Reigning World Champion Competes At Rodeo Austin

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By Lindsay Leyden, Rodeo Austin

AUSTIN, Texas -- Rodeo Austin continues to welcome new cowboys and cowgirls to compete at the Ride for the Brand Cowboy Tournament on March 11-25, and many of them are seasoned ProRodeo athletes to say the least. Tyson Durfey, the reigning world champion tie-down roper, has been on the rodeo trail since early January looking to defend his No. 1 spot in the 2017 rodeo season.

"You know, after winning the world title and coming back on a new season, it makes me realize all of the hard work that went into that win," Durfey said. "It's easy to coast along after winning the world, but for me it is working hard and keeping my focus."

So much time, hard work, and discipline is dedicated to practicing, making sure horses are in the best possible shape and health, and traveling from rodeo to rodeo. While the wins are sweet, the amount of hours spent on the road away from family can be a little bit bitter.

The hardest part of rodeo is being on the road and away from my family," Durfey said. "I am blessed to have a super supportive wife; she has grown up in rodeo and understands the work and time that goes into it. As a rodeo competitor you really cherish the time you spend with your family, because you don't always know when that's gonna be.
Though the hours can be strenuous at times, seeing the hard work pay off and having a strong support system made up of loved ones make everything worthwhile.

"A cowboy is what I am," Durfey said. "It is ingrained into my blood."

You can see more rodeo athletes now through March 25 at Rodeo Austin.

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Ky Marshall Leads Bareback Competition After Day One At 2017 Pro Agribition

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Under the floodlights at the spectator-packed Brandt Centre, competitors at the 2017 Pro Agribition Rodeo showed they weren't holding anything back on the first day. Although Pool A athletes at the Pro Agribition Rodeo will have to wait to learn their fate until Friday, when Pool B competitors take their first-round runs and rides, it's never too early to break down the leaderboard—let's start with today's top bareback rider.

CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out Touts World-Champion Competitors for 2017

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LAS VEGAS — Boyd Gaming has unveiled the full roster of competitors and world-champion rodeo talent set to compete in the third-annual CINCH Boyd Gaming Chute-Out, happening Dec. 7-9 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

New Faces At The Canadian Western Agribition

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While there will be many familiar faces at this year’s Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, Saskatchewan, here’s a rundown on some new faces you probably haven’t met yet.

Getting A Jump Start On The Competition: Canadian Western Agribition

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Even though the snow seems to have settled in for the winter and most rodeo athletes have either headed south or hunkered down, the Canadian Western Agribition offers a chance for competitors to kick-start their 2018 season. With one of the top 10 largest payouts in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) Season, Agribition in Regina, Saskatchewan, is a great opportunity for the competitors to get ahead of the game before they pack it in for the winter.

Athletes Fresh Off CFR Win Head to Agribition

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The top athletes of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association have hardly worn the shine off buckles, or even had a chance to break in their Canadian champion saddles, before the 2018 season is yet to begin. The cowboys are still reeling from the exciting CFR44 last week at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, but with the next event kicking off in Regina, Saskatchewan, on November 22, they hardly have time to reminisce. It’s time to prepare for the Canadian Western Agribition.

5 Highlights Of Epic Week At Canadian Finals Rodeo

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By Lincoln Shryack

The biggest rodeo event north of the border — Canadian Finals Rodeo — concluded on Sunday in Edmonton, as several of the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls competed for big prize money and gold buckles at the Canadian Professional Rodeo season finale.

Scott Snedecor Wins Third Steer Roping World Title

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By Lincoln Shryack

Forty-two-year-old Texas cowboy Scott Snedecor took home his third career steer roping world championship title on Saturday at the 2017 National Finals Steer Roping (NFSR) in Mulvane, Kansas. Snedecor was propelled to the top spot by winning the average at the Kansas Star Arena, roping nine head in 104.1 seconds over the two-day competition.

Who Has The Top Season In PBR History?

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By Lincoln Shryack

Now that the 2017 PBR season is in the books and 20-year-old Jess Lockwood has established himself as the greatest bull rider in the world, we felt like it was a good time to see how this year’s top cowboy stacks up against past PBR champions. Which world champion can claim the best PBR single season in history? We’ve combed through the bull riding record books to find the answer.

Jess Lockwood Becomes Youngest To Win PBR World Title

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By Lincoln Shryack

Twenty-year-old Jess Lockwood made history on Sunday night in Las Vegas as he became the youngest PBR World Champion of all time after finishing third in the bull riding World Finals. The Montana cowboy is just the second rider in history to follow up a rookie of the year season with a world title, as Silvano Alves of Brazil first accomplished the feat back in 2011.

Young Guns: The Five Best Cowboys 20 And Under

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By Lincoln Shryack

Inspired by 20-year-old Jess Lockwood and his impressive round one victory last night at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas, we’re highlighting the rodeo young guns who are making the most noise in the professional ranks.

These cowboys are all 20 years old or younger, and each man has been among the very best in their respective disciplines in 2017. With these five leading the way, an exciting future awaits rodeo fans.