Fuller Family Wins Inaugural No. 12 High Desert Showdown
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.