The Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping takes place in Ziegelgruber’s back yard.
The 11-year pro lives just minutes away from the storied Lazy E Arena, the longtime host of this championship, yet this is the first year the Oklahoma cowboy has competed in it. If anyone realizes how tough it is to qualify for the steer roping finale, it’s Ziegelgruber, who has finished in the top 30 three of the last four years.
This season, Ziegelgruber was crowned Co-Champion Steer Roper at the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo; he also won the rodeo in Boerne, Texas; placed in two go-rounds and finished third in the average at the inaugural steer roping during the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo; won the opening round and finished sixth in the average in Guymon, Okla., and placed in two rounds, including the second-round win, and finished fifth in the average in Graham, Texas.
When he’s not roping on the ProRodeo trail, Ziegelgruber trains and shows cutting horses. Truly, he is an all-around cowboy, and he’s excited that he gets to show that talent before his hometown fans.