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From sixth call, Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison took a 1.7-second lead in the short round of the Cheyenne Frontier Days, turning in a fast time of 7.9 seconds to win the final round, worth $1,813 each, and give them a total of 26.4 seconds on three head, worth $8,939 a man along with trophy saddles and buckles.
“I knew the steer was going to come left but I had no clue he was going to be that good,” Masters said. “I kind of decided that I was going to have to throw on the way in but when he was that slow I just tried to not mess him up. For some reason I think I missed my slack or something, but I don’t know that I got a good dally, so I was kind of worried about that and then when I turned around he had already heeled him.”
“We had a steer that Chris Francis and Cade Passig had on their first steer,” Harrison said. “I had no idea that he was that good. I tried to go right with Chad just to make sure I didn’t shove her right to the fence. That head horse catches up so fast and he set me up really good.”
This year the arena turned to slop. But fortunate for Masters and Harrison, they roped their first two earlier in the week before the arena turned to a muddy mess, roping their first in 8.9 seconds and their second in 9.9.
“Both of our first steers were good,” Masters said. “I was just trying to not mess them up. It felt like I took too long but in the long run you draw one good one like that it sure helps the whole average.”
“That was the first time that I’ve ever caught a steer clean at this rodeo. I’ve been here two other times, so I was just pumped about making the short round and then having a chance to win the rodeo.”
Masters was on board the 2017 AQHA Head Horse of the Year, Clint. Harrison was on a mare he calls Lula.
“This is the third year that I’ve rode Clint here,” Masters said. “This is kind of a better setup for him. He runs but he also rates good so you’re not worried about checking him up. He stood in the box better. Most of the time he stays in the box but he jumps around.
“She’s an 8-year-old mare by Dual Spark out of a Smart Little Lena mare,” Harrison said. “She’s a half-brother to the brown that I rode last year that TG (Travis Graves) is riding.”