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RELEASE DATE: Feb. 14, 2019
McFadden magical in west Texas
SAN ANGELO, Texas – Something magical happens when 90-point rides occur at a rodeo.
The sparks flew Thursday night when Nate McFadden spurred Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s South Point Gambler for 90 points to win the first round of bareback riding at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.
“That was my first time to ever be 90,” said McFadden, 26, a fourth-year pro from tiny Elsmere, Neb. “It’s something you can’t even explain. It’s so tough to be 90 points. You have to draw the right horse and be at the right rodeo. The starts have to align. I’ve been waiting for it, and it feels outstanding.”
By winning the round, he earned $4,890 and has the top spot heading into Friday’s championship round. Only the top 12 contestants in each event advance to the short round, so it’s a true showcase of the best of the best in San Angelo this year.
That may have been the best description for the match-up between McFadden and South Point Gambler, a 5-year-old buckskin that was raised on the Carr Ranch in eastern Texas.
“It was a young horse, and I didn’t know a lot about him,” he said. “They bucked him once this year in West Monroe (Louisiana), and I’d seen the video. They said he really bucked and would be electric and good.
“Anytime you can get on a colt out of River Boat Annie, you know there’s something special. (South Point Gambler) is outstanding.”
Friday will mark the first time McFadden has qualified for the San Angelo short round, but he’s excited to be part of that exclusive field.
“I turned it around big time,” he said with a laugh. “This coliseum is electric. The crowd here is amazing, and it feels like the horses buck in this arena.”
They have over the last few weeks, anyway. In bareback riding, cowboys had to have scores of at least 84 points to place in the opening round. The bottom score making it back to Friday’s round is Tanner Aus’ 82.5.
“My No. 1 goal is to make the (National) Finals, but that’s my goal every year,” said McFadden, who has qualified for the regional championship – the circuit finals – each of the past four years. “I would really like to win the circuit this year and make it down to Kissimmee (Florida).”
The winners of each region – along with the winners of each circuit finale – advance to the National Circuit Finals Rodeo, which takes place in Florida every spring. It would just be the next step for the lifelong cowboy who was raised on a ranch in the middle of Nebraska.
For now, though, he’s just enjoying his ride in San Angelo.