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|Friday, 29 August, 2014|
Blackfeet cowboy Bird has good week at PRCA rodeos
KENNEWICK, WASH. — With five weeks left in the regular season, team roping header Dustin Bird (Blackfeet cowboy) and heeler Paul Eaves are just trying to take advantage of every opportunity.
They certainly did that at the Aug. 20-23 Horse Heaven Round-Up, clocking a 9.1-second time to win the average on two head according to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA.)
"We drew two really good steers, and Dustin did a good job and got out really good both times," Eaves said. "I don't think we did anything special; we just made two really good runs. We haven't done that good this year yet as far as at one rodeo, but we made two really good runs (at Kennewick) and it just worked out."
Bird and Eaves were the very soul of consistency, recording times of 4.5 and 4.6 seconds. They won the first round and tied for first in the second round with Levi Simpson and Ryon Tittel.
Thanks to their outstanding performance, Bird and Eaves each pocketed $6,793. Those checks will help Bird and Eaves close the gap on third-place header Trevor Brazile and heeler Travis Graves, who finished second in Kennewick with a two-head time of 9.5 seconds.
"That's a nice check," Eaves said about his Kennewick prize money. "That's definitely something we need to do."
Winning the rodeo in Kennewick was just part of a huge week for the duo, as they also won the Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, in Kennewick five days earlier. They then put a cap on the week with a victory at the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo in Coeur d'Alene, winning with a time of 4.8 seconds and each earning $2,303.
"We drove all the way to Bremerton from Lethbridge (Alberta) and came back to Kennewick again and we had good steers and we made good runs," Bird said. "The times were faster than we both thought, and we did better than we thought we were going to do. We were relieved."
Both Eaves and Bird earned $14,496 for the week, moving Bird up one spot to fourth in the header standings, and keeping Eaves fourth in the heeler standings in the Aug. 25 world standings.
"We're just trying to win as much money as we can, and try and put ourselves in as good a spot as we can going into the Finals," Eaves said. "A lot of stuff has to come together right, but our horsepower is a big part of it."
Eaves said he is riding a couple of horses - Cadillac and Chester - while Bird is competing on Dolly.
"Those horses don't need a lot of training or anything," Eaves said. "We just have to mainly let them rest."
Other winners at the $160,320 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($3,740, tie-down roping and team roping), bareback riders Steven Peebles (82 points on Big Bend Rodeo's Cougar Mountain) and Austin Foss (82 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's Spy), steer wrestler John Franzen (8.1 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss (84 points on Flying 5 Rodeo's No. 312), tie-down roper Matt Shiozawa (14.4 seconds on two head), bull rider Roscoe Jarboe (88 points on Big Bend Rodeo's No. 070) and barrel racer Christine Laughlin, (17.21 seconds).
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