NEWS: Luke Brown and Ju­nior Nogueira dom­i­nate at the Windy Ryon Me­mo­rial Open Team Rop­ing, Karl Stress­man an­nounces re­tire­ment and more

Spin to Win Rodeo - - Contents - By Kaitlin Gus­tave

Luke Brown and Ju­nior Nogueira won the Windy Ryon Me­mo­rial five-head Cac­tus Ropes U.S. Open Team Rop­ing May 26 with a cu­mu­la­tive time of 38.54 sec­onds.

Brown also won fifth and picked up a go round check with Kollin VonAhn, bring­ing his to­tal for the day to $8,875. Nogueira banked $6,070.

“It’s a long bar­rier and huge arena. It’s big—long and wide.” Nogueira said. “The steers can run ev­ery­where—they’re crazy. You re­ally have to draw good at this rop­ing.”

The team came into the short round first high call.

“I had to re­ally ride my horse,” Nogueira said, who rode 10-year-old mare Apaches R Hali (“Hali”). “I was hav­ing trou­ble in the go rounds get­ting out around the steers. That bar­rier is so long, so it’s hard to get there. We drew three good steers and the short round steer was good, too. We had to be 7.8 to win it, so if we’d have drawn bad we wouldn’t have done it.”

The flag fell in 7.31 sec­onds on their fi­nal steer to give the duo the win.

Brown rode his sor­rel geld­ing Cow­boy, who he won the Cheyenne Fron­tier Days on in 2015 with VonAhn.

“Con­sid­er­ing I’ve been to the Windy Ryon a dozen times and never won it—it’s a big deal.” Brown said. “It just worked out that day. It was just my day to win. I had a re­ally good heeler.”

“I think it’s awe­some to win a big rop­ing—a fa­mous rop­ing.” Nogueira, who placed third at the Ryon in 2016 with Tur­tle Pow­ell, said. “I wanted to win it. Luke is one of the best head­ers. It’s an honor to win with him—I’m very blessed.”

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Luke Brown and Ju­nior Nogueira

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Ken­zie An­drus and Jessy Rems­burg

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