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From left, South Routt County’s Jace Logan, 11, and Eric Logan, 14, pose for a photo after winning a world championship in ribbon roping at the Little Britches National Finals Rodeo in Pueblo.
Steamboat Springs When Eric Logan explains it, it sounds simple.
Eric, 14, roped a calf Saturday morning at the Little Britches National Finals Rodeo in Pueblo, and his brother, Jace Logan, 11, ran into the arena, grabbed a ribbon off the animal and sprinted back out.
It took 8.93 seconds, more than half a second faster than Usain Bolt could ever hope to run the 100-meter dash.
It was simple — that time, anyway — and it was lightning quick, fast enough to throw the brothers from South Routt County on top of the Little Britches ribbon roping standings, earning them a world championship in the event.
“It was pretty fun and exciting,” Eric Logan said.
The brothers led the way for a strong local contingent at the weeklong event. Others scored high and earned buckles, but none shined quite like Eric and Jace.
They said their championship was the product of lots of practice, especially for Eric, who said he just loves to rope.
Last week, they had to compete against about 100 other teams. They placed third in their first ride earlier in the week, and that was enough to get them over a bad performance in their second ride. It was then on to the finals, where they were at their best.
“It worked pretty well from start to finish,” Eric Logan said. “I came out and roped the calf pretty fast, and my brother got right to the calf before he turned around and started going crazy.”
Eric said Jace nearly was clotheslined by his rope, but he managed to get the ribbon and hustle back out of the arena.
“It was phenomenal,” their mother, Jeannie Logan, said. “It was surreal, like, ‘Wow, that really just happened.’ You always know it's in them because they work hard for it in practice and put a lot of time in. When they actually achieve that goal, you’re pretty proud.”
Performances by Routt County cowboys and cowgirls left plenty of parents swollen with pride throughout the week.
Madison George, 18, and Morgan George, 13, both had big-time performances. Madison George was third overall in the senior girls breakaway roping. She earned several buckles there and several in goat tying, as well.
Added up, she said she’s won 26 buckles at the event throughout the years.
“That’s kind of neat,” she said. “They’re all hanging up on the wall.”
Morgan, meanwhile, scored buckles in ribbon roping, where she placed third, and in trail course riding.
“It was awesome,” she said. “I was just excited.”
Northwest Colorado also got a big score from Maybell brothers Cutter and Trent Barnes, who won the junior team roping championship.
South Routt’s Marley Hammer also performed well, making the short go in pole bending. She also was awarded the $500 Sarah Fleming Memorial Scholarship.
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