Garrett Shadbolt accomplished a lifelong goal this season and that was q to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this December.
Now his focus shift towards another goal, this weekend at the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals in Duncan, Okla. Shadbolt will look to repeat as the bareback riding champ.
Last season he won both rounds and the average, finishing with 163 points on two head. He’s excited to return to Oklahoma this year with an opportunity to get his 2022 season rolling.
“I’m pretty dang excited to get down there, so far in my career I’ve always had really good luck in Duncan,” said Shadbolt, 25. “A lot of those guys in the Prairie Circuit are close friends, so it’ll be good to catchup with them.”
Shadbolt finished 10th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings in 2021. He credits the money he won in Duncan and at the National Circuit Finals Rodeo for putting him in that position.
“One of the main reasons I gun to make the circuit finals is because the money counts for the next season,” he said. “I had a great circuit finals last year and a great RAM National Circuit Finals and that’s what I needed to get me hot. It really made a difference in me qualifying for the Finals. If the strategy works you keep doing it.”
And he plans to use this rodeo to knock off some rust in preparation for the NFR.
“It’s a mini NFR for me, the only difference is it’s three head versus 10 head,” Shadbolt said. “A guy needs to go down there and knock off a little bit of rust. I’ve been home for a couple weeks now, but hopefully this will sharpen me up and get me ready for the Finals.”
The three-day championship event will kick off on Thursday, Oct. 14 and crown winners on Saturday, Oct. 16. The action will stream live on the PRCA on The Cowboy Channel Plus App at 8:30 p.m. ET nightly.
Here is the complete list of last year’s winner at the 2020 RAM Prairie Circuit Finals.
Courtesy of PRCA