Cade Swor – Winnie, Texs
5-time WNFR qualifier
1-time RNCFR qualifier
The final week of the regular season, Cade Swor crossed the million dollar mark in career earnings.
While that was a huge milestone, the Texas cowboy has reasons to love rodeo that are worth more than a million dollars. Cade joined the PRCA in 2002. The next year, he was reserve champion tie-down roper at the College National Finals Rodeo and part of the men’s champion team for Vernon College.
It was 2004 where he qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) for the first time and throughout that season he rode more than 30 horses. He is a cowboy through and through and while tie-down roping is his specialty, he has also competed in the tie-down roping and team roping.
He qualified for the next two NFRs, and then came a string of near misses. For five years in a row, he finished in the top 30 of the world standings but failed to crack that ever-important top 15 in the world. He had the worst season of his career in 2012 finishing in 65th place.
It was time for Cade to do something different. In March of 2013, he got a new horse Floyd Money. Earlier that year, while competing at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo in Denver, he met Miss Rodeo Colorado, Sarah Faith Wiens. Those events changed his life.
He finished the year in 17th and with horsepower in his pocket, he was ready to make a run for the 2014 NFR. He saw Sarah again at Denver’s rodeo and got up the nerve to talk to her. Soon the two were dating and love was growing.
Cade qualified for his fourth NFR and finished fifth in the world with Sarah’s support and encouragement. They got married in October of 2015 and started making preparations for Cade’s fifth trip to Las Vegas.
This year, at 34 years old, he enters his sixth NFR in sixth place with $81,739 in regular-season earnings. He gives all the credit to his horse and his wife. They both instilled confidence in him when he needed it most. Sarah will be leading Cade’s cheering section in Las Vegas this year. He started roping when he was just five years old, learning from his dad. His family, fans and friends are hoping that they have a lot to cheer about again this year. Regardless of how the competition ends, Cade will have a million reasons to be grateful.