Journal on the Road

Roping Tension – Battle in the Saddle

July 9, 2010

An evening of roping includes heading, heeling, the World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout and a to-the-wire finish in match roping at Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City.

PRCA tie-down roper Fred Whitfield wins the match roping against Hunter Herrin as he ropes on Smart Plain Socks during Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City. Fred won $10,000 for his evening's work.

By Larri Jo Starkey

Two of the top ropers in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association matched their skills in a tie-down competition July 9 at Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City.

Hunter Herrin and Fred Whitfield roped five calves each in a tie-down match before the junior team roping, with Hunter taking a slight lead in the $10,000 winner-take-all match.

After a quick drag of the arena, contestants in the World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout took the arena for the steer stopping portion of the event. J.D. Yates, riding Bald N Shiney, owned by Nelle Murphy of Barneyville, Oklahoma, had the top score in that event with Clay Logan on WR Wired Wichita right behind him.

Then it was back to the team roping with senior headers and heelers before the match roping continued.

A speedy, rowdy calf running around the arena ate up a lot of Hunter’s lead, before a broken barrier gave Fred the win on the three American Quarter Horses he rode.

To see photos from these Battle in the Saddle contests, watch the slide show below. Click on the photos to see the captions. To get complete results, go to

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