Theriot, Doescher Finding Success

Marcus Theriot, right, secures his loop on the steer as Cody Doescher prepares to heel during Wednesday’s first performance of the Lea County Fair and Rodeo. They lead the first round with a 5.2-second run and have the aggregate lead with a two-run cumulative time of 10.5 seconds. (PHOTO BY PEGGY GANDER)

LOVINGTON, N.M. – With just a little more than a month and a half left in ProRodeo’s regular season, Marcus Theriot and Cody Doescher are finally heading in the right direction.

“Our summer’s been kind of tough,” said Theriot, a 21-year-old all-around cowboy from Poplarville, Miss. “We haven’t done very well at all, but we’re turning it around this week.”

He and Doescher are partners in team roping and also help one another in steer wrestling. In fact, they lead the first go-round in team roping (5.2 seconds) at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo and also have the aggregate lead (10.5 seconds on two runs) after the first day of competition at Jake McClure Arena – Theriot also has the first-round lead in bulldogging, a 3.8-second run.

“This is the first time I’ve ever been to Lovington,” Theriot said. “It’s a great rodeo and now one of my favorites. I drew really good today and was able to have some luck.

“This rodeo really wasn’t on our route this week, but it’s such a great rodeo that you’ve got to be at it. Rodeos like this are worth the drive, because you can cover so much ground if you do good at them.”

He is the son of 1994 tie-down roping world champion Herbert Theriot, who also was a contender for the all-around championship multiple times. He’s carrying on the family tradition quite well. He won the 2016 college titles in both tie-down roping and the all-around, and he was just a freshman. Now he is chasing big dreams on the ProRodeo trail.

For now, though, he’s 41st in the heading world standings, while Doescher is 39th in heeling. That’s problematic, since only the top 15 contestants in each at the conclusion of the regular season advance to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s grand finale that takes place each December in Las Vegas.

“The goal is always to make the finals,” said Doescher, 28, of Oklahoma City. “This summer has been so rough that this week we made another goal: We had to win a certain amount of money this week before we go to the Northwest. This has been a good week. We’ve got to finish up strong in Lawton (Okla.) tomorrow.”

Still, a slump is a slump, but the cowboys understand that it’s part of the game. They take it in stride. While competing on his second bulldogging steer, Theriot failed to get the animal on its side and was saddled with a no-time. He just shrugged it off and made a solid run about 50 minutes later in team roping.

“Marcus has been raised by a world champion,” Doescher said. “He knows how the mental game works.”

That comes in handy as both cowboys continue to chase their own gold buckle dreams.

“I would love to win the world title,” Theriot said. “I think that’s every guy’s dream. With hard work and determination, we’ll get it done one day.”

Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Lovington, N.M.
Aug. 8-11

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Casey Colletti, 86.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket; 2. Tim O’Connell, 83.5; 3. Tony Barrington, 78.5; 4. Caleb Bennett, 76; no other qualified rides.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Marcus Theriot, 3.9 seconds; 2. Rowdy Parrott, 4.1; 3. J.D. Struxness, 4.5; 4. Blake Knowles, 4.6; 5. Nick Guy, 5.1; 6. (tie) Tyler Waguespack, Tristan Martin and Kodie Jang, 5.4. Second round leaders: 1. Tyler Waguespack, 3.6 seconds; 2. Blake Knowles, 4.1; 3. Cody Doescher, 4.4; 4. Nick Guy, 4.5; 5. Rowdy Parrott, 4.66. Mike McGinn, 4.7; 7. Jesse Brown, 5.1; 8. Kodie Jang, 5.3. Average leaders: 1. (tie) Blake Knowles and Rowdy Parrott, 8.7 seconds on two runs; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 9.0; 4. Nick Guy, 9.6; 5. Kodie Jang, 10.7; 6. Tristan Martin, 10.8; 7. Cody Doescher, 14.3; 8. J.D. Struxness, 18.5.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Hudson Wallace, 8.3 seconds; 2. Cooper Martin, 9.0; 3. Reese Reimer, 9.1; 4. Dane Kissack, 9.3; 5. Cimarron Boardman, 9.4; 6. Cody McCartney, 9.6; 7. Ty Harris, 9.7; 8. Trevor Brazile, 10.0. Second round leaders: 1. Timber Moore, 8.1 seconds; 2. Ty Baker, 8.3; 3. Tyler Prcin, 9.2; 4. (tie) Hudson Wallace and Cory Solomon, 9.4; 6. Randall Carlisle, 9.5; 7. Reese Riemer, 9.9; 8. J.D. Kibbe, 10.2. Average leaders: 1. Hudson Wallace, 17.7 seconds on two runs; 2. Reese Riemer, 19.0; 3. Ty Harris, 20.1; 4. Ty Baker, 20.5; 5. Randall Carlisle, 20.7; 6. Cody McCartney, 21.3; 7. Cory Solomon, 23.7; 8. Trevor Brazile, 24.0.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Isaac Diaz, 81 points on Big Rafter Rodeo’s Wild Strawberry; 2. Shane Proctor, 78.5; 3. Shorty Garrett, 71.5; 4. Clayton Brum, 59.5; no other qualified rides.

