WALLA WALLA - Texas cowboys scooped up most of the tie-down roping money during the first go-around of the Frontier Days Rodeo during a gray Tuesday morning at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.
But one of the boys from the Lone Star State had to share the event's top prize as Matt Shiozawa of Chubbuck, Idaho, won a share of the round.
Shiozawa, who entered the week as the 21st-ranked calf roper in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association standings with earnings of $50,936, added to his bank account by roping and tying his calf in 8.1 seconds. His share of first-place money amounted to $1,481.12.
Giovanni Davis of College Station, Texas, equaled Shiozawa's time and first-go earnings. It was a welcome payday for Davis, who isn't ranked among the PRCA's top 50 calf ropers.
Joseph Parsons of Marana, Ariz., claimed third money - $1,061.94 - with a time of 8.8, just two tenths of a second faster than Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, who came into the rodeo as the PRCA's top-ranked calf roper and also the world leader in the all-around standings. Brazile left the arena with a $782.48 fourth-place check that won't make much of an impact on his total earnings of $209,052.
Landon McClaugherty of Tilden, Texas, and Stran Smith of Childress, Texas, finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in a field of 67 tie-down ropers who entered Frontier Days.
The first round of the other two timed events - steer wrestling and team roping - were also completed during Tuesday's slack.
Nick Guy of Sparta, Wis., was the best of 65 bulldoggers with a quick time of four seconds flat and pocketed $1,584.12 for his effort. Guy was ranked 10th in the steer wrestling standings at the beginning of the week with $51,545 in the bank.
Todd Suhn of Hermosa, S.D., ranked sixth in the world, finished second and earned $1,311. And Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, Calif., the PRCA's No. 1 steer wrestler, finished fifth and added a modest $491.62 to his total earnings of $78,181.
The biggest checks were cut in the team roping, and Colby Siddoway of Hooper, Utah, and Justin Davis of Cottonwood, Calif., were the biggest winners.
Siddoway, the 15th-ranked header, and Davis, the 29th-ranked heeler, caught both ends of their steer in a time of 4.5 seconds to win the round and claimed $1,859.62 each.
The Monument, N.M., duo of Jake and Jim Ross Cooper, representing one of professional rodeo's best-known families, tied for second place with Clay Tryan of Billings, Mont., and Travis Graves of Jay, Okla., each team clocking in at 5.1 seconds and each cowboy collecting $1,378.68.
Tryan came into the rodeo ranked third among team roping headers with earnings of $75,281. Graves ranked third among headers with $75,326 in his bankroll.
Otherwise, even though all 10 of the PRCA's top heelers and nine of the top 10 headers were among the 63 teams entered, this year's most successful team ropers were shut out of the money during the first round.
It was likewise an unprofitable day for local cowboys entered in the rodeo. The closest winner was Ryan Grenell of Kennewick, who cashed a $273.12 check for bulldoggin his steer in 4.6 seconds and finishing sixth in the go-round, the final payout.
The second round began in all three timed events Tuesday morning and will conclude during the Frontier Days' nightly performances that begin Friday and continue Saturday and Sunday. Action begins at 7 p.m. all three nights and will include rodeo's three rough stock events - saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding and bull riding - as well as women's barrel racing
Wade Sundell of Boxholm, Iowa, who has pocketed $88,157 to lead all saddle bronc riders in 2010, is up during Saturday night's show on a Growney Brothers bronc called Pine Ridge.
Shawn Hogg of Odessa, Texas, the No. bull rider, and Ryan Gray of Cheney, Wash., who tops the bareback bronc standings, will both be coming out of the chutes on Sunday. Hogg will try to add to his season earnings of $106,145 aboard a bull by the name of Little Juicy; Gray, who has won $122,388, has drawn a bareback called Cry Baby.
Touchet bareback rider Nick Baumann, the only area rough stock rider who is entered at Frontier Days, will get his ride Friday and has drawn Time Machine.
Bryce Palmer of Milton-Freewater will be among Friday's team-roping contestants with his roping partner, Jake Minor of Ellensburg.
Athena's Julie Rugg Williams and Jaclyn Culham with get their barrel racing runs on Saturday, as will Natalie Deking of Burbank.
Sunday's group of barrel racers will include Touchet's Kim Kammenzind.
Sherry Cervi of Marana, Ariz., who is the Women's Professional Rodeo Association leader in barrel racing with earnings of $162,059, will get her run in slack that will follow Friday night's performance. Kelli Currin of Dayton, Phyllis Owens of Milton-Freewater, and Michele Lyons and Bobo McMillan of Walla Walla will also compete during Friday night's slack.
TIE-DOWN ROPING - 1, (tie) Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, and Giovanni Davis, College Station, Texas, 8.1 seconds, $1,481.12 each; 3, Joseph Parsons, Marana, Ariz., 8.8, $1,061.94; 4, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 9.0; $782.48; 5, Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas, 9.1, 503.02; 6, Stran Smith, Childress, Texas, 9.2; $279.45.
STEER WRESTLING - 1, Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 4.0 seconds, $1,584.12; 2, Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D., 4.3, $1,311.00; 3, (tie) Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas, and Tommy Cook, McAlester, Okla., 4.4, $901.31 each; 5, Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 4.5, $491.62; 6, Ryan Grenell, Kennewick, 4.6, $273.12.
TEAM ROPING - 1, Colby Siddoway, Hooper, Utah, and Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif., 4.5 seconds, $1,859.62; 2, (tie) Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., and Jake Cooper and Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 5.1, $1,378.68 each; 4, Luke Brown and Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, 5.2, $897.75 each; 5, (tie) Dakota Shipp, Caddomills, Texas, and Dax Stuart, Roland, Okla., and Britt Williams, Hammond, MOnt., and Bobby Harris, Highmore, S.D., 5.3, $448.87.