CLOVIS HORSE SALES ALUMNUS WINS BIGGEST RIATA BUCKLE PAYCHECK
Story By: Lizzie Iwersen
In its second year of production, the Riata Buckle Championship delivered on its promise of paying out the most added money in team roping history. Winners of the #12.5, Tyler Singleton and Jesse Jolly, won the week’s biggest paycheck, splitting $115,432. The cowboys had not met prior and were matched by Riata Buckle’s partner-finder. Tyler, of Brundidge, Alabama, didn’t even know about the Riata Buckle until he unknowingly added a Riata Buckle-eligible horse to his herd in August 2023 from Clovis Horse Sales.
The Clovis Horse Sales’ August sale has had a team roping focus since 1994. They hold a team roping jackpot prior to the sale that conveniently doubles as a preview for consigned horses. In 2023, longtime CHS consigners Wilson Cattle Co. brought eight Riata Buckle-eligible geldings to sell at sale held at Levelland, Texas’ Mallet Event Center. Brooke and Rodey Wilson of Canyon, Texas, combined their reputation for selling well-trained team roping horses with the draw of Riata eligibility to create a special session within the regular sale. Their offerings — and one in particular — caught the eye of Brundidge, Alabama’s Singleton family.
“We saw a bunch of videos of the horses the Wilsons consigned to Clovis on their Facebook page,” Tyler recalls. “My dad saw a sorrel horse called Traveler. He showed me, and I thought, ‘yeah, he handles real good.’ We kept watching the videos, registered online and ended up bidding on him.”
Tyler Singleton won the #12.5 at the 2023 Riata Buckle on Lone Jonez, a 5-year-old gelding he purchased at Clovis Horse Sales’ August sale.
Photo Courtesy Anderson/CbarC Photo
Tyler had been to the Wilsons’ the year prior to try some horses and had his sights set on owning a Wilson-trained horse.
“I like the way they put a handle on their head horses and how they get ahold of the steer going across the pen,” Tyler said. “I just really like the way their head horses handle.”
While the selection of horses were all advertised as Riata-eligible, the Singletons did not factor that into their decision to bid on 4-year-old
Lone Jonez (Travelin Jonez x Rubies Lil Sis x Mr Dual Pep), admittedly because they didn’t know anything about the Riata Buckle.
“Tyler didn’t even pick up a rope til he was 15 years old,” Jodie Singleton, Tyler’s mom, said. “His good head horse has been out two years with a suspensory injury, and we are trying to get him rehabbed back but we wanted to get him something else while we rehabbed him. We didn’t even know how the Riata roping really worked.”
Tyler’s previous head horses were on the bigger side, and Tyler wanted to try something smaller this time around.
“I’ve got mostly bigger horses, and Traveler was a little smaller,” Tyler said. “He looked like he was a little quicker and a step up from the horses I’ve got.”