LAS VEGAS – The South Point Hotel Casino and Spa is home of the nightly Montana Silversmiths Go-Round Buckle Presentation, an hour of fun that features the winning contestants from each night of the National Finals Rodeo.
In just his fourth year competing in Sin City, Clayton Biglow knows his way to the showroom quite well. He’s won at least a share of six NFR go-rounds, including the last two at the 2019 championship.
“I’m going to go to the South Point tonight and enjoy it, then get ready for another one tomorrow night,” he said.
His most recent came Tuesday night when he rode Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Freckled Frog for 88.5 points to share the sixth-round title with Tilden Hooper and Caleb Bennett.
“It’s really cool, especially with those guys,” said Biglow, 23, of Clements, California. “It doesn’t really matter who I split it with, but Caleb and Tilden are pretty fun.
“This was pretty similar to last night, because I got on another Pickett horse. I’ve seen it a bunch and knew it was good. I just knew I had to do my job.”
He’s done his job better than any other bareback rider this week. He is the No. 1 man in the world standings with $266,555 and has a lead of nearly $34,000 over the second-place cowboy, Canadian Orin Larsen. He is No. 1 in the average race with a cumulative score of 523.5 points on six rides.
He’s also earned $84,603 in just six nights in Las Vegas.
“I don’t take any ride any differently,” Biglow said. “I do my homework a little, but you always have that in the back of your mind that this is a horse, and it can do whatever it wants. Basically, just come out and do your job: Make a strong markout and get it going right out of there, and then finish your ride.
“The first two jumps are the most important jumps there are. Your markout is the most important thing. You have to get a strong markout to get you there, especially in bareback riding. If you don’t get a strong markout, you are going to be left beind.”
Biglow is behind nobody at this NFR, and it shows every time the chute gates open.