With the heart of an all-around cowboy, Trell Etbauer loves to work multiple events. And in the true spirit of Bill Linderman, Etbauer likes to work both roughstock and timed events. Now, for the second year in a row, he's won the Linderman Award.
Linderman, a six-time world champion, including winning the 1950 and 1953 all-around titles, died in a 1965 plane crash in Salt Lake City. To qualify for the Linderman Award, a cowboy must win at least $1,000 in three events, and those events must include at least one roughstock event and one timed event.
"I don't like being at a rodeo, watching an event and not being entered in it," said Etbauer, a 23-year-old from Goodwell, Okla.
Etbauer's love of rodeo runs in the family. He is the son of two-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Robert Etbauer and the nephew of five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer and 10-time National Finals Rodeo saddle bronc riding qualifier Dan Etbauer, also a pick-up man.
Trell Etbauer's Wrangler NFR aspirations will have to wait at least one more year. Despite winning $50,028 this year, Etbauer did not finish in the Top 15 in the PRCA World Standings in any of his events.
"My biggest goal is to make it to the NFR in all three of my events," Etbauer said. "I haven't really gone all out yet. This next year, I want to try to go a little harder and see if I can. We'll just see how it goes."
Etbauer won $25,699 in steer wrestling, $18,831 in saddle bronc riding, $4,988 in tie-down roping and $510 in team roping (heading).
"He is a great bronc rider, a great calf roper and a great bulldogger," NFR bronc rider Cody DeMoss said about Etbauer. "If he singled out one event, he could make the NFR in any event he wanted to."
Kyle Whitaker, who holds the record for the most Linderman Awards with five, finished in second place behind Etbauer with a total of $44,369.