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Taylor Santos stays hot, wins in Santa Maria

by Tracy Renck | Jun 02, 2019


SANTA MARIA, Calif. – Tie-down roper Taylor Santos has been on a heater all spring.

The California cowboy didn’t cool down over the weekend.

Santos won the two-head tie-down roping average in 19.0 seconds at the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo, a ProRodeo Tour stop, which concluded Sunday.

“Santa Maria is like a hometown rodeo, so it's great to check it off of my bucket list,” said Santos, 24, who is from Creston. “The last few weeks, I’ve been on a good run. I also won Redding (Calif.), so this is awesome.”

Santos set the tone immediately, capturing the victory in the first round with a 9.3-second run. He followed that up with a solid 9.7-second effort in the second round, which was good for second place in the round. After running both of his calves early in the rodeo, Santos played the waiting the game. But by Sunday evening he was the average champ.

“The wintertime was all right for me, but springtime is always my favorite time,” Santos said. “I get to be at home and be around my mom (Kendra), my brother (Lane), my uncles, and my grandpa. They are all out there, and they are always helping me practice every day. I just like being able to sleep in my own bed and go to rodeos. It’s awesome.”

Santos’ older brother, Lane Karney, won all-around cowboy honors at Santa Maria, earning $4,855. Karney and PRCA | RAM World Standings leading heeler Kyle Lockett split the team roping average, and Lane also placed in the tie-down roping.

“That was cool that we both did so well,” Taylor said.

Taylor also credited the horse he’s been riding, Hank, 18.

“I feel like Hank's in his prime,” Santos said. “He’s been awesome this year. This is the best he’s ever been.”

Santos, who is eyeing his first qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, is putting himself in position to compete in Las Vegas in December. He stayed in 10th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $40,905 after he earned $3,343 in Santa Maria.

“That would be a dream come true to make the NFR, not only for me, but for my family,” Santos said. “Ever since we were little my mom (Kendra) would take us to the junior rodeos and drive all night and get us home so we could be at school the next morning. I’ve put a lot into it to try and get to the NFR, but I can’t thank my mom enough.”

Other winners at the $112,660 rodeo were bareback rider Austin Foss (88.5 points on Flying U Rodeo's Lil Red Hawk); steer wrestler Blake Knowles (11.6 seconds on two head); team ropers Lane Karney/Kyle Lockett and Dallas Owen/Taylor Winters (6.5 seconds each); saddle bronc riders Lefty Holman (84.5 points Flying U Rodeo's Cruel Intentions) and Mitch Pollock (84.5 points on Flying U Rodeo's Boxed Wine); Nellie Miller (16.74 seconds) and bull rider Boudreaux Campbell (85.5 points on Rosser Rodeo's Black Kat).

To read more about the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo, check out the June 14 edition of ProRodeo Sports News.








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