PITTSBURG — Because of the approximately 180 competitors in last weekend’s Founders Day Rodeo in Pittsburg, fans left Saturday’s competition without knowing who’d won most of the events. With many of the racers and ropers competing in the overflow, or “slack,” time after the show ended around midnight, winners couldn’t be determined until approximately 3 a.m. Sunday morning, according to announcer Roy Labor.
But when all was said and done, when every calf, bull, horse and sheep was back in its pen, several McAlester-area cowboys and cowgirls stood victorious, according to results provided by Ward Rodeo Company on Tuesday. Those local champions included McAlester High School graduate and Eastern Oklahoma State College freshman Dillon Brewer, who won the tie-down roping competition. He lassoed, tackled and bound his calf Saturday in a blistering 9.81 seconds.
Pittsburg’s own Holly Sullivan joined Brewer, winning the breakaway roping event both nights, including a 3.91-second performance Saturday. Sullivan, a 21-year-old senior Human and Family Sciences major at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, said the particular calves randomly chosen for her by Ward Rodeo really helped her performance
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