March 23, 2017
Muddy River Classic
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Jx2 Productions brought NTRL team roping competition to the ShowPlace Arena, February 12-14, 2017 for the 20th annual Muddy River Classic. “This is my favorite location of all the events that we get to do,” said producer Johnny Johnson.
Reflecting on his favorite memories over the last 20 years in Memphis, John recalled: “My old friends Larry Tucker, Dwayne Yost, and the late Dean Thorpe all loved the ribs at Rendezvous and the musicians up and down Beale St. Every year I remember conversations, funny encounters, and all the laughter that we have shared on this one little strip in Memphis. There's also the memory of Philip Murrah, Greg Smith, Ken Silver, Big T, and myself rescuing one of the carriage horses out of a sidewalk drain. Believe me, we were local heroes that night and the next day, we made national news!” Then there was the year “I took my fourth grade son to hear the late great Blues legend James Govan at the Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale St. On the way back home to Piney Flats I tried my best explaining how this was a museum we had visited.” John continued, “I don't know how I could talk about the Muddy River Classic and Memphis without remembering all the good times with my buddy Ben Nelms, which are far too numerous to name. If you haven't been to the Muddy River Classic, you should give it a try. From the ribs at Rendezvous, to the music on Beale St. to the team roping, we have all made memories there that we will never forget.”
About the team roping, John said, “We had a little over 900 teams and a great payout. It was awesome to see some of our young and upcoming talent hit big at this event, as well as some of our veterans. We had outstanding prizes, consisting of buckles, coolers, and saddles. And for our steers, we give big thanks to Cody Warner and Red Burney.”
Saddle winners for the weekend were: Friday, Douglas Rich; Saturday, Brandon Jarreau; Sunday, Morgan Mills.
The High Money winner on Sunday, February 12, was a tie between Randy Chandler and Tommy Hand. The #8 winners were: Ethan Murray and Tristan Gillespie. The #9 Average and Incentive winners were Randy Chandler and Tommy Hand. The #10 Gold Plus winners were: Average – Claude Lowery and Bruce Barnett; Incentive – Bruce Barnett and Paul Reel. The #10 winners were: Average – Tyler Brookes and Colton Matthews; Incentive – Colby Gilchrist and Trey Gargis.
Saturday’s High Money winner was Preston Day. The #10 Century winners were Randy Chandler and Bruce Barnett. The #11 winners were: Average – Preston Day and Cole Curry; Incentive – Hunter Moody and Ty Stroupe. The Junior Looper winners were: Age 6 & under – Dillon Allgood; age 7-9 – Seth Allgood; age 10-12 – Owen Bewley.
In the Muddy River Classic Open, winners of the Average were Austin Nettleship and Douglas Rich. Fastest Time Overall went to Cody Warner and Cole Bigbee (5.61).
In the Muddy River Classic #15 Handicap, Average winners were: Tucker Kail and Douglas Rich. Fast Time Overall went to Nick Gonzales and Jason Stroup.
In the Muddy River Classic #13 Handicap, Average winners were: Judd Sanborn and Cody Warner. Douglas Rich and Clayton Nettleship had the Fast Time Overall (5.16)
In the Muddy River Classic #12, Average and Incentive winners were Jared Sullivan and Skylar Reynolds. Fast Time Overall went to Clay Mitchell and Heath Sanders (4.76).
In the Muddy River Classic #12 Gold Plus, Average and Incentive winners were B. J. Guffrey and Tyler J Triplett. Dillon Thweatt and Heath Sanders had the Fast Time Overall (6.82).
In the Muddy River Classic #11, Average winners were Jake Pollard and Cole Stewart. Brandon Jarreau and Bart Stallings won the Incentive, and Fast Time Overall went to Ike McBroom and Cole Curry (5.27) and Roper O’Brien and Bruce Barnett (5.5).
In the Muddy River Classic #10, Average winners were Jerald Bierman and Brandon Jarreau. Rob Waltman and Brandon Jarreau won the Incentive. Fast Time Overall went to Justin Barker and Kaleb Boos (6.59) and Coy Rahlmann and Trevor Henderson (6.73).
In the Muddy River Classic #10 Century 9 Incentive, winners were Jay Reuter and Bruce Barnett. Steve Hinson and Roger Wilson won the Incentive and the Fast Time Overall (7.65).
In the Muddy River Classic #10 Gold Plus, winners were Mark Corzine and Brent Menz. Matt Tolbert and Shane Holder won the Incentive, with Jason Obrien and Bruce Barnett taking the Fast Time Overall (6.93).
In the Muddy River Classic #9, Morgan Mills and Cole Stewart won the Average, with Clinton Shultz and Jarrett Lassiter taking first in the Incentive. Fast Time Overall went to Sam Smith and Sidney Pittman (6.14) and Stave Allday and Ryan Shaw (6.76).
In the Muddy River Classic #8 Pick/Draw, Average winners were Drew and Anthony Fetters.
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