Lohof captures inaugural Montana Steer Roping Finals title
Montana native and veteran steer roper Mike Lohof made a bit of history Sept. 29.
With a time of 90.8 seconds on four head, Lohof, 55, became the champion of the inaugural Montana Circuit Steer Roping Finals at the Cotton Equestrian Center.
Lohof, of Baker, MT, won $2,468 of the $8,225 total payout and his first championship title.
“After watching that first round (of five), I kind of knew it would turn into a roping where there wasn’t going to be a lot of fast runs, and you just had to concentrate on tying them down,” Lohof said.
“I had a no-time in the second round – the steer got up on me – but the other guys all had a problem, too, so we were back even. In the last round, Delon Parker happened to rope his steer by the neck. I’d already tied mine down, and that’s how it ended.”
Parker’s mishap dropped him to third in the average behind Ike Sankey, a five-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier in bareback riding (four) and saddle bronc riding (one). Fred Hirschy placed fourth.
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