2017 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) brought together the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s top athletes for the ultimate college rodeo face-off. Champions in each of the seven traditional rodeo events (tie-down, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, bareback, barrel racing, bull riding, and team roping) earned an exemption to RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN Semi-Finals for a chance to compete in the world’s richest one-day rodeo, held at AT&T Stadium on Feb. 25 2018.
Meet Pecos Tatum, the 11-year-old rodeo star who is already a longtime veteran of the American Junior Rodeo Association (AJRA) and the subject of not one but two documentaries — one by CNN’s Great Big Story, the other by a film crew from a children’s network in France.
While he’s competed at the National Little Britches Rodeo Association finals several times in the past, Pecos’ main focus is the AJRA circuit, where he’s won seven championships in four years. He’ll be at it again in this week’s AJRA finals in Sweetwater, Texas; the event runs through Saturday.
national titles at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) at the Events Center in Casper this week.Three of his cousins were professional bull riders. And his grandfather was inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame in 1989 for his work as an independent stock contractor.
After his family moved from Oregon to Arizona when he was 10, Brett started riding steers in the Arizona Junior Rodeo Association before graduating to bulls, which he rode for 13 years. “That’s all I knew growing up,” he said. “That’s all I’ve done my whole life. I’ve always wanted to be a cowboy. I’ve never had any other desires
Junior Kailee Webb leads the barrel racing with only two more performances left. Webb won the first round with a time of 14.53 seconds. Her 14.61 effort in the second round was good for eighth. Webb finished with a 14.38 second effort in her third round during Tuesday night’s performance. Her three round accumulated time of 43.52 seconds has her in the top spot.
She bought her current barrel racing horse, Roo, with her own money earned in part by riding ponies to be sold at the Hermiston, Ore. horse sale. She came home with $800 from the sale, and more sale ponies to ride.
She and her mom Ashley, dad Justus, and two younger sisters, Hartlyn, age four, and Gracyn, age two, live in Wilbur, Wash., about 65 miles west of Spokane, and are members of the Colville Confederated Tribes.
Convincing her mom to let her buy Roo was tough. Roo was the fastest horse Rocksie had been on, and Ashley was worried. “It was really nerve wracking when she first wanted to ride Roo, because he’s so fast,” Ashley said. “She rode him a week before I found out she was riding him. The only way I agreed to let her buy him is if she wore a helmet