By Justin Boyd
Killeen Daily Herald
After graduating from Texas A&M University in May of 2004, most people probably would have expected Bubba Strait to follow in his famous father's footsteps and try his hand in the music business.
Instead, Strait chose to pursue a career where he would follow a steer with a rope in hand while on horseback.
So far, so good with that life decision.
Bubba Strait, the son of country music star George Strait, and teammate Wayne Folmer posted a time of 5.4 seconds in team roping action during the first round on Thursday at the 58th annual Killeen PRCA Rodeo at the Killeen Rodeo Arena.
Strait, a San Antonio native, and Whitsboro's Folmer shared the first round lead with Madisonville's Justin Davis and Colby Lovell. In the second round, however, a sub-par time dropped Strait and Folmer out of the overall standings, which are currently led by Jimmy Edens of Cedar Hill and Gonzales' Twister Cain (12.2) with two days of competition remaining. The team of Colby Frizzell and Kipp Harrell notched the top time of the evening with a 4.6 in the second round.
"We just had a good steer," Strait, a PRCA rookie, said of his first attempt of the day. "We had one of the best steers and I just ran up and roped him and my partner pretty much took care of the hard part."
Having competed in some form or another for nearly 15 years, the 24-year-old Strait said participating in rodeos has kept him too busy from ever really considering becoming a country and western singer.
"There was no pressure (to become a singer)," Strait said with smile. "Mainly because my dad has heard me sing before. He knows I can't do that."
Strait wasn't the only one to have a good go-around or two on Thursday.
Bringing his steer to the ground in just 6.8 seconds, Hereford's Kirby Kaul not only scored a first-place finish in second-go steer wrestling action but also took the overall two-round lead with a time of 13.7. McDade native Patrick Maass (16.1) is second in the standings followed by Gerald Pasley (17.7) of Cross Plains. Pasley had the best time of the day with a 6.2 in first-go competition.
Riding a bull named "Smokin'", Stephenville's Chad Castillo posted the top score with an 84 in the bull riding competition.
The seven-year competitor seemed rather pleased with his high score.
"An 84 is an 84," Castillo said. "Anytime you can get an 84, that's pretty good."
In barrel racing, Summerfield, Fla. native Layna Kight is in the lead with a time of 16.40. Gainesville's Tana Avens (16.71) and Hearne's Pam Deaver (16.85) are second and third respectively.
In local action, Bruce Feede and Kenny McClaughlin won the county team roping competition as they garnered a four-round time of 36.58.
Day three of event continues tonight at 7:30 p.m.
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