Steer wrestler Chance Howard is currently ranked fifth in the Feb. 13 WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings thanks to starting the 2017 season off by winning first place and taking home $6,595 at the RAM Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo in Davie, Fla.
He also made it to the semifinals at the All American ProRodeo Finals in Waco, Texas, and went home with $4,863. The Cedarville, Ark., cowboy went on to place seventh at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, and is holding on tight to his spot in the Top 15.
How have you made it near the top of the world standings so early in the season?
Chance: It’s been a good start to the year. I won the RAM Southeastern Circuit Finals, and placed good at the All American Finals, and it all helped. This is the best start to the year I’ve ever had, and the horses are feeling good, too.
What rodeos are you looking forward to the most?
Chance: Just any of them I can get to. I’ll be at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in April, and probably go to some California rodeos.
What are you doing to prepare for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo?
Chance: I’m just practicing, and hope I draw good. I try to practice every chance I can.
You had a huge boost early in the 2017 season, thanks to winning the Southeastern Circuit Finals. What are you doing to maintain a spot in the Top 15?
Chance: I keep backing in there and running each one like it’s my last one – just trying to do good time every time I nod my head. It feels good to be in that class, I guess, but it’s still early in the season – but it feels good to be there right now.
What challenges have you overcome in ProRodeo?
Chance: We had a bad wreck last summer while headed to some Louisiana rodeos and it killed one of the horses. Everyone was OK, but it killed one of the horses and totaled the truck. I guess the good Lord was watching over us and knew what we were supposed to be doing. We were in a semi then, and we still had our small trucks, but we got a new trailer and all that. It could have been a lot worse.
Courtesy of PRCA