Tate Kirchenschlager, a 27-year-old Colorado native who now resides in Morgan Mill, Texas, is fresh off his first NFR appearance. Nine years in to his PRCA career, Tate got the big hit he needed in San Antonio, Texas, when he won one of the biggest building rodeos of the year with Ross Ashford and skyrocketed to the top of the standings. The road to the top was a long won for Tate, making a living as a horse trainer and finishing no higher than 47 in the world standings before making his first trip to the Finals last year.

Tate—who will get married in 2020—is rodeoing with his San Antonio championship partner Ross Ashford this year, and he’s still riding the Horse of the Year Jewels Smoke Screen. He’s all-in on a return trip to Las Vegas, and we talk about that and a whole lot more on this episode of The Score, brought to you by Nutrena Feeds

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