LAS VEGAS — Clay Tryan had been preparing for this moment since the regular season ended on Sept. 30.
He was not going to let this opportunity slip through his hands again.
His entire 2013 came down to the final team roping throw of the National Finals Rodeo.
Tryan and partner Jade Corkill delivered a solid 5.8-second run to win their second world team roping titles.
Tryan, of Billings, won his first in 2005. Corkill was the world champion heeler in 2012.
“I didn’t think it would take this long to get this one,’’ joked Tryan, who was second in the world standings in 2011, 2010, 2007 and 2004. “I’ve been through this so many times before, I’m 34, I should get it by now.”
Tryan finished with $179,687 for 2013. He and Corkill each won $66,706 at the NFR.
The pair watched as three of the four teams chasing them took no times.
“Those guys were going for the world title,” said Tryan. “They had to win some money in the round to pressure us. I respect that.
“We watched those guys in front of us and the math was going through our heads. There were so many scenarios. We were talking in the box and made sure our match was right. And even then, we weren’t sure.”
Tryan was a picture of calm as he prepared for his final throw of the year.
“This is the first Finals I came in and kept it pretty even keel,” said Tryan, who was roping at his 12th NFR. “We knew it always comes down the final round and just had to stay the course.”
Tryan went five swings before his rope settled around the steers horns, “I’m not sure how many swings I took,” he said. “We knew we had to catch and be clean in the run and we would win it.
“Actually, there was no pressure. I realized my life wasn’t going to a change whole lot if I didn’t win.”
Tryan won the team roping heading world title by $8,434 over Luke Brown, of Stephenville, Texas.
Tryan and Corkill placed in five rounds during the NFR, sharing first with Cut Bank’s Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves in the seventh round. The new world champions also took no times in two of the final five rounds and were 9.8 and 5.8 on their last runs.
“So much happens here,’’ said Tryan. “It was a pretty weird week.
“It took a while to get this one. This means a lot to me.”
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Lisa Lockhart, of Oelrichs, S.D., won her second straight barrel racing round, and third overall this year, at the NFR.
The Circle native — a seven-time NFR qualifier — earned $102,163 at the NFR, which was second-most for the barrel racing. Lockhart finished a career-best third in the world standings with $184,200.
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Other world champions were: Kaycee Feild, bareback; Hunter Cure, steer wrestling; Chad Ferley, saddle bronc; Shane Hanchey, tie-down roping; Sherry Cervi, barrel racing; J.W. Harris, bull riding.
It was Feild’s third consecutive world bareback title and fourth overall for Cervi and Harris. Ferley won his second world title. His first was in 2006. Cervi was also the top money winner at the NFR with $155,899.
Both Hanchey and Cervi set NFR average records in their events.
J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. — Round 10: (tie) 6, 81.5 $1,502. Average: 3, 801.5/10, $30,649. NFR money won: $59,194. World standing: 7, $143,924.
Jessy Davis, Power — Round 10: 75. NFR average: 8, 768.5/10. NFR money won: $37,259. World standing: 11, $112,256.
Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo. — Round 10: 6.8. NFR average: 13, 39.8/8. NFR money won: $14,122. World standing: 13, $88,192.
Clay Tryan, Billings (with Jade Corkill) — Round 10: 5.8. NFR average: 6, 40.9/7, $11,718, NFR money won: $66,706. World standing: 1, $179,687.
Dustin Bird, Cut Bank (with Paul Eaves) — Round 10: 9.1. NFR average: 13, 52.9/6. World standing: 13, $102,004.
Chet Johnson, Sheridan, Wyo. — Round 10: (tie) 5, 81.5, $2,604. NFR average: 11, 461.5/6. NFR money won: $11,1117. World standing: 14, $71,687.
Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. — Round 10: 1, 13,88, $18,629. NFR average: 3, 143.71/10. NFR money won: $102,163. World standing: 3, $184,200.
Parker Breding, Edgar — Round 10: No score. NFR average: 8, 312.5/4, $4,507. NFR money won: $31,951. World standing: 10, $114,189.
Tyler Willis, Wheatland, Wyo. — Round 10: No score. NFR average: 14, 150.5/2. NFR money won: $7,812. World standing: 14, $83,097.