DUNCAN, Okla. – To say Ryan Jarrett has been on a hot streak might just be a bit of an understatement.
Jarrett, an 11-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier and the 2005 all-around world champion from Comanche, Okla., just concluded one of the best regular-season campaigns of his 14-year career. He earned a little more than $96,000 in tie-down roping and returns to Las Vegas No. 8 in the world standings.
Of that, nearly $20,000 came in the Prairie Circuit, which is made up of contestants and rodeos in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. He is No. 1 in the regional standings and hopes to secure his third year-end championship at the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at the Stephens County Arena in Duncan.
He arrives with some valuable momentum having just secured a share of the tie-down roping crown at the All American ProRodeo Finals, pocketing just shy of $13,000 last week alone. That money counts toward the 2018 season, so Jarrett is already establishing himself for next year.
He’ll have the opportunity to do that again this week in Duncan, just a 15-minute drive from his home. He will be one of more than 100 of the top circuit contestants who will be part of the three performances.
There are two purposes for the contestants. The goal for many is to earn the year-end championship; others will vie for the average title, which is given to the contestants in each event who put together the best three-round cumulative scores or times. The year-end and average titlists advance to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, which takes place next spring in Kissimmee, Fla.
Jarrett has played on that stage, just as he has at about every major rodeo in North America. He’s won the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede, RodeoHouston and the average title at the NFR.
It’s just the next step in the cycle that has been Jarrett’s ProRodeo career, one that began with him Resistol Rookie of the Year title in steer wrestling. A year later, he qualified for the NFR in both bulldogging and tie-down roping. He won the tie-down roping average championship and earned his first gold buckle.
Since then, he’s continued to be one of the elite cowboys in the game.