SAN ANTONIO – A honeymoon highlighted with a wild-card win at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo was a welcomed surprise for steer wrestler Trever Nelson and his wife, Cierra (Chapman) Nelson, two weeks after exchanging their vows.
If all goes well in the final round, they could put $20,000 toward a second honeymoon.
“Since this is the first (wild-card round) it’s really special,” Nelson said. “Anything the first time is great, and change can be hard, but this is a change for the better.”
Fans can catch the rest of the San Antonio rodeo action on The Cowboy Channel with a double feature on Feb. 22. The Division 1 Xtreme Bulls airs live at 2 p.m. (ET) and the final round of the rodeo airs at 8 p.m.
It was a night for the underdogs and dark horses during the timed events of the wild-card round at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Feb. 21 – and luck was on Nelson’s side.
The Kiowa, Okla., cowboy clocked in with one of the fastest runs of the 2020 San Antonio rodeo with a 3.5-second run.
“You are what you are riding in steer wrestling, and it showed tonight,” Nelson said.
“She could tell I was a tick nervous, but she locked in, and I got a great start,” Nelson said. “I had a good dancing partner tonight.”
Before his $5,000 win in the wild-card round, Nelson was ranked 41st in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $4,271. The season is so fresh that a $5,000 boost could place him within the Top 15 once the dust settles in San Antonio, Saturday night.
The wild card is a new addition to the San Antonio rodeo. Timed-event contestants in the wild-card round did not compete in the San Antonio bracket system. Instead, they had the opportunity to enter the San Antonio qualifiers Feb. 12-16 and competed in the wild-card round Friday.
“I can’t thank San Antonio enough for giving us that opportunity,” Nelson said.
In addition to the $5,000 check, the wild-card winners gained entry into the San Antonio finals, where they could win an additional $15,000 if they place first in the final round.
Nelson broke into the ProRodeo scene during the 2016 season, ranking sixth in the PRCA | Resistol Rookie Standings with $13,298. Just as the steer wrestler was getting a grip on ProRodeo competition he was sidelined with a torn pectoral muscle during practice in 2018, ending with $22,339.
“I was injured and couldn’t qualify, but this gives me a chance,” Nelson said. “I’m just now getting 100% on it.”
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Courtesy of PRCA