BUCKLE UP

Quinn Kesler’s Re­sis­tol Rookie of the Year buckle

Spin to Win Rodeo - - Departments - with Quinn Kesler, by Kaitlin Gus­tave

Quinn Kesler fell just short of mak­ing what would have been his first Wran­gler NFR in 2015, fin­ish­ing 16th in the World Stand­ings with $65,840. Even though he didn’t qual­ify for the Fi­nals that year, he ended up with the 2015 Re­sis­tol Rookie of the Year Heeler ti­tle.

“I was very blessed to rope with Matt [Sher­wood],” Kesle said of that inau­gu­ral year. “I’ve al­ways dreamed about want­ing to rodeo and my goal for that year was to win the Rookie. I know my part­ner, Matt, planned to amke the fi­nals, but, I think that be­ing naive and not hav­ing rodeoed be­fore, I didn’t re­al­ize that mak­ing the fi­nals could be my goal the first year.”

Kesler may not have made it to the Fi­nals that year, but he did help get his part­ner there and held onto his goal of win­ning the Re­sis­tol Rookie ti­tle.

With de­ter­mi­na­tion from win­ning the Re­sis­tol Rookie ti­tle, but be­ing one spot out of mak­ing the 2015 Wran­gler NFR, Kesler qual­i­fied for his first NFR in 2016, fin­ish­ing eighth in the World.

“Rop­ing with Matt re­ally helped me, but I think the rookie helped, as well. With­out the Rookie of the Year and plan­ning on that, I maybe wouldn’t have planned on rodeo­ing that year un­less we would have been do­ing good.”

Kesler’s rookie year may not have been so close if not for his main mount, Whit.

“I rode a horse I had that I sold to Clint Robin­son I think that next year. He ac­tu­ally got hurt and they had to put him down. His name was Whit. I got him from the Gaughns there in Ve­gas.”

Kesler notes that with the PRCA hav­ing the Re­sis­tol Rookie awards gives the younger, up-and-com­ers a chance to work to­wards some­thing out­side of the World Stand­ings.

“I think it’s great be­cause it gives younger guys, or who­ever is com­ing into rodeo, an op­por­tu­nity to hit a mark that’s up there. Ev­ery year it gets so com­pet­i­tive, so it gives you some­thing to re­ally strive for, even if you didn’t want to rodeo full time. You can strive for win­ning Rookie of the Year.”

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