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Shofner ends season with his biggest win of 2017

by Matt Naber | Sep 30, 2017

PASADENA, Texas –  Steer wrestler Jacob Shofner ended the 2017 season with a bang. The Pasadena (Texas) Livestock Show & Rodeo was his biggest win of the year on the final night of the regular season, and now he’s gearing up for the RAM Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo at the end of December. 

“Oh man, it’s great to win at any of them,” Shofner said. “To be honest with you, I hadn’t won much this year at all. It helps a bunch because it counts for our circuit and boosts you higher in the (Texas) circuit standings, so it feels good to win.” 

Prior to Pasadena, Shofner’s only other wins in 2017 happened on the same day when he won the Gladewater (Texas) Round-Up Rodeo and the Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo on June 10.

“It doesn’t matter what ones they are, it’s always great to win one with the caliber of guys we go against – but to win in the (Texas) circuit definitely helps,” Shofner said.

His previous best year was in 2016 when he ranked 37th in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $28,077. Prior to his win in Pasadena, Shofner was sitting at ninth in the Texas Circuit standings with $8,023, and his latest win is likely to provide a healthy boost to his position. 

Consistency was the name of the game in Pasadena for this 28-year-old, Texas bulldogger, as he won the first round with a 3.7-second run followed by a second-place 4.6-second run that put him in the lead for the average. 

“I ran some fresh steers of Frontier’s and drew two good ones and rode a good horse – Todd Suhn’s Maximus,” Shofner said. “J.D. Struxness was hazing and he gave me two good starts and had two good runs on them.”

Shofner’s usual bulldogging horse has been unable to compete since late June, so he’s been competing on Maximus.

“He’s a really neat horse and runs a great pattern, and he gave me two good go’s and got me in good spots,” Shofner said. 

Altogether, his 8.3 seconds on two runs in Pasadena were worth a grand total of $4,302. 

“It’s always good to win something like that that counts for the (Texas) circuit,” Shofner said. “It’s been a pretty long summer for me this past year, and to get to come home for a few weeks and then go down there and do as good as I did couldn’t have come at a better time.” 

Shofner’s planning to compete throughout the fall and winter in preparation for the RAM Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo at the end of December. 

“We’ll see how things go and get rolling early and stay healthy, and maybe get to winning,” Shofner said. “I’d love to make the NFR – it’s what I’ve been trying to do the last few years.” 

Other winners at the $104,218 rodeo were all-around cowboy Tanner Green ($2,355, tie-down roping and team roping); bareback rider Steven Dent (84 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Tombstone); team ropers Andrew Ward/Reagan Ward (10.3 seconds on two); saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright (86.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Maple Leaf); tie-down roper Westyn Hughes (17.7 seconds on two); Taylor Jacob (15.88 seconds); and bull rider Dave Mason (87 points on New Star Pro Rodeo’s Buck Dynasty).  

For more coverage on the Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo, check out the Oct. 13 issue of ProRodeo Sports News.


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