Derrick Begay ~ Navajo

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Derrick Begay
Derrick Begay

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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Professional

2011 Highlights – partner Cesar de la Cruz
• Won the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo
• Co-champion at the Treaty Day Celebration & PRCA Rodeo (Window Rock, Ariz.)
• Won Rodeo Austin (Texas)
• Won the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede
• Won the Steamboat Springs (Colo.) ProRodeo Series
• Co-champion at the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo (Payson, Ariz.)

Career Highlights

• 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. 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)

• 2006: Won the All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association (AIRCA) team roping championship.

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