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07.12.2016
Wyatt Rogers 911

What most people do not know about 19-year-old Wyatt Rogers is that he was very close to winning last year’s CBR World Championship as a rookie. Most CBR fans remember it as a battle between Cody Teel and Sage Kimzey, and it was… at the Finals. But a closer look at what happened during the regular season sometimes tells a different story than the end result.

Sitting in the No. 9 slot of the CBR World Finals roster, Rogers just completed his first FULL season (2016) with Championship Bull Riding.

In 2014 he burst onto the already in progress 2015 CBR tour in mid-October shortly after his 18th birthday. He rode three for three bulls at the Bulls on the Border Bash in Mercedes, Texas to pocket the $43,000 cash prize at his first televised event on the Road to Cheyenne.

Eight months later Rogers finished 5th on the season just 628 points or 7 qualified rides behind the World Champion Cody Teel and that was after missing the first four (not old enough) events of the 2015 season and the last (Del Rio) due to a groin injury. He missed eighteen possible bull scores because he was not old enough for the first tour events and then injury at the end of the season.

The first time I realized how close Rogers was to winning last year’s title was when 3 time World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey pointed it out to me while shooting Cheyenne promotional videos in Del Rio. He heard Rogers tell me he was having to withdraw from the Del Rio competition and Kimzey couldn’t believe what he just heard.

“He’s right there in the thick, he has just as good a shot at winning the $100,000 as I do,” said Kimzey.

“Does he know that?” continued Kimzey.

Rogers was forced to rest a pulled groin sustained while competing in March. The injury slowed down his race for the 2015 CBR World title considerably as he bucked off in Mulvane, was forced to miss Fort Worth, and although he attempted a comeback in Del Rio, he was not able to complete the two day event.

Preserving his body for hopefully a long rodeo career, which included a college rodeo team scholarship for the fall, he and his family made the decision to withdraw at the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding in Del Rio, the last event of the regular CBR season.

“My Road to Cheyenne this year was full of ups and downs, the travel part was more difficult as I had to book flights from college rodeo competitions and most of the time I had to drive all night to get to the CBR’s and one time my van got stolen,” said Rogers who is competing in three pro rodeos on his way to Cheyenne this year.

Committed to CBR in 2016, Rogers rode in fourteen of the fifteen stops on the Road to Cheyenne and multiple Horizon Series events. He progressed to the semifinal round seven times and the four man Shoot Out round twice. He finished the tour riding 53 percent of his draws and at one time during the tour he rode six bulls consecutively.

Although he has three 90 point plus rides on his career record this year, 89.5 was his high mark and it was in the semifinal round in Rio Rancho on Mike Rawson’s 1711 Too Juicy. He had two 7 second or more attempts, both in the semifinal rounds in Salina (626 Karaoke) and Lufkin (158 Sleeping Deacon).

If he had ridden those two bulls he would be knocking on the World Championship title in the No. 3 position or higher if he had gone on to ride a third bull in either of those two events.

Rogers had a solid and consistent season and is currently enjoying his highest riding percentage, 53 percent, since turning pro twenty months ago. Also in 2016 while juggling, his college rodeo schedule he accomplished three top five finishes: second in Rio Rancho, third in Mercedes, and fifth in Jackson.

Looking forward to being a part of the history, Rogers expects an adrenaline rush when he steps onto the sands of Cheyenne. “My dad loved it and so do I,” said Rogers. 

Wyatt’s dreams of being a cowboy and getting to go to the “Daddy of ‘Em All” are fueling his efforts to win a CBR World Championship.

If he had his choice he would see his name beside Boomer or Karaoke, both from Jerilyn Harmon's Elite Bulls.

“It’s a great rodeo worth over a million dollars and one of the richest bull ridings of the year, doesn’t get much better than that.”

What is Rogers doing to stay in shape this summer?

Representing Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Wyatt Rogers capped his 2016 College National Finals run with a fifth place finish overall in the bull riding event.

After becoming just the second Southeastern bull rider to ever advance to the finals, he was one of five riders to go the full eight seconds in two of their three qualifying runs, with no one pulling off a ride in all three rounds. He went into the finals in fourth and was three points behind then-leader Tyler Lewis in the total average score, while racking up 110 points heading to the finals, which finished as the third-most points of any competitor.

 

It’s All in the Family

Wyatt Rogers will make his second appearance in Cheyenne with his biggest cheerleader, Mom, Chris Rogers and fellow bull rider friend Lane Toon. The two will journey from Rose, Oklahoma and compete in two pro rodeos on their way to the grandstands of Cheyenne.

Warren “Dusty” Rogers of Rose was a steer wrestler and team roper who began teaching his son to be a cowboy at an early age. Dusty Rogers was entered and competed in the Steer Wrestling division of Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo on the same day Lane Frost lost his life in the Frontier Park Arena.

“I just ride them jump for jump,” claimed the college athlete who dedicated his first year rides to his father who died suddenly in May of 2014. 

Wyatt, who rode his first sheep at two years old, went on to win the Jr. Bull Riding division of Little Britches at 13 before winning the Oklahoma High Bull Riding State Championship in 2013 and 2014.

Ironically, the only bull rider to ever beat Rogers in high school bull riding competitions was another member of the CBR family… Sage Kimzey. 


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