Riley Duvall – Checotah, Okla. ($85,963)
3–time WNFR qualifier
It’s hard to imagine that Riley Duvall would have done anything besides wrestler steers in the rodeo arena. What if he had wanted to ride bulls? Who would he have learned from?
Riley has had many mentors that have been the best in the business. He comes from a long line of steer wrestlers. In fact, there have been five Duvalls who have competed at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in the steer wrestling a total of 33 times. Riley’s great-uncle Roy has contributed the majority of those and holds the record at 24.
Riley’s dad, Sam, uncle, Spud, and cousin, Tom have each been there twice. And now Riley is headed to the NFR for the third time. While he is a long way from Roy’s record, he now is in second place in the family.
This year has seen Riley have his best regular seasons. He will enter the Thomas and Mack Center in seventh place with $85,963. His first trip was in 2016, then he missed a year and now has two consecutive. Last year he entered in 12th place with $77,643. He won $50,615 in La Vegas and finished the year in 13th.
The first time he nods his head in the Thomas and Mack Center in December, he will be in seventh place with $85,963 in regular season earnings. Part of that came from the Burwell, Nebraska rodeo which he not only won for the second consecutive time, he set an arena record at 3.4 seconds. The previous record was 3.6.
When Riley found himself needing a horse to ride this year, his wife’s aunt, Charlene Neale came to the rescue with an 18-year-old gelding that they all call Old Gray. That was the horse that took Riley to the arena record and that he rode for much of the year.
Along with his famed family of steer wrestlers, Riley has assembled a team of his own that keep him going up and down the road. His biggest cheerleader is his wife, Megan. They have a daughter Chaney Marie that is the apple of her daddy’s eyes.
Now, they are all planning a trip to Las Vegas to see the third generation of Duvall’s compete at rodeo’s championship. Uncle Roy has three world titles and they all think it is about time the Duvall clan got another gold buckle.