New leaders surged to top in team roping and barrel racing
The final segment of the rodeo featured team roping, barrel racing and bull riding and provided some of the night's most intense action.
Huntsville, Texas cowboys Jake Orman and Corey Hendrick stopped the timer at 5.1 seconds to take over the top spot after two performance in team roping.
Fans also witnessed Camish Jennings and Brandon Bates partner up to earn complete their business in 5.8 seconds, which put them third overall.
During the slack competition, veteran barrel racer Shelley Morgan forged out a new low time of 16.53 to move into first place, while the third-best time of the week (16.70) was scored by Annessa Self.
In the second portion of bull riding, Cody Sierks and Eli Vastbinder each scored an 86 to move into a three-way tie for second (along with Dylan Warner) in what is shaping up to be an extremely competitive field.
Siereks rode Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo's “Generalissimo”, while Vastbinder's ride was ole “Diamond Joe.”
In other action, Justin Shaffer of Hallsville, Texas moved into second place in steer wrestling with a time of 4.7 Arkansas cowboy Jason Thomas found himself in the third slot for the week, following a swift time of 5.6 seconds.
Clint Griffis traveled to East Texas all the way from Lovell, Wyoming and evidently he came on a mission to win a check as he tallied a score of 75 aboard “Betty Boop” in bareback riding to move into a tie for second for the week.
Nathan Steinberg's 9.8 seconds was the lowest time for the evening in tie down roping, but that was not enough to put him among the top three.
Thursday also saw a couple of local take to the muddy surface of the arena as Well's Tyler McKnight participated in team roping while Bullard's Kim Partain had a go in barrel racing.
McKnight, a heeler, and header, Tyler Wade had a difficult night and did not receive a score.
Partain, who has a chance at collecting a minor paycheck, was clocked in a time of 17.07 seconds.