Craig’s Jaguar Terrill ties up $15k at Arizona roping competition
Jaguar Terrill recently snagged something big.
The Craig native and Moffat County High School graduate won more than $15,000 at the Mike Cervi Jr. Memorial Pro Classic in February in Casa Grande, Arizona.
Terrill and partner Jason Warner competed in the team roping part of the rodeo, each taking $14,375 as the top finishers with a total time of 36.76 seconds.
For their quick time in the short round, they each also won an additional $1,000.
Terrill, the header of the pair, said the experience went so quickly it took a while to realize he had just won a five-figure prize.
“For a couple hours, I didn’t know what to think, it was quite a deal,” he said. “There’s a lot of the top guys in the world there, so it’s a great opportunity.”
He added that the victory is likely the biggest achievement he’s reached yet in his career.
In an online article from Arizona’s Aros Ranch, George Aros, a former national rodeo champion, referred to Terrill’s roping and riding skills and scoring as “excellent.”
“This kid showed more maturity out there than anybody,” Aros said.
A roper for about 20 years of his life, Terrill, 25, competed in rodeo events throughout all four years at MCHS, where he graduated in 2007, twice qualifying for the national level.
Currently residing in Arizona, Terrill plans to return to Northwest Colorado in the coming months to participate in rodeos aplenty, moving on to gatherings in Idaho, Utah and Nevada in the summer, and as the weather hears up throughout May and June, so will the drive to win.
“We’ll darn sure plan to rodeo the whole month of July,” Terrill said.
After four years of hard work, members of Moffat County High School’s Class of 2019 are striving to keep going for greatness in the world, and the Bulldogs who took top honors during graduation aren’t just sitting on their laurels.