MT team roper honored as an outstanding athlete
Chase Tryan was named Male Athlete of the Year by the Helena (MT) Independent Record after completing the best season ever by a ProRodeo cowboy from that area. Tryan finished fourth in the team roping (heeling) world standings with
earnings of $166,189. Bareback rider Cody DeMers had held the previous records by finishing seventh in 2003 and 2005 with earnings of $141,237 in 2003. Tryan’s Wrangler NFR earnings of $68,759 also surpassed DeMers’ total of $49,856 in 2011. Tryan and header Keven Daniel finished second in the NFR average standings and the only Helena cowboy to top that was Marvin “Butch” Joyce, who won the saddle bronc riding average title in 1972. “Making the Finals was the ultimate highlight,” Tryan told the Independent Record. “It was cool to be there, to be able to rope in that same arena that I’ve watched on TV – it was a dream come true. And to share the experience with my whole family there was just unbelievable.” F
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