ABNEY AND KELLER BANK #9 CHISHOLM TRAIL CLAS­SIC WIN

Spin to Win Rodeo - - At The Barrier -

Ok­la­homa’s Bran­don Abney and Scott Keller took home the num­ber-one spot in the #9 at the USTRC’s Chisholm Trail Clas­sic in Enid, Okla. Their team took home a to­tal of $6,950 plus 6,000 in flex earn­ings after turn­ing in an ac­cu­mu­la­tive time of 41.32 sec­onds on four head.

“You can’t miss be­hind Bran­don Abney,” Keller ex­plained. “If you do, you know it’s your fault. He han­dles cat­tle too darn good.”

Abney rode his 14-year-old buck­skin geld­ing, Un­cle Buck, while Keller cleaned up on the heel side aboard his 7-year-old geld­ing, Pop­corn.

Keller, a 4 on both ends, trades grain for a liv­ing. He mar­ried into a roping fam­ily who taught him how to rope just seven

years ago. Along with his wife, Lindsay, and 2-year-old son, Trigg, Keller gives credit to his part­ner and header, Bran­don Abney.

“My wife’s fam­ily ba­si­cally taught me how to ride,” said Keller. “I started rid­ing eight years ago and do­ing ev­ery­thing with it, so they’ve had an in­stru­men­tal role in my suc­cess. My buddy, Bran­don Abney, he taught me a lot along the way, too. I just switched to the heel side about a yearand-a-half ago, and it’s been go­ing pretty good ever since then.”

Abney, who is a 5 header and a 4 heeler, works as a con­duc­tor at BNSF Rail­way, Inc. He grew up rodeo­ing with Keller’s wife and had a dad who put a rope in his hand ever since he could walk. Now Abney finds him­self lend­ing help to oth­ers.

“I mean, seven years ago I didn’t know who Scott Keller was,” Abney ex­plained. “He mar­ried one of the girls that I grew up rodeo­ing with. Her dad, Todd Domer, took Scott un­der his wing and def­i­nitely helped him rope more. I find it in­ter­est­ing to be able to help some­one else that wants to im­prove their own roping. With Scott be­ing a buddy, it def­i­nitely makes it worth watch­ing him im­prove, even if it’s not roping with me. It’s been good to see him progress over the years, es­pe­cially from go­ing to head­ing to heel­ing. He’s been heel­ing very well lately. Pretty proud of him.”

“The thing that’s good about Bran­don is he ropes re­ally well and he al­ways gives guys that haven’t been roping a long time, like my­self, a shot to rope with him,” Keller added.

“He al­ways gives guys that haven't been roping a long time, like my­self, a shot to rope with him."

– SCOTT KELLER

ABNEY RODE 14-YEAR-OLD UN­CLE BUCK WHILE KELLER HEELED ON 7-YEAR-OLD POP­CORN.

ABNEY (LEFT) AND KELLER (RIGHT) PICKED UP MARTIN TRO­PHY SADDLES AND $6,950 FOR THE WIN.

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