Corbett heads into finale No. 1

Courtesy of Ted Harbin

SAN ANGELO, Texas (Feb. 15, 2018) – Through a month and a half of 2018, Logan Corbett had earned just $1,000 riding bucking horses in ProRodeo.

He quadrupled that Feb. 15 night by winning the first round of bareback riding at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. Corbett, the rodeo coach at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, scored 87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Black Widow to win the round.

“Winning the round really means a lot,” said Corbett, who is just in his sophomore season in ProRodeo. “Last year was my rookie year, and I got the opportunity to travel with Tim (O’Connell) and Shane (O’Connell, no relation). I coach a rodeo program full time, so this is a side gig, and I went to 62 rodeos last year.”

Tim O’Connell is the two-time reigning world champion who has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo the past four seasons. Shane O’Connell finished 19th in the world standings, just missing out on being one of the top 15 qualifiers. So far this year, he sits No. 1 in the world standings, while the champion sits seventh.

Corbett, though, isn’t among the top 50 … yet. He qualified for the RAM Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo last year, which is a big step for a newcomer in the game. He hopes to gather more experiences this year to help him along his rodeo career.

“This money is pretty big,” he said of the $4,185 he earned Thursday. “The rodeo fund was running pretty low. It was also a stressful day at home. I got up early to leave for the airport, and my daughter’s pony was having a bout with colic. My wife had to take care of everything at home, so she got the pony to the vet.

“Now we’ll have that vet bill to take care of, so this money from the long round is critical.”

There are no guarantees in rodeo. Contestants must pay an entry fee just to compete, and they only get return on their investment if they beat most of the others in the field. He had a little help with Black Widow, a younger Carr horse.

“He was outstanding,” Corbett said of the animal. “He was really strong.”

That’s not too shabby for a cowboy competing in San Angelo for the first time in his career.

“I couldn’t be happier to be part of the short round, because the horses are going to be the real deal – a lot have been to the NFR or are going this year,” he said. “It’s very rewarding to see a lot of the hard work you put into it paying off.

“It’s good for the team, too, because I’m always preaching about putting in the work, going to the gym and keeping your head right. It’s helpful for me to come to a rodeo like this and win, so it reinforces to my team that I know what I’m talking about.”

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