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David Motes

Events: Team Roping (Heading)
Born: 6/29/1953 Mesa, Ariz.
Joined PRCA: 1973
PRCA Career Earnings: $1,252,571.00
World Titles Won: 1 (1977)
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 22 (1973-1977, 1979-1991, 1995-1996, 1999, 2000)
Current Residence: Tolar, Texas

2019 world standings place: Did not compete
Wrangler NFR average titles: 4 (1977, 1981, 1984, 1991)
RNCFR titles: 2 (1988, 1990)
Education: Mesa (Ariz.) Community College
Career Highlights
• 2014: Won the Stonyford (Calif.) Rodeo, with Evan Arnold
• 2013: Won the ABC ProRodeo (Lubbock, Texas), with Byron Wilkerson. Finished 72nd in the world standings with $13,322
• 2012: Finished 98th in the world standings with $9,170
• 2011: Finished 46th in the world standings with $20,561
• 2010: Finished 29th in the world standings with $35,746
• 2009: Won the Rusk County PRCA Rodeo (Henderson, Texas) and co-champion at the State Fair of Louisiana ProRodeo (Shreveport, La.), with Matt Kasner. Won the Santa Rosa Roundup (Vernon, Texas), with Mickey Gomez, and the Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo, with Travis Woodard. Finished 30th in the world standings with earnings of $36,400
• 2008: Won Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Pro Rodeo Series, with Richard Durham
• 2007: Won the Dodge Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo (Waco), with Coby Jones; the Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo, with Matt Kasner, and the War Bonnet Roundup (Idaho Falls, Idaho), with Jared Hixon
• 2006: (Partner Richard Durham) Won the Rooftop Rodeo (Estes Park, Colo.) and the Tour Round at the World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Ariz.)
• 2005: (Partner York Gill) Won the Eagle (Colo.) County Fair and Rodeo and Rodeo de Santa Fe (N.M.); co-champion at the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo
• 2004: (Partner Jory Levy) Won the Navajo Nation Fourth of July Celebration (Window Rock, Ariz.) and the Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Pro Rodeo Series. Finished the year 22nd in the world standings with $29,584
• 2002: (Partner Ryan Motes) Won the Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo and the Horse Heaven Round Up (Kennewick, Wash