SAN ANGELO, Texas – During his storied career, tie-down roper Shane Hanchey has made countless clutch runs.
The Sulphur, La., native cowboy delivered another one on Saturday night.
Hanchey clocked an electric 6.8-second run to win the Cinch Chute-Out before a sellout crowd of 5,260 spectators at the Foster Communications Coliseum.
“I won this Chute-Out in 2014, the year after I won my world championship,” Hanchey said. “I don’t think many people thought I had a 6.8-second run in me when Shad Mayfield went 6.9 right in front of me. It was cool (to win this).”
Hanchey acknowledged the victory meant even more because of its location.
“You know it is like throwing that game-winning touchdown with one second left,” Hanchey said. “You put a lot of work in that people don’t see and when it can come to fruition like it did right there … this is calf roping country man. San Angelo, Texas, is the definition of calf roping fans. If I would have done this anywhere else it would have been special, but not as special as doing it right here in San Angelo, Texas.”
Hanchey earned a $7,500 paycheck for his win in three-man Chute-Out Showdown, edging Mayfield, the 2020 PRCA Tie-Down Roping World Champion by one-tenth of a second.
Haven Meged, PRCA’s 2019 Tie-Down Roping World Champion placed third at 7.7 seconds.
“I just knew I needed to get me a start and I ended up missing the barrier a touch, but he was out there in front of me pretty good and it worked out,” Hanchey said. “When you throw your hands up like that and the crowd goes wild, it is a great feeling.”
Hanchey, a 12-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, advanced to the three-man Showdown by winning the 10-man long round with a 7.8-second run.
“I was riding Iron, a horse I have been riding this winter,” Hanchey said. “I did some minor adjustments on my tac and the length of my rope for the (Showdown). When Shad went 6.9, I shortened my rope up even more because I knew we had to make some stuff happen pretty fast. The horse worked well. I’m going to say it was just as loud in that building as it is in the Thomas & Mack (Center in Las Vegas) and he handled it great when I threw my hands up.”
Other winners at the $87,500 Cinch Chute-Out were bareback rider Cole Reiner (90.5 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Top Flight); steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack (3.7 seconds); team ropers Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira (4.3 seconds); saddle bronc rider Brody Cress (90 points on Pete Pro Rodeo’s Larry Culpepper); and bull rider Josh Frost (87.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Curly Bill).
Article Courtesy of PRCA