CHEYENNE – Jordan Jo Fabrizio made history Sunday at the 123rd Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.
The Canyon, Texas, cowgirl clocked a time 4.18 seconds to win Sunday’s final round and be the first breakaway roping champion at the “Daddy of ’em All."
“It went the best I could have hoped for,” Fabrizio said. “I will never have another opportunity or experience like this. It’ll be something I’ll never forget and will always treasure and cherish. I just want to cry.”
This was the first year breakaway roping has been included in the CFD events, and the breakaway ropers have more than appreciated the addition.
Fabrizio hopes that the addition will bring more attention to the sport.
“Hopefully this will lead to more opportunities for breakaway ropers and girls," she said. "Being an inspiration to girls coming up and being an inspiration to them is my goal.”
It’s a great time for the breakaway roping community and the lack of opportunities for the ladies has only allowed for the popularity of the sport to rise from this point on.
“It’s so exciting to be a part of breakaway at this time,” said the West Texas A&M graduate. “Not just for myself, but for the other girls, we’re just glad to be here and hope to be good representatives of the sport and move on and help grow bigger and better things for the future.”
“Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I’d be able to rope here at the 'Daddy of ’em All.'”
After eight attempts at the CFD title, Seth Hall finally found what he was looking for.
The 29-year-old tied his calves’ legs in 10.5 seconds to win his first title in Cheyenne.
“I leave home with a lot of things on my mind,” Hall said. “Winning is the biggest.”
Hall barely squeaked into the final round when he tied for the last spot, but managed to get an opportunity Sunday because he had a better time in the previous rounds.
He made sure everyone knew he was meant to be competing on the final stage.
“Clean slate and just one run in the short round,” he said. “That was a lot of fun.”
The Albuquerque, New Mexico, native is grateful for the opportunity that was presented to him, and this title is everything he could have ever hoped for.
“This is a dream come true, you never think you could get on this stage,” he said. “You put in the hours and you think that one day you can do this. This is a heck of a stage and to be at Cheyenne Frontier Days and get this win? This is almost more than amazing, I can’t put this into words.”
Dustin Bird and Trey Yates have only been roping with each other since May.
All it took was three months for them to find their chemistry and earn themselves buckles at the “Daddy of ’em All."
The duo clocked in at 7.8 seconds, which was the best time of Sunday’s championship round.
“We just come out here, try hard and ride good horses,” said Bird, who is the header.
“He makes my job easy,” Yates said with a laugh. “He gets out of the barrier and just sticks it on them. It’s my own fault if I don’t catch.”
Yates’ father, J.D., has had success at Frontier Park Arena in the past.
J.D. Yates won the steer roping title in 1994. Along with that, he won the senior steer roping and all-around titles in 2016.
Trey Yates, who is 24 years old, is happy he can carry on the family tradition.
“This feels real good,” Trey Yates said. “I’ll put my Cheyenne buckle next to his.”
The 2019 champs are looking to continue to take care of business.
“It’s always good to get a good one like this,” said Bird, who is 38 years old. “This gives us confidence and money to keep on competing.”
Bird hails from Cut Bank, Montana, and Yates is from Pueblo, Colorado.
Trey Sheets hasn’t competed very often this year, but he made sure to provide his best performance for his hometown crowd.
The Cheyenne resident timed in at 15.6 seconds Sunday for an aggregate time of 45.6 seconds to earn his first CFD title.
“I didn’t want to safety up (during my ride), I wanted to try and get the first best shot I could and get it on his horns and see what would happen,” Sheets said. “I just wanted to get him tied and that’s what I did.”
Sheets has been competing in Cheyenne since 2012, but this year was the first year he has made the short round.
It’s special for him to win this in his hometown.
“Winning this is unbelievable, it’s great to have all of the hometown people here,” said Sheets, 28. “This is just wonderful.”
Marty Jones rode away with the CFD senior steer roping title Sunday afternoon.
He clocked in with a time of 21.9 seconds and an aggregate time of 54.3.
This wasn’t Jones’ first time leaving Cheyenne with a title. The Hobbs, New Mexico, resident won the all-around title in 1992 and '94. He also took first place in tie-down roping in 1992.
It was a sweet victory for Nellie Miller.
The Cottonwood, California, cowgirl won her second consecutive barrel racing title at the “Daddy of ’em All."
She rounded the barrels and crossed the chalk line for a time of 17.22 seconds.
“It’s amazing. This is something I never thought I would do,” Miller said. “Winning it once is a big deal, but winning it twice is unreal.”
Miller and her horse are familiar with Cheyenne and always compete well at Frontier Park Arena. They enjoy winning hardware in the Capital City.
“There’s so much tradition here and so much history,” she said. “I just can’t believe I get to come here and compete every year.”