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Swor claims Rapid City title, WCC record

Cade Swor Rapid City Champions ChallengeRAPID CITY, S.D. – Given the opportunity, Cade Swor seized the moment Feb. 4.

The Hico, Texas cowboy won the tie-down roping title with a record time of 7.3 seconds at the Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

“Winning $5,440 is a good hit,” the 31-year-old Swor said. “It’s exciting to win this early in the season and I came up here with the intention of winning. It’s also neat to set a record.”

Swor, who finished 17th in the 2013 world standings, qualified for Tuesday’s Wrangler Champions Challenge by winning the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo here a year ago. This was Swor’s first appearance in a Wrangler Champions Challenge.

“The best part about this event is there are only 10 guys and you only have to beat nine,” Swor said. “So, this rodeo is a really good odds rodeo because you also just have to beat five guys to get a check.”

Swor was quick to credit his 11-year-old horse Floyd Money for his victory. The horse is owned by Eddie Archalian of Clovis, Calif.

“I made an effort to drive my own horse up here just so I could give myself the best opportunity to win,” said Swor, who has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times, most recently in 2006. “I really appreciate everything Eddie’s done for me and appreciate the fact that he has let me ride his horse.

“I was the third roper (Tuesday night) and there wasn’t any pressure on me. I try to make the same run all the time no matter where I’m at or who I’m roping against. I ran the best calf (Tuesday night), but my horse was just awesome. He is hands down the best horse I’ve ever owned and if I can’t ride him I will not go to a rodeo.”

Swor has high expectations for the remainder of 2014.

“I do plan on being at the National Finals,” Swor said. “Like everybody else in my event I want a gold buckle.”

This was the first Wrangler Champions Challenge rodeo – since the inception of the Challenge last year – where teams were pitted against each other. There were 10 teams competing against each other Tuesday with 10 members on each team.

Cade Swor Rapid City Champions ChallengePRCA Team 7 made history by winning the team crown with $29,920. Steven Peebles paced PRCA Team 7 by winning the bareback competition with a Wrangler Champions Challenge record score of 88 points. The team event champion was determined on the basis of total money won.

Steer wrestler Trevor Knowles (3.9 seconds), team roping co-champions Colby Lovell/Kory Koontz and Trevor Brazile/Travis Graves (4.6 seconds) and saddle bronc rider Cody Wright (88 points) also established new Wrangler Champions Challenge records Tuesday night.

The other champions at the $108,000 event were barrel racer Andrea Cline (12.41 seconds) and bull riders Cody Teel and Sage Steele Kimzey (83 points each).

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