On Sunday, Nov. 3, cousins Matt Peterson and Cameron Jones, both Morgan natives, took fourth place in the #9 Shoot-Out at the CINCH United States Team Roping Championships National Finals of Team Roping in Oklahoma City, Okla.
After a week of team roping in Oklahoma with little luck and in a last ditch effort before making the long drive home, Peterson and Jones roped four steers clean, with a time of 36.3 seconds.
Fourth place earned the cousins $43,000 and silver USTRC champion belt buckles. The total payout for the #9 Shoot-Out totaled $516,800, paying the first place team $126,300.
Peterson and Jones were one of only 30 teams brought back to compete in the final round out of 550 participating teams.
Peterson’s win came on his 35th birthday. His parent’s and brother, along with Jones’s girlfriend and dad, were in person to celebrate the win and the birthday.
Family members back in Utah watched the action live on the USTRC website.
“These boys are amazing at what they do and we as a family are so proud of them,” said Shay Peterson, Matt’s wife. “There were lots of tears and cheers in both states when the final results were announced.”
The cousins come from a long line of rodeo and roping enthusiasts, where their grandpa, dads, uncles, brothers, cousins and now even Matt’s teenage daughter participate in team roping and rodeo.
Cameron Jones and another cousin, Chad Peterson (Matt’s younger brother) competed together earlier this year, placing first at the USTRC High Plains Regional Finals in Loveland, Colorado.