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Steven Dent

Steven Dent – Mullen, Neb. ($93,652)
8-time WNFR qualifier

Steven Dent has found a new enthusiasm for bareback riding in 2017 and that has paid off with his eighth qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Dent has also been a force in the saddle bronc riding and two years ago, he was tired of bareback riding. Tired of getting beat up and tired of the toll it was taking on his body. That took a toll on his mind as well and he wasn’t craving getting on or having fun.

So he concentrated on saddle bronc riding, spent time on the ranch and didn’t compete in PRCA sanctioned events. He came back after that break from bareback riding with a new enthusiasm and drive to get back to the top of rodeo.

He did that with titles at 12 rodeos, including an all-around title at Elk City, Oklahoma, where he competed in both of his events. He enters this year’s NFR in 12th place with $93,652.

Steven’s family is a huge source of support and influence. His father was a PRCA competitor and they hauled him to rodeos and watched him play football, wrestle and participate in track and field through high school. He had football scholarship offers, but elected to go to Ranger (Texas) College, where world champion saddle bronc rider Tom Reeves was the coach.

He was the all-around and bareback rookie of the year in the PRCA in 2006. The next year he was the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association all-around champion. That was the same year he qualified for his first NFR.

In 2009, he got married. Four years later, Steven and Kay welcomed their first child into the family, Cylas. Kay and Cylas were on hand for the 2014 NFR, the last time Steven competed in the Thomas and Mack Center. This year, she will have her hands full as the couple has added two daughters, Emri and Dailie, to the tribe.

While he is enjoying his success, being away from his wife, children, and the family ranch and responsibilities is the tough part of rodeo. Dent, who always strives for excellence, doesn’t take any of it for granted. He always shows gratitude for his family, friends, fans and sponsors, as well as being able to do something he loves. Hopefully, that commitment and gratitude will pay off in Las Vegas this December.

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