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