LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Sulphur native Shane Hanchey has another Gold Buckle in his collection as the Sulphur cowboy was named the NFR Average Champion in Tie-Down Roping for the second time in his career. Hanchey’s time of 83.1 seconds was more than seven seconds better than second place.
His pace was so impressive this year, he was just three seconds off his recording setting pace in 2013.
“It was a lot alike and different at the same time Brandon” said Hanchey. “You know in 2013, I was able to win the world title along with setting an average record and this year I fell short of a world title by about $3,000, but going back on 2013, averaging 8.0 a calf was really crazy and to know that I averaged 8.3 a calf this year was pretty cool.”
Hanchey came into the event as a big underdog in the tie-down standings but feels like the average title was a “sweet consolation.” Not to mention the $143k earned during the NFR. Hanchey said he’s always honored to represent his home.
“It’s really important to southwest Louisiana” Hanchey said. “There’s a lot of families that rodeo not only in Sulphur but in Lake Charles, Iowa and other surrounding area’s ever since I was a little kid.”
So Hanchey’s focus now shifts to 2021, with a mindset of working hard while being an inspiration for the next batch of Southwest Louisiana pokes.
“Dreams don’t work unless you do, and hard work always pays off and I think I’m one of those guys that really didn’t have anything handed to me in the sport so I had to work for it and I’m not a very big guy so it doesn’t matter your size as long as you have a good work ethic you can achieve anything you want” said Hanchey.