Monty Goodwin isn’t a native Oklahoman, but he loves the Sooner State just the same.
Goodwin was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle community of Sunray, just a stone’s throw away from Oklahoma Panhandle. He moved to Weatherford, Okla., in 2006 to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University on a rodeo scholarship. He’s stayed here ever since.
Goodwin will be one of 24 bareback riders in the field for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for Thursday, March 29-Sunday, April 1. He qualified for ProRodeo’s National Championship by winning the average title at the Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo last October in Weatherford – it was the fifth time Goodwin had qualified for the regional championship, which features the top 12 contestants in each event primarily from Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.
“I just always wanted to be a rodeo cowboy,” said Goodwin, whose full time job is as an animal health representative for Invesco, a company that distributes animal medicine to veterinarians and ranchers.
His work schedule allows Goodwin the opportunity to compete, but he stays closer to home. One of the great things about the circuit system is allowing those who rodeo part time to still compete for championships. The year-end and finals average winners in each event from each circuit qualify for the national championship.
Goodwin will test his skills against world champions like Kaycee Feild and Will Lowe, as well as several other Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers who are in the bareback riding field. It’s a great opportunity, and he knows it.