Cheyanne Guillory, 24, backed into the box to win the Spicer Gripp Memorial’s Top Hand Ropes Ladies Breakaway Roping in the event’s short-go on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021.
Guillory won the three-head average with a time of 11.63 seconds, earning $10,100, plus round earnings, for a total of $17,300, after placing in each roping and the average.
“I’m so grateful for the Spicer Gripp and Jordan (Jo Fabrizio) for having us because it’s such a great paying roping,” Guillory said. “I don’t know how anyone could complain about anything about that roping. The pay is great, the calves were great, the setup was great. I’m just fortunate that we got to rope for that much money.”
Guillory was second callback in the short round and roped her calf in 4.19 seconds, which placed third in the round, worth $1,760, to move her to No. 1 in the average before Sequin Brewer backed into the box at high callback.
Brewer, unfortunately, took a no-time in the short round after catching a front leg of the calf in her loop since the rules require a bell collar catch.
“They were fresh coming back, so that was a relief because I figured they wouldn’t be hauling butt,” Guillory said. “I wanted to see all of the start and really see my calf out there. I watched the short round, and I wouldn’t say it fell apart, but there were a lot of misses.”
Guillory drew a calf that slowly trotted out of the chute, but once Guillory blew up on the calf, he broke into a run and ran left in the wide-open arena.
“I was thinking going up to the calf that I was going to be able to throw right then,” Guillory said. “He started fading left and normally I would have tried it, but I was like, ‘No, don’t throw it now.’ All I was thinking was to keep swinging my rope.”
The thought was a direct result of paying attention to and practicing Lari Dee Guy’s approach in similar situations.
“I think that LD is one of the best when they go left,” Guillory said. “I watch her a lot and it’s something that I try to practice a lot. When they go right, you can still see the calf, but when they go left, there’s just a lot of things that you have to do right. It’s something that I’ve been working on: pulling my horse over to where I can see the calf and making sure that I’m swinging my rope and covering all my bases to where, if they go left, I can still rope them. It was a good little test for me right there on stuff that I’ve been working on.”
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Guillory started out her weekend at the Spicer Gripp on Fri., Aug. 6, by drawing a soft calf in the first round. She roped the calf in 3.13 seconds, worth $4,040.
“My first calf was the best-case scenario,” she said. “He just eased out there and stayed straight.”
She placed sixth in the second round on a tougher calf with a 4.31-second run, adding $1,400 to her earnings.
“I actually wasn’t super impressed with my neck shot,” she said. “I was lucky to get by the second one because I was off balance and the calf went to the right and it caught me off guard. I didn’t rope him sharp. Going into the short round I said, ‘No more making it look like an accident.’”
Guillory rode her 7-year-old sorrel gelding, Hawk, despite being nervous about riding in the Spicer Gripp setup.
“Everyone told me that I was really stupid because I was thinking about not riding him,” Guillory said. “He did great. I can’t ever fault him because, if he does do something, I go back and it’s always me. I try to think about doing what I’m supposed to do because I know he’s going to do what he’s supposed to do.
Hawk pulled through and helped Guillory put money in her pockets in the jackpot setup, which will allow her to continue to Pro Rodeo with hopes of finishing in the top 15 of the WPRA/PRCA Pro Rodeo Breakaway Roping World Standings.
“You’re trying to win money for the standings, but you also have to have money to rodeo on,” Guillory said about competing at the Spicer Gripp amidst pro rodeoing. “I think it makes it to where I can go and focus on roping. It’s work and it’s a business. It’s all around a good thing.”