Dora native takes first in 19 and under roping

Courtesy photo Jesse Clark of Dora jumps off of his horse to tie up a calf during the Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping Colt Cluck Memorial last Saturday in Clovis. Clark won first place in the second round in the 19 and under age group.

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico

Dora native Jesse Clark took first place in the 19 and under age group at the recent annual Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping Colt Cluck Memorial and hopes to use the momentum to get to high school national finals.

Clark made the list of eight ropers on April 25 to advance to the finals the next day for the event staged at Curry County’s new Special Events Center.

The competition eliminated the slowest times to rope a calf in each round. Clark won a saddle and $2,500 for first place.

Clark’s first place would not have happened if not for Billy Hoover, a friend who let Clark ride his horse when his was injured.

Clark hopes to make the High School National finals this year and win. Clark’s parents and Sylvester Mayfield have been coaching him for many years.

“Some of the best calf ropers were there,” Mayfield said. “Some from Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona. He won the event and that is a big deal. Clark is a good roper, I’m looking for him to become a world champion.”

Mayfield is also a roper and