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Clay Tryan

Events: Team Roping (Heading)
Born: 5/7/1979 Plentywood, Mont.
Joined PRCA: 1997
PRCA Career Earnings: $2,586,172.00
World Titles Won: 3 (2005, 2013-14)
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 17 (2001-07, 2009-15, 2017-19)
Current Residence: Billings, Mont.

2019 World standings place: 10th
2019 Wrangler NFR standings place: 13th
2019 Wrangler NFR earnings: $44,058
2019 earnings: $147,222
Wrangler NFR average titles: 2 (2004, 2014)

2020 Highlights

• Co-champion at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (Denver, Colo.), with Jake Long
Career Highlights
• 2019: (Partner Travis Graves) Placed in two rounds to rank 13th in the average with 36.9 seconds on five head at the Wrangler NFR with Jake Long. Won the Waller County Fair & Rodeo (Hempstead, Texas), the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days, the Daggott County Centennial Rodeo (Manila, Utah) and the Evanston (Wyo.) Cowboy Days. Co-champion at the Kansas (Phillipsburg) Biggest Rodeo
• 2018: (Partner Travis Graves) 
Finished 12th in the world standings with $122,785. Placed 15th in the average at the Wrangler NFR, earning $25,795. Placed in one round. Won the Washington (Puyallup) State Fair Pro Rodeo, the Strawberry Days Rodeo (Pleasant Grove, Utah), the Johnson County Sheriff's Posse (Cleburne, Texas), the Eugene (Ore.) Pro Rodeo, the Kansas Biggest Rodeo (Phillipsburg, Kan.) and the Montana's (Dillon) Biggest Weekend
• 2017: (Jade Corkill) Finished 10th in the world standings with $153,999. Placed 12th at the Wrangler NFR with $72,615. Placed in three rounds. Split the win in Rounds 5 and 8. W
on the Tri-State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa), the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days and the Yellowstone River Round-Up (Billings, Mont.). Co-champion at the New Mexico (Albuquerque) State Fair & Rodeo and the Gooding (Idaho) Pro Rodeo

