrible winter and spring, but winning Guymon (Okla., in May) got me going,” Hanchey said. “It wasn’t that I was lacking confidence, I just hadn’t seen my name anywhere that mattered. I went through a spell where I’d break a barrier or miss one. The horse I’m riding now can’t replace Riata, but it’s reassuring to know he can win, and I’m excited about the rest of the summer.”
Other winners at the $327,357 rodeo were all-around cowboy Jordan Ketscher ($2,442 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Jessy Davis (87 points on Korkow Rodeos’ Flaxy Lady), steer wrestler Luke Branquinho (8.8 seconds on two head), team ropers Erich Rogers and Cory Petska (10.3 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy (87 points on Korkow Rodeos’ Rekker), barrel racer Callie DuPerier (16.38 seconds) and bull riders Brennon Eldred (86 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Totally Annoying) and Ty Pozzobon (86 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Chucky).
Courtesy of PRCA