Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 21, 2013

Maass wins all-around title in 51st Tops In Texas PRCA Rodeo

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Justin Maass had a year to remember in 2012, where he finished the regular season in first place of the world standings, placed in four rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and was fourth in NFR average standings.

If this past week was any indication, 2013 could be another banner year for the Giddings, Texas cowboy.

Maass, 38, won the all-around title at the Tops In Texas PRCA Rodeo, which wrapped up a four-night run Saturday evening at the Jacksonville Rodeo Arena, by winning $1,140 dollars, competing in team roping and tie-down roping on Wednesday night, before catching a flight to Redding, Calif for a high-stakes weekend rodeo.

Jared Keylon of Uniontown, Kan. won bragging rights in bareback riding where he garnered a score of 85 aboard Carr Pro Rodeo's “Grass Dancer.”

Keylon picked up a check in the amount of $1,159 in winning his fourth rodeo of the year.

His other victories came at Duncan, Okla., Southaven, Miss. and in Springfield, Mo.

Curtis Garton of New Zealand scored an 84 on top of Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo's “Primetime” to take first in saddle bronc riding.

Garton, who finished inside the top 25 in last year's world standings, earned a pay day of $1,050 for his efforts.

Cameron, Texas native Seth Childers secured his third rodeo win of the year by posting a time of 7.5 seconds in tie-down roping to best the field and walk away with $1,378.

Childers has been having a hay day in East Texas this season, as he also won rodeos in Beaumont and in Nacogdoches.

There was a tie for first place in bull riding where Austin Meier and Eli Vastbinder each came away with scores of 87 points to lead the talent-laden field.

Meier rode “Rainbow” and Vastbinder drew “Diamond Joe”, both owned by Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo Company.

Meier and Vastbinder pocketed payouts tallying $1,364 apiece.

In ladies' barrel racing Victoria Williams (Kiln, Miss.) had the fastest time (15.93) of the week and picked up a check in the amount of $1,364. Williams also won the Carthage Cattleman's Rodeo, giving her two titles for the weekend.

Other category winners included Morgan Grant (3.9 seconds) in steer wrestling, which netted him $964 and the tandem of Jake Orman & Corey Hendrick in team roping who had a time of 5.1 seconds on Thursday to take home the big payout ($1,136 each).

With rain leading right up to the start of Wednesday's opening night performance and a threatening sky on Thursday seeming to negatively affect the attendance on those nights, a nice-sized turnout made their way to the arena on Saturday, enabling Tops In Texas to conclude on a positive note.