Derrick Begay: On Good Roping, Great Horses and His Uncertain Future in Rodeo

Derrick Begay is in the second act of his rodeo career, 18 years after first buying his PRCA card.

Original Publication: April 28, 2022

Derrick Begay is one of rodeo’s most iconic personas, with a perspective on life and team roping different from anyone else on the road.

The Navajo Nation’s heading phenom broke onto the rodeo scene heading on a Paint horse his uncle had picked up at a sale as a colt, and since then he’s weathered ProRodeo’s storms to remain a dominant force in the game 18 years after he first bought his PRCA card. In this episode of The Score, Begay sits down with Chelsea Shaffer to talk about his career and his place in the grand scheme of ProRodeo, as well as his future in team roping and beyond.

Read more from Derrick Begay: 

Begay’s Nephew Hits $55K Gold Buckle Beer Jackpot After Loaning Horse to Uncle Derrick for NFR

Oh to Be Loved By Littles, Win, Lose or Draw

Derrick Begay’s One-of-A-Kind Inner Strength

What did you think of this article?

Thank you for your feedback!