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Ty Lang, of Montrose, Colorado, begins to dismount his horse to tackle an evading steer in the steer wrestling event Wednesday at Lawton Rangers Rodeo. Lang completed his run in 4.6 seconds.Former world champion Justin McDaniel holds on with all his might as South Suds tries to buck McDaniel off in the bareback riding at Lawton Rangers Rodeo at LO Ranch Arena on Wednesday. The Porum, Oklahoma, native rode the bronc for the full eight seconds. McDaniel leads after scoring an 83.

Rangers Rodeo off to roaring start

Robinson takes early lead in bull riding

Once again the bucking stock proved to be up to the hype as just two bull riders were able to survive the whistle as the 76th Annual Lawton Rangers Rodeo opened at the LO Ranch Arena.

The top effort was an 80 from Pistol Robinson of Hubbard, Texas, who rode Stretch Armstrong for the second time in a year to grab the early lead in the bull riding.

"It was about what the judges felt I deserved," Robinson said when asked if he thought the score was about right. "Maybe later in the rodeo that might be a few points higher but that's the luck of the draw. At this time of the year I'm just happy to cover one."

That's because this time of the year there are fewer cowboys with money in their pockets to pay entry fees and sometimes when they don't get a good draw they feel they can win on, they turn out and fail to show.

That's just what happened with former world champion J.W. Harris who called secretary Vickie Shireman Wednesday afternoon to say he wouldn't be making the drive.

For Robinson and Corey Granger, who rodeo Clubber Lang from the Beutler and Son Rodeo Company to a 79, they were sure not upset that Harris didn't show because it helps their chances.

However, 12 more bull riders will be on hand tonight at 7:30 p.m. for the second performance where the Rangers will celebrate "Two For One" night. 

There were other good performances last night as former world champion Justin McDaniel grabbed the bareback lead with an 83 on South Suds.

In the saddle bronc riding the big names failed to stay aboard, which gave Hardy Braden of Welch his opening and he rode Anytime for a 74 to get the early lead.

But now he must try and survive as five of the best in the world with Jake and Jesse Wright, Taos Muncy, Cody Taton and Isaac Diaz, are all scheduled to compete tonight.

Muncy has actually taken over the lead in the world standings with more than $89,000 in earnings and he's hoping that his draw on Homecoming will be just the thing to take him even further in front of the pack giving chase. 

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