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Clint Laye

Clint Laye – Cadogan, Alberta
1-time WNFR qualifier

Clint Laye head shot

Clint Laye has given Canadian Rodeo fans a lot to cheer for this year, starting with a win at the Calgary Stampede and finishing with a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) qualification.

The Cadogan, Alberta resident won a slew of rodeos on both sides of the border and is headed to the Canadian Finals Rodeo for the third time as well. And the stands both places will be filled with a lot of family that helped him along the way.

Coming from a rodeo family can cause a person to love or hate the sport. Clint loves it. His father Darcey competed as a steer wrestler and his mother Jerry ran barrels. His grandfather Albert Laye and uncle Leon Laye were both Canadian steer wrestling champions.

Clint gravitated to the other end of the arena riding bucking horses, specifically following in the footsteps of his uncle Billy Laye, the 1991 Canadian bareback riding champion. Billy also competed for world titles in the Thomas and Mack Center three times in 1991, 1994 and 1995. Billy acted as coach and mentor from the first time that he got on a bucking horse when he was 15 years old.

He qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo, went on to college for a year at Odessa, Texas and was at the College National Finals Rodeo in 2012, the same year he joined the PRCA. The athlete used every opportunity to get better and accomplish his goals.

Clint had big wins at Rodeo Austin (Texas) and the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo to help him to his first WNFR. Unfortunately for him, the money from the Calgary Stampede didn’t count towards world standings, but the championship will be something he will hold onto forever.

His uncle Billy and aunt Marci along with his parents are just part of the Canadian contingent that will be cheering him on Dec. 3-12. And, those Canadians will be making noise and waving their flags for five other contestants chasing gold buckles.

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