Fuller Fam­ily Wins In­au­gu­ral No. 12 High Desert Show­down

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North­west log­ger Tim Fuller, 66, joined forces with his 27-yearold car­pen­ter nephew, Casey Fuller, to take the first-ever No. 12 High Desert Show­down June 21 in Reno. The tal­ented twofer took $50,400 back to Lewis­ton, Idaho, and Clark­ston, Wash., re­spec­tively, af­ter rop­ing four steers in 32.05 sec­onds.

“I read an ar­ti­cle by Clay O’Brien Cooper one time where he said, ‘This is not re­ally im­por­tant in the scheme of life,’” said Tim, a No. 5 Elite header, of Champ’s sage short-round mind­set ad­vice. “It’s just an­other prac­tice run.”

“I’ve learned that 90 per­cent of the time, your first shot is go­ing to be your best shot,” added Casey, a No. 7 heeler, who’s also a nephew to NFR steer wrestler Dar­rel Sewell and NFR sad­dle bronc rider Butch Knowles. “You’re usu­ally mak­ing a mis­take by not tak­ing it.”

Casey’s cousin and Na­tional In­ter­col­le­giate Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion All-Around Cow­girl Macy Fuller placed 10th in the rop­ing with Neil Karl­son. It’s also worth a fam­ily-first rop­ing note that three-time Champ of the World Jade Corkill’s mom, Mitzi, dad, Bruce, and sis­ter, Bai­ley, all made the High Desert Show­down short round. Bai­ley and Bruce fin­ished fifth in the av­er­age, and Mitzi placed sixth head­ing for Tad Wil­liams.

Eleven-time NFR header Dick Yates, who’s 80 now and placed in both the Reno Mil­lion and the High Desert Show­down for $18,250 on the week, rode the top head horse of the rop­ing, Max’s Bar Five, 20. Dick’s part­ner in fourth place at the High Desert Show­down, J.T. Schalla, rode a Yates horse to the top heel-horse hon­ors, too. In the Nick of Shine is owned by Dick’s son, 21-time Na­tional Fi­nals roper J.D. Yates.

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