Get to Know More About Your Favorite 2018 CTEC Riders: Part 1

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 3:45pm
Victoria Morel

2018 CTEC Rider Profiles: Part 1

Clay Smith

Broken Bow, OK

PRCA since 2013

Team Roping(Heading), Tie-down Roping

3 WNFR Qualifications

Currently sitting in the #1 position in Worlds Standings in Team Roping Headers.

2017- CTEC was second over-all. Was consistently in the top 10 in every round. Placed in 4 Rounds in WNFR with partner Paul Eaves. Finished 5th in the world standings for Team roping headers. Gathered 5 All-Around titles, 12 Team Roping titles and 1 Tie-down title for the year.

2016 – With partner Paul Eaves placed in 6 rounds of the WNFR to rank 2nd. Finished the year ranked 5th in the World Standings for team roper headers. 3 All-Around titles and 6 Team Roping titles with Paul Eaves.

2015 – Placed in 4 rounds of the WNFR in his first year of qualification (w/Paul Eaves). Won Deadwood Days of 76 Rodeo(SD), Mountain Valley Stampede(UT), That Famous Preston(ID) Night Rodeo and Gladewater(TX) Round-up Rodeo. Finished 13th in the World Standings.

2014 – Won 2 team roping titles partnered with Jake Smith, his brother. Longview(TX) PRCA Rodeo and Drummond(MT) PRCA Rodeo

2013 – Won 5 Rodeos with his brother in Team roping. Rookie year in PRCA 21012 – On PRCA permit won the Mesquite(TX) Pro Rodeo series – June 23, July 21 and Aug.18.

Clay and his brothers got their start in rodeo from their father Mark who is a horse trainer and roper. When he was younger Clay won many dummy ropings. He appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno at 7 years old with his brother Jake, to talk about their love of roping. Clay is named after Clay O’Brien Cooper, who is his rodeo idol. When not on the road roping he is training horses. He feels that you need a great horse under you to be #1 and you have to be able to ride. Learning how to ride many different horses and keeping your horses working is a big part of your winning.

Clayton Hass


PRCA member since 2005

Steer Wrestling, Team Roping(Heading), Tie-down Roping

3 WNFR Qualifications 2 RNCFR Qualifications

2017- 10 All-around Titles 3 Steer Wrestling Titles 2 Team roping Titles Won the All -around and Steer wrestling titles at Pendleton Round Up and National Western Stock Show & Rodeo(Denver) Won the All-around and Team roping Titles at Dixie Nationals(Jacksonville, MS) and Drummond(MT) PRCA Rodeo. Won the Steer Wrestling at the All American Missed qualifying in 2017 for NFR by $606. 2016 – Won Round 8, split the win in Round1, and placed in the seven other rounds at NFR to rank 6th in the average. Finished 3rd in the world standings.

2017- he was mounted out on Sterling Wallace’s “Landry’s Cadillac”, 2 time AQHA/PRCA Horse of the Year in Tie-down roping. 2018 so far has finished second in steer wrestling at the Dixie Nationals. Currently contestant at San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo where he has made the semi-finals in steer wrestling and Team roping to date. Won round 1 of the steer wrestling. In team roping placed in all 3 rounds and qualified for the semi-finals.

His first years in PRCA were mostly local and on the weekends. Clayton got serious in 2011 and decided to make a run at qualifying for the NFR. He had help and encouragement from champion steer wrestler Bryon Walker. Clay’s first rodeo was when he was 7 years old. He grew up on a ranch and his dad competed some in rodeos so he decided that was what he wanted to do. In his down time he enjoys hunting and traveling with his family. His favorite Rodeo is Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Daniel Green

Oakdale, CA

PRCA member 1991

Steer Wrestling, Team Roping(Heading), Tie-down Roping

10 WNFR Qualifications 1994-2003 (all in succession)

12 Trips to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo – 6 of them coming after leaving full-time touring.

3-time CTEC Champion 2002, 2008, 2013

1990 was the NHSRA All-around Champion and the Steer Wrestling Champion and was the Reserve champion in tie-down roping.

2-time World’s Greatest Roper Winner 2006-2007

Left full-time competition in 2004 to spend more time with his family. Limits himself to a few “big money” events a year so as not to be on the road all the time. His full time job is construction but he also teaches roping and does a few clinics a year. Daniel is well-known as one of the best ropers and best teachers the rodeo world. His favorite rodeo is the NFR.

