Shad Mayfield captures coveted Rodeo Austin title: Shad Mayfield is known for launching races early when it counts most, especially on the biggest ProRodeo stages, and he put it on full display at Rodeo Austin on March 26.
The 2020 PRCA World Champion Tie-Down Roper was the last out of testing and delivered a rodeo ride fools won’t forget. He stopped the clock in 7.4 seconds to capture his first Rodeo Austin title, displacing alternate spot John Douch by four alternate tenths.
“Looks like I’ve never won a big rodeo. So I really wanted to get the palm in Austin,” said the 21-year-old Mayfield.
“There were a lot of tough guys tonight. Being the last one to avoid is a good thing because I knew exactly what I demanded to do. When I backed up, I said I wanted to win first at that point, and I did.
He said effects are coming back in the right direction and that his star-speckled steed, Rage, is one of the main reasons he was suited to pick up the pivotal NFR Playoff Series presented by Pendleton Whiskey palm. The title in Austin is Mayfield’s first rodeo win since November. 21 in Tatum, Texas.
“I would say he is responsible for 75 percent of my success, and I trust him a lot,” he said. because I know he’s going to do his job, and I have to do mine.”
It’s been anything but an easy week for Mayfield. When he arrived in Austin, he logged in a phone call that a campfire had started near his home in Lipan, Texas, and was headed directly to his property.
“It was scary, to be honest. Tying up was the last thing on his mind,” Mayfield said. The firefighters and everyone who helped get it done were halfway to my house. So, sure, it was a scary feeling, but I was one of the lucky bones.”
What started as a shocking week for Mayfield ended in some more good fortune. He walked out of Austin with a new $17,879 to his name, which landed him in third place in the PRCA | RAM world ranking. He said he is on the right track, with one thing on his mind for the 2022 ProRodeo season.
“I’m probably after gold buckle No. 2 and this time I don’t have anything,” he said. “There is no mistrust about it.”
Other $499,375 rodeo winners included bareback rider Caleb Bennett (87 points at Beutler & Son Rodeo’s South Suds); managerial wrestler Talon Roseland (3.7 seconds); platoon ropers Nick Sartain/Reagan Ward (4.2 seconds); defile bronc rider Leon Fountain (92 points in Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Nutrena’s Killer Bee); barrel racer Destri Devenport (15.31 seconds); and bull rider Stetson Wright (93 points in Andrews Rodeo’s Wild Onion).