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Bobby Mote is a world champion bareback rider who has put together a hall-of-fame career on the backs of bucking beasts.

Bobby Mote
Bobby Mote

He’s hoping to add a few lines to his resume at the 2011 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for March 31-April 3 at Jim Norick Arena at the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, where the top cowboys and cowgirls from the 12 regional ProRodeo circuits will compete for national championships and big money.

“It’s always a good rodeo, and it’s a chance to win all that money and a chance at a Dodge truck,” said Mote of Culver, Ore. “Any time I get to compete against the top guys on the top horses, I get excited about it. Plus it’s something I haven’t won yet. I’d obviously like to win it.”

Through his career, Mote has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo four times and walked away from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas with four gold buckles given to world champions, including the last two. But he’s also a regional cowboy, competing at rodeos close to home in the Columbia River Circuit.

When you’re looking at a who’s who of ProRodeo, you know the competition will be fierce. Not only does the DNCFR host the top regional players who choose to stay close to home to compete, but it’s also home of the elite players in the game, those who are regular fixtures at the NFR.

“I think the circuit system is really important for rodeo,” said Mote, one of many NFR qualifiers scheduled to compete for the national championships. “The circuit system gives guys the chance to come up through the ranks and get the experience they need, plus the National Circuit Finals gives the guys that are outstanding in their circuit the opportunity to go in front of a national stage and compete against the best.”


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