BUCKLE UP: Dustin Equsquiza clinches Re­sis­tol Rookie of the Year ti­tle

Spin to Win Rodeo - - Contents - with Dustin Egusquiza as told to Chelsea Toy

Dustin Egusquiza set out in 2016 to make the Wran­gler Na­tional Fi­nals Rodeo and came up just short, fin­ish­ing 18th in the PRCA world stand­ings with $58,692 won. But the South­east­ern phe­nome did win the 2016 Re­sis­tol Rookie of the Year ti­tle on the head side, a goal he kept in the back of his mind all year.

“Orig­i­nally, when I left home, my main goal was to make the Fi­nals,” Egusquiza said. “But win­ning the Rookie was some­thing I re­ally wanted to do. I learned that there are go­ing to be good weeks and bad weeks, and right now, I’ve had two bad weeks, so those lessons are pay­ing off. I’m work­ing on stay­ing pos­i­tive be­cause there are a lot of rodeos left. You can’t win with a neg­a­tive at­ti­tude.”

Egusquiza roped with fel­low South­east- Cir­cuit stand­outs Brad Culpep­per and Clint Sum­mers in 2016 en route to his Re­sis­tol Rookie of the Year ti­tle, and won the Ge­orge Strait Team Rop­ing Clas­sic, and the cov­eted rig that goes along with the ti­tle, with Sum­mers. He rode his 14-year-old bay geld­ing, Duke, all year.

“He was prob­a­bly the best I’ve ever owned, but he died last Oc­to­ber,” Egusquiza said. “When he died I was afoot. I had a heel horse I’d rid­den for a while, and I just went to rop­ing on him. It’s amaz­ing how fast he came to it.”

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