Bayleigh Choate Looks Back at Rookie Year and Forward to Her First NFR

Bayleigh Choate has not only cinched her first ever trip to the National Finals Rodeo but she also locked down the title of Resistol Rookie of the Year.

It has been a year full of growth for Choate and her horses as they conquered rodeo arenas across the country.

“Boozer, he stepped up, it was a perf and he loved it. He loved the arena and that was the rodeo that my whole year took a turn around and it went from there,” Choate said about Rodeo Austin.

It was at the Ponoka Stampede and Cowboy Christmas when Choate realized that the bright lights of Vegas were in her sights. From there, she put her head down and got to work to stay inside the Top 15.

She turned her horses out when she came home from her Summer run but Choate’s NFR preparations include entering rodeos with a smaller pattern like Thomas and Mack’s and keeping her horses happy and healthy.

Come December 1, 2022, Choate is going to be living a dream.

Professional rodeo action consists of two types of competitions - roughstock events and timed events - and an all-around cowboy crown.