An electric performance by team ropers Lightning Aguilera and Shay Dixon Carroll at the Angelina Benefit Rodeo in Lufkin, Texas, was the top team roping performance of the week of April 19-25.
The duo had the fastest time of the week with their 3.7-second run in the first round. Then, they clocked a 4.0-second run to win the second round and the average at 7.7 seconds.
Aguilera and Dixon each earned $4,225 for their performance.
“The first run we drew really well,” said Carroll, 30. “We knew we had a great steer, and that kind of setup is where Lightning seems to be really comfortable. The shot that he took is his most comfortable shot. It’s a very difficult shot, but it’s what he’s practiced and is most comfortable with. He felt right at home doing it and it was extremely fast.
“The second one was a stronger steer, and it was a little bit more of a wild run, but it came together. Lightning is pulling off high-difficulty shots with ease.”
Last season, Carroll qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with header and former world champion Levi Simpson. They each finished 13th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings.
Carroll recently teamed up with Aguilera and they won the Longview (Texas) PRCA Rodeo April 17 with a 4.5-second run. They failed to place in San Angelo but then won Lufkin.
“Lightning is a great guy who is really striving to be better,” Carroll said. “He’s doing things that only a few guys can do and he’s trying to get out there and rodeo more. I’m excited about what we can do.”
Other top rides and scores of the past week also came from the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo, the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping in Torrington, Wyo., and the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo. Those top rides and runs were as follows:
Bareback rider Tilden Hooper had a 90.5-point ride on C5 Rodeo’s Virgil to win Clovis.
Steer wrestler Billy Bugenig had a 3.2-second run to win the second round in Clovis.
Saddle bronc rider Dawson Hay won Clovis with the top ride of the week – an 89-point trip on C5 Rodeo’s Double D.
Tie-down roper Caleb Smidt had a 7.4-second run in San Angelo.
Barrel racers Donna Kay Rule and Carly Taylor had identical 14.07-second runs in the finals of the San Angelo Rodeo.
Bull rider Dakota Eagleburger won the Angelina Benefit Rodeo with his 89.5-point ride on Stace Smith Pro Rodeos’ Let’s Gamble.
Steer roper Rocky Patterson recorded the fastest time of the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping at 9.7 seconds when he won the third round.
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