- Neal Reid
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After a roller coaster-type Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last year, one that eventually led Clay Tryan and Patrick Smith to their first world titles, the team roping duo will try to make it two-for-two this December, but will have some tough competition.
Matt Sherwood and Walt Woodard have made a case for themselves this year, winning the ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale, as well as many other rodeos along the way. Sherwood will make his Wrangler NFR debut this year, while Woodard has one title (1981) to his name.
Another tandem who's found much success this season is the team of David Key and Kory Koontz. Also, Tryan's brother, Travis, a header, and three-time world champion Allen Bach, a heeler, are well in contention for gold buckles, too.
Sherwood and Woodard enter the Wrangler NFR with approximately an $8,000 lead in the world standings, but with big paychecks up for grabs each night, they know their lead is anything but safe.
There are many other teams who still have an opportunity to do well at the Wrangler NFR and walk away with a world title, even though they're a little more behind in the standings. They include Speed Williams, who has eight world titles on his resume, and Clay O'Brien Cooper, as well as three-time all-around world champion Trevor Brazile and Rich Skelton, who also has eight world titles. After winning his first individual world title earlier this month at the National Finals Steer Roping, Brazile would like to add to it with a team roping title.
2006 Wrangler National Finals Event Previews