Merrill and Salgado Take #12 Heartland
Tyler Merrill and Gabriel Salgado roped four steers in 31.94 seconds to win $17,525 a man at the #12 Heartland Finale in Graham, Texas, June 10.
Merrill and Salgado had wanted to rope together for a while, but just didn’t have the opportunity, Merrill said. They both had other partners before this Heartland, but just by chance each man lost his partner right before so they could rope together. It didn’t take long for everything to click, as they roped smooth all day to be high team back.
“I was just patient, watched how everything unfolded, stayed calm and concentrated,” Merrill said. “I backed into the box, didn’t know what I had to be, but was just in the zone. I turned him off and I knew Gabriel was going to go in there and catch him, and he did.”
“I back into the box, didn't know what I had to be, but the zone.”