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Steer Wrestler Mike McGinn Tops Leaderboard in Logan (Utah)

By: Brady Renck

It’s that time of year on the rodeo circuit. Compete. Rinse. Repeat. The race is on to reach as many events as possible with the calendar creeping toward the end of the season. So, it was no surprise when steer wrestler Mike McGinn answered the phone Saturday night, there were horns blaring in the background.

“I am trying to get out of the parking lot and to the next stop,” McGinn said with a laugh.

This weekend brought exhilaration and relief. McGinn is percolating at the right time, and he pulled off an impressive win at the Cache County Fair and Rodeo in Logan, Utah, clocking in at 3.6 seconds for the victory at the Cache County Fairgrounds.

“I had a great steer, that was the key. And honestly, I was riding really good horses. The rodeos in Utah are great because they almost always sold out. I was in the slack and drove all night to get there. So, it was a little different for me, but it was worth it,” said McGinn, 29, from Haines, Ore. “It’s always tough this time of year. You got to take advantage of every opportunity you get.”

McGinn is seeking his first berth in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He has ground to cover, but his resume suggests that he can make some noise over the next six weeks. His 2022 resume included a win at the National Western Stock Show in Denver and the Reno Rodeo. That shows he can excel when the pressure mounts and the stage is big. Over the last month or so, he has found his footing with strong performances at The War Bonnet Round Up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and the Big Sky Pro Rodeo in Great Falls, Mont.

What has been the secret?

“Well, my girlfriend says it’s because I changed my PRCA picture,” McGinn said. “I am just trying to stay focused and not letting the lows last too long and keeping my confidence.”

The way Cache County played out is a reminder that he’s on the right track. Or road if you will. McGinn had to divert his attention as the horns were honking again. He wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Besides just rodeoing and hanging out with all your friends, it’s the adrenaline rush of you versus the animal,” McGinn said. “All of those things combined makes it pretty special to be out here doing what I love.”

Other winners at the Playoff Series Rodeo were bareback rider Jacob Lees (86.5 points on Legacy Pro Rodeo’s War Widow); team ropers Dustin Egusquiza/Levi Lord (3.4 seconds); saddle bronc rider Dawson Hay (85.5 points on Legacy Pro Rodeo’s Vudu Doll); tie-down roper Cole Eiguren (7.6 seconds); barrel racer Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi (17.16 seconds); and bull rider Garrett Smith (90.5 points on Legacy Pro Rodeo’s Scrapper).

Courtesy of PRCA

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