Not horsing around

Team roping winner gives horse credit for Rim Rock Rodeo win

Unforgiven gives senior bull rider Robert Gracie all he can handle Tuesday night during the Rim Rock Rodeo in Fruita. The bulls won the first round, with no rider staying on for the required eight seconds.

With a quick flick of the wrist from Kim Rogers, and another from his partner, Josh Warren, the duo won the team roping competition at Tuesday’s Rim Rock Rodeo in Fruita. It looked simple, but it was anything but easy. Forty-one years of roping, a great horse and solid execution helped guide Rogers and his partner to the first-place finish.

“We had really good steers and we were fortunate enough to be able to execute,” he said.

Rogers certainly looks the part of a roper with his pink button-down shirt, dark mustache and tinted glasses and he has the skill to go along with his look. Rogers, a Texas native, has made a career out of rodeo, and Rim Rock was only one stop on a string of rodeos that will take him from here to Snowmass, then to Carbondale and finally to Steamboat by Friday. But without his horse of five years, Rogers wouldn’t have the success he does.

“I credit the win to my horse, Click, who worked superbly. He was doing everything well. That’s why we won. A lot of this is your horse,” he said. “I mean, the age and experience helps, but if you ain’t riding a good horse you might as well not come.”

Rogers, who said he loved the crowd, weather and cattle, couldn’t have asked for a better night.

“My motto is that there is nothing better in life than the wind in your face, the sun on your back, and a good horse between your knees,” he said. “That’s the truth.”


Nate Hoey, 15 won the junior bull riding competition with a total score of 68 points.

Hoey, who said he has been bull riding since he could walk, was the only rider to stay on for the necessary eight seconds despite his unusually rowdy bull.

“The bull jumped in the shoot quite a bit, usually they stay pretty calm with me,” he said.

Despite the unusual behavior, Hoey kept the same mindset that has led him to win several competitions in the past.

“I just clear my head, take a deep breath before I slide up and before I go take another deep breath and go at it,” he said. “Cowboy up.”


The bulls got the better of the riders in the first round, as no one was able to stay on for the required eight seconds, but the second round proved more successful with two riders staying on.

Quinton Hayden finished first with 93 points and Tony Mendes was second with 89.

One of the riders in the first group, Brandon Gracie, was unhappy with his results and said the bull he rode wasn’t to his liking.

“He wasn’t turning back. He was ducking and diving,” he said. “It was hard to stay centered.”


Jesse Cordova finished first in 11.32 seconds and Trent Vernan was second in 25.59.


Ashley Farmington was first, roping her calf in 3.3 seconds and Brannan Allen was second, finishing in 6.17 seconds.


Kathy Norell finished first in 17.64 seconds and Ashtyn Hammer was second in 17.86.


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