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Quinn Kesler, NFR Switchender, Dies Feb. 26, 2024
Kesler leaves behind his wife, Jessie, of eight years, and his daughter, Quincy.
Quinn Kesler
Kesler heels a go-round winning steer for Matt Sherwood at the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. | Kirt Steinke Photo

Quinn Kesler, 30, a three-time National Finals Rodeo qualifying team roper, died Feb. 26, 2024.

He leaves behind wife, Jessie, and daughter, Quincy; mother, Allyson Baker; father Greg, stepmother, Kaylynn; brother, Landon; and sisters, Camille, Nicole, Lindsay and Hailey.

Kesler, of Holden, Utah, was a prolific switchender, one of the elite group of 10 men who’d both headed and heeled at the NFR. He qualified first in 2016 with two-time World Champion Matt Sherwood, winning Rounds 3 and 7. Kesler heeled for Rhen Richard at the 2018 Finals, where they finished sixth in the average.

Kesler swapped to the head side in 2019 and, in 2021, he headed at the NFR for Joseph Harrison.

Kesler won $600,829 in his PRCA career, including numerous PRCA Wilderness Circuit titles on both ends. Other notable career wins include the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho; the Magic Valley Stampede in Filer, Idaho; the Silver State Stampede in Elko, Nevada; and many, many more. Kesler roped at both ends at all of the largest jackpots in the country,

Recently, Kesler placed sixth in the average at the Riata Buckle’s Pro Futurity with longtime friend and partner Colby Siddoway.

As details surrounding Quinn Kesler’s death and services become available, The Team Roping Journal will provide timely updates.

The Ariat World Series of Team Roping qualifiers produced by Kesler’s Double Dollar Livestock will go on as planned in March.

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