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Rocky Patterson

Rocky Patterson

Pratt, Kan.

Rocky Patterson didn’t rest on his laurels after clinching his third World Champion’s gold buckle last November.

In fact, he accentuated his championship with a magnificent 2013 campaign. He has led the world standings much of this season and carries a $13,000 lead into this weekend’s Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping.

This was no ordinary stretch either. Patterson claimed just two championships throughout the season – in Guymon, Okla., and Sheridan, Wyo. – so to earn nearly $70,000 in a single season of steer roping means he collected checks at just about every rodeo in which he competed. That’s remarkable.

But that’s what we’ve come to expect from Patterson, who first qualified for the steer roping finals in 1994. This is his 19th trip to the finale, which is just as incredible. Most of his NFSR experience has come inside this hallowed hall, and it’s an honor to the Kansas cowboy that his three gold buckles were finalized at the Lazy E Arena.

Can he win a fourth title in five years? You get to find out very soon.

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