with Caleb Smidt as told to Chelsea Shaffer
Caleb Smidt’s Dodge City All-Around Buckle
Caleb Smidt won the PRCA’s gold buckle in the tie-down roping in 2015, but his 2013 Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup buckle still finds its way onto his belt every day.
“It was probably one of the first (ProRodeo) all-around buckles I won,” Smidt said. “I won it my rookie year. I just roped calves and steers all year. I won probably $10,000 there at Dodge. I took it off when I won my gold buckle for a little while, then I sent my gold buckle back about two or three months ago to get it cleaned. I got my gold buckle back, but for some reason I keep wearing this one.”
That same year Smidt was the all- around and tie-down roping Resistol Rookie of the Year in the PRCA, picking up all-around titles everywhere from Casper, Wyo., to Crockett, Texas. Smidt has stuck with long-time team roping partner BJ Dugger, and until this year, counted most of his heading earnings on a grey head horse, Hooch.
“I rode Hooch at Dodge that year and just about everywhere else,” Smidt said. “I rode him the last 22 years it feels like, and I finally retired him and bought a sorrel. In the calf roping that year, I rode Butters—a gelding I bought in August that year. I rode him everywhere and I rode him at the Finals. When I got hurt, I sold him to a little kid down the road.”
The Huntsville, Texas, cowboy has made the WNFR four times, including a return trip this year. Smidt, at press time, was second in the PRCA’s tie-down roping world standings with $142,193 and third in the all-around world standings with $151,990.
“I WON IT MY ROOKIE YEAR. I JUST ROPED CALVES AND STEERS ALL YEAR. I WON PROBABLY $10,000 THERE AT DODGE.” — CALEB SMIDT