Brock Hanson may be a first-timer at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, but he’s not showing any rookie jitters. The 27-year-old son of a car salesman in Grand Junction, Colo., roped the fastest steer of rodeo’s Super Bowl thus far in 3.7 seconds with his partner, Ryan Motes, to tie for the fifth-round win and earn $16,343. It’s the second prestigious win of the 10-day event for Hanson, whose earnings now total $32,686 with five rounds left to go.
“We knew what that steer would do, and he checked off just enough,” said Hanson, who is a horse trainer now living in Casa Grande, Ariz. Only the top 15 contestants in each of seven events are invited to compete in the 10-day, $6 million NFR, held in UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center. Hanson and Motes are one of just four teams that have qualified times on all five runs. Currently, they’re ranked third in the NFR aggregate standings, which offers a $176,683 total purse at the end of the week. Not only that, but in Las Vegas, each round pays out nearly $60,000, which means a lot of money is left on the table. Hanson and Motes have been even faster than 3.7 seconds earlier this year – they became the new world-record holders with a run made in 3.3 seconds last spring in Texas.
Hanson’s partner, Motes, is a 32-year-old two-time qualifier to the NFR from Weatherford, Texas. His father, David Motes, won the 1977 team roping world championship.