Proof that Cheyenne’s tournament-style format makes room for all kinds to shine, Resistol Rookie hopeful Tiffany Schieck and National Finals Breakaway Roping qualifier Macy (Fuller) Young split the win at the equal-added money rodeo on July 31 with 4.0-second runs, worth $10,700 each.
Schieck also split second in her quarterfinals, and first in her semifinals to bring her event earnings to $18,078. Young’s third-place finish in her semifinals brought her total to $13,821 in all.
Both cowgirls had a slight advantage on the pack—they drew the same calves they ran in the semifinals.
“That calf tried more this time, which worked out perfect,” Schieck said, before laughing. “I had to eat crow a little bit, cause I said ‘Whoever gets that calf—he’s a money calf, but I don’t think you’re gonna win it on him.’”
“When I had him in the semifinals, they told me he went off to the right pretty hard,” Young said of her calf. “Today I was closer on the barrier, and he wasn’t as strong.”
Schieck, who hails from Floresville, Texas, credited much of her success to her palomino mare, Susie. She purchased the mare two years ago for about $2,000. Schieck wasn’t sure how much potential the mare had at first, but eventually realized her talent and gave Susie a chance to shine on the rodeo trail.
“This win is great for me, but I wanted it for her,” Schieck said, holding back tears. “She’s just great. She’s so deserving.”
Young knows her equine counterpart well, also. Young raised Mr Judge Boomer, or “Boomer,” and he has been her main mount since she roped at the NFBR in December 2020. The 8-year-old gelding’s mother was a Judge Cash-bred barrel horse of Young’s, and his sire goes back to Dual Pep.
Young and Schieck Out of the Arena
Young took time off after the NFBR in 2020 to have her daughter, Hadley, and she is just getting back into full-time rodeoing. She spends around seven months out of the year working with her mother to run Downtown Arena in Wickenburg, Arizona, producing events and keeping the facility operating at its peak. Now, she has a chance to be back on the road with her husband, Chris, a PRCA heeler, and Hadley. Having her family on the road has changed some things about rodeo life for Young.
“It’s a lot more entertaining and fun,” Young said. “It makes the wins easier and the losing easier, cause we have (Hadley). She doesn’t know any different; she’s just happy all the time. You can’t really throw a fit if you look over at her being all happy.”
Young had a rebellious act after her win was announced, when instead of running immediately to the stage for her post-win interview, she doubled back to grab Hadley.
“They told me to stay by the gate,” Young said. “But when they said I won it, I knew I had to go get Hadley. It’s not just about me anymore—she’s our everything, our world revolves around her now.”
“I was just going to kind of go a little, escape the Arizona heat and see how it went,” Young said. “Now I just won Cheyenne, and I’m getting a lot closer to the top 15.”
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Schieck, a WPRA rookie in 2022, had some life changes of her own that made professional rodeo an option. She works for the WCRA as a breakaway and tie-down representative, and is coincidentally able to travel more with her husband, Matt, who is a PRCA heeler.
“It’s always been (Matt) on the road, and I decided I was going to play this year.” Schieck said. “I came up here (in the summer) with $500 won to my name for the PRCA. If I did the math right, I should be almost in the top 15 after this week. I won Lewiston (Montana) on Wednesday in between rounds here, too.”
Young is headed back to Arizona, as she is at the end of her originally-planned haul. She is now planning on coming up with a new strategy to keep her NFBR dreams alive.
Meanwhile, Schieck is staying on the road, but she decided to enter smaller rodeos to reduce travel time and keep Susie fresh. She is hoping to capitalize where she is entered to earn a top 15 position.
Stay tuned to see how Cheyenne will impact the WPRA world standings next week, and for a full list of PRCA/WPRA rodeo results, thanks to our friends at Cactus Ropes.
1/2. Macy Young, 4.0, $10,700
1/2. Tiffany Schieck, 4.0, $10,700
3. Emma Charleston, 4.1, $6,64
4. Alli Masters, 4.3, $4,427
5. Lynn Smith, 5.0, $2,583
6. Devan McAdow, 5.3, $1,845