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J.D. Yates


Events: Team Roping (Heading), Steer Roping
Born: 8/15/1960 Colorado Springs, Colo.
Joined PRCA: 1975
PRCA Career Earnings: $1,490,279.00
World Titles Won: 0
WNFR Qualifications: 21 (1975-93, 1996, 2002)
Current Residence: Pueblo, Colo.

2016 world standings place: 46th 
2016 earnings: $16,645
NFSR qualifications: 11 (1988-89, 1991, 1994, 1996-98, 2000, 2007-08, 2010)
Wrangler NFR average titles: 1 (TR 2002)
NFSR average titles: 1 (2008)
NCFSR qualification: 1 (2010)
Tour Finale qualifications: 1
    Winter: 2002
RNCFR qualifications: 6 (1987-88, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2016)
Education: University of Southern Colorado (Pueblo), Oklahoma Panhandle State University (Goodwell)

Professional
2017 Highlights- Partner Brit Ellerman
• Won the all-around and team roping at the Wyoming (Douglas) State Fair & Rodeo
 • Won the all-around and team roping at the Kimball (Neb.) -Banner Rodeo

• Won the Eagle (Colo.) County Fair & Rodeo

Career Highlights
• 2016: Won the Raton (N.M.) PRCA Rodeo, with Trey Yates
• 2015: Won the all-around at the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo and the all-around at the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of '76 Rodeo. Co-champion at the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo (Castle Rock, Colo.), with Trey Yates. Finished 77th in the world standings with $14,230
• 2014: Won the Eagle (Colo.) County Fair & Rodeo, with Trey Yates. Won the all-around and team roping at the Dick Stull Memorial Rodeo (Sterling, Colo.), with Trey Yates. Won the all-around at the Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo (Douglas). Won the steer roping at the Kimball (Neb.) County Fair & Rodeo. Finished 20th in the world standing in the all-around with $28,444, 31st in steer roping with $11,926 and 66th in team roping with $16,518
• 2013: Won all-around at the Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo (Douglas, Wyo.). Finished 33rd in the all-around world standings with $22,513, 31st in steer roping with $14,425 and 115th in team roping with $8,087
• 2012: Finished 113th in the steer roping world standings with $1,102 and 242nd in team roping with $2,739
• 2011: Finished 24th in the all-around world standings with $33,623 and 28th in the steer roping with $14,624
• 2010: Placed in six of 10 rounds of the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping (Guthrie, Okla.), including a share of first place in Round 1 with Rod Hartness, to finish third in the average and ninth in the world with $41,889; he was also 14th in the world all-around standings with $48,303. Won the steer roping at the Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo (Grover, Colo.) and the Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo.
• 2009: Won the steer roping at the Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo (Douglas) and the  Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo (Sterling, Colo.) and the year-end title. Finished 30th in the all-around standings with $23,040 and 35th in steer roping with $10,217
• 2008: Won the average title at the National Finals Steer Roping (Hobbs, N.M.), placing in three rounds and finishing with a time of 148.2 seconds on 10 head; finished seventh in the steer roping world standings with $46,868. Won steer roping titles at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo; the Energy Town Pro Rodeo (Gillette, Wyo.) and the Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo (Douglas). Finished 11th in the all-around world standings with $63,043
• 2007: Won average title at the Dodge Mountain States Circuit Finals Steer Roping (Laramie, Wyo.). Won steer roping titles at the Walker County Fair & Rodeo (Huntsville, Texas) and the Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo; co-champion at the Deke Latham Memorial PRCA Rodeo (Kaycee, Wyo.). Won the team roping at the Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup, with B.J. Campbell. Finished 11th in steer roping world standings with $30,065 and 20th in the all-around with $43,260
• 2006: (Partner Bobby Harris) Won team roping at the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo (Douglas, Wyo.)
• 2003: (Partner Jay Wadhams) Won team roping at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo. Won steer roping at the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo; finished the year ranked 24th in the steer roping world standings with $14,265
• 2002: (Partner Bobby Harris) Won the Wrangler NFR team roping average title with a time of 96.6 seconds and finished seventh in the heading world standings with $100,113
• 1998: Won Rounds 4 and 6 and placed second in Rounds 3 and 5 at the NFSR; finished ninth in thw steer roping world standings with $29,773. (Partner Jay Wadhams) Won the team roping title at the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup
• 1997: Split the win in Round 10 and placed in one other round at the NFSR; finished 13th in the steer roping world standings with $23,007
• 1996: (Partner Jay Wadhams) In his 20th NFR appearance, competed as a header for the first time; placed in three rounds at the Finals and finished 14th in the heading world standings with $43,260. Won the team roping title at the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up. Placed in two rounds and placed fourth in the average at the NFSR; finished 12th in the steer roping world standings with $26,268 and 11th in the all-around standings with $73,155
• 1994: Placed in four rounds at the NFSR and finished sixth in the steer roping world standings with $24,932
• 1992: (Partner Denton Payne) Placed in three rounds and finished fourth in the average at the NFR; finished 13th in the world standings with $48,674 and 10th in the all-around race with $59,096
• 1991: (Partner Doyle Gellerman) Won Rounds 3, 4 and 10 and placed in one other round at the NFR to jump to 10th in the final world standings with $49,629. Won his first round at the NFSR (Round 4) and placed in one other round; finished 11th in the steer roping world standings with $15,755
• 1990: (Partner Jay Ellerman) Placed in four rounds and finished fifth in the average at the NFR, earning $17,892; finished 14th in the world with $46,429
• 1989: (Partner Matt Tyler) Placed in three rounds and finished fifth in the average at the NFR; placed in two rounds and finished ninth in the average at the NFSR. Finished tied for sixth in the world with Tyler in team roping ($56,629), eighth in the all-around ($87,818) and 11th in steer roping ($14,010)
• 1988: Placed in three rounds on his way to a third-place finish in the average at his NFSR debut; finished 10th in the steer roping world standings with $15,674
• 1984: (Partner Dick Yates) Won Round 5 and placed in four others at the NFR on the way to finishing sixth in the average race; finished 12th in the world standings with $28,255
• 1983: (Partner Dick Yates) Won Round 7 and placed in three others at the NFR; finished the year tied for fifth in the world standings with his father, Dick, with earnings of $49,880
• 1982: (Partner Dick Yates) Won Round 7 and split Round 3 win at the NFR; placed in one other round. Finished eighth in the world standings with $36,910
• 1981: (Partner Dick Yates) Won Rounds 3 and 9 and placed in two others en route to fourth-place finish in the average at the NFR
• 1980: (Partner Dick Yates) Won Round 5 at the NFR and placed in one other round; finished 14th in the world standings with $20,235
• 1979: (Partner Dick Yates) Won Rounds 7 and 10 at the NFR and placed second in Rounds 6 and 9; finished 12th in the average
• 1978: (Partner Dick Yates) Finished 13th in the PRCA Standings heading into the NFR. Won Round 6 at the Finals, split the win in Round 1 and placed in three other rounds for earnings of $4,000 in Oklahoma City
• 1977: (Partner Dick Yates) Placed in three rounds at the National Finals Rodeo and finished fourth in the average
• 1975: Became youngest team roping qualifier in NFR history (15 years, 4 months), heeling for his father, Dick; won Rounds 4 and 9 and split the win in Round 10, placed in two other rounds and finished eighth in the average. Finished 14th in the world standings with $8,218
• Mountain States Circuit all-around champion, 1981-82, 1984, 1988-90; team roping co-champion, 1980-81, 1983-84, 1987; and steer roping champion, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009
• His 21 NFR appearances ties him with Jim Rodriguez Jr. for eighth place on the career list for team ropers

Amateur
College National Finals Rodeo team roping champion, 1979-80

Personal
5-7, 175 ... Son, Trey ... Hobbies include playing golf ... Youngest NFR team roping qualifier in history (15 years, 4 months), in 1975. Part of first and only father-son-daughter trio to compete at the NFR in the same year: father Dick competed with J.D. in team roping and sister, Kelly, competed in barrel racing in 1984 ... Produced his own training DVDs, Starting the Heading Horse and Training a Heeling Horse
 
 
 
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