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Sons thrilled as Jake Hannum wins Sisters Rodeo

SISTERS, Ore. – Jake Hannum won the tie-down roping at the Sisters Rodeo June 12, but he didn’t have the honor of picking up the prestigious buckle. That task fell to his two oldest sons, Krew and Nash. 

Krew, who’ll turn 8 Aug. 27, and Nash, who’ll be 5 Sept. 6, were thrilled to run that errand for their dad. 

“They were excited to do that,” said Hannum, 36. “They were pumped. They were smiling and giving each other high-fives.” 

Jake was also excited to get the win. He was second in the first round when he posted a time of 8.9 seconds in Thursday’s slack. He was up again Sunday and had a time of 9.6 seconds – good enough to move ahead of Tyson Durfey by two-tenths of a second and win the two-head average with a time of 18.5 seconds.

“It’s been a while since I won a buckle,” he said. “Any win is a big one, and it helps the confidence. I didn’t go much this winter, but I’m looking forward to the summer.” 

He’s won more than $700,000 in a steady career that’s produced one Wrangler National Finals Rodeo appearance – when he finished seventh in the world standings in 2007. 

He’d like to get another shot at rodeo’s Super Bowl in Las Vegas, but said 2016 might be his last chance.

“I’m going to go quite a bit this year; my goal is to make the NFR,” Hannum said. “I’m not retiring after this year, but it could be the last year I try to make the National Finals. My boys are getting older and I need to start living their lives instead of living my life.” 

His sons are interested in horses and roping, but they also play soccer, baseball and basketball.

Hannum said he came “pretty close” to qualifying for the Wrangler NFR in 2009 and 2011-13. His parents – ProRodeo Hall of Famer Jack and Lynn Hannum – passed away a day apart Sept. 15-16, 2014. Jake and one of his sisters were the executors of their parents’ estate. He didn’t rodeo a lot in 2015 while earning $17,262 – far less than any other year in his 16-year career. 

“There was a lot of stuff to be taken care of,” Hannum said. “Mom and Dad had quite a bit of property.” 

Jake and his wife, Ashlee – who have a third son, Jax, who’ll be 2 in September – bought the 5-acre property bordering their home, which doubled their lot size. They also own a feed lot, where Jake fattens the 70 head of cattle he owns before potentially selling them. 

“I train a few horses, and sell them,” he said. 

He bought Emmett, 13, the horse he won Sisters on, three years ago and trained him. 

Tie-down roper Matt Shiozawa tied the Sisters Rodeo Grounds arena record with a time of 7.8 seconds during his run in the June 11 second round. 

Saddle bronc rider Chuck Schmidt also tied the arena record Saturday with his ride of 88 points on Big Bend Rodeo’s Broken Spring. 

Other winners at the $145,976 rodeo were all-around cowboy Jared J. Parke ($1,745 in tie-down roping and team roping), bareback rider Buck Lunak (79.5 points on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Big Foot), steer wrestler Trevor Knowles (9.8 seconds on two head), team ropers Spencer Mitchell and Justin Van Davis (12.4 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Schmidt, barrel racer Amber Leigh Moore (17.43 seconds) and bull rider Derek Kolbaba (85.5 points on Flying Diamond Rodeo’s Crowns Legend).

The million-dollar cowboy club saw two new members enter its ranks this weekend. World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Jacobs Crawley and six-time WNFR bareback rider Jessy Davis both crossed the $1 million mark. Crawley earned two checks in Texas – in Gladewater and Weatherford – and also placed at the WCC event in Kissimmee. His total of $4,417 was enough to clear $1 million by $308. Davis needed just $252 entering the weekend, and earned four checks that totaled $4,934. He had top-three finishes in Sisters, Ore., Delta, Utah, and Livermore, Calif. Crawley and Davis are the 136th and 137th cowboys to reach the mark.

Among the 13 cowboys who won two rodeos over the long weekend, it’s hard not to single out tie-down roper Blane Cox for the quality of his work. The Cameron, Texas, cowboy had both his wins in his home state, tying Cimarron Boardman for the title in Weatherford, Texas, with a 7.6-second run and then winning outright in Crosby, completing that run in 7.9 seconds. He sits 20th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings.

Rocky Patterson recorded the fastest steer roping run of the 2016 season over the weekend when he clocked 8.8-seconds in the third round in Weatherford. Patterson went on to win the rodeo with an average time of 32.6 seconds on three head. The previous fast time of 2016 was Lawson Plemons’ 8.9 in Hugo, Okla., June 4.


         

Read more about the Sisters Rodeo in the July 1 ProRodeo Sports News.

 
 
 
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