In this unprecedented PRCA season that started, stopped and restarted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, steer roper Cole Patterson has remained optimistic.
“I’ve tried to stay positive through this whole thing, and some days that’s harder than others, but there are a lot of people out there who have it worse than I do,” said Patterson, 25.
Patterson had plenty to be happy about June 10 after winning the Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo with a 37.3-second time on three head.
“It always feels good to win,” Patterson said. “This is a really good rodeo. They really like steer roping and have a great committee in Coleman. It was a good place to win.”
Patterson earned $3,177 in Coleman – $2,126 for capturing the average title. Before Coleman, Patterson was fourth in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $14,647.
“Like anywhere else, if you draw good and can use them decently you can do well, and that’s what I was able to do,” Patterson said. “We’ve had a lot of time at home (in Pratt, Kan.) this spring, a lot more than normal, and we have been roping a bunch. I have a couple of horses who are really good, and they make it easy.”
Patterson is the son of Rocky Patterson, a four-time steer roping world champion (2009-10, 2012 and 2016). Rocky made his 25th appearance at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in November while Cole, the 2019 PRCA | Resistol Rookie of the Year, made his NFSR debut.
Cole used both his horses to get the Coleman victory.
He rode Dunny, the 2019 Steer Roping PRCA | Purina Horse of the Year presented by AQHA, the first two rounds and then used Tigger, 14, in the third round. He clocked his best time of the event in round three at 10.6 seconds and placed third in the round.
“The steers were fresh, and I had a horse (Dunny) that I like roping fresh steers on better than Tigger, so I started out on him,” Patterson said. “The third round I thought I needed my other horse, Tigger, because I had a steer that went to the left. Tigger is a little stronger and a little more athletic, and I thought I didn’t want to get in the wall and have something happen in the third round. Then my third steer ended up going straight anyway.”
Moving forward, Patterson has a simple approach for the season.
“Rodeos are starting to open back up and we have places to go,” Patterson said. “Any committee that’s going to have a rodeo, we are going to try and be there.”
Courtesy of PRCA