Spicer Gripp Memorial champs, World Series and USTRC results and more
By Kaitlin Gustave
Texan Lane Ivy and Kansan Buddy Hawkins II won the Spicer Gripp Memorial Whiteface Ford Open Team Roping with a total time of 46.13 seconds on six head to take home $45,400 in prize money after coming into the short round in the number-three spot behind Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith and average leaders Bubba Buckaloo and Trey Yates. The top two teams legged in the short round, leaving Ivy and Hawkins II to secure the number-one spot.
“A couple of teams got a leg, which allowed us to do good,” said Ivy. “We just did our job and it turned out good.”
Ivy and Hawkins II needed to be 8.91 seconds on their short-round steer to move to the top of the leader board. The hot duo turned in a time of 8.07 seconds.
“We executed our game plan is what I would call that,” Ivy said. “I’m not disappointed with anything that I did today.”
“There were a couple steers in there that were a little more challenging,” Hawkins II added. “I missed the start on one, which heeling it doesn’t seem like it matters much, but the steer kind of peeled right and
Lane did a great job getting it on him. Overall, I can’t say we roped perfect. We’re trying to get better every day. I’ve about always cut my hands off in round four or five to be high-man back. Our horses are so tired. Sometimes the steers are big and it’s hard on our horses to run six of them out here.”
Ivy rode a 15-year-old bay gelding named Cuervo that he got from Chad Masters, while Hawkins II rode a 13-yearold sorrel mare he calls Daisy, who also won the American Quarter Horse Association top heel horse at the Gripp.
IVY RODE 15-YEAR-OLD CUERVO TO THE SPICER GRIPP OPEN TITLE, WHILE HAWKINS COUNTED ON HIS 13-YEAR-OLD MARE, DAISY.