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DODGE CITY, Kan. ‚Äď About a dozen years ago, Ty Lang decided to try his hand at steer wrestling while attending Dodge City Community College.
‚ÄúI came to school as a calf roper and a team roper,‚ÄĚ said Lang of Montrose, Colo. ‚ÄúA handful of us wanted to start bulldogging.‚ÄĚ
The wheels were in motion. On Wednesday night during the first performance of the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo, Lang splashed through Roundup Arena and threw his steer in the deep mud in 3.9 seconds to take the early lead in the second round ‚Äď he suffered a penalty and a 14.4-second run during the first round in the morning and sits well off the pace in the two-run aggregate.
Still, he is in solid position to cash a nice paycheck in the home of his alma mater.
‚ÄúA couple of great guys, Mike Greenleaf and Leonard Hampton, helped me along the way to get started in bulldogging,‚ÄĚ said Lang, who competes at about 70 rodeos per season. ‚ÄúThis was a great place for me to start going to school.
‚ÄúMike got us a set of steers, and we started bulldogging.‚ÄĚ
This marks just the second time Lang has competed at Roundup Rodeo, but he found it to his liking despite the muddy conditions. Rain fell for almost 12 hours through the morning and into the afternoon. The first round in the timed events took place amidst pouring rain at times, and the arena mud was several inches deep across.
That makes it tough on the competitors and the animals.
‚ÄúThis is one of the best rodeos in the country, so it‚Äôs hard to miss,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThat 3.9 makes it a lot more fun than a no-time. It‚Äôs something everybody has to fight. It‚Äôs a disadvantage, of course, but everybody has the same disadvantage.
‚ÄúThese horses know what they‚Äôre doing. When you back in the corner (of the timed-event chute) it doesn‚Äôt matter if it‚Äôs snowing or 110 degrees or a mud hole out there; you just back in the corner and go do your job.‚ÄĚ
Lang‚Äôs goals this year are simple: He wants to make enough money to move up in the world standings so that he is eligible to compete at big winter rodeos, which have limits on the number of contestants; only the top contestants get a shot to compete at those big-money events.
‚ÄúI want to get qualified for the big rodeos next winter so I have a shot to make it to the NFR next year,‚ÄĚ he said.
That‚Äôs the dream of every ProRodeo contestant, and it‚Äôs one that Lang has been chasing since the early 2000s in Dodge City.
‚ÄúThe first time you jump a steer, it‚Äôs a total addiction,‚ÄĚ Lang said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs the most addictive crack there is.‚ÄĚ
Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Dodge City, Kan.
July 30-Aug. 3
Bareback riding: 1. Casey Colletti, on Harry Vold Rodeo‚Äôs Painted Coast, and Casey Breuer, on Vold‚Äôs Hot Valley, 85 points; 3. Orin Larsen, 81; 4, Tilden Hooper, 78; 5. Winn Ratliff, 77; 6. (tie) Chris Harris, Seth Hardwick and Justin McDaniel, 74.
Steer wrestling: First round leaders:1. Bray Armes, 4.0 seconds; 2. Brandon Volker, 4.4; 3. Casey Martin, 4.5; 4. Tait Kvistad, 5.9; 5. Kyle Whitaker, 6.7; 6. Nick Guy, 6.9. Second round leaders: 1. Ty Lang, 3.9 seconds; 2. Levi Rudd, 4.5; 3. Bray Armes, 5.0; 4. Kait Kvistad, 5.2; 5. (tie) Ty Talsma and Logan Rudd, 5.3; 7. (tie) Brock White and Casey Martin, 5.6. Average leaders: 1. Bray Armes, 9.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Casey Martin, 10.1; 3. Kait Kvistad, 11.1; 4. Brock White, 13.1; 5. Brandon Volker, 15.5; 6. Ty Lank, 18.2; 7. Levi Rudd,18.7; 8. Logan Rudd, 19.7.
Team roping: First round leaders:1. Landon McClaugherty/Caleb Twisselman, 5.6 seconds; 2. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 5.7; 3. Robert Pixley/Joe Mattern, 5.9; 4. Tom Richards/Monty Joe Petska, 6.1; 5. Quisto Lopez/Travis Hobbs, 7.2; 6. Bobby Boyd DVM/Byron Wilkerson, 7.7; no other qualified times. Second round leaders: 1. Miles Baker/Dustin Searcy, 6.0 seconds; 2. Landon McClaugherty/Caleb Twissselman, 7.2; no other qualified times. Average leaders: 1. Miles Baker/Dustin Searcy, 17.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Landon McClaugherty/Caleb Twisselman, 22.8; 3. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 5.7 seconds on one run; 4. Robert Pixley, 5.9; 5. Tom Richards/Monty Joe Petska, 6.1; 6. Quisto Lopez/Travis Hobbs, 7.2; 7. Bobby Boyd/Byron Wilkerson, 7.7; 8. Brent Reichmuth/Allan Hughes, 25.2.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cody Wright, 85 points on Harry Vold Rodeo‚Äôs Kate‚Äôs Hot Sister; 2. (tie) Taos Muncy and Isaac Diaz, 82; 4. Brady Nicholes, 78; 5. Cody Taton, 76; 6. Hardy Braden, 72; 7. Joaquin Real, 71; 8. Spencer Wright, 70.
Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Cody Ohl, 12.0 seconds; 2. Adam Gray, 15.7; 3. Sean O’Neil, 16.6; 4. Chris Neal, 18.1; 5. Marcos Costa, 23.3; 6. Tanner Stec, 23.4. Second round leaders: 1. Marcos Costa, 10.2 seconds; 2. Cody Ohl, 11.0; 3. Adam Gray, 12.0; 4. Sean O‚ÄôNeil, 13.8; 5. Clete Scheer, 17.9; no other qualified times. Average leaders: 1. Cody Ohl, 23.0 seconds on two runs; Adam Gray, 27.7; 3. Sean O‚ÄôNeil, 30.4; 4. Marcos Costa, 33.5; 5. Clete Sheer, 17.9 seconds on one run; 6. Tanner Stec, 23.4.
Barrel racing: First round leaders: 1. Shada Brazile, 17.87 seconds; 2. Jessi Fish, 17.96; 3. Sarah Rose McDonald, 18.19; 4. Jane Melby, 18.37; 5. Jaime Barrow, 18.42; 6. Korrina Lynn Hughes, 18.51. Second round leaders: 1. Jane Melby, 18.43 seconds; 2. Jessi Fish, 18.52; 3. Shelbie Parrish, 18.56; 4. Sara Rose McDonald, 18.61; 5. Katie Loughran, 18.71; 6. Korinna Lynn Hughes, 19.21; 7. Hannah Ragsdale, 19.33 seconds; 8. Hali Scott, 19.79; 9. Kaela Haddon, 19.88; 10. Jaime Barrow, 23.23; no other qualified runs. . Average leaders: 1. Jessi Fish, 36.48 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Sarah Rose McDonald and Jane Melby, 36.80; 4. Katie Loughran, 37.38; 5. Korrina Lynn Hughes, 37.72; 6. Shelbie Parrish, 37.75; 7. Hali Scott, 38.69; 8. Kaela Haddon, 38.96; 9. Hannah Ragsdale, 40.23; 10. Jaime Barrow, 41.65.
Bull riding: 1. Tyler Smith, 84 points on Frontier Rodeo‚Äôs Elise Said What; 2. J.W. Harris, 83; 3. Dillon Tyler, 75; 4. Tag Elliott, 74; 5. Elijah Mora, 64; 6. Casey Huckabee, 53; no other qualified rides.