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What to expect at the Lazy E Arena's Cinch Timed Event Championship
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What to expect at the Lazy E Arena's Cinch Timed Event Championship

Guthrie, Oklahoma’s Lazy E Arena is hallowed ground for those who love the Western way of life, and no event captures that more than the legendary CINCH Timed Event Championships, held March 3 through 5, 2017.

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The 25-head bout features the world’s best 20 all-around hands, battling it out over five rounds on the red dirt in heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping for a $100,000 championship prize. Just 12 cowboys have captured the Timed Event title in the event’s storied 32-year history, forming the most elite band of brothers in rodeo. Icons like California’s Leo Camarillo and Texas’ Trevor Brazile have their names enshrined in plaques in the Lazy E’s Cowboy Cantina, marking their victories and Timed Event records. Brazile holds the record for most wins—seven titles—at the Timed Event.

“I love this event,” Brazile said. “It’s been so good for so long. The Lazy E insures the talent keeps coming back to Guthrie for the fans. There’s so much great young talent. Even for us it’s fun to watch.”

In 2016, the young talent of Paul David Tierney claimed his second CINCH Timed Event Championship in a duel with Brazile that came down to their last steer. For Tierney, competing at the Timed Event each March is a family tradition. His father, Paul Tierney, competed at there every year from 1985 until retiring in 2014), and his brother, Jess, a National Finals steer roper, is always in contention for Timed Event gold, too. 

“The Timed Event is not for the faint hearted,” four-time champion Paul Tierney said. “It’s not an event you can just ease through. There’s nothing average about it. It’s a test of all-around ability. I’ve always told my boys, ‘Play on your strong points and control your weaknesses.’”

The 2017 edition of the CINCH Timed Event Championships will feature returning champions in Brazile and Tierney, as well as young-guns like NFR headers Clay Smith and Erich Rogers looking to join the elite fraternity.

Promising that the CINCH Timed Event Championship passes on the cowboy tradition to the next generation, this year the Lazy E will host the Junior Ironman, with kids 15 to 20 going head to head in heading, heeling, tie-down roping and steer wrestling for a $20,000 in prize money. Held each morning before CINCH Timed Event performances, the Junior Ironman will be a 12-head battle of the 10 best cowboys in the junior ranks.

Nowhere else in all of rodeo can you get as up-close-and-personal with the true cowboys’ cowboys of the sport, and this year watch the best young talent in the junior rodeo ranks. The Lazy E the first weekend in March? There’s nowhere else the cowboy world should be.