84.5 pt ride on Growney Brothers Rodeo’s Beaver Fever
You’ve moved up from 14th to 3rd in the world in 2 nights.
How crazy has the extra money made this year’s WNFR?
“It makes every night more exciting and important. I don’t like to check the average or the world standings because I don’t want to let it affect me or change my riding style in any way. I want to get on all 10 the same way and not safety up if I have a lead. If I’m in the lead when the dust settles on the last night I’ll be happier than I can even explain.”
3.5 sec run
Luke, you have won more rounds in this event (23) at the WNFR than anybody else, what was the key tonight?
“The main this was getting a good start, we didn’t do a very good job at that last night and that was the key adjustment tonight, make sure we got the start we needed to get caught up to the steer. Last night I set a game plan for a steer I thought did something, but he changed the plan up on me. That’s one thing I try not to do is make a game plan because you never really know what’s going to happen.”
3.5 sec run
Last time you were here (2013) you won a world championship, what’s your approach the final eight rounds not that you’re in first in the world standings?
“The approach is the same. I came in with a little bit better situation this time around, so from here on out it’s just keep the pedal to the metal and keep trying to move forward.”
Derrick Begay/Clay O’Brien Cooper
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Derrick on roping with Clay O’Brien Cooper
“The roping part’s just a bonus. Being around Clay and just seeing who he is and how he conducts himself-I’ve learned a lot just being around him. This partnership is one of those things you always kind of wish for, but you never think it’ll come true. That’s the neatest part about roping with Champ for me.”
Clay O’Brien on his 29th NFR
“I don’t really think about how long I’ve been doing this. I just go to work every day and do what I love to do.”
“This one’s for Jake (Barnes). It’s a bummer that he had an accident. Jake’s in all of our hearts anyway, because of the kind of person he is and the career that he’s had. Jake’s going to be OK. It could have been worse, and he’ll bounce back. When the want-to’s there, Jake’s never failed a mission yet.”
Saddle Bronc Riding
83 pt ride on C5 Rodeo Company’s Curly Bill
What did you feel like coming to your first WNFR?
“I was actually more nervous about the Grand Entry than I was about riding. I was gut sick yesterday. I was even a little nervous last night about riding, but I felt a little better tonight.
Courtesy of the 2015 WNFR Pro Interviews with the PRCA.