Run­yan and Tay­lor Nab USTRC’s Chisholm Trail Clas­sic #10 Win

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Ok­la­homans Casey Run­yan and Bran­don Tay­lor took a week­end off from chas­ing their kids around to ju­nior rodeos to take home the USTRC’s Chisholm Trail Clas­sic #10 by roping four steers in 38.55 sec­onds to win $4,810 and 6,000 in flex earn­ings.

“I think of how hard I have to work to make that much money, so I try not to mess up,” Run­yan, who runs 3C Cat­tle Co. and man­u­fac­tures 3C Cat­tle Feed­ers, said. “If you’re not ner­vous, you’re do­ing some­thing wrong.”

Run­yan has 12-year-old twin daugh­ters and a 16-year-old son, while Tay­lor has an 8-year-old daugh­ter, and both rop­ers have busy full-time ca­reers—so need­less to say they fit roping into a very, very tight sched­ule.

“I work most of the time,” Tay­lor,

who is a man­ager within a pipe­line safety group, said. “I try to prac­tice a cou­ple times a week if I can. One of my bud­dies has an in­door build­ing we rope at so he has ev­ery­thing ready to go when we get home. I just travel over there to rope real quick. I wouldn’t be able to do it if it weren’t for that.”

Tay­lor com­mutes an hour and 45 min­utes both ways to Ok­la­homa City for work most days, while Run­yan keeps plenty busy at his ranch.

“I don’t have time to go to a lot of rop­ings,” Run­yan, who rode a home-raised, King-Ranch bred geld­ing he calls Slick, added. “I haven’t been to the US Fi­nals since 1998, but I’m go­ing this year. Even if I don’t rope, I’ll let my boy rope.”

Tay­lor rode a 6-year-old mare that his wife bought for $100 at a sale as a colt, which his daugh­ter named “Ze­bra” early on.

“I begged her to tell them they could keep the money be­cause we just didn’t need any more horses,” Tay­lor laughed. “After I started rid­ing her, I had to eat a lit­tle crow. They put one of those ze­bra body suits on her for Christ­mas–they thought they were hi­lar­i­ous.”

RUN­YAN AND TAY­LOR

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