Ok...Here's the details of the roping finals:
My partner and I went into the final round in 43rd place out of 44 total teams taken to the Finals. Because of two penalities (two +5's) in the second and third round I did not think we would even get into the finals. Competition at this level usually does not allow that to happen. Luckly we were three blistering times on the three steers and even with the +10 seconds added we slipped into the cut. Overall there were 375 teams entered into this event with the first place payout at $200,000.
As we were at the back of the pack, we were the second team to compete. I told my partner to be ready and that i was not going to let up and play it safe. I believed that if we made a good run on the last steer we could move to about 15-20 and double the money we had already won.
The steer we drew to rope was not one of the best ones. He was bigger and faster than most of the other steers and also had smaller horns (which is not typically good). The good thing was my horse has been really working (running hard) all week. We pinged the barrier and were a blistering 7.4 on this steer. I don't know what happened after that but lots of teams just kept messing up, missing, breaking barriers, roping legs...all sorts of bad things. I guess we kinda scared them with the fast time and they were all gunning for it. When the dust settled we had won the fastest time in the short round (finals) and ended up moving from 43rd place to 6th place. This is unheard of in this type of event at this level of cometition.
Total winnings for the day: $ 27,500
2 chronicles 15:7
"But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded".