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