It’s been three years since Gasperson last qualified for the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping. In fact, he’s never competed for the championship in all the years its taken place inside this magnificent arena.
That changes this weekend. In fact, the $1,100 the Texan earned the final weekend of the season moved him up two spots in the final regular-season world standings, from seventh to fifth place. Already he’s earned more in a single season than any previous year, and that’s saying something in this rough-and-tumble event.
This season, Gasperson not only won a little rodeo up the road from this arena in Cushing, Okla., he won the steer roping title in Sheridan, Wyo. Quite possibly his biggest win of the season came with the all-around crown at the prestigious Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up.
All of that is just icing on the cake, but Gasperson’s aspirations are World Championships. Getting to this event is just a step in the progression for a man whose father, Bob Gasperson, and uncle, Bill Gasperson, are members of the PRCA.
With a pedigree like that, it’s always important to strive for the best.