Tyler Waguespack – Gonzales, La. ($79,479)
4-time WNFR qualifier
2016 World Champion
If there was one word that was the key to Tyler Waguespack’s success it would be practice.
Spending tons of time in the practice pen has given him the opportunity to be successful enough in the rodeo arena to have qualified for his fourth consecutive Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. And, that mentality of working harder than anyone else and not wanting to just get by, but to be the absolute best earned him the 2016 world championship.
After his success in Las Vegas at the 2016 NFR, Tyler didn’t set back and rest on his laurels. Instead he headed to the practice pen to get ready for the next steer to run. His 2018 season saw him earning $79,479 and qualifying for rodeo’s championships in 10th place.
It might not have been the season that he had hoped for, but the ultimate goal was to get back to Las Vegas and he did that handily. This year’s NFR will be slightly different than the past three.
Two year’s ago, he was watching his girlfriend Sarah Rose McDonald compete in the Thomas and Mack Center in the barrel racing along with competing himself. Last year, Sarah didn’t qualify and became Tyler’s biggest fan in the stands.
This year, not only will she be his fan, she will be his wife. November is a slow time for rodeos, but a perfect time for a rodeo cowboy and cowgirl to get married, and maybe have a honeymoon before the NFR.
Also at the top of his fan list are his parents Mike and Vicki, and Tyler’s four sisters. They have been with Tyler since he was a youth competing in the tie-down roping and steer wrestling. Mike was a steer wrestler and taught Tyler the foundation.
Tyler’s prowess in the steer wrestling soon outweighed his desire to rope calves, so he sold his rope horse and concentrated on one event. World champion Ote Berry saw his potential and became his mentor.
Learning from other steer wrestlers, getting on the right horses, having positive traveling partners, and a supportive family has seen Tyler rise to greatness in the arena. Now, with a lifelong commitment to someone who understands his drive and passion, the sky is the limit.