Haven Meged – Miles City, Mont. ($119,879)
First-time WNFR qualifier
2019 World Champion
Less than six months ago, Haven Meged filled out a form for the College National Finals Rodeo and said his future plans were to become a world champion tie-down roper.
At the time, he was hoping he would qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He’s done much more than that and is entering rodeo’s championships in second place for the very first time. He’ll start with $119,879 and definitely is in contention for a world championship.
Haven’s career didn’t start in the rodeo arena. He grew up in the ranching country of Miles City, Montana. His parents owned the local auction barn and there was always cattle work to do. He found that he really enjoyed roping and tagging calves.
When he was in high school, he won 11 state rodeo titles. Next was Western Oklahoma State College where he got an associate degree in animal science, a qualification to the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) and an opportunity to move to Stephenville, Texas.
It’s a dream for someone who wants to rope for a living, but Haven’s goals are much bigger than that. He moved to Stephenville to attend Tarleton State University where he again qualified for the CNFR, this time on the dean’s list. He finished his junior year, made the trip back to the CNFR and left as the champion.
Always setting goals and working to complete them, he is still studying between tie-down roping runs. Haven went back to Tarleton this fall and is pursuing a degree in Agri-Industries and Agencies with plans to graduate in June.
Before he got to the CNFR, he had already won the tie-down roping title at the Montana Circuit Finals, qualified for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and won it. When he entered the CNFR he had over $50,000 won in the PRCA as a rookie.
Much of the credit for his success has to go his equine partner. Most of the money that he has won this year has been aboard a nine-year-old mare that he calls Beyonce. He bought her off of Facebook and spent over two years getting her ready for the rodeo trail.
Haven is the first Montanan to qualify for the NFR in the tie-down roping since Bill Parker of Billings was there in 1980. That was in Oklahoma City, so he will be the first ever to rope at rodeo’s championships in the Thomas and Mack Center.
He qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo this year as well where he finished as the reserve champion. It was a six-head warm up for the ten head that he will now be roping in Las Vegas with a chance to become the first tie-down roping world champion from Montana. And, most of Montana will be watching and cheering him on.