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Erickson keeps victory parade rolling

by Tracy Renck | May 07, 2017

GUYMON, Okla. – It didn't take much more than a moment for steer wrestler Ty Erickson to create another winning moment.

The Montana cowboy, who is having a phenomenal season, added the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo to his 2017 victory list. 

Erickson, claimed his latest title with a 13.0-second time on three head to win the average. 

"Man, anytime you can win a ProRodeo it means a lot," said Erickson who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 245 pounds. "It doesn't matter whether it's Helena (Mont.), Guymon (Okla.) or San Antonio, anytime you can win a rodeo against the caliber of guys who are going, it always feels really special." 

For Erickson’s latest victory, he earned $4,779 – $2,638 for the average.

Erickson came into this week leading the May 1 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $95,501. 

"In steer wrestling, horsepower means so much," he said. "If you're riding a good horse it gives you a chance to win every time, and makes your job that much easier."

Erickson acknowledged this present regular season has been hard for him to fathom.

"This year has been unbelievable," Erickson said. "It seems like every rodeo I've gone to, I've had chances to win. I have drawn a lot of good steers, but I also think a lot of it is that I've been able to ride good horses and travel with a good crew. We (Tyler Waguespack and Clayton Hass, his traveling partners) feed off each other. If one man is not doing so well that week the other two are right there encouraging him to do good.I think that is what is pretty special about our rig." 

During his Guymon victory, Erickson had horsepower provided by Outlaw, a horse owned by his traveling partner and reigning world champion Waguespack. 

A year ago, Erickson arrived at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER as the season leader, but left Las Vegas in seventh place in the final world standings. 

"It's a long season and we are just going to keep going to the rodeos we go to, and try and win as much money as we can," Erickson said. "I didn't do so hot at the Finals last year and I pretty much learned that rodeo is pretty humbling and you just have to worry about one steer at a time and not worry about the last one."

Other winners at the $253,433 were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($7,199 tie-down roping, team roping, and steer roping), bareback rider Clayton Biglow ( 86.5 points on Pickett Rodeo's Bar Code), team ropers Charly Crawford/Joseph Harrison and Brooks Dahozy/Tommy Zuniga (23.6 seconds on three head each), saddle bronc riders Heith DeMoss (87 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo's Total Equines Angel Fire), and Rusty Wright (87 points on Powder River Rodeo’s Look Again), tie down roper Brazile (23.1 seconds on three head), barrel racer Tracy Nowlin (35.0 seconds on two runs), steer roper Brian Garr (41.0 seconds on three head) and bull riders Trevor Reiste (84 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo's Bandit) and Roscoe Jarboe (84 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Apollo's Gold).

For more coverage of the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo, check out the May 26 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.

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