Patterson captures fourth steer roping gold buckle
For the first time in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) history a world champion was crowned in Kansas and it went to a Kansas native.
Pratt Community College Head Rodeo Coach, Rocky Patterson, won his fourth world championship at the 2016 Clem McSpadden National Steer Roping Finals in Mulvane on Nov. 8.
“It’s big,” said Patterson, 50, about his latest accomplishment. “It isn’t as easy for me to get out there and practice as it was 25 years ago. It probably has not sunk in yet, but this is big.”
Patterson has now won gold steer roping buckles in 2009-10, 2012 and 2016. For winning his latest world title, Patterson also received a Polaris RANGER.
Patterson’s National Finals Steer Roping (NFSR) performance vaulted him to the world championship with a single-season steer roping record of $141,350, surpassing the previous record of $121,112 by Trevor Brazile last year.
Although Patterson came into his latest NFSR – the 22nd of his decorated career – with a $15,481 lead, he couldn’t celebrate until the completion of Round 10.
Entering Round 10, Patterson held a $21,905 lead over Cody Lee. The key was Lee was first in the average, while Patterson was third in the average after nine rounds.
In the final round Patterson responded with an 11.1-second run to grab the coveted gold buckle.
“I have my own statisticians I bring with me and they told me Cody had to win the round and win the average, and I had to fall off,” Patterson said. “I thought it would be good to get a check in that last round and maybe that would clinch it for me. That steer was really good (Friday night), and he was trying to kick me pretty good down there, but it felt pretty good when I got that time.”
Patterson’s Round 10 time was good for fourth in the round and a $4,420 paycheck, and Lee didn’t place in the round.
PCC’s Rodeo Program is a vital part of the college's Agriculture Department. The team participates in the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. The program lends scholarships to the top competitors. It also has some of the top facilities in the region with an indoor and outdoor arena, stalls and runs, and supplied livestock.
Patterson has been head coach of the Rodeo team since 2014.