Saddle Bronc Rider Dawson Hay Readies for Third Career NFR

Meet the NFR Athlete is presented by Montana Silversmiths.

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Maci Berry

Dawson Hay sits No. 14 in the PRCA World Standings as he heads into his third career National Finals Rodeo and this year, he will show up in Las Vegas as a proud, new father. After going in 2019 and in 2021, Hay’s trips to Las Vegas have landed him within the Top 10 in the World each year.

In 2022, Hay had a strong start to the season over the winter run and he kept it rolling into the summer. He picked up over $111,000 this year to cinch that trip to the Thomas and Mack.

Take a look back at some of Hay’s regular season highlights.


Calgary Stampede, $21,000

He tied to win Round Four of Pool A with an 88.5-point ride before he clawed his way back into the Semifinals from the Wild Card Round. Hay would go on to be a part of the final four cowboys that competed in the Showdown. He would end up with a second-place finish over all, just half a point behind his older brother, Logan.


San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, 90 points

In the third round of Bracket Three, Hay drew Calgary Stampede’s Stampede Warrior. He went on to win the round by four points and cash in the $2,500 and qualify for the Semifinals.

Caldwell Night Rodeo, 91 points

Aboard Powder River Rodeo’s Miss Valley, Hay went on to tie to win the Final Round of the Caldwell Night Rodeo with a 91-point ride. This would propel him to win the average as well with 177.5 points on two head.


New Years Ever Bucking Ball

In Gillette, Wyoming, Hay earned over $6,000 after making an 88-point ride on Korkow’s Onion Ring to win the Final Round and the average. This got his year started right.

Walla Walla Frontier Days

During the last month of the regular season, Hay would capitalize on the horse he drew at this Washington rodeo. Making an 89.5-point ride on Big Stone Rodeo Inc’s Rubbels Hay would win the rodeo.

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