Dustin Bird – Cut Bank, Mont.
4-time WNFR qualifier
3-time RNCFR qualifier
After three consecutive qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from 2012-14, Dustin Bird found himself on the outside looking in in 2015, finishing in 28th place in the final world standings.
He turned that around in a hurry in 2016 and rolls into the 2016 NFR in fifth place in the team roping heading standings with $95,615 won during the regular season. He has been competing in tie-down roping and is also sitting third in the world all-around standings with a solid chance to win a gold buckle there as well.
Roping this year with veteran Russell Cardoza, Dustin won 13 rodeos outright during the season, including the grand prize at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo to jump start their season earning $21,747 each in February. Other key victories came north of the border in Alberta and British Columbia including wins in Airdrie, Craigmyle, High River, Leduc, Armstrong and Pincher Creek qualifying them for the Canadian Finals Rodeo too.
Dustin and Russell also picked up a win during the California run at Livermore and in Dustin’s home state with wins in Dillon, Lewiston and Sidney. Dustin also teamed with Tyler McKnight to win the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots in Kissimmee, Fla.
His horse, Dolly, tied for second in the 2012 AQHA/PRCA Team Roping Heading Horse of the Year and was third in 2016. Raised on the family ranch in Cut Bank, Mont., Dustin began competing at age 14, making a name for himself as an all-around hand. He has won three all-around championships at the Indian National Finals Rodeo.