by Matt Naber
GREAT FALLS, Mont. – For tie-down roper Logan Hofer, winning the RAM Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo means more than just another buckle on the shelf and a shot at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo.
It’s also a confidence boost in his pursuit of qualifying for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.
“To start the year like that, and move up in the standings, gives you a drive to go to the rest of the rodeos,” Hofer said.
This wasn’t Hofer’s first time at the RMCFR, but it was his first time winning the average.
“I got skunked last year,” Hofer said with a laugh. “But this year, I roped good and drew some good calves.”
The 30-year-old Magrath, Alberta, native was off to a rough start at the RMCFR, placing fourth in the first two rounds.
“The first round, I had my hand come off the flank and I had to re-flank her and that slowed me down,” he said.
Hofer entered the third round with some background knowledge on his calf, which helped him land a second-place time of 8.6 seconds to claim the top spot in the average with 28.3 seconds on three head.
“I knew she was straight down the pen, so I took the same start,” Hofer said. “Coming in there, there were some guys who were out of the average, and I knew I had to make a solid run to stay in the average. The other guys didn’t draw as good, so I used my head and just tied one down.”
Winning the RMCFR earned the Canadian roper $6,105, which now counts toward the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. His best season, to date, was in 2012, when he ranked 24th in the world standings with $49,838.
“Practice is always the key – when you get going, you have to find a spot to practice and stay sharp,” Hofer said. “If you do something every day, like flank and tie a calf, you can stay sharp and win the rodeos. I’ve been practicing a lot and trying not to get sore, and make two to three runs a day. And if you do something wrong, do it better the next day.”
Past success at the Canadian Finals Rodeo has Hofer ready for the WNFR, now it’s just a matter of hitting as many rodeos as possible on his road to Las Vegas.
“I just need to do the same thing – stay on my good horse at these rodeos, and if a good calf comes, you should place,” Hofer said, referring to his 16-year-old, seven-time Canadian Finals Rodeo veteran, Easy. “He’s real solid everywhere, and he feels good this year.”
Other winners at the $208,459 rodeo were all-around cowboy Gerald Eash ($6,687 in saddle bronc and bull riding), bareback rider Jessy Davis (247 points on three head), steer wrestler Ty Erickson (11.7 seconds on three head), team ropers Cody Tew/Chase Tryan (18.4 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Chase Brooks (227 points on three head), barrel racer Carmel Wright (39.84 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Luke Gee (90 points on one head).
For more coverage of the RAM Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo, check out the Feb. 3 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.
Courtesy of PRCA