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Dustin Egusquiza makes third entry on 2020 leaderboard

by Matt Naber | Feb 06, 2020

PRCA Media Coordinator

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After narrowly missing out on qualifying for the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, team roping header Dustin Egusquiza came into the 2020 season swinging.

The Florida cowboy kicked off the season with two of the fastest runs and made his third entry on the 2020 leaderboard last weekend.

“It’s a little bit of a redemption thing,” Egusquiza said. "I was pretty heartbroken after being one (spot) out, so the next one (rodeo) I went to I won the first two runs and the average. I’m very hungry, man. It’s hard to describe. Being at the NFR my first time was a great feeling, but when you miss it by one spot it’s even worse of a feeling and I want to be back there in December.”  

The 2019 regular season ended with Egusquiza $2,195 short of making his third consecutive Wrangler NFR. He ended 2019 with $70,996.

Egusquiza, 24, immediately hit the ground running, posting a 3.8-second run with Jake Long at the first rodeo of the 2020 season, the Waller County Fair & Rodeo in Hempstead, Texas. Shortly after, the pair made a 3.7-second run en route to winning the Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo in Waco, Texas, Oct. 12. 

On Feb. 1, Egusquiza posted his third entry to the 2020 leaderboard with another 3.7-second run. This time he was partnered with Travis Graves as the duo took the lead in Round 2 at the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo

The strong start has Egusquiza second in the 2020 PRCA | RAM World Standings as of Feb. 3 for team roping heading with $9,210. 

“It’s been a good start to the season, and I just need to keep going during the winter run and hopefully have a good winter, and summer should be easy,” Egusquiza said. 

Both 3.7-second runs are tied for the second fastest of the season, and the 3.8-second run is tied for the third fastest of the season. 

“It’s been a pretty cool season, and I don’t even think we have been 4 (seconds) yet,” Egusquiza said. “It’s been either a 3 (-second run) or a miss.” 

Another common factor in the three season-topping runs is Dude, Egusquiza’s 12-year-old American Quarter Horse. 

“I don’t know if he would fit anyone else or if anyone else would get along with him, but he lets me do what I want to do,” Egusquiza said. 

This isn’t the first time Egusquiza’s been high on the leaderboard. He also had one of the fastest runs of the 2018 season at 3.5 seconds, set with Kory Koontz in Oakley City, Utah. That tied three other team roping duos in 2018. The three fastest runs in 2019 were 3.4, 3.5 and 3.6 seconds. 

Fans can catch Egusquiza in action at the Dixie National Rodeo in Jackson, Miss., Friday, the Bell County PRCA Rodeo in Belton, Texas, Saturday, and the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo on Monday.

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