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Timed Event Championship begins Friday at Lazy E Arena

Clay Smith of Broken Bow competes in the 2017 Cinch Timed Event Championship at the Lazy E Arena. Smith is one of the 20 cowboys in this year's field. The event begins Friday at Lazy E Arena in Guthrie. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Clay Smith of Broken Bow competes in the 2017 Cinch Timed Event Championship at the Lazy E Arena. Smith is one of the 20 cowboys in this year's field. The event begins Friday at Lazy E Arena in Guthrie. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

The 36th Timed Event Championship begins Friday at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie.

Twenty cowboys will be competing for the title of "Ironman of ProRodeo" in the five timed events of rodeo: heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer roping and steer wrestling.

It one of rodeo's most unique competitions as the cowboy who ropes and wrestles 25 head of cattle over three days in the fastest overall time will win the top prize of $100,000.

“It would be awesome to win that title,” said Arizona cowboy Erich Rogers, who finished third in last year's event. "It's the funnest event of the year besides the NFR (National Finals Rodeo). You have 20 of the best guys that compete in five different events, and some of them are outstanding in their own events and have to make up time in other events."

In addition to Rogers, this year's field includes five-time champion K.C. Jones of Burlington, Wyoming; two-time champions Paul David Tierney of Oklahoma City and Kyle Lockett of Visalia, California; 2017 champ Jess Tierney of Hermosa, South Dakota and 2018 winner Jordan Ketscher of Squaw Valley, California.

Other Oklahoma cowboys competing are Clay Smith of Broken Bow, Cody Doescher of Webbers Falls, Trell Etbauer of Goodwell, and Thomas Smith of Barnsdall.

Performances will be held at noon and 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The Jr. Ironman championship begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. It features 10 cowboys ages 15 to 20 competing for a 10,000 prize.

On its website, the Lazy E Arena posted that cleaning and disinfectant efforts were enhanced in preparation for the event because of the coronavirus. Anti-bacterial soap and alcohol-based sanitizers also will be placed throughout the facility, the website states.

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›

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