By Wrangler Network contributor, Charlie Coon
He is far from raging in personality – more the ‘speak softly and carry a big rope’ type. Yet, so far at the 2014 College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR), Taygen Schuelke leads the pack. It is still early but the Sheridan College bull and bronc rider is 100 points ahead of the nearest competitor for the coveted “All-Around Cowboy” title. The 21-year-old is a rookie in the ProRodeo ranks. He’s covered all four of his livestock matches for good scores. Sheridan College, located in Wyoming, is the #1 men’s team thus far at the CNFR’s in Casper, Wyo., in large part due to Schuelke’s work.
We caught his second round rides at the Monday slack and spent a short time chatting with the smiling cowboy afterward:
Taygen Schuelke has amassed 220 points at the CNFR. Tarleton State University’s Billy Bob Brown is at 120 which he gained in team and tie down roping. Brown won CNFR all-around honors last year.
‘Travels with Charlie’ is a series of features by Charlie Coon produced exclusively for the Wrangler Network. Using the penname Curtis Scott, Mr. Coon has provided stories for the past 20 years to such outlets as The History Channel Magazine, American Heritage and the Denver Post. He is based in Cheyenne, Wyo., where he serves as coordinator for the state of Wyoming’s cowboy marketing program. Coon and cameraman Mike McCrimmon put together news, sports, and human interest features on a semi-regular basis for TV stations in Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota.