Tinsley and Thompson Win 2018 Junior NFR #10 World Title
Midland, Texas' Caden Tinsley and Canyon, Texas' Tate Thompson won the Junior NFR #10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in 2018.

Caden Tinsley and Tate Thompson won the Junior NFR #10 2018 World Championship and Finals average and $2,680 a man for their time of 49.38 on five head at the Las Vegas Convention Center December 11-13.

They banked a total of $3,685 each for their week’s efforts, including a second-place finish in Round 4 and a third-place finish in Round 5. 

“We drew a good one in the short round,” Thompson said. “This was the first situation I had to rope one by two feet with that much pressure. I was real nervous.”

The USTRC and World Series’ John English, Caden Tinsley, Tate Thompson and Total Team Roping’s Bret Beach. | TRJ Photo

Lucky for Thompson, his partner had nerves of steel. Tinsley, who came into the Finals as the season-leader, was unfazed by needing to pull on his horse at the line, and made an easy, businessman’s run.  

[Read more: Comin’ In Hot: Junior NFR Regular-Season Champs]

“The first steer I broke out on, but after that we made solid runs,” Tinsley said. “I use my head and really think about it. I get that from my dad Jason.”

While Dad Jason was thrilled for his younger son Caden, part of his heart was at home in Texas. 

“It’s a bitter-sweet moment for me because my oldest son Carson is in brain surgery right now,” Jason said. “You want to cry and you want to be happy at the same time.”

The anesthesiologist even let Carson watch his brother win the Junior NFR on his phone before putting him under for the surgery, which was meant to help battle some scar tissue inside Carson’s brain. Carson is recovering at Fort Worth’s Cooks Children’s, and the prognosis looks good. After the Junior NFR Open short round Saturday, Caden and Jason will join mom Elizabeth and Carson in Forth Worth.

Tinsley rode a horse he calls Little D, a chestnut gelding that came from Tinsley’s mentor, JoJo LeMond. LeMond and Tinsley also roped in the World Series of Team Roping Finale #14 Finale earlier in the week, but they duo didn’t have any luck. 

Thompson rode a horse named Shorty, a gelding he bought in Hereford, Texas, from friend Vince Guerrero.

“This year, he started working really good for me, and I’ve been roping really good on him,” Thompson said. 

Thompson’s mom Jody was in tears for her son, who fits in roping to his busy school schedule. 

“He just works so hard at what he does, to see it pay off, it’s well worth all the hard work,” she said. “I was more nervous for him than he was for himself. He ropes in his free time after his homework. He’s a great kid, and super easy.”

Rance Winters and John Hisel won second in the average with a 59.75 on five head, worth $2,010 each. Garrett Miller and Caleb Carpenter won third in the average with a 41.34 on four, worth $1,340 each. Jett Stewart and Brayden Schmidt were 44.01 on four head to win fourth worth $670 each.

Full go-round results, plus video of the winning run from Tinsley and Thompson, are available on The Team Roping Journal’s Facebook page. 

Related Articles
Wesley Thorp heeling a steer for Tyler Wade at Nephi, Utah.
Keeping Up with the 2023 Governor's Cup
Clint Summers heading a steer for Jake Long at the 2023 Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo.
the final countdown...literally
NFR within Clint Summers’ Striking Distance; Bubble Battles to Watch in Final Week of 2023 ProRodeo
Riley Kittle and Jace Helton with their new Rodeo Corpus Christi surfboards. Image courtesy WCRA by Bull Stock Media.
Big money
WCRA Rodeo Corpus Christi Increases Payout and Adds DY Showcase in 2024
What're they winning?
Where Are They Now? See How Former Resistol Rookies Are Faring in 2023
Cade Rice Sevens Star Glo
Next Level Stuff
2024 Breeder's Guide Moves to January, Adds Online Enrollment