Pivot Bio Originals: Tyler Waguespack on the Difficulties of Competing at the NFR
In 2021, Tyler Waguespack got off to a rough start at the NFR, breaking a barrier in Round 2, but after a talk with his dad, he was able to rebound in a big way.
His dad asked, “Did you have the start you wanted to?”
The answer to that was yes, so his dad told him not to be upset and to go place in the final eight rounds.
That is exactly what Waguespack did and he would become the 2021 PRCA Steer Wrestling World Champion.
The NFR presents a unique challenge to all competitors. It is a grueling 10 days of competition with no rest and any mistakes can cost you money and a Gold Buckle.
“You have to kick your horse and get moving forward at a gate that is still closed and pray it opens before you get there,” Waguepsack said. “It is a weird feeling and hard to trust it.”
Waguespack has had well-documented success at the NFR, something that is not by accident.
“I love the atmosphere I love the crowd being right on top of you there, it gets you amped up”
Waguespack is brought his horse Casper to the NFR, which he knows is a special horse.
“Casper is probably the fastest horse that I have rode at the NFR.”
The 2022 NFR marks Waguespack’s eighth consecutive appearance.