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Brothers Eli & Levi Lord win big at team roping

Alaina Mousel, Editor

Team roping brothers Eli and Levi Lord from Piedmont, SD, have risen to the top as heelers at separate team roping events across the nation this spring.

Levi, 15, was named High Point Roper at the Tuley Oklahoma Truck Extravaganza, held April 2-3 in Ada, OK. He and header Brandon Wieland placed first with a time of 25.1 on 3, pocketing $5,000 and a new Dodge Dually pickup truck. “We picked up the truck April 3, and we’ve got about 6,500 miles on it now,” Levi said of his new ride, and joked: “We’ll have to take Eli’s truck pretty quick, before we wear mine out.”

Eli, 17, earned his own Dodge Dually pickup, and a Bison Living Quarters Trailer, at the Northern States Invitational Wrangler Team Roping Championship in Billings, MT, May 6-8. Though typically a header, Eli worked as a heeler amongst a competitive field to score the big awards. He and header Kevin Jaeger won the average with 29.48 on 4 head, earning them each a new truck. He and Jared Odens were the high team back, scoring 17.18 on three head, earning them each a new trailer with living quarters. With 1,300 teams competing for cash and awards, it was “really good roping,” Eli said. “You couldn’t mess around too much. If you stubbed your toe, you were out of it.”

Both brothers recognize that these honors were notable. “There’s not much bigger (awards) than a new truck,” Levi said simply. Still, success isn’t new to either brother. Levi was the National Circuit Champion at Wrangler Team Roping Championship Finals in Billings, MT last October heeling for JR Dees from Aurora, SD; while Eli earned $11,000 at the USTRCA Championship in Oklahoma his first time competing.

The brothers credit much of their success to their family, who are long-standing competitors in the rodeo arena. “We were born into it, and it’s a good sport,” Levi said, noting that his father, J.B. Lord, has been successful in the PRCA Badlands Circuit and South Dakota Rodeo Association (SDRA). “He’s been there to support us every time, which is definitely to our advantage.”

Eli agreed, and added that their mom, Kelly Lytle, helps manage the business side of rodeoing. And business it is. “I’m in the next tax bracket because of that one weekend,” Eli said of his May 6-8 accomplishment. Eli also recognized Dean Moncur, who has provided some of the horses the boys rope off of.

As school wrapped up for the year, both Eli and Levi are geared up for South Dakota High School Rodeo Association (SDHSRA) Regional and State Finals. Eli is roping with Jhett Williams, and the pair won second place at last year’s State Finals. “I’m looking forward to competing against Levi, and I’m also bulldogging,” the junior said.

Levi, a freshman, will make his SDHSRA debut this year, heading for 2010 defending state champion Jade Nelson from Midland, SD. He’s confident the duo will make it to the National Finals.

“We’ve got a pretty big summer,” Eli said of their upcoming schedule, which will include SDRA events and the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, OK, July 10-15.

Team roping brothers Eli and Levi Lord from Piedmont, SD, have risen to the top as heelers at separate team roping events across the nation this spring.

Levi, 15, was named High Point Roper at the Tuley Oklahoma Truck Extravaganza, held April 2-3 in Ada, OK. He and header Brandon Wieland placed first with a time of 25.1 on 3, pocketing $5,000 and a new Dodge Dually pickup truck. “We picked up the truck April 3, and we’ve got about 6,500 miles on it now,” Levi said of his new ride, and joked: “We’ll have to take Eli’s truck pretty quick, before we wear mine out.”

Eli, 17, earned his own Dodge Dually pickup, and a Bison Living Quarters Trailer, at the Northern States Invitational Wrangler Team Roping Championship in Billings, MT, May 6-8. Though typically a header, Eli worked as a heeler amongst a competitive field to score the big awards. He and header Kevin Jaeger won the average with 29.48 on 4 head, earning them each a new truck. He and Jared Odens were the high team back, scoring 17.18 on three head, earning them each a new trailer with living quarters. With 1,300 teams competing for cash and awards, it was “really good roping,” Eli said. “You couldn’t mess around too much. If you stubbed your toe, you were out of it.”

