By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer
Dora native Jesse Clark took first place in the 19 and under age group at the recent annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping Colt Cluck Memorial and hopes to use the momentum to get to the high school national finals.
Clark made the list of eight ropers on April 25 to advance to the finals the next day at the event staged at Curry County’s new Special Events Center.
The competition eliminated the slowest times to rope a calf in each round. Clark won a saddle and $2,500 for first place.
Clark’s first place would not have happened if not for Billy Hoover, a friend who let Clark ride his horse when his was injured.
Clark hopes to make the high school national finals this year, and win. Clark’s parents and Sylvester Mayfield have been coaching him for many years.
“Some of the best calf ropers were there,” Mayfield said. “Some from Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona. He won the event and that is a big deal. Clark is a good roper, I’m looking for him to become a world champion.”
Mayfield is also a roper and has been to the national finals.
This weekend Clark is competing in the New Mexico High School Rodeo in Roswell. Clark said he is usually gone every weekend to rodeos in Texas and Oklahoma.
Clark is currently leading his high school in roping. Last year in the High School Finals he had the fastest time with 8.2 seconds out of 180 other ropers.
Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping Colt Cluck Memorial
Top 8 finalists
Jesse Clark — 9.28
Chase Williams — 9.28
Blaine Cox — 9.60
Corey Sullivan — 9.72
Reese Riener – 10.31
Logan D. Hartley — 17.63
Pacer Manez — 20.47
Ed Manaffey — No time