By Krista Lucas
The rodeo life can come with many ups and downs, especially when trying to raise a family. One couple that is navigating life on the road, as well as family life, has shown it is possible to do both and be successful at it all.
Tyler and Jessi Wade have been involved in the rodeo world their entire lives. They both grew up competing in junior and high school rodeos and met each other at a Texas High School Rodeo Association event that was held at Tyler’s parents’ indoor arena.
They were married in 2015, and now reside in Terrell, Texas. Tyler has qualified for a second trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as a header in the team roping. He qualified in 2016 and finished 10th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association standings for the year roping with Dakota Kirchenschlager.
“It was great,” Tyler said. “It’s something I have thought about since I was a kid, so to make it a reality was awesome.”
In 2017, he finished 28th in the world standings with $45,229. This year, he has worked harder than ever before to make it back to Las Vegas in the 12th spot and will be roping with Cole Davison at the WNFR.
“I made quite a few mistakes last time, the way I practiced and trying to change too much about my roping. I’m comfortable enough with my roping now; I’m going to just focus on that,” Tyler said. “I switched horses last time because I wasn’t sure which one to ride. This year, I will take Fonzie and plan on riding him all 10 rounds. It’s nice to have a lot of confidence in the horse you are riding.”
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