Cole Davison – Stephenville, Texas ($71,909)
2-time WNFR qualifier
If the family that rodeos together stays together, Cole Davison is in for quite a ride.
A year ago, Cole made his debut appearance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with fellow Texan Tyler Wade. They won $63,308 even though their partnership just started.
In 2018, Cole’s primary partner, Kolton Schmidt, wasn’t among the top 15 headers at the end of the regular season. Cole finished in 13th place.
This year, he found himself in a similar situation when Levi Simpson, the 2016 world champion header finished in 24th. Cole will start this year’s NFR in 14th place with $71,909 in regular season earnings. And, he will be roping again with Tyler Wade.
While team roping partnerships have had their ups and downs for the Sam Houston State University graduate, there have been a lot of constants in his life. He is married to barrel racer Whitney Baker Davison and they have two daughters, Milli, nine, and Letti, who is two. They travel together as a family and use every opportunity on the road to see new things and have great experiences.
Another constant in his career the past three years has been a nine-year-old sorrel gelding, Apollo Oak that he bought from fellow roper Rhen Richard. He also has a seven-year-old, DT MovesLikeJagger that is showing promise.
Cole’s father, James, trains cutting horses and his mother got her Master of Science and PhD in equine nutrition from Texas A&M University. She has worked for Purina for over 20 years. His whole family was excited to see their favorite heeler have success in Las Vegas a year ago and can’t wait for the opportunity to watch him at rodeo’s championships again this December.