Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Semi-Finalist: Bareback Rider Tilden Hooper

Tilden Hooper came out on top in Bracket 6 at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo after a first place ride in round one and second in round two. He’s been to the Wrangler NFR six times, and while still early in the season, it looks like 2020 could be the year for him to snag a bareback riding world title. He’s performing better than ever, despite having suffered some major injuries in recent years.

“As funny as it is to say, those injuries were a blessing,” Hooper says. “it made me change a lot of things in order to continue to do this, and all those things are things I should have changed to go to the next level anyway. I don’t know if I’m just hard-headed or what, but those injuries put me in a place where I didn’t have a choice but to start doing things better and elevate my game. It’s made me ride better, it’s helped me in and out of the arena, and I thank God every day that it happened — because I wouldn’t be here if it wouldn’t have, that’s for sure.”

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Meet the NFR Athletes is presented by Montana Silversmiths
Meet the NFR Athlete is presented by Montana Silversmiths
Meet the NFR Athletes is presented by Montana Silversmiths
Meet the NFR Athletes is presented by Montana Silversmiths
Meet the NFR Athletes is presented by Montana Silversmiths
Meet the NFR Athletes is presented by Montana Silversmiths