Trell Etbauer is in Las Vegas tonight, even though he didn’t qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
He’s here to receive his Linderman Award, given to the cowboy who excells in roughstock and timed events. While the all-around goes to the contestant who earns the most money in multiple events, the Liniderman is a better reflection of cowboy because winners must compete in at least three events on each end of the arena. Trell, the son of two-time world champion bronc rider Robert Etbauer, rides broncs, ropes calves and wrestles steers.
Etbauer finished 20th in the all-around world standings, but he hopes to earn a spot in this field in all three events.
That’s just the way winners think.