Begay hoping for a top finish at National Finals Rodeo

By Quentin Jodie
Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, Dec. 5, 2013

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Montana Native Dustin Bird, Derrick Begay of Seba Delkai, Ariz., and Erich Rogers of Round Rock, Ariz., all competed at last year’s 54th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

This is the best time of the year to be in Las Vegas.

It's even better when you get a chance to compete at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, a cowboy's Super Bowl.

For the next 10 days some of the top hands in rodeo will be vying for a share of $5.875 million, with $56,490 paid each night in each event.

"This is why we're on the road hitting as much rodeo as we can during the (regular) season," WNFR qualifier Derrick Begay said. "This is what it's all about."

The Seba Dalkai, Ariz., cowboy will be competing against the top 15 team ropers in the world, which includes Diné team roper Erich Rogers and Montana native Dustin Bird. All three cowboys qualified for the national finals last season as well. Attempts to reach Bird and Rogers went unsuccessful.

Begay joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association in 2004 and earned his first qualification to the WNFR in 2008 with partner Victor Aros and placed in two rounds and finished in 15th place in the world standings with $77,066.

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