LAS VEGAS – Ryan Jarrett has wanted to be fast since he first arrived in Sin City.
He was for just the third time this week on Friday, scoring a 7.4-second run. It was the fastest tie-down roping of the night, and he shared the victory with Marty Yates on Night 9 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
It was Jarrett’s biggest check of ProRodeo’s finale, worth $23,481, and he’s hoping it’s the momentum he needs as he rolls into Saturday’s 10th go-round.
“It’s great, for sure,” said Jarrett, a Georgia cowboy now living in Comanche, Okla. “I haven’t gotten along very good, but I split the go-round. Now I’m looking forward to tomorrow night.
“I hope I draw good and let the good Lord take care of it.”
Jarrett started off the 10-night championship well. He finished fifth in the opening round, then went through a rough stretch. He didn’t catch another check until the seventh round, when he finished in a tie for second place.
That changed for the better on Friday, when he roped in a share of the first-place check worth $23,481. Even though his success in Las Vegas has been limited, the Oklahoma cowboy has earned $58,442 in the Nevada desert. Of course, $41,672 came in the seventh and ninth rounds.
It helped to have a solid draw.
“They hadn’t won much on that calf, but I liked him,” he said. “I was pumped when I drew that calf. I was excited and felt confident, and it worked.”
It was the first go-round Jarrett has earned at least a share of the title since the eighth night in 2013. That was a long ways between big-time paydays.
“It was something we needed, that’s for sure,” he said.
He needs another on Saturday night, when he rides for the last time in the 2016 season.
Courtesy of twisTEDrodeo.com