Both brothers recognize that these honors were notable. “There’s not much bigger (awards) than a new truck,” Levi said simply. Still, success isn’t new to either brother. Levi was the National Circuit Champion at Wrangler Team Roping Championship Finals in Billings, MT last October heeling for JR Dees from Aurora, SD; while Eli earned $11,000 at the USTRCA Championship in Oklahoma his first time competing.

The brothers credit much of their success to their family, who are long-standing competitors in the rodeo arena. “We were born into it, and it’s a good sport,” Levi said, noting that his father, J.B. Lord, has been successful in the PRCA Badlands Circuit and South Dakota Rodeo Association (SDRA). “He’s been there to support us every time, which is definitely to our advantage.”

Eli agreed, and added that their mom, Kelly Lytle, helps manage the business side of rodeoing. And business it is. “I’m in the next tax bracket because of that one weekend,” Eli said of his May 6-8 accomplishment. Eli also recognized Dean Moncur, who has provided some of the horses the boys rope off of.

As school wrapped up for the year, both Eli and Levi are geared up for South Dakota High School Rodeo Association (SDHSRA) Regional and State Finals. Eli is roping with Jhett Williams, and the pair won second place at last year’s State Finals. “I’m looking forward to competing against Levi, and I’m also bulldogging,” the junior said.

Levi, a freshman, will make his SDHSRA debut this year, heading for 2010 defending state champion Jade Nelson from Midland, SD. He’s confident the duo will make it to the National Finals.

“We’ve got a pretty big summer,” Eli said of their upcoming schedule, which will include SDRA events and the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, OK, July 10-15.

Team roping brothers Eli and Levi Lord from Piedmont, SD, have risen to the top as heelers at separate team roping events across the nation this spring.

Levi, 15, was named High Point Roper at the Tuley Oklahoma Truck Extravaganza, held April 2-3 in Ada, OK. He and header Brandon Wieland placed first with a time of 25.1 on 3, pocketing $5,000 and a new Dodge Dually pickup truck. “We picked up the truck April 3, and we’ve got about 6,500 miles on it now,” Levi said of his new ride, and joked: “We’ll have to take Eli’s truck pretty quick, before we wear mine out.”

Eli, 17, earned his own Dodge Dually pickup, and a Bison Living Quarters Trailer, at the Northern States Invitational Wrangler Team Roping Championship in Billings, MT, May 6-8. Though typically a header, Eli worked as a heeler amongst a competitive field to score the big awards. He and header Kevin Jaeger won the average with 29.48 on 4 head, earning them each a new truck. He and Jared Odens were the high team back, scoring 17.18 on three head, earning them each a new trailer with living quarters. With 1,300 teams competing for cash and awards, it was “really good roping,” Eli said. “You couldn’t mess around too much. If you stubbed your toe, you were out of it.”

Both brothers recognize that these honors were notable. “There’s not much bigger (awards) than a new truck,” Levi said simply. Still, success isn’t new to either brother. Levi was the National Circuit Champion at Wrangler Team Roping Championship Finals in Billings, MT last October heeling for JR Dees from Aurora, SD; while Eli earned $11,000 at the USTRCA Championship in Oklahoma his first time competing.

The brothers credit much of their success to their family, who are long-standing competitors in the rodeo arena. “We were born into it, and it’s a good sport,” Levi said, noting that his father, J.B. Lord, has been successful in the PRCA Badlands Circuit and South Dakota Rodeo Association (SDRA). “He’s been there to support us every time, which is definitely to our advantage.”

Eli agreed, and added that their mom, Kelly Lytle, helps manage the business side of rodeoing. And business it is. “I’m in the next tax bracket because of that one weekend,” Eli said of his May 6-8 accomplishment. Eli also recognized Dean Moncur, who has provided some of the horses the boys rope off of.

As school wrapped up for the year, both Eli and Levi are geared up for South Dakota High School Rodeo Association (SDHSRA) Regional and State Finals. Eli is roping with Jhett Williams, and the pair won second place at last year’s State Finals. “I’m looking forward to competing against Levi, and I’m also bulldogging,” the junior said.

Levi, a freshman, will make his SDHSRA debut this year, heading for 2010 defending state champion Jade Nelson from Midland, SD. He’s confident the duo will make it to the National Finals.

“We’ve got a pretty big summer,” Eli said of their upcoming schedule, which will include SDRA events and the International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee, OK, July 10-15.


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