By Evan Ren

Killeen Daily Herald

LAMPASAS Elizabeth Fleisner may want to borrow her horses more often.

It wasnt exactly a strategy, but method didnt hurt the Stephenville-based barrel racer, who took the lead Friday in the fourth-annual Riata Roundup.

Using her sisters mount, Zorro, Fleisner raced to a first-place time of 17.86 seconds, despite a surface at Little Bear Arena she described as a little bit deep.

My horse was (injured) so my sister said go ahead and try mine, Fleisner said. It was awfully sweet of her. I think the time might hold up (for first) on this track.

Fleisner was followed by Stephenvilles Lacey Hollabaugh at 17.91, and Cueros Shannon Jacoby at 17.93.

In other action, Josh Parks of Wiekes Ark., rode Cookie Monster for a first-place score of 81 points. Three riders Michael McCorkel of Kempner, Hebro Foato of Stephenville and Decaturs Clint Bodson are tied for second at 74.

That bull is what bull riding is all about, said Parks. Its supposed to be fun, and believe me, I had fun on that one.

In the saddle bronc, Joel Ragsdales 79-point ride was good for first. He was followed by Will Martin of Albany with 65.

That was a good horse and it bucked really well, said Ragsdale, who resides in Anderson. I didnt ride him as well as I should have, but it all worked out.

In the tie-down roping, Lipans Randall Carlisle took the early lead with an 8.6-second run. Shawn Pierce of West is second at 14.4, while Jake Brown of Stephenville is third at 14.8.

Ryan Collison of Victoria leads the steer wrestling with a very speedy time of 5.1 seconds. Luis Flora of LaGrange isa distant second at 9.8.

In team roping, the Brashear team of Cody Odell (header) and Brett Gould left the arena with a first-place time of 4.6 seconds. Jake Brown of Stephenville (header) and Blaine Vick of Breckenridge moved into second at 4.7 seconds, followed by Pilot Points Wade Hudspeth (header) and D.J. Smith of Hillsboro (heeler) at 5.8.

Spicer Lewis (header) and Bob Emerson (heeler) lead the county team roping at 8.3.

In breakaway, Big Springs Jennifer Driver took the lead with a 2.2-second time. Abilenes Shanna Ferguson was the only other roper to record a time, checking in at 3.5.

The Riata Roundup will conclude with tonights show, beginning at 8 p.m.

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