Smith and Eaves Win Big in Vegas
Hork Dog pays $42k to winning team
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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