Reese Riemer – Stinett, Texas
2-time WNFR qualifier
Like his family members before him, Reese Riemer was raised to start what he finished and do it to the best of his ability.
That is what has gotten him to his second Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR). He qualified this year in seventh place with $78,450 in regular season earnings.
He is the fourth generation on the family ranch in Stinnett, Texas, that was established 116 years ago by his great-grandfather. The ability to keep that operation in the family and viable for so many years is part of what makes Reese successful in the rodeo arena.
He joined the PRCA in 2012 and won the Rookie of the Year title. He was also a senior at Tarleton State University pursuing his degree in business. The next year, he finished 24th in the world standings and when he would get discouraged or want to come home his family would come to the rescue.
His father, Jimmy, competed in the tie-down roping in the PRCA and his mother, Janey. qualified for the NFR in the barrel racing when it was held in Oklahoma City. His father has trained a lot of good roping horses. Both of his parents know what it takes to be a winner in life and in the rodeo arena.
In 2013, his year was better. Life on the road wasn’t all new and he finished in 24th place. Constantly working harder and improving were second nature for Reese. He qualified for his first NFR in 2014 and while that was a goal he could check off, he finished the year in 15th place. Las Vegas hadn’t turned out the way he wanted.
Those disappointments carried over to 2015 where he finished the season 20th in the world standings. All of these experiences made him tougher and more determined this year. By the first of March he was in the top 10 and he stayed there the rest of the season.
Growing up on a ranch, riding horses all the time with a rope in his hand, Reese’s rodeo career progressed through the ranks. He was the National High School Rodeo Association champion in 2008. He qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo twice in 2011 and 2013.
He has put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into his rodeo career and it is paying off. Just like his ancestors, he is not one to give up. The panhandle of Texas has a lot of faith in the 26-year-old cowboy and they along with his parents and older sister, Jeno, will all be cheering for their favorite during the NFR.