Guthrie rodeo cowboy battles the clock

Trell Etbauer among the field of contestants at the Timed Event Championship of the World at the Lazy E Arena near Guthrie.
by Bryan Painter Published: March 7, 2014
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— Clocks spring forward early Sunday as Daylight Saving Time begins.

That's one hour.

Trell Etbauer’s paychecks in rodeo are based on seconds.

Coincidentally this weekend, while many are talking about the time change, Etbauer, who was raised in the Oklahoma Panhandle at Goodwell, is competing at the 30th anniversary of the Timed Event Championship of the World.

The field of 20 contestants compete in the team roping heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping for five rounds. The cowboy with the lowest time total time after 25 runs is the winner.

“At rodeos, they try to go as fast as they can, it’s a one run, maybe two, maybe three and done, but here it is 25 runs” said the Lazy E Arena’s Director of Events Robert Simpson. “It’s two different mindsets. Here you have to pace yourself; you’re not necessarily going 100 miles per hour every time.”

A year ago, Etbauer had a strong showing in his first appearance at the timed event championship. He finished seventh with a total time of 364.8 seconds on 25 runs and earned $4,500. Daniel Green of Oakdale, Calif., won his third timed event championship title. He totaled 313.6 seconds. And Green added money for one of the fastest rounds of the weekend. His checks totaled $52,000.

“I enjoy competing in all five events,” Etbauer said. “I believe it is one of the most prestigious events you can win.

“I’ve been looking forward to competing here since I was a kid. The timed event is a marathon and I learned last year to take good throws and not get in a hurry because the average keeps changing throughout each event and each performance.”

The 29-year-old Etbauer is known in rodeo for his versatility.

In 2013, he won the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's Linderman Award for the fourth time. To qualify, a cowboy must win at least $1,000 in each of three events, and those events must include at least one roughstock event – bareback, saddle bronc or bull riding — and one timed event – steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping or steer roping.

Etbauer’s earnings in the 2013 season came in tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and team roping.

“When I was a kid going to Little Britches rodeos,” Etbauer said, “I worked as many events as I could and to this day, I still enjoy working multiple events. Bill Linderman was a great cowboy and one of my rodeo idols. He made the finals in both a timed event and a roughstock event, which was one of my goals growing up.

“The Linderman award is prestigious to me because in the old days lots of cowboys worked both ends of the arena. Now, there aren’t many guys who work both ends of the rodeo arena. It is something I take pride in and I appreciate those cowboys who do work both ends because I know how hard it is to qualify for the award.”

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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What: 2014 Timed Event Championship of the World

When: Noon and 7:30 p.m., Saturday and 1 p.m., Sunday.

Where: Lazy E Arena near Guthrie.

For ticket information: Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, www.lazye.com, calling Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 or by calling the Lazy E Arena directly at (800) 595-7433.

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