Derrick Begay ~ Navajo

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Derrick Begay

Tribe: Navajo

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Sport: Rodeo (Roping Heading)

Home town: Seba Dalkai, Ariz

2011 world standings place: 7th
2011 Wrangler NFR place: 13th
2011 Wrangler NFR earnings: $15,288
2011 earnings: $134,043
Tour Finale qualifications: 0
RNCFR qualifications: 2 (2009-10)
Education: Northland Pioneer College (Holbrook, Ariz.), associate degree in industrial arts

2012 Highlights – with Cesar de la Cruz
• Won the World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Ariz.)
• Won the Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Casper, Wyo.)
• Won the Navajo Nation Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo (Window Rock, Ariz.)
• Co-champion at the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo (Vernal, Utah)

Career Highlights
• 2011: (Partner Cesar de la Cruz) Placed in two rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.); the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up; the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo; the Omak (Wash.) Stampede; Rodeo Austin (Texas); the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede and the Steamboat Springs (Colo.) ProRodeo Series. Co-champion at the Treaty Day Celebration & PRCA Rodeo (Window Rock, Ariz.); the Missoula (Mont.) Stampede and the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo (Payson, Ariz.)
• 2010: (Partner Cesar de la Cruz) Placed in three rounds of the Wrangler NFR, including a win in Round 8 with a time of 3.8 seconds. Finished 11th in the world standings with $104,927. Won the Wayne Wilson Children’s Charity Rodeo & Carnival (Cave Creek, Ariz.); the Pioneer Days Rodeo (Clovis, N.M.); the Lions Dixie Round-Up (St. George, Utah) and the Amarillo (Texas) Tri-State Fair and Rodeo; co-champion at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days
• 2009: (Partner Cesar de la Cruz) Won Round 7 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a time of 3.6 seconds and placed in one other round; won the World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Ariz.): the Rodeo de Santa Fe (N.M.) and the Colorado State Fair & Rodeo (Pueblo, Colo.); co-champion at the Pioneer Days Rodeo (Clovis, N.M.). Finished 15th in the world standings with $84,580
• 2008: (Partner Victor Aros) Placed in two rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, including a tie for second place in Round 9. Won the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede; the Pioneer Days Rodeo (Clovis, N.M.) and the Dodge Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo (Las Cruces, N.M.). Co-champion at the San Bernadino (Calif.) Sheriff’s PRCA Rodeo. Finished 15th in world standings for team roping headers with $77,066
• 2007: (Partner Victor Aros) Won the Sheridan (Wyo.) Rodeo; the Red Desert Roundup (Rock Springs, Wyo.); the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo (Abilene, Kan.) and the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo (Albuquerque). Finished 28th in the world standings with $34,855
• 2006: Won the All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association (AIRCA) team roping championship

5-10, 145 … Single … Begay, a Navajo, is the son of All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association (AIRCA) team roping director Victor Begay and Myrtle Begay; two sisters, Jaime and Brittany…Won the all-around title at the 2007 Indian National Finals Rodeo and his horse, Paint, was named INFR team roping horse of the year … Graduated from Winslow (Ariz.) High School in a class of about 100 … Works catching wild cattle when not on the road competing … Primary competition horses are Swagger and Spice … Enjoys hunting … Favorite rodeo is the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days … Favorite sports team is the Los Angeles Lakers … Favorite movie is Lonesome Dove

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