By Sarah Pridgeon
Jay Pixley of Sundance emerged as the winner of the short go-around at Cheyenne Frontier Days last weekend, despite entering the event in eighth place. As the only steer roper to successfully rope his steer, he earned the victory with a time of 26.1 seconds, finishing with a three-run time of 73.3.
“It’s a good one to win,” says Pixley. “The steers were bigger than usual and tough to tie down – I was the only guy to manage it. I was in eighth position, I never dreamed I would get mine tied down and win it, but I guess the other guys had more trouble. Fifty things have to go right before you can win, I was lucky and I have a good horse this year that I bought from Nebraska.”
Pixley’s win will push up his ranking in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings. “I think it puts me about nineteenth in the world,” he says.
He earned $21,618 for his Cheyenne win, as well as the championship buckle and a saddle, jacket, spurs, hat and certificate for boots.
The next step for Pixley, who credits the support of his wife and family as a large part of his success in Cheyenne, is to enter more rodeos to qualify for the finals in Oklahoma City in early November. “I want to try for the finals – it’s a long shot, but I’ll be entering the rodeo in Oregon in September, it’s almost as big as Cheyenne’s,” he says.
Among his upcoming events, Pixley will be competing in Gillette on Thursday and in Colorado next week. “If I’d known I was going to win, I would have entered more,” he smiles.