NEWS: Clay Tryan and Travis Graves cash in at Robert­son Hill, AQHA’s new jerk­down rule

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Clay Tryan and Travis Graves teamed up to win the Robert­son Hill Ranch Open Show­down, best­ing 155 other teams over five head with a time of 33.24 sec­onds, worth $11,000 a man May 10 in Per­rin, Texas.

Robert­son Hill Ranch’s Austin Robert­son or­ga­nized the rop­ing to ben­e­fit the Texas Pythian Home for Chil­dren in Weather­ford.

“With 150 teams, it was pretty tough,” Tryan said. “It was good to fi­nally win some­thing.”

The jack­pot was tough enough both Tryan and Graves rode their best mounts— 18-year-old AQHA/PRCA Head Horse of the Year Dew and 17-year-old Manny—for the five head, pick-one-draw-one, en­ter twice rop­ing.

“It was a hard set up,” Graves said. “The steers ran re­ally hard and were pretty wild. They were hard to heel. It felt like the way the Wild­fire used to be. The pay­out was good. It paid eight holes. It wasn’t too top loaded—it’s hard to win first ev­ery time.”

When Robert­son planned this rop­ing, now in its third year, his goal was to do just what Graves said—spread the pay­out as evenly as pos­si­ble across eight places.

“I don’t like when first place pays a ton of money, and a team wins se­cond and ropes their butts off all day and gets half the money,” Robert­son said. If you won se­cond or third and roped your butt off, it was a fair amount of money.”

In the previous two rop­ings, Robert­son of­fered rop­ers $5,000 added money, but this year in­creased the pay­out to $20,000, with an­other $5,000 in added money go­ing straight to the Texas Pythian Home for Chil­dren. The Texas Pythian Home ac­cepts chil­dren ages 3 to 14, who can re­main at the res­i­dence as long as they’re in school. The Pythian Home is li­censed by the Texas De­part­ment of Fam­ily & Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices as a ba­sic child care fa­cil­ity for 62 chil­dren, with the goal of pro­vid­ing the chil­dren with a safe, sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment, ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties and pos­i­tive life ex­pe­ri­ences.

JODI CREEL PHOTO

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