CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Tie-down roper Marty Yates took care of business Wednesday morning during slack at the Buc Days ProRodeo in American Bank Center.
Yates recorded an 8.5-second time and then he had to play the waiting game.
By Sunday afternoon, his time held and he collected a $4,626 paycheck for the win.
“Things turned out really good,” Yates, 19, said. “That’s the second one-header I’ve won, and it was pretty relieving to get that win and catch up in the standings a little bit. I had not won much lately. Winning that check sure feels good, especially a first-place check.”
Yates, who won the SandHills Stock Show Rodeo in Odessa, Texas, in January, was 19th in the April 21 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings at $13,644.
“I had to wait through all four perfs,” Yates said. “I knew in the Saturday perf, that Tuf (Cooper), Trevor (Brazile) and all those guys still had to go. I was just hoping I was going to be able to finish third.”
Although the Buc Days ProRodeo was a one-header, Yates didn’t change his approach.
“I knew my calf was really good and I just made sure not to break the barrier,” Yates said. “I just wanted to make the best run I could.”
Yates finished 43rd in the 2013 tie-down roping world standings at $30,745, but he has high expectations for this season.
“This year my goal is to not to just make the NFR, but win a gold buckle,” Yates said. “The hardest part of it is having a good horse, you can’t control what you draw.”
Yates has been riding a horse named Chicken he bought last spring.
“He’s coming along pretty good,” Yates said. “He definitely did his job in Corpus.”
In addition to tie-down roping, Yates added he also will be doing some team roping with Tuf Cooper, starting at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo Wednesday and Thursday.
“I’m going to be the heeler,” Yates said. “We roped a little bit when we were younger, but this will be our first ProRodeo roping together. I’m really looking forward to that.”
Other winners at the $197,269 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($2,327 in tie-down roping, team roping, and steer roping), bareback rider R.C. Landingham, (87 points on Frontier Rodeo Company’s Show Stomper), steer wrestler Sean Mulligan, (3.7 seconds), team ropers Travis Tryan and Michael Jones (4.4 seconds), saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer (86 points on Harry Vold’s Happy Valley), bull riders Aaron Pass (92 points on Frontier Rodeo Company’s Throw Down) and Elliot Jacoby (92 points on Frontier Rodeo Company’s Swamp Dog), steer roper J.B. Whatley (49.1 seconds on four head) and barrel racer Robyn Herring (13.73 seconds).
Courtesy of PRCA