by Tracy Renck
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. â€“ All season, tie-down roper Cory Solomon has been chasing a big win.
The Prairie View, Texas, cowboyâ€™s chase ended Aug. 28 when Solomon clocked an 8.0-second time to win the prestigious Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo.
â€śIt was great to win such a big rodeo,â€ť said Solomon, 26. â€śEverybody wants to win the big one, and Iâ€™ve had a couple of second-place wins this year at Cheyenne (Wyo.) and Dodge City, Kan. Second is always great, but to win a rodeo like this is a true blessing.â€ť
Solomon earned $7,501 for his effort at RMV Riding Park, which should help solidify his fourth trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. Solomon qualified for the WNFR in 2011-12 and 2015, and he was ninth in the Aug. 22 WEATHER GUARDÂ® PRCA World Standings with $58,333.
â€śThis feels great,â€ť Solomon said. â€śI try and stay positive and will not give up, no matter how hard the road gets. Knowing that Iâ€™ve clinched my fourth NFR makes all the long miles and the all-night drives worth it.
â€śI had a slow winter, and I didnâ€™t have the Fourth of July (run) that I wanted. I told my dad (Larry) and all my family I just needed to keep plugging along, and if you keep plugging along, in the end, you will have enough (to make the NFR). You just have to have a couple of big wins, and I got one at San Juan. Winning San Juan really makes the rest of the regular season (which ends Sept. 30) a case of roping for position.â€ť
Solomon was quick to credit his first Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo victory to the horsepower provided by Spook, 16.
â€śThis is such a good rodeo, so I sent him up here, and to get the win made it all worth it,â€ť Solomon said. â€śTo do good and get the win at such a cool rodeo is just a great feeling. I was pretty close on the barrier, and I took a chance. You have to take chances if you want to win big, and Iâ€™m just thankful. Spook worked great.â€ť
Solomon acknowledged he has high expectations for himself at the 2016 WNFR in Las Vegas Dec. 1-10.
â€śIâ€™ve been focusing on getting a back number, and now that I feel like I have that back number itâ€™s time to reset my goals and get my eye on a gold buckle,â€ť Solomon said.
Other winners at the $274,856 rodeo were all-around cowboy Josh Peek ($3,158 in tie-down roping and steer wrestling), bareback rider Orin Larsen (87 points on Rosser Rodeoâ€™s Gold Coast Jackie), steer wrestler Rowdy Parrott (3.7 seconds), team ropers Colby Lovell and Travis Graves (4.3 seconds), saddle bronc rider Cody Wright (86 points on Cervi Championship Rodeoâ€™s Alpha Dog) and bull rider Tim Bingham (87 points on Flying U Rodeoâ€™s Dark Shadow).
For more coverage of the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, check out the Sept. 9 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.
Courtesy of PRCA