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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

CALEB SMIDT’S 2013 DODGE CITY (KANS.) RODEO ROUNDUP ALL-AROUND BUCKLE

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