CHEYENNE – Family ties often run deep in rodeo.
That’s certainly the case for the Etbauers.
Brothers Robert, Billy and Dan paved the way as Robert won saddle bronc world titles in 1990 and ’91, while Billy is a five-time winner in saddle bronc as well with world titles coming in 1992, ’96, ’99, 2000 and ’04. Dan was a 10-time qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo.
Robert’s oldest son, Trell, was the first to continue the tradition as he competes in steer wrestling, saddle bronc and tie-down roping. He hasn’t made it to the NFR yet, but is a four-time winner of the Linderman Award – a yearly honor presented to the cowboy with the most earnings in three events with both riding and timed events being represented.
Shade is the newest of the Etbauers onto the rodeo scene.
The youngest Etbauer leads the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rookie standings in saddle bronc and ranks 25th in the world standings.
A majority of the family was on hand Saturday to watch Shade’s second ride at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo where his uncles Dan (1996) and Bill (2009) have previously won.
He didn’t have a chance to come away with a win and grab a CFD buckle like his uncles after getting bucked off Friday, but bounced back Saturday with an 83-point ride which tied him for fourth in the second go-round.
“It’s really cool just to come to this rodeo. It’s such a big rodeo having all the fans, all the money added and being able to get on nice horses – shoot, it’s just a lot of fun,” Etbauer said. “Knowing that your dad and uncles rodeoed and done good here in the past is even better. It gets your adrenaline going.”
The money he wins will add to the $33,753.18 he’s already taken home this year to lead all rookies.
It seems to be just the start for the Goodwell, Oklahoma, cowboy as he carries on the Etbauer legacy.
“I love doing it, and just to be able to follow in their footsteps means a lot to me. It’s awesome having your family there to support you. Most of my family is here, and just to be able to go have fun and do what you love is a blessing,” Etbauer said.
Josh Peek and Trevor Brazile made more than one run in Saturday’s performance.
Peek of Pueblo, Colorado, had trouble in his steer wrestling run with a 30.8 and had a 13.7 in tie-down roping. He’ll be back today in the tie-down roping finals with an aggregate of 25.9.
Brazile continued to add to his legacy by securing the top spot in the tie-down roping finals with a 10.5-second run to give him a score of 22.7 on two head. The Decatur, Texas, cowboy had a shot to make it back in the team roping finals, but he and heeler Patrick Smith of Lipan, Texas, were unsuccessful on their run.
Brenson Bartlett of Cheyenne won mini bull riding during Saturday’s performance. None of the three finalists stayed on for their ride, but Bartlett stayed on the longest during his ride.
Quincy Crum of McArthur, California, won the rookie saddle bronc with an aggregate of 147. He placed fourth in the first go with a 72 and third in the second go with a 75.