Steer roping: First round leaders: 1. Landon McClaugherty, 10.8 seconds; 2. Tuf Cooper, 11.9; 3. Tony Reina, 13.7; 4. Corey Ross, 14.8; 5. Brian Garr, 15.3; 6. Trey Wallace, 16.4; 7. Martin Poindexter, 17.0; 8. Chad Mathis, 17.1. Second round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 8.3 seconds; 2. Ralph Williams, 13.3; 3. Trey Wallace, 14.8; 4. Corey Ross, 21.0; 5. Tuf Cooper, 26.1; 6. Brian Garr, 29.6; no other qualified times. Third round: 1. Trey Wallace, 15.4 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile, 20.3; 3. Corey Ross, 20.5; 4. Tony Reina, 20.6; no other qualified times. Average leaders: 1. Trey Wallace, 46.6 seconds on three runs; 2. Corey Ross, 56.3; 3. Trevor Brazile, 28.6 seconds on two runs; 4. Tony Reina, 34.3; 5. Tuf Cooper, 38.0; 6. Brian Garr, 44.9; 7. Landon McClaugherty, 10.8 seconds on one run; 8. Ralph Williams, 13.3.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 5.2 seconds; 2. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 5.4; 3. Kellan Johnson/Brady Norman, 5.5; 4. Kelsey Parchman/Dustin Davis, 5.8; 5. Jeff Flenniken, 5.9; 6. Erich Rogers, 6.0; 7. Jake Cooper/Clint Summers, 6.0; 8. Garrett Tonozzi/Joe Mattern, 7.9. Second round leaders: 1. Cory Kidd V/Caleb Anderson, 3.9 seconds; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.6; 3. (tie) Erich Rogers/Clint Summers and Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 5.3; 5. Kellan Johnson/Brady Norman, 5.4; 6. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 5.9; 7. Brock Hanson/Ryan Motes, 13.7; 8. Lane Ivy/Blaine Vick, 14.3. Average leaders: 1. Marcus Theriot/Cody Doescher, 10.5 seconds on two runs; 2. Kellan Johnson/Brady Norman, 10.9; 3. (tie) Erich Rogers/Clint Summers and Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 11.3; 5. Tyler Wade/Tyler McKnight, 39.2; 6. Cory Kidd V/Caleb Anderson, 3.9 seconds on one run; 7. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.6; 8. Kelsey Parchman/Dustin Davis, 5.8.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Andrea Busby, 17.61 seconds; 2. Leia Pluemer, 17.92; 3. Meghan Johnson, 18.13; 4. Reaylene Cos, 18.55; 5. Brandy Sanchez, 18.65; 6. Lisa Ogden, 18.66; no other qualified times.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Elliot Jacoby, 87 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Snotty Scotty; 2. Parker Breding, 82.5; 3. Braden Richardson, 82; 4. Reid Barker, 81; 5. Trevor Reiste, 79.5; no other qualified rides.

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