Tyler Waguespack – Gonzales, La. ($103,944)
3-time WNFR qualifier
1-ttime RNCFR quaiifier
At last year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Tyler Waguespack was always in a hurry. He hurried to throw steers down, then after steer wrestling, hurried back to watch girlfriend Sarah Rose McDonald compete in barrel racing.
Three out of the 10 nights, he also hurried to the South Point Hotel & Casino to pick up go-round buckles. All of that hurrying paid off with a world championship and a new earnings record in the steer wrestling. It was just his second trip to Las Vegas to compete at the NFR.
Tyler won the average and the most money out of 120 rodeo contestants at last year’s NFR. That $213,218 got him the RAM Top Gun Award and gave him a year-end total of $298,676. He also got the girl and in October asked Sarah Rose to be his wife. She said yes.
This year, Tyler’s success sees him starting the NFR in third place with $105,904 in regular season earnings. He also checked the Calgary Stampede and Rodeo Houston off his bucket list and while the money he won doesn’t count they are two of the most prestigious rodeos and to win them both in the same year is a huge accomplishment.
His experiences since joining the PRCA in 2012 have helped him be consistent in the arena and while he only won two rodeos this year, he placed at a lot of others and made it count. He has been able to ride great horses as well. Landry’s Cadillac, two-time steer wrestling horse of the year helped him earn a world title last December and will likely be his mount in Las Vegas again this year.
Tyler started his rodeo career roping calves and steer wrestling. His dad, Mike, was also a steer wrestler. He sold his calf horse and concentrated on the steer wrestling. Four-time world champion Ote Berry saw the potential in Tyler and became his mentor.
Ote, Mike and Sarah will be in the stands at the Thomas and Mack Center, along with Tyler’s mom, Vicki. Tyler also has four sisters. The family is anticipating this year’s NFR with gratefulness for past success and hope for much more in the future.