Smith and Eaves Win Big in Ve­gas

Hork Dog pays $42k to win­ning team

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Clay Smith is on a roll—af­ter win­ning the Wild­fre Open to the World (for the sec­ond-straight year) this Fe­bru­ary, he picked up an­other big jack­pot win at the 2015 edi­tion of the Hork Dog Clas­sic.

Smith won the rop­ing with Paul Eaves, de­spite the high winds and blow­ing sand that ac­com­pa­nied the sun­shine in Las Ve­gas this year. They won $21,185 a man for their time of 28.3 sec­onds on fve head.

“Paul and I drew pretty good, that was the main thing,” Smith said. “Paul roped re­ally good—there were some steers that re­ally drug. The con­di­tions were tough with the wind blow­ing so hard straight at you. There was dust in our eyes, and you couldn’t reach. It made it more im­por­tant to ride your horse bet­ter.”

The team came back high call and had about a sec­ond lead on the sec­ond-place team of Jake Barnes and Ju­nior Nogueira. (Nogueira won the rop­ing last year with Tom Richards.)

“It was our third-round steer, and he was slower,” Eaves ex­plained. “We had enough time, and we just had to get him down. We needed to be 6.3 and we were 6.2. Clay played it right—not too ag­gres­sive, just right in the mid­dle.”

Smith rode his great grey geld­ing, Marty; aboard him, he won the Wild­fre, as well. Eaves was on Cadil­lac, his 16-year-old grey geld­ing who he won last year’s Spicer Gripp Me­mo­rial Rop­ing on.

“The Hork Dog is a rop­ing that you al­ways want to win,” Smith said. “Every­body buys the DVD, and you want to win it more than any other be­cause of that.”

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