BUCKLE UP

Joseph Har­ri­son’s St. Paul Rodeo buckle

Spin to Win Rodeo - - Departments - with Joseph Har­ri­son as told to Kaitlin Gus­tave

When Joseph Har­ri­son told his boss—leg­endary AQHA trainer Bobby Lewis—that he wanted to take a chance in 2017 to make the Wran­gler Na­tional Fi­nals Rodeo, Lewis had one piece of ad­vice.

“My boss wanted me to do it,” Har­ri­son said. “He wanted me to know, when I’m old and grey, that I did it. He didn’t want me sit­ting around wish­ing I had.”

Har­ri­son, who’d pre­vi­ously qual­i­fied for the Prairie Circuit Fi­nals with Mike Ba­con, was am­a­teur rodeo­ing and jack­pot­ting with a tal­ented hand named Jackie Craw­ford—who hap­pens to be mar­ried to eight-time WNFR header Charly Craw­ford.

“Jackie and I had talked at the am­a­teur fi­nals about me roping with Charly,” Har­ri­son said. “She said she thought we oughta go. A week later, he called me and asked me what I was go­ing to do, and I told him I’d just do that if it were all right with him.”

Craw­ford and Har­ri­son have been con­sis­tent all sea­son, with a big win at the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo. They roped two head in a time of 9.8 sec­onds, pock­et­ing $4,999 each, in­clud­ing their arena-record-break­ing run of 4.1-sec­onds to take first in the first round and an ad­di­tional $3,333 each.

“That rodeo was great,” Har­ri­son said. “Our first steer was awesome. Charly did a great job. He doesn’t get enough credit—I call him a ‘heeler helper’ be­cause of his han­dles.”

Har­ri­son rode his brown geld­ing Dual Chip, an 8-year-old by Dual Spark, who he’s been aboard most of the year.

Be­fore the St. Paul buckle came around, Har­ri­son wore his Ben­ning­ton (Kan.) PRCA Rodeo buckle that he won heel­ing for 23-time All-Around World Champ Trevor Brazile.

Could there be a buckle that would ever re­place this pres­ti­gious win?

“It would have to be pretty cool. Break­ing the arena record at St. Paul the first time I ever got to go to it— that’s pretty awesome. So, un­less it means more than that, I’ll prob­a­bly just keep wear­ing it.”

BREAK­ING THE ARENA RECORD AT ST. PAUL THE FIRST TIME I EVER GOT TO GO TO ,7²7+$7·6 PRETTY AWESOME.

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