by Prorodeo.com | Apr 06, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – It may be early in the 2014 season, but Timber Moore is already roping in top form.
The 27-year-old tie-down roper won his third rodeo of 2014 when he took the title at the Walker County Fair & Rodeo with a 7.3-second run that left all competition firmly in the rearview mirror.
Moore, who was up in the slack the day before the rodeo, posted a time a full second faster than the rest of the field. Cade Swor, who took second place, clocked in at 8.4 seconds.
After my run I felt like I had a good chance to win,” Moore said. “I got a good calf that was fast, and it was nice to be able to stay around the house and be able to win without it costing much to get there.”
Moore, who currently resides in Aubrey, Texas, only had to drive 220 miles to get to Huntsville. He entered the weekend third in the Wyndham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, and will likely move up to second following the win – which was worth $2,248.
“Right now the standings don’t mean much and I try not to look at them,” he said. “If I don’t get $70,000 won, I’m not making the (Wrangler National) Finals (Rodeo) anyway. I just need to tie them down one at a time, and hope to continue earning checks.”
If the first few months of 2014 are any indication, Moore should have little trouble making his third trip to Las Vegas in the past four years.
He won one of the biggest winter rodeos, in San Angelo, Texas, in February, and also took a victory lap in Goliad, Texas, last month.
“Everything feels great and I’ve been drawing and roping good, so I hope I can have some luck in Logandale (Nev.) next week and then in California in the next month,” Moore said.
After missing most of the 2012 season due to a severe knee injury, Moore had a solid rebound in 2013, finishing ninth in the world standings and fourth in the WNFR average race.
Aboard his 10-year-old horse, Colonel, Moore is looking to take the next step this season and make a serious run at a world title.
“I sure hope this is a special season,” he said. “But it’s too early to tell because I’ve only counted eight rodeos; the year has barely started. I just want to put myself in a position to have a chance at the end of the year for a gold buckle. That’s always been the dream.”
Other winners at the $71,117 rodeo were all-around cowboy Landon McClaugherty ($2,329 in tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping), bareback rider Trey Taylor (83 points), steer wrestler Casey Martin (3.8 seconds), team ropers McClaugherty and Justin Hendrick (4.9 seconds), saddle bronc rider Sam Spreadborough (83 points), steer roper J. Tom Fisher (35.9 seconds on three head), bull rider Luke Haught (86 points), and barrel racer Kenna Squires (17.36 seconds).
Martin was the only repeat champion at Huntsville, having won at the Walker County Fairgrounds a year ago in a time of 8.7 seconds on two head.
Courtesy of PRCA