Unranked tie-down roper Roger Nonella wins Puyallup

Of all of the cowboys that could have won the Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo, tie-down roper Roger Nonella was probably not high on many people’s lists.

Nonella entered the rodeo with less than 30 runs and $969 in total earnings for the entire season, but he proceeded to make runs of 7.9 seconds and 7.7 seconds, the latter being fast enough to tie for first in the Short Go.

“That’s the fastest two calfs I’ve tied in three years, it feels awesome,” he said.

The win in Puyallup earned the 34-year-old $7,556 and he credited it to riding the 21-year-old horse he first used when he started professionally 16 years ago. He said it was like riding a bike.

NONELLA’S SHORT ROUND RUN

NONELLA’S LONG ROUND RUN

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