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Derrick Begay


Events: Team Roping (Heading)
Born: 8/15/1983 Winslow, Ariz.
Joined PRCA: 2004
PRCA Career Earnings: $977,149.00
World Titles Won: 0
WNFR Qualifications: 7 (2008-13, 2015)
Current Residence: Seba Dalkai, Ariz.

2015 world standings place: 3rd
2015 WNFR standings place: 8th
2015 WNFR earnings: $123,596
2015 earnings: $218,464
Tour Finale qualifications: 3 (2011-13) 
RNCFR qualifications: 2 (2009-10)
Education: Northland Pioneer College (Holbrook, Ariz.), associate degree in industrial arts

Professional
2015 Highlights - partner Clay O'Brien Cooper
• Won Rounds 2 and 4 and split the win in Round 5 at the Wrangler NFR, placing in five total rounds
• Won Rodeo Austin (Texas)
Career Highlights
• 2014: (Partner Will Woodfin) Won the Parada Del Sol (Scottsdale, Ariz.), with Aaron Tsinigine Won the Last Chance Stampede (Helena, Mont.); the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo (Abilene, Kan.); the Magic Valley Stampede (Filer, Idaho); the St. George (Utah) Lions Dixie Roundup and the 30th annual Andy Devine Days Rodeo (Kingman, Ariz.), with Jordan Olson. Finished 23rd in the world standings with $46,469
• 2013: (Partner Cesar de la Cruz) Tied for first place in Round 10 and placed in three other rounds at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo; finished 12th in the world standings with $108,335. Won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.); the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo; the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up; California Rodeo Salinas and the Ute Mountain Roundup (Cortez, Colo.). Co-champion at Montana's Biggest Weekend (Dillon, Mont.)
• 2012: (Partner Cesar de la Cruz) Placed in five rounds of the Wrangler NFR to finish sixth in the average standings and the world standings. Won the Ram Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo (Las Cruces, N.M.); the World's Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Ariz.); the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo; the Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Casper, Wyo.); the Navajo Nation Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo (Window Rock, Ariz.) and the Missoula (Mont.) Stampede. Co-champion at the Last Chance Stampede (Helena, Mont.) and the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo (Vernal, Utah)
• 2011: (Partner Cesar de la Cruz) Placed in two rounds of the Wrangler NFR. Won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.); the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up; the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo; the Omak (Wash.) Stampede; Rodeo Austin (Texas); the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede and the Steamboat Springs (Colo.) ProRodeo Series. Co-champion at the Treaty Day Celebration & PRCA Rodeo (Window Rock, Ariz.); the Missoula (Mont.) Stampede and the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo (Payson, Ariz.). Finished seventh in the world standings with $134,043
 
• 2010: (Partner Cesar de la Cruz) Placed in three rounds of the Wrangler NFR, including a win in Round 8 with a time of 3.8 seconds. Finished 11th in the world standings with $104,927. Won the Wayne Wilson Children's Charity Rodeo & Carnival (Cave Creek, Ariz.);  the Pioneer Days Rodeo (Clovis, N.M.); the Lions Dixie Round-Up (St. George, Utah) and the Amarillo (Texas) Tri-State Fair and Rodeo; co-champion at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days
• 2009: (Partner Cesar de la Cruz) Won Round 7 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a time of 3.6 seconds and placed in one other round; won the World's Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Ariz.): the Rodeo de Santa Fe (N.M.) and the Colorado State Fair & Rodeo (Pueblo, Colo.); co-champion at the Pioneer Days Rodeo (Clovis, N.M.). Finished 15th in the world standings with $84,580
• 2008: (Partner Victor Aros)  Placed in two rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, including a tie for second place in Round 9. Won the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede; the Pioneer Days Rodeo (Clovis, N.M.) and the Dodge Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo (Las Cruces, N.M.). Co-champion at the San Bernadino (Calif.) Sheriff's PRCA Rodeo. Finished 15th in world standings for team roping headers with $77,066
• 2007: (Partner Victor Aros)  Won the Sheridan (Wyo.) Rodeo; the Red Desert Roundup (Rock Springs, Wyo.); the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo (Abilene, Kan.) and the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo (Albuquerque). Finished 28th in the world standings with $34,855
• 2006: Won the All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association (AIRCA) team roping championship

Personal
5-10, 145 ... Single ... Begay, a Navajo, is the son of All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association (AIRCA) team roping director Victor Begay and Myrtle Begay; two sisters, Jaime and Brittany…Won the all-around title at the 2007 Indian National Finals Rodeo and his horse, Paint, was named INFR team roping horse of the year ... Graduated from Winslow (Ariz.) High School in a class of about 100 ... Works catching wild cattle when not on the road competing ... Primary competition horses are Swagger and Spice ... Enjoys hunting ... Favorite rodeo is the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days ... Favorite sports team is the Los Angeles Lakers ... Favorite movie is Lonesome Dove
 
 
 
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