2017 World Champions

Steer Roping

Scott Snedecor Snedecor captures third gold buckle

Scott Snedecor won his third gold buckle at the 2017 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping. The Fredericksburg, Texas, cowboy placed in six rounds and won two rounds en route to winning his third world championship and third average title. Snedecor finished with $136,419 in the 2017 PRCAWorld Standings to edge six-time steer roping world championTrevor Brazile, who placed second with $127,538. “I can’t thank enough the army of people behind me, all the sponsors who go up and down the road with me, and my family and friends who support me,” he said. Snedecor added the 2017 gold buckle to the ones he won in 2005 and 2008. He has captured NFSR average titles in 2005, 2011 and 2017. Snedecor came to his 16th NFSR in fourth place but moved to the top of the standings thanks to earning $68,336, the most of any contestant at

the 2017 NFSR, which was held at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane. Snedecor won Round 3 with a 9.8-second run and Round 9 with a 10.2-second effort.  “This showedme that I could still do it,”Snedecor said. “If I didn’t finish near the top of the average I don’t know if I would have been able to win the world.” Snedecor secured the average title with 104.1 seconds on nine head despite missing the catch in his final run. “I sure wanted to tie that last one down, but I felt like I roped well (both days), and the horse worked outstanding. I was just fortunate,” Snedecor said. “I wasn’t doing any math in my head when JoJo (LeMond) roped his steer in Round 10. People just came over and started congratulating me.” During the 2017 NFSR, Snedecor rode Possum, a 9-year-old horse that had never competed on that stage. “This horse belongs to a buddy of

mine, Stephen Stransky, and this horse worked on the spot every time and was just outstanding,” Snedecor said. “Stephen raised the horse and I trained him to be a steer horse about three years ago. Stephen lives close enough to me and he’s good enough to let me come and get himwhen I need to. That horse has been good since Day 1.” Snedecor upped his career round wins to 25 at the 2017 NFSR, third on the PRCA’s all-time list behind the legendary Guy Allen (48) and Brazile (34). “I practiced for the NFSR a little more this year,” said Snedecor, who placed fifth in the 2016 world stand- ings. “The last few years I had not worked on it like I used to. I’ve been fortunate enough and handy enough withmy roping that I didn’t have to put in sweat all the time, but I had some good friends come down and stay with me a week or two at a time, like Tony (Reina) and John Bland. ... My family was also behind me and telling me to keep on going.” – Tracy Renck

PRCA ProRodeo photo by James Phifer

Snedecor took first at the National Finals Steer Roping Nov. 11, earning $68,336 and finishing with $136,419 in the PRCA World Standings.



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