GUYMON, Okla. – There’s no question the 2015 season has been a struggle for Shane Hanchey, but it got a lot better on Sunday afternoon.
The 2013 tie-down roping world champion was nowhere to be found in the top 50 of the April 27 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings.
That will change after Hanchey’s performance at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo (May 1-3).
Hanchey recorded a time of 24.8 seconds on three head to win the $2,984 average check.
“It feels good,” Hanchey, 25, said about his victory. “It has been a long season dating back to the 2014 (Wrangler National Finals Rodeo). I didn’t have the NFR I was expecting to have, and it rolled over into the early part of 2015. So this win at Guymon was crucial for me.”
Hanchey, who finished ninth in the world last season, left Guymon with $6,054 in winnings – thanks to tying for second (7.4 seconds) in the second round and finishing third (7.9 seconds) in the third round.
“What’s cool is I also won Guymon in 2008 on my permit,” Hanchey said. “I was just 18 years old and Reata and I won that rodeo. Guymon has always been good to me, and I have always seemed to have good luck there.”
Speaking of Hanchey’s prized horse Reata, the Sulphur, La., cowboy said part of the reason he hasn’t been high in the standings this season is that he hasn’t competed on his No. 1 horse much.
“I haven’t had Reata with me most of the winter,” Hanchey said. “He is just kind of taking a break. He is 16 years old this year, and he doesn’t owe me anything. I have rodeoed on him for 11 years, and I have got to this point in my career on him, and he doesn’t owe me a dollar. He’s just going to take a break for a little while.”
Hanchey’s effort at Guymon was especially impressive due to the fact that he used three different horses to capture the win.
In a muddy first round, Hanchey rode Blair Burk’s horse, Rambo. In the second round, Hanchey rode his good friend Hunter Herrin’s horse (also named Rambo) for a split of second place. For the third round, he got some help from Cade Swor.
“I called Cade and he let me ride his horse Floyd in the third round,” Hanchey said. “I have had good luck on Floyd, and it just worked out for me. I’m kind of looking around for a horse right now. I’m in between horses, but it was nice to win Guymon with three different horses.”
Other winners at the $275,213 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($2,849 in tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping), bareback rider Ty Breuer (87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Good Times Charlie), steer wrestler Stan Branco (13.9 seconds on three head), team ropers Coleman Proctor and Jake Long (20.0 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy (88 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Chestnut), barrel racer Shali Lord (34.04 seconds on two runs), steer roper JoJo LeMond (106.8 seconds on five head) and bull riders Sage Kimzey (86 points on Lancaster & Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Sam Crow), Chad German (86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose) and Trevor Kastner (86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sazerac).
Courtesy of PRCA