Mer­rill and Sal­gado Take #12 Heart­land

Spin to Win Rodeo - - At The Barrier -

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.”

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