Texans Top the Boehringer Ingelheim #11 WSTR Finale
Texans, Hondo Fryar and Luke McClanahan jumped in their rig and headed towards Las Vegas making a two-week pit stop in Arizona to get tuned up for their run in the Boehringer Ingelheim #11 WSTR Finale.
Fryar had some luck in the Grand Canyon state, but his partner didn’t fare quite so well.
“Once we got here to Vegas I decided to go back to blocking and tackling,” said McClanahan.
It worked. Coming back second-high call the duo was a quick 7.70-seconds to take the lead and when the high call team took a no-time they made their victory lap to the tune of $282,000.
“We were getting our ropes and they were telling us to hold on,” said McClanahan. “I was headed to the parking lot to unsaddle and figured whatever happens, happens.”
“I don’t remember the short round at all,” laughed Fryar, who was still trying to gather his composure when they took the stage at the South Point Arena & Equestrian Center. “I was just worried about waving it off, we drew a steer with tiny horns so I made sure to really pull my slack.”
Fryar who calls La Vernia, Texas, home, was heading on a 16-year-old grey known as Scrappy.
“I bought him from a buddy of mine, I’ve had him about five years now.”
McClanahan, who hails from Bulverde, Texas, was aboard his veteran 14-year-old buckskin mare he calls Angel.
“I got her from my uncle, Charlie Davidson, off the Stirrup Ranch. I think I’ve brought her out here to Vegas seven times now.”
Roping in the first rotation of the #11 on Tuesday afternoon Fryar and McClanahan set themselves up in that second high call position early.
“Honestly, we didn’t think it would hold,” said Fryar.
“I’ve been in the position, at-large, where you’re sweating bullets to see if you’ve made the short round and this was a lot better,” McClanahan added. “I was in my room and didn’t even make it to the team roping (of the NFR).”
A railroad conductor by trade, Fryar grew up roping calves and actually gave up the sport before returning to team rope about five years ago. His wife, Audra, was with him in Las Vegas but he had yet to confer on how they would spend the money.
“I don’t rope with my phone so I haven’t even talked to her yet. I imagine she’s somewhere going crazy, planning where she’ll go shop.”
For McCLanahan, who works as an independent contractor, he’s just ready to get home to his wife, Rochelle, and their three kids.