ProRodeo Sports News - April 5, 2019


Last year paying off for Brooks Saddle bronc rider Chase Brooks is starting to get comfortable. And it’s making a world of difference in his 2019 season. After qualifying for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2018, the 24-year-old fromDeer Lodge, Mont., claimed his first RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo title. Brooks rode Mo Betta Rodeo’s Sue City Sue for 89.5 points in the four-man finals of the RAMNCFR to earn the win. “It’s awesome,” said Brooks, who

Chase Brooks won the saddle bronc riding at the RAM NCFR on MoBetta Rodeo’s Sue City Sue with an 89.5-point ride in the finals.

PRCA ProRodeo photo by Roseanna Sales

cashed in for $24,828 in Kissimmee. “I was just hoping to come down here and make the finals and make a little money. It’s crazy it all worked out so well. I’m jacked about it.” As of April 1, Brooks had climbed to fourth in the PRCA | RAMWorld Standings with $71,551. Last season, Brooks qualified in the 15th and final spot for the Wrangler NFR with $76,141. He’s nearly equaled that amount, and the summer run is still almost two months away.

Those 10 days of rodeo in Las Vegas helped Brooks adjust for this season. “You kind of learn to go out and have fun and let whatever’s going to happen, happen,” he said. “There are 50 guys who can ride just as good as the NFR guys on any given day. I think all it is, is figuring out how to get yourself in that right mindset every time. The experience paid off and helped a ton.” – Scott Kaniewski

Meged stays hot, takes tie-down roping title Rookie Haven Meged clocked a 7.4-second run in the final round to claim the RAMNCFR title. “This is just crazy,” Meged said. “That was my goal to come here and win it, and I achieved that goal, which was really sweet.” Meged placed third in the first round (7.8 seconds), fifth in round two (8.5 seconds), second in the two-head average (16.3 seconds) and semifinals (10.5 seconds), and was tops in the four-man finals. “In the finals, I got a really good start and got her roped and got my slack to the outside,” said Meged, 21, a junior at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. “She went down, and I didn’t know if I was going to tie her fast enough, but she came up in my arms, and I put two wraps and a hooey on her.” Meged earned $22,743 and moved up to fifth in the April 1 world standings with $49,698. – Tracy Renck

Tie-down roper Haven Meged stopped the clock in 7.4 seconds in the final round to win in Kissimmee, Fla. PRCA ProRodeo photo by James Phifer

ProRodeo Sports News 4/5/2019


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