Georgian ties down $100K

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 3:28 AM ET

With a dairy farm to run, Ryan Jarrett's father, DuJuan, couldn't easily pick up and be in Calgary to watch his son win the rodeo's Sunday Showdown.

Which is why Jarrett delayed talking to the media.

He had to make the phone call home to Summerville, Georgia, to give the his father the good news he was the tie-down champion.

"He's pretty pumped. He wants to come next year. He don't get away from the farm a whole lot, but he wants to come here," Jarrett explained.

Maybe next year Jarrett can chip in to pay some ranch hands. After pocketing the $100,000 price by scoring a 7.0, he's got the cash.

"Maybe," he said with a laugh.

Cody Ohl of Hico, Texas, was second at 7.9 and won $25,000, while Tyson Durfey of Colbert, Wash. was third with an 8.3 and won $15,000.

Matt Shiozawa took a no-time in the four-man final, but still wins $10,000.

Jarrett, who posted the fastest time in the long round at 6.8 seconds, was last to leave the chutes for the final round and knew he didn't have to be a world beater to win the big cheque.

Not that he relaxed.

"I can't slow down a whole lot and feel comfortable roping," he said.

"I kinda have to stay on the edge and go on, get at it."

But going last has to be a benefit.

"Oh lord, yeah. The position you draw here means so much. We're professionals, can pace ourselves and know where we're at," he said.

Jarrett finished second last year, so the fact he won is no surprise. But the event was full of eyebrow raising moments.

Who'd have guessed Fred Whitfield, Trevor Brazile and Stan Smith would all score no-time in the long round?

If that wasn't enough, Scott Kormos scored a time of 6.8 in the round, which would have been enough to make the final four, but when the crowd erupted, his horse spooked, which pulled the calf free, giving him a no-time.

Still, Jarrett didn't have anything damper his day.

"I come up here with the intentions of winning second, not to win first," he said, admitting he had no concrete plans for the money.

"Everybody wants to win first, and I've been rodeoing with Clint Robinson and we've been roping different this year, roping for the average."

Then again, it's hard to comprehend winning six figures in one day.

"Maybe I'll feel it (today)," he said. "We're up and heading for Nampa, Idaho, at 8 o'clock. Maybe I'll feel it on the drive."

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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