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Cade Swor scores significant win at Oakley rodeo

by Matt Naber | Jul 07, 2019

PRCA Media Coordinator

OAKLEY CITY, Utah – Tie-down roper Cade Swor scored his first big win since breaking his arm last summer with an 8.0-second run at the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo in Oakley City, Utah, July 6. 

Swor, 36, knew luck was on his side when he saw he’d drawn the same calf that Cooper Martin and Seth Cooke won first and third on, respectively, at the Strawberry Days Rodeo in Pleasant Grove, Utah, June 22. 

“We see those calves quite a bit throughout the summer and good ones stand out around Oakley,” Swor said. “Those are the kind (of calves) that we make a living on and you have to capitalize on it. I was roping for first and not taking any chances, and it worked out.”

Swor broke his right arm while competing at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo, July 11, 2018, causing him to miss the two most critical months of ProRodeo competition. The Texas cowboy was sitting 22nd in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $34,880 when he broke his arm and ended the 2018 season ranked 31st with $45,400.

But it’s a different year and he’s back in the saddle and reunited with his best mount, Floyd. 

“I started riding my good horse again and he is everything,” Swor said about his 17-year-old American Quarter Horse. “I get a lot of confidence out of that horse.”

With more than $1.4 million won since his rookie year in 2002 and seven qualifications to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (2004-06, 2014-17), Swor’s done just about everything there is to do in ProRodeo but one thing – win a world title.

“The only reason I still do this is to win a gold buckle,” Swor said. “I’ve been to all these rodeos and they’re cool, but if I’m going to be away from home that’s what keeps me going and driving all night and putting the effort in and giving it all I’ve got. 

“I don’t know how many good years I’ve got left, and winning a world title is what I set out to do 17 years ago when I started this. I don’t want to sound arrogant, but that’s what I’m here for, and Oakley is dang sure going to help me get a better position to start climbing the ladder.”

Before winning $5,751 in Oakley City, Swor was 29th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $29,714 – about $13,124 away from breaking into the Top 15. His Oakley City win was also worth valuable ProRodeo Tour points. 

“When we left home, I was quite a ways back from where I wanted to be,” Swor said. “I had a decent week up in Canada the week before, but I didn’t have a good Reno (Nev.) Rodeo and it didn’t start off like I’d wanted it to, so getting a win in Oakley City was a big deal to me. Anytime you win is great, but to get $5,700 is a lot of points.”

Swor also picked up $5,739 by placing fifth at the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede, July 4. Between his win in Oakley City and the success he and his traveling partners Reese Riemer and Cooper Martin have had, he speculated that 2019 is turning out to be the most profitable Cowboy Christmas for his group with about $60,000 or $70,000 won among the three of them so far. 

“My confidence wasn’t where I wanted it,” Swor said. "But now that I’m riding my best horse again and I could feel it coming on, you know, I’m fixing to start winning. 

Other winners at the $176,335 rodeo were all-around cowboy Stetson Wright ($4,371, saddle bronc riding and bull riding); bareback rider Clayton Biglow (87.5 points on Bar T Rodeo's Bitter Times); steer wrestler Matt Reeves (3.9 seconds); team ropers Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp and Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira (3.8 seconds); saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright (88.5 points on Bar T Rodeo's Ruby River); barrel racer Christine Laughlin (17.10 seconds); and bull rider Stetson Wright (90 points on Bar T Rodeo's Kamikaze).

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