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Parker, Lyman find outlet for competitive needs

Bill Parker, the only Montana cowboy ever to qualify for the Wrangler NFR in tie-down roping (1980) and also an NFR qualifier in team roping, came out of retirement Aug. 19-21 to join forces with 15-time NFR steer wrestling qualifier Rod Lyman and compete in the team roping at the Yellowstone Stampede Pro Rodeo in Billings, MT.

They roped their steer in 11.4 seconds and earned $406 each for finishing fifth. “We didn’t embarrass ourselves,” a smiling Parker told the Billings Gazette. While Lyman had competed as recently as three years ago, it had been 17 years since Parker, 56, had been in a PRCA arena, and he took the task seriously. “We didn’t drive over just to have a good time at the fair,” Parker said. “These kids can laugh at us all they want; we’re here to rope.”

Bill Parker, the only Montana cowboy ever to qualify for the Wrangler NFR in tie-down roping (1980) and also an NFR qualifier in team roping, came out of retirement Aug. 19-21 to join forces with 15-time NFR steer wrestling qualifier Rod Lyman and compete in the team roping at the Yellowstone Stampede Pro Rodeo in Billings, MT.

They roped their steer in 11.4 seconds and earned $406 each for finishing fifth. “We didn’t embarrass ourselves,” a smiling Parker told the Billings Gazette. While Lyman had competed as recently as three years ago, it had been 17 years since Parker, 56, had been in a PRCA arena, and he took the task seriously. “We didn’t drive over just to have a good time at the fair,” Parker said. “These kids can laugh at us all they want; we’re here to rope.”

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