When Ty Woods arrived in Las Vegas for the Junior National Finals Rodeo, his thoughts weren’t on winning the open with a pint-sized 10-year-old he had never met. He was there to win a championship with his best friend and roping partner, Catcher Gasperson.
“I had expectations of winning the number 10 division. Catcher and I were good enough, there’s no reason we shouldn’t have won, but we just didn’t do any good. That’s why we were there, we worked all year for it,” explained Woods.
The best friends from Decatur, Texas, had spent the last year traveling the country, from Decatur to Colorado, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico, working to qualify for the Junior NFR.
Halfway through the year, Woods decided to throw his hat in the opens, with a shot at qualifying for both in Vegas, and managed to do just that by the hair on his chinny-chin-chin. The 15-year-old son of Tony and Christi Woods and Dianna Woods would go to Vegas ranked sixth with partner Gasperson and 15th – last for the open.
“We had our standards set to win, but not the open. Winning it came from our blind-sides,” recalled Woods.
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