Tyler Pearson – Louisville, Miss. ($83,109)
4-time WNFR qualifier
2017 World Champion
When Tyler Pearson backed into the timed-event box at the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, he was wearing the world champion steer wrestling buckle and riding the best horse in the PRCA.
But no matter what happened inside the arena in the Thomas and Mack Center, Tyler and Kyle Irwin, “Scooter’s” owners, their sponsors and fans had already made a commitment outside of the arena that would change lives.
For winning the AQHA/PRCA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year Award, Scooter, whose registered name is Canted Plan, got his owners a $5,000 bonus check. Tyler and Kyle donated that to the Watering Seeds Organization.
Additionally, they reached out to sponsors and others for donations. They raised an additional $19,500 and that is still growing. Watering Seeds is a non-profit that creates sports rehabilitation and wellness opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
They started the #scootersfromscooter. The first adaptive sports wheelchair was given to a 14-year-old boy from Houston who received it through a grant application.
Tyler and his wife, Carissa, have two healthy children as do the Irwins. They all saw it as a chance to give back and honor a horse that’s business is scooting down the arena.
Scooter took Tyler to the 2017 world championship. Last year he did the same for Tyler Waguespack. This year he also won the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo for his owner.
That was a game changer for Tyler. The tick of a clock makes a big difference in all of rodeo, but it was what got Tyler to his fourth NFR. When he was at the RAM NCFR last March, he was second in the semifinals, then won the final round and the title.
Those two runs added up to 8.5 seconds and $13,267. If he hadn’t had that success he would have finished outside the top 15 this year. Instead, he and Irwin will both be there. Tyler will start the competition in ninth place with $83,109.