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Blane Cox claims Woodward Elks Rodeo

by Matt Naber | Jun 09, 2019

PRCA Media Coordinator

WOODWARD, Okla. – Two years in a row on the bubble has tie-down roper Blane Cox more motivated to make the jump into the Top 15 for his second qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The Texas cowboy kicked off his summer run with a double payday for a much-needed confidence boost on June 8.

The 25-year-old’s time of 17.8 seconds on two head won the Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo for $4,205. He also placed second at the Gladewater (Texas) Round-Up with an 8.9-second run for $1,558 on Saturday, notching a weekend total of $5,763. 

“It means a lot because I’m leaving next week to rodeo for the summer and I needed a confidence boost,” Cox said. “Things are turning around, and the good Lord is starting to bless us with good calves.”  

If the rest of the season continues like the weekend did, Cox won’t be making a three-peat of ending a season in 16th place. 

“I missed it by about $500 last year and then $5,000 the year before that,” Cox said. “I came home and regrouped and sold my horse that I’d had the last few summers.”

The weather wasn’t kind to Cox when he arrived in Woodward at about 2 a.m. the night before Round 1. A heavy rainfall postponed putting up his horse’s pen, leaving the cowboy and his horse worn out before the rodeo started. Fortunately, he borrowed a horse from a friend for Round 1 while his new horse, Hemi, rested.

“It was really muddy, and I made an OK run on her (the borrowed horse), but I could have done better on my part,” Cox said. “For the second round, the conditions were great, so I knew it was do or die.”

A “phenomenal calf” combined with Hemi’s speed to help Cox clock in at 7.8 seconds in Round 2 to win the average. It also gave him the confidence boost he needed to kick off his summer run. 

“It means the world,” Cox said. “It’s a big win. I’ve had a rough winter. I just bought Hemi in January, and he’s literally the easiest one I’ve ever owned, but we had heck this winter and nothing has gone our way.” 

Before Saturday, Cox was out of the top 50 in the PRCA | RAM World Standings, but his 2019 season hasn’t been without some wins. He won the Henderson County Go Texan Rodeo in Athens, Texas, April 27, and the Helotes (Texas) Festival Association Rodeo, May 4. 

Now, Cox is shooting for his second qualification to the Wrangler NFR since 2016, and he is working toward the Canadian National Finals Rodeo alongside his travel partner Shane Hanchey
Other winners at the $135,620 rodeo were all-around cowboy Ross McGuire ($1,682, tie-down roping and steer wrestling); bareback rider Jake Brown (89 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Black Kat); steer wrestler J.D. Struxness (10.2 seconds on two head); team ropers Tate Kirchenschlager/Buddy Hawkins II (5.7 seconds); saddle bronc riders Jade Blackwell (82 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Red Wings) and Colt Gordon (82 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Nutrena's Red Man); barrel racer Skyla Whitters (17.12 seconds); steer roper Chet Herren (42.8 seconds on three head); and bull rider Trey Kimzey (87.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's Day Money).

To read more about the Woodward Elks Rodeo, check out the June 14 edition of ProRodeo Sports News.

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