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Kyle Lockett enjoying view from atop standings

by TRACY RENCK | Apr 06, 2019



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kyle Lockett acknowledges he’s not a full-time PRCA cowboy anymore.

Lockett, a team roping heeler, has made the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo seven times – 1997-98, 2000-03, 2005, but he has not a made a push to return to Las Vegas in years.

Now 41, Lockett finds himself in a precarious position of being squarely in the Wrangler NFR mix, thanks to winning $55,750 at RodeoHouston in March.

Lockett and heading partner Ty Blasingame earned $50,000 at RodeoHouston by winning the Championship Shootout in 5.0 seconds March 16.

That huge payday helped put Lockett atop the April 1 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $75,435.

“That’s what gets me all the time, I don’t want to go rodeo and I enter one,” Lockett said. “Well, the day before there is this one and the day after there is that one. The next thing you know it is two weeks and three weeks. How do you rodeo over the Fourth of July and then not stay out there the next week to go to Sheridan (Wyo.), Casper (Wyo.) and all that because it is just as good.”

Despite leading the standings, Lockett, who lives in Visalia, Calif., has no plans of going full time for the remainder of the season.

“My plan is I will definitely keep an eye on things,” Lockett said. "I can still stay here (in California) and go to Livermore, go to Glennville, go to Santa Maria and rodeos in my circuit. About the only thing I plan on going out of state for would be Reno (Nev.) and Pendleton (Ore.)."

Lockett plans to rope with Lane Santos Karney at Oakdale (Calif.), April 13-14, and then at Red Bluff (Calif., April 19-21) and in Clovis (Calif.), April 26-28, he’s competing with Aaron Tsinigine.

“The rest of the time I will be going to circuit rodeos here (in California) and I will rope with Lane,” Lockett said. “The deal is Aaron is going to have to find a partner to go over the Fourth with, and if Lane is planning on going over the Fourth, he will have a partner. So, I don’t really know what I’m going to do, and I’m not going to worry about it until then, I guess.”

A year ago, team roping heeler Quinn Kesler qualified in the No. 15 spot for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with $61,349. Lockett already has earned $14,000 more than that.

The last time Lockett qualified for the Wrangler NFR he finished fifth in the heeler world standings with $136,719. He and header Wade Wheatley won an event-best $83,966 at the Wrangler NFR that year. They won Round 1 and Round 5 outright and split the win in Round 7.

“I would love to go back to the NFR,” Lockett said. “From the money now at the Finals and my kids are old enough to where they understand it. I think more than anybody who is excited is my kids. Every year we sit on the couch and watch it (the NFR) 10 days in a row, and they always talk about going back there. I tell them it probably will not happen and now it is. They will be old enough to see it and tell their kids about it. It’s just crazy to me, here I am that I have a chance to go rope there again.”

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