Ropers Receive Keys to the City

AQHA members and ProRodeo team roping world champions Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill are honored in Stephenville, Texas.

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Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill earned themselves the 2014 ProRodeo team roping world championship at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. (Credit: PRCA)

The Stephenville (Texas) Chamber of Commerce and the Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo Association staged a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Welcome Home Celebration December 18 at the Cowboy Church of Erath County to honor the area cowboys who earned a combined total of $1,265,856 in Las Vegas last month. 

Stephenville Mayor Kenny Weldon presented AQHA members Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill with keys to the city while also paying tribute to AQHA member Marty Yates (tie-down roping), Jacobs Crawley (saddle bronc) and Richmond Champion (bareback) and other area residents. 

"This is a big deal," Weldon said. "We're proud of you and we appreciate what you do. Some people talk about Western tradition; we live it. Some people talk about Western heritage; we have it."

Tryan, a team roping header, paired with Corkill to break the single-season earnings record for his event ($220,057) en route to claiming their second consecutive gold buckle. Tryan was also named the male athlete of the year by his hometown newspaper, the Billings (Montana) Gazette.

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  • Round 10 – Competing in timed events at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, AQHA members claim world championships in Las Vegas.
  • Round 9 – These AQHA members are poised for Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world championships heading into the final round.
  • Round 8 – Winning both tie-down and team roping, AQHA member Trevor Brazile, the King of the Cowboys, reigns yet again.
  • Round 7 – AQHA members Cody Ohl and Tuf Cooper share the Round 7 tie-down roping title in Las Vegas.
  • Round 6 – AQHA members keep their ProRodeo world championship hopes alive December 9 in Las Vegas.
  • Round 5 – Stock of AQHA Professional Horsemen Charlie Cole, Jason Martin and Tom and Leslie Lange strike it big December 8 in Las Vegas.
  • Round 4 – AQHA members, including Fallon Taylor and "BabyFlo," showed their mettle December 7 at rodeo's Super Bowl in Las Vegas.
  • Round 3 – AQHA member Trevor Brazile earns his 21st gold buckle December 6 in Las Vegas.
  • Round 2 – AQHA members Turtle Powell and Dakota Kirchenschlager set a team-roping record for the round December 5 in Las Vegas.
  • Round 1 – American Quarter Horses take their riders to the top of Round 1 of rodeo's Super Bowl December 4 in Las Vegas.
  • 2014 AQHA-PRCA Horses of the Year