by Tracy Renck | Aug 16, 2015
HERMISTON, ORE. – Many cowboys right now are frantically going to rodeos to try and make the top 15 to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Tie-down roper Timber Moore, who was fifth in the Aug. 10 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, is trying to solidify his WNFR spot.
The Aubrey, Texas cowboy definitely helped his cause by winning the Farm-City ProRodeo (Aug. 12-15) with a 17.0-second time on two head. This was his first career victory at Hermiston, a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour silver rodeo.
“It means a lot,” Moore said about his Farm-City ProRodeo win. “This is one of the bigger and better rodeos and the people, and community of Hermiston just make this a great spot for a rodeo. This is just a great rodeo and I’m so happy to be able to win it.”
Moore, who joined the PRCA in 2007, left Hermiston with a $5,690 check. He tied for second in the first round with Matt Shiozawa as they both had 8.5-second runs. Moore had another 8.5-second time in the second round, which secured the average crown for him at the Farm-City Arena.
“I had two really good calves,” said Moore, 29. “The calves there were fresh and I was able to make two really good runs. I was just trying to rope consistent and not beat myself. Usually when you draw good, you just have to do your part and everything will work out and it did.”
Moore also was quick to credit his horse Colonel, who is 11 years old.
“Colonel has been working really good this year,” Moore said. “Hopefully he can stay sound and stay strong. He had kind of been sore this summer, but I took him to my vet and he got him back working good and he worked great at Hermiston.”
Moore has qualified for the WNFR three times – 2011, 2013-2014. His career-best finish was ninth in the 2013, and he’s anxious to return to Las Vegas in December.
“I’m not too far out of leading the standings, so hopefully we can finish strong and stay in the top 5,” Moore said. “I really want to go back to the NFR this year and have a chance to win a gold buckle.”
Other winners at the $204,634 rodeo were all-around cowboy Garrett Smith ($1,049, bull riding and steer wrestling), bareback rider Bobby Mote (88 points on Calgary Stampede’s Special Delivery), steer wrestler Ty Erickson (9.5 seconds on two head), team ropers Kaleb Driggers and Martin Lucero (10.1 seconds on two head), saddle bronc riders Zeke Thurston (85 points on Kesler Rodeo’s Navajo Sun), and Doug Aldridge (85 points on Calgary Stampede’s Lynx Mountain), barrel racer Kali Parker (34.60 seconds on two runs), and bull rider Clayton Foltyn (86 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Mr Buddy).
Courtesy of PRCA