PRCA News: Mason Clements Wins First Riggin Rally Title
Mason Clements has been to three Wrangler national test rodeos, but it was one weekend in April that might overshadow the chop as his most memorable.
The Spanish rider from Chopstick, Utah not only stated that he was going to be the father of a girl, but he won his first title at the prestigious Riggin Rally Xtreme Bareback Riding on April 10 in Weatherford, Texas. Clements said it was 24 hours of pure joy.
It’s a really prestigious bareback riding event, the 29-year-old Clements said. All the stylish cowboys were there and that’s what you’re going to compete for there.
We had our gender reveal on Saturday and flew out Sunday morning to the Riggin Rally. I landed in Dallas around 10 in the morning and also went to Weatherford and went to work.
Going to work might have been an understatement for Clements. His coverage of eight alternates at the Frontier Rodeo’s Southern Star was good enough for 90 points, which is the most he’s scored in over two strokes of ProRodeo action.
He had no way been on that steed before. That was one of those 90-point lifts that you were sharp from the moment you shook your head, he said. He feels good when his practice and all his medication on those lifts shines through and shows. He said it was a cry of relief once he finally got two bases on the ground.
It took me about a stage and a half around the arena to get my hand out and get to the volley man, Clements said. He was pointing at Bob (Tallman) saying, ‘Just tell me the score, the anticipation is killing me.’ He eventually said 90 and it was a breath of fresh air. He felt like that was it, that was the plutocrat elevator.
A day’s work turned into $11,400 for Clements to put him back in the PRCA Top 15 | RAM world ranking. He said that he is in as good shape as ever throughout his eight-time PRCA career.
I feel like I’m in a great position right now, getting closer to being in the graceful shape of my life, he said. I feel like I’m smarter with my opinions, I feel like I’m stronger with my body. I stay healthier as the season goes on, I don’t get hit or feel bad. And with her first child on the way in August, she feels she has a little product to run for.
I have great emotions to fill now. A girl is coming, Clements said. I’m still riding for myself, and I still love what I do. But now there’s a bigger responsibility on the stern of being fit for the rodeo and having a family and taking care of them. Also, each of them will be suitable for a rodeo with me one day and that will be that much better.