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Muddy River Classic


The Show Place Arena in Memphis, TN was once again host to the Muddy River Classic on February 13-15, a USTRC, Jx2 team roping production. The action in Memphis started on lucky Friday, February 13 with the Open, #15, #13, and #12 Handicap. On Saturday, action started with the Gold Plus #12, followed by the #11, #10, and #10 Century. At high noon on Saturday, the children took with the spotlight, with junior looper roping action for children 6 and under, ages 7-9, and ages 10-12. Sunday’s events finished with the #10 Gold Plus, the #9, and the #8 pick/draw for beginner and novice ropers. Top winners over the weekend vied for 3 Trophy Cowboy Gold saddles, 31 Trophy Gist buckles, and 6 Trophy Gist knives. Also available were $160,000 in USTRC Flex earnings, US Open Tour Points, and a guaranteed 2/3 cash payback.

Samplings of the winners were:

February 13: Open winners: Dusty Swanson/ Derrick Crawford
#15 winners: Seth Driggers/ Jimmy Driggers
#13 winners: Heath Wrye/ Travis Holland

February 14, Valentine’s Day: #12 average winners: Michael McNabb/ Travis Holland
Incentive winners: Colby Ghilchrist/ Chris Rahlmann
High Point Saddle Winner: Travis Holland
#12 Gold Plus average winners: Jeremy Smith/ Dustin Griffith
Incentive winners: Keith Bentley/ E R Scoggin
Jr. Looper winners: 10-12: 1st Timmy White; 2nd David Lacouy
7-9: 1st Lucas Coehn
6&under: 1st Owen Gillespie: 2nd Connor Nunley
Saturday High Money winner: Nathan Smith
 #11 winners: Nathan Smith/ Colby Winborn
Incentive winners: Joe Hall/ Colby Winborn
#10 winners: Nathan Smith/ Tod Morris
Incentive winners: Noah Abadie/ Tod Morris
#10 Century winners: Steve Hinson/ Steve Reed
Incentive winners: Jason LaRue/ Billy Griswell

February 15: #10 Gold Plus Average and incentive winners: Randy Chandler/ Jerry Bliss
#9 winners: Danny Davis/ Lance Little
Incentive winners: Blane Maxwell/ Jim Burke
#8 winners: 1st, Emmett Burke/ Charles Langley; 2nd, Cooper Cowan/ Gary Nichols; 3rd, Craig Smith/ Scott Williams
Day 3 High Money winner: Lance Little
Jx2 brings more team roping to Tunica, MS for the Lubrisyn Big Ticket, March 6-8, 2015.
(Photos courtesy of cbarcphotography)

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