• 2016: Did not compete
• 2015: Placed in three rounds at the Wrangler NFR. Won the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Kissimmee, Fla.), the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Rapid City, S.D.), the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Redding (Calif.), the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, the Spanish Fork (Utah) Wrangler Champions Challenge, the Clark County Fair & Rodeo (Logandale, Nev.), the Colorado State Fair & Rodeo (Pueblo) and the Johnson County Sheriff's Posse PRCA Rodeo (Cleburne, Texas). Co-champion at the Justin Boots Playoffs (Puyallup, Wash.), the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up and the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo (Albuquerque) 
• 2014: (Partner Jade Corkill) Placed in seven of 10 rounds at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo en route to winning the average title, his third gold buckle and setting a single-season earnings record for his event of $220,058. Won the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo; the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo; the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo and the Four States Fair Rodeo (Texarkana, Ark.), with Wesley Johnson
• 2013: (Partner Jade Corkill) Tied for the win in Round 7 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a time of 4.1 seconds and placed in four other rounds en route to his second gold buckle with total earnings of $179,688.  Won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days;  the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo;  the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo;  the Horse Heaven Round-Up Rodeo (Kennewick, Wash.);  the Rowell Ranch Rodeo (Hayward, Calif.) and  the Eugene (Ore.) ProRodeo.  Co-champion at the Glen Rose (Texas) PRCA Rodeo, with Travis Graves
• 2012: (Partner Travis Graves) Won Round 7 at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in a time of 3.6 seconds and placed in four other rounds to finish seventh in the average. Won the Justin Boots Playoffs (Puyallup, Wash.); the Sheridan WYO Rodeo; the Clark County Fair & Rodeo (Logandale, Nev.); the Gooding (Idaho) ProRodeo; the Molalla (Ore.) Buckeroo; the Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo and Montana's Biggest Weekend (Dillon, Mont.). Finished eighth in the world standings with $138,787
• 2011: (Partner Travis Graves) Placed in four rounds at the Wrangler NFR and finished second in the world standings with $189,649. Won the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo (Denver); the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo; the Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Lovington, N.M.); the Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup; the Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo; the SandHills Stock Show & Rodeo (Odessa, Texas); the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up and the Cassia County Fair & Rodeo (Burley, Idaho)
• 2010: (Partner Travis Graves) Placed in five rounds of the Wrangler NFR, including a win in Round 9 with a time of 4.2 seconds. Finished second in the world standings with $184,739. Won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.); Tryan and Graves won the most championship money of anyone in Omaha, collecting $34,955 each. Won the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo (Rapid City, S.D.); the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days (Colorado Springs, Colo.); the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo;  Rodeo de Santa Fe (N.M.); the Cassia County Fair & Rodeo (Burley, Idaho) and the Othello (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo
• 2009: (Partner Cory Petska) Placed in four rounds of the Wrangler NFR, including second place results in Rounds 3 and 8. Won California Rodeo Salinas; the Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup and the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho). Finished 11th in the world standings with earnings of $106,810
• 2008: (Partner Walt Woodard) Won the Days of '47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City); Rodeo de Santa Fe (N.M.) and the Strathmore (Alberta) Heritage Days. Finished 18th in the world standings with earnings of $51,129
• 2007: (Partner Walt Woodard) Won Round 3 of the Wrangler NFR and placed in six rounds overall to earn $94,487, an event high, and was third in the average. Finished second in the world standings to Chad Masters by just $2,683, with a total of $180,419, while partner Walt Woodard won the gold buckle for heelers. Won the Days of '47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City, Utah) and California Rodeo Salinas; co-champion at the West of the Pecos Rodeo (Pecos, Texas) and the 4th of July Celebration & Rodeo (Window Rock, Ariz.). Won the Daines Ranch Rodeo (Innisfail, Alberta), with John Robertson
• 2006: (Partner Patrick Smith) Won California Rodeo Salinas; the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho); the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo (Casper, Wyo.); the Walker County Fair and Rodeo (Huntsville, Texas) and the Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo. Finished 13th in the world standings with $86,835
• 2005: (Partner Patrick Smith) Won his first world title, setting a Wrangler NFR record and tying the then-PRCA world record with a 3.5-second run in the ninth round. Also won the third round with a 4.0-second run and the fourth round in 4.4 seconds; finished the year with $167,204. Won the Walla Walla (Wash.) Fair & Frontier Days; the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede (Bremerton, Wash.); the Moses Lake (Wash.) Roundup; the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round at the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, the Tour Round and average titles at the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Stampede and the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo. Won the Winter Tour Finale and $18,000. Also qualified for the Tour Championships (Dallas)
• 2004: (Partner Michael Jones) Won the Wrangler NFR average title with a time of 77.8 seconds on 10 head. Set the then-arena record with a 3.7-second run in Round 7 and set a Wrangler NFR earnings record in team roping with $95,102. Also won Round 6 with a 3.9-second run and placed in four additional rounds. Moved from 11th in the world standings to second with $144,445. Won California Rodeo Salinas and the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, with Cory Petska; semifinalist at the Summer Tour Finale (Omaha, Neb.), with Cory Petska
• 2003: Won California Rodeo Salinas and the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo (Waco), with Allen Bach; won the American Royal Rodeo (Kansas City), with Cory Petska; finished 12th in the world standings with $71,464
• 2002: (Partner Caleb Twisselman) Qualified for the Olympic Command Performance Rodeo (Farmington, Utah); won the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo; the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho) and the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo (Waco); finished 13th in the world standings with $78,972
• 2001: (Partner Caleb Twisselman) Runner-up at the Tour Championships (Dallas). Won the Walla Walla (Wash.) Fair & Frontier Days and the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo (Rapid City, S.D.); co-champion at Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo (Casper) and La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.). Finished fourth in the world standings with $115,113

Horse Dockalickin "Thumper" finished in a tie for third in the PRCA/AQHA Team Roping Head Horse of the Year race in 2006 and Bears Cash Partner “Syndicate” finished third in 2010

5-11, 170 ... Wife, Bobbie; sons, Tyler (born February 2006), Braylon (born December 2007) and Dash (born April 2014) ... Brothers Travis and Brady, and father, Dennis, are all team ropers; Dennis was the first Montana team roper to qualify for the NFR, in 1984 ... Mother, Terri Kaye Kirkland, competes in barrel racing. At the 2003 Wrangler NFR, Terri Kaye, Clay and Travis became the first mother-sons combination to qualify in the same year; all three of them made it again in 2004 and 2005 … In 2010, Clay, Travis and Brady became the first set of three brothers to qualify for the Wrangler NFR team roping in the same year …Appeared on ESPN’s Cold Pizza morning show in Las Vegas on Dec. 6, 2005
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