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Student Hopes To 'Rope His Way To Victory In National Rodeo

Feb. 23, 2016
SHSU Media Contact: Tammy Parrett

Junior agricultural business major Taylor Santos will compete in the calf-roping finals for a chance to rope his way to $1 million on Sunday (Feb. 28) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

“The American” is the richest one-day rodeo in the world, during which the world’s top 10 rodeo athletes in seven events compete for a $1 million prize. 

Santos transferred to Sam Houston State University in 2015 after winning the 2014 tie-down roping title at the Collegiate National Finals Rodeo during his freshman year at California Polytechnic State University.

He then went on to place fifth in the 2015 Columbia River Circuit, where he took home a $12,000 prize.

“As a student trying to finish my education, there are only a handful of events that I’m able to compete in because of my academic schedule,” Santos said. “The college finals is one of the most elite championships in rodeo, and being able to rope against some of the guys I’ve been watching my entire life for $1 million is a pretty incredible feeling.”

While many his age might choose to focus on their rodeo careers, Santos understands the importance of education.

“At this stage, my main goal is to graduate so that I can ensure that my future is set up in case something happens and I can’t compete anymore,” Santos said. “After that, my focus is on winning the college finals and roping against some of my idols.” 

“Taylor has displayed championship qualities at both collegiate and professional levels,” said rodeo coach Edward “Bubba” Miller. “It’s no surprise that Taylor has placed in the top 5; he performs best under pressure. He’s going to do great at The American.” 

The American rodeo events will broadcast live on RFD-TV. To see if you provider carries this channel, visit their website at rfdtv.com.

Tickets are available online at bit.ly/1UiO2OS

For more information, contact Miller at 936.294.3867.

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