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Ag Business Senior To Defend First-Place Title At Top Pro Rodeo Challenge

Dec. 7, 2017
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

By Hannah Haney


In defense of his first-place title and $21,000, agricultural business senior Ty Arnold will compete against 33 other contestants in the 2017 Permit Challenge at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dec. 7. 

This is Arnold’s second qualification for the Permit Member of the Year Challenge. He finished the 2017 season in first-place on the Permit Standings with $25,805.  He qualified for the Permit Challenge in the team roping as a heeler for the second year.

“I am blessed to compete at this level in the sport that has provided me many opportunities,” Arnold said. “I have had great team roping partners this year that have helped me get here.”

Now a senior at SHSU, Arnold plans to continue his rodeo career after graduation and is thankful to SHSU for providing the opportunities to explore his passion while pursuing an education.

Today he is utilizing his natural talents and the skills he has learned in and out of the classroom to achieve his goals. He also competes on the college rodeo team where he won the 2015-2017 College Southern Region Champion Heeler title.  

“I am gone a lot so keeping up with schoolwork and trying not to miss class can be challenging.  I have great professors at Sam Houston and they are understanding and work with my schedule,” Arnold said. “I have to treat my rodeo career as a business and so many of my classes have provided me the background knowledge I need to be successful.”

Arnold is from Midway, Texas. He started roping when he was five years old and has made his mark in the ProRodeo world, winning one of the top 25 ProRodeos based on purse money in the PRCA, the 2017 Dodge City Round Up. He also won the Belton 4th of July Celebration & PRCA Rodeo, Sonora Outlaw Pro Rodeo and the Crockett Lions Club PRCA Rodeo.

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