Erich Rogers

Round Rock, AZ

PRCA since 2006

Team roping Header, Tie-down roping

7 WNFR Qualifications

5 RNCFR Qualifications

Ranked #1 in Team Roping in World Standings

2017- Won the Team roping WNFR with Cory Petska. Won the Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show in Fort Worth. Was Co-Champion at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Total of 11 team roping titles, 4 All-around titles and 1 Tie-down title.

2016 – Placed in 5 rounds of the WNFR to rank 5th in the world standings. Won the RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo(NM) for the second year.

2015 – Placed in 5 rounds of WNFR. Finished 9th in the World standings. Won the RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo(NM).

2014 – Placed in 3 rounds of the WNFR. Won San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

2010 – Won Rodeo Austin with a time of 16.3 seconds on three head.

2008 – Won the All-Around at All Indian Cowboys Association Championship Rodeo. Did not compete in any PRCA Rodeos that year.

Erich grew up heading, heeling, roping calves and bull dogging on the Navajo Nation. He became interested in the sport of rodeo because his family competed in it. He started competing in 1968. Erich and Cory Petska have been roping together for 5 years and plan to stay that way for now. Neither wants to break up their gold buckle combo. Cory’s wife has given them the title “lifers”. In his spare time, Erich produces team roping events in his home state and shares his knowledge and experience with others.

JoJo LeMond

Andrews, TX

PRCA member since 2002

Team Roping(Heading), Steer Roping

4 WNFR Qualifications Team Roping

4 NFSR Qualifications

1 RNCFR Qualification

2016 – 4 All-around titles 2 Steer roping titles Won rounds 1,2,10 and placed in four rounds to rank 8th at Clem McFadden National Finals Steer Roping. Won the All-American Team Roping Header title in his first try.

2015 – Won the All-around at Cheyenne Frontier Days Placed in 8 rounds at the NFR with Junior Norgueria, after getting in as an injury replacement for Jake Barnes. Finished 3rd in the average.

2014 - He was injured and missed most of the season.

2013 - Placed in six rounds of the National Finals Steer Roping finishing 3rd in the average, making him 4th in the world standings.

2010 - With Cody Petska won round 5 at NFR in 3.6 seconds and round 6 in 3.9 seconds; placed in one other round.

2002- started his pro career as a heeler with Steve Northcott and Trevor Brazil.

JoJo got married in 2004 and stopped competing professionally and trained heading horses full time. In 2007 he joined forces with NFR team roper Martin Lucero and won the Texas Cowboys Rodeo Association team roping year-end title. In 2009 he was steer roping and began competing in PRCA tie-down roping. That same year he suffered a stroke in February, due to a ruptured blood vessel in the back of his neck. Originally there was partial loss of sight in one eye and left side numbness. He was back competing with in a few weeks.

Marcus Theriot

Poplarville, MS

PRCA since 2015

Steer wrestling, Team Roping(Header), Tie-down Roping

2017 was first Cinch Timed Event Championship Finished in the Top Ten and won Round 2 Tie-down

2017 – Won 8 All-Around titles, 1 Co-Champion All-Round, 5 Team Roping titles (2 of them Cody Doescher) and 1 Steer wrestling.

2016 – Won 5 All-Round Titles, Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo(KS), Spanish Fork(UT) Fiesta Day Rodeo, and Qualifier TE Only National(CO) to name a few. Won the team roping at Lowry’s 4L Ranch Rodeo(GA) and Hammel(MN) Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza. One Co-champion steer wrestling at Rotary Rodeo(MS).

2014- Marcus was the National High School Finals Rodeo All-Around Champion.

2013- he was the Tie-down Champion.

Marcus has the bloodlines to be a professional rodeo star. His dad Herbert was the 1994 PRCA tie-down roping world champion, his grandfather Ernest is a member of the Louisiana Rodeo Cowboy Association Hall of Fame and his mother Renee is a former rodeo champion herself. Marcus’ favorite rodeo is Cheyenne Frontier Days. His rodeo idols are Trevor Brazil, Roy Cooper and his dad.

Shank Edwards

Tatum, NM

PRCA since 2003

Tie-down Roping, Team Roping

2017 – Finished Top Ten at CTEC – winning round 5 Won All-Around title at Wild Wild West ProRodeo(NM) Won Tie-down roping Cedar City(UT) PRCA Championship Rodeo

2016 – Won Tie-down at Cody(WY) Nite Rodeo and Sanders County(MT) County Fair & PRCA Rodeo

2014 – Won All-Around at ABC ProRodeo Lubbock(TX) and Big Spring(TX) Cowboy Reunion & Rodeo.

2012 -Won All-Round and tie-down at Safford(AZ) ProRodeo. Won the All-Around at Navajo Nation Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo. Won tie-down at Wild Wild West ProRodeo and Co-Champion ABC ProRodeo.

2011 – Won Larimar County Fair and Rodeo’ co-champion Ute Stampede(UT) 2010 – 1 All-Around, 4 tie-down titles. 24th in All-Around world standings. 2009 - 5 Tie-down titles, 2 Team roping titles. Finished 15th in All-Around standings.

Currently competing at San Antonio Rodeo. Bracket 4 in Tie-down roping. Has advanced to the semi-finals.

Craziest thing he has done is compete at the 2014 CTEC a month after breaking his leg in 3 pieces. His most memorable rodeo experience was in Window Rock Arizona. He won the Tie-down roping after receiving 2 speeding tickets trying to make the performances. Shank’s grandfather F.L. Hillhouse was a steer roper who taught him the fundamentals of the sport. Shank started competing at the age of 4. He owns and operates a cattle company with his wife Chelsi. They fill roping stock contracts at various rodeos. They also raise Quarter Horses and he campaigns his stallion.

Trell Etbauer

Godwell, OK

Steer Wrestling, Tie-down Roping, Saddle Bronc

PRCA member since 2007

Rookie of the Year 2008

PRCA 2 RNCFR Qualifications.

2017 – Won All-Around titles at World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, AZ) and Laramie(WY) Jubilee Days. In total won 8 All-Around titles. Also added 1 Tie-down title and 2 Steer wrestling.

2016 – Won the All-Around and tie-down titles at Elk City(OK) Rodeo of Champions and Eureka(KS)Pro Rodeo. 6 All-Around titles total that year.

2015 – Won 5 All-Around titles. Finished 28th in All-Around in the World standings.

2014 – Won the All-Around at Cheyenne Frontier Days and RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo.

2013 – Won the Linderman Award for the fourth time. This puts him into a tie for 2nd place on the all - time winners list with Phil Lyne and Chip Whitaker.

Became the first cowboy to win the Linderman Award the first three years of his PRCA career, 2008-2009-2010. 2008 – PRCA All-Around Rookie of the Year. Trell comes from a rodeo family. His dad Robert was a world champion saddle bronc rider in 1990 & 1991, uncle Billy is a five-time world champion saddle bronc champion (1992,1996,1999,2000,2004), and uncle Dan qualified for the NFR saddle bronc riding 10 times. Trell did not purchase his PRCA card till he finished college although he had qualified for it well before then. He makes log furniture and shoes horses when not on the road competing. His favorite rodeo is Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Trevor Brazile


PRCA member since 1996

Tie-down Roping, Team Roping, Steer Roping

23 World Titles 50 NFR Qualifications

7 Cinch Timed Event Championships (the most)

Inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Jan.2008

3 National Finals Steer Roping Titles

2 All American ProRodeo Final Titles

2017 Rodeo Wins 18 All-around rodeo titles 5 Tie-down roping titles 5 Team roping titles 3 Steer roping titles 2002 his horse Tinys Clipso (Tweeter) was AQHA Tie-down Horse of the Year 2012 Lite My Dynamite (Sic Em) was AQHA/PRCA was Team roping heading Horse of the Year. Wife Shada is a barrel racer, who has qualified for the NFR herself. Mom and Dad were both rodeo competitors. Dad Jimmy was a 4-time qualifier for the National Final Steer Roping and mom Glenda competed in woman’s rodeo. He has 3 children, all oddly born on the 1st of the month. Trevor has appeared on tv specifically the NBC Today Show in April 2008, was featured in Dec.2006 issue of ESPN The Magazine’s The Jump – 7 Things You Should Know About Rodeo and again in November 2008 issue For The Love Of the Game., and profiled in Parade Magazine in Nov.2008. 2018 – Is currently competing in the San Antonia Rodeo. As of this time 2/15 he is a participant in the semi final round of the team roping.

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