San Angelo's Ty Harris Takes Home $50,000 Grand Prize in Tie-Down Roping at Salt Lake City Rodeo
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — San Angelo’s own tie-down roper Ty Harris went to Utah and came away with a $50,000 grand prize and the top score at the 2019 Days of ’47 Rodeo in Salt Lake City.
“The horse I rode is owned by a man named Walter Johnson,” Harris told Steve Kenyon after his 7.6-second run that won the rodeo’s Gold Medal Round. His time at the end of the semi-finals was 8.56-seconds, placing him second behind Caleb Smidt of Bellville, Texas near Houston. In the final round, Harris bested Smidt’s time of 8.21 seconds.
Ty Harris debuted to his hometown of San Angelo during the 2017 San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. During the Cinch Chute-Out, the then 18-year-old Water Valley native’s time during the first round was a first place 7.25 seconds. In the second round, Harris missed the rope and earned a no score but not without an outpouring of admiration of his local fans. It was to become one of the most dramatic stories of the entire 2017 San Angelo rodeo.
Harris is ranked 12th in the world in tie-down roping. If continues his winning, and earnings, he may have his first debut into the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.
With $50,000 in winnings, coupled with the $3,200 Harris won during the semi-finals, he can purchase many more entry fees to compete and win that will add to his PRCA standings.
Other regional cowboys took home earnings from the Days of ’47, including Mertzon’s Tyler West placing 3rd in steer wrestling during the semi-finals with 4.48 seconds, winning $3,200. Matt Reeves of Coleman won $50,000 during the Gold Medal Round in steer wrestling with a time of 3.92 seconds, in addition to $2,400 he won in the semi-final round.
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