Injuries can spoil a cowboy’s season plans immediately.
That was the case for tie-down roper Hunter Herrin in 2018 and 2019.
The nine-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo – (2006-09, 2011-12, 2014-16) had proper hip surgical procedure in October 2017 and May 2019.
“I think I went to five rodeos in the winter (of the 2019) season and then I had that hip surgery and didn’t start roping again until November,” mentioned Herrin, 35. “The hip is not 100%, but it’s good.”
Finally wholesome, Herrin additionally regained some outdated horsepower.
“I got a horse (Rambo) back I sold in January of 2016 to Travis Dobbs,” Herrin mentioned. “He’s let me ride him this year.”
Rambo was the 2014 AQHA | PRCA Tie-Down Roping Horse of the Year. Herrin rode Rambo on the 2014 and 2015 National Finals Rodeos.
In 2014, Herrin positioned in seven of 10 rounds on the NFR and completed eighth on the planet standings with $119,231. The subsequent yr in Las Vegas, he received Round 9 and break up the Round 2 win to complete seventh on the planet standings with $181,024. Herrin’s finest end got here in 2008 when he was second.
“We have a pretty good rapport,” Herrin mentioned. “The first rodeo I rode Rambo at this season was Grand Island (Neb.) in the middle of March right before COVID-19 hit. Then when rodeos started coming back, Rambo and I started putting things together.”
Herrin earned $10,438 over the Cowboy Christmas run, highlighted by profitable the World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Ariz., July 5 to earn $6,282. He adopted that by claiming the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo title in Weatherford, Texas, July 11 and incomes $2,822.
That scorching streak pushed Herrin to 19th within the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $21,374.
“It feels good to just be rodeoing in general,” Herrin mentioned. “Of course, the goal is to make the NFR. It’s not going to be easy to win gold buckles here on out with the competition that’s out there.”
Herrin’s going to be busy within the coming days. He’s up in Nephi, Utah, July 18 after which scheduled to compete in Deadwood, S.D., Burwell, Neb., and Spanish Fork, Utah.