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Ora Taton

Events: Steer Roping
Born: 7/18/1969 Waynaka, Okla.
Joined PRCA: 1987
PRCA Career Earnings: $188,502.00
World Titles Won: 0
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 0
Current Residence: Rapid City, S.D.

2019 world standings place: 35th (SR)
2019 earnings: $12,525 (SR)
NFSR qualifications: 2 (2003-04)
NFSR average titles: 1 (2003)
Education: Pratt (Kan.) Community College

2020 Highlights

• Won the Badlands Circuit Finals Steer Roping (Deadwood, S.D.)
Career Highlights
• 2018: Finished 60th in the world standings with $5,245
• 2017: Did not compete 
• 2016: Won the all-around at the Black Hills Roundup (Belle Fourche, S.D.). Finished 53rd in the world standings with $5,254
• 2015: Won the Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping (Pawhuska, Okla.). Finished 31st in steer roping world standings with $14,717 and 267th in team roping with $2,190
• 2014: Won the all-around at the Sturgis (S.D.) Wild West Days. Finished 95th in the world standings with $1,185 in steer roping and 284th in team roping with $1,481
• 2013: Won the all-around at the Sturgis (S.D.) Wild West Days. Co-champion at the PRCA Championship Rodeo (Bismarck, N.D.), with Terry McPherson. Finished 113th in the steer roping world standings with $679 and 233rd in team roping with $2,863
• 2012: Won the all-around at the Capitol Legends Rodeo (Fort Pierre, S.D.). Finished 109th in the steer roping world standings with $1,191 and 188th in team roping with $4,576
• 2011: Finished 65th in the steer roping world standings with $3,097, 68th in the all around with $7,084 and 185th in the team roping with $3,988
• 2010: Finished 54th in the world standings with $4,825
• 2009: Won the Dodge Badlands Circuit Finals year-end title; finished 50th in the world standings with $4,266
• 2007: Finished 27th in the world standings with $12,574
• 2003: Won the NFSR average title with 159.9 seconds on 10-head and was the only contestant to record a qualified time on all 10 runs; won year-end title in the Mountain States Circuit and claimed average titles at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days and Golden Tatanka Stampede (Lower Brule, S.D.)

South Dakota State High School tie-down roping champion, 1986-87, and team roping champion, 1986

5-9, 185...wife, Jerri; sons, Tyrel, and Jordan; daughter, Cortney...Nickname "Tater" because the "n" on Taton wasn't legible...Graduated from Faith (S.D.) High School with 20 people...Other occupation is carpenter and house builder ...Started rodeo in the 1970s after his father and uncle got him involved. His brother, Hank, is a PRCA member. His parents are Ralph and Shirley and they are ranchers and horsetrainers...Horse's name is Taton's Roper (Roper)...Favorite sports team is the San Diego Chargers
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