Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 21, 2013

Wells roping phenom sits atop All American ProRodeo Series standings

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — For the second-straight weekend Tyler McKnight of Wells and his roping partner Tyler Wade have won first place in team roping at the Mesquite PRCA Rodeo.

Last weekend the Wade (header)/McKnight (heeler) tandem posted the quickest time of the rodeo, 4.7 seconds in earning paychecks totaling $1,756 each — not a bad payoff for less that five seconds of work.

McKnight is certainly not a flash in the pan when it comes to professional team roping.

In fact 2013 has been a year of consistency for McKnight.

So much so that McKnight is ranked in the top 16 on three national rodeo divisions' standings, including sitting at the very top of the All American ProRodeo Series standings for heelers with qualified earnings of $14, 255.

The All American ProRodeo Series takes into account PRCA rodeos with added money of $30,000 or less.

The series culminates in October with its championship in Waco.

McKnight is in third place in the Texas Circuit final standings, having cashed pay checks valued at a total of $18,657.

In the world standings, which determine what cowboys qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (Las Vegas) in December, McKnight currently is at No. 16, with earnings of $17, 644, which puts him less than $4,000 from being in the top 10, which would secure him a spot in the Sin City extravaganza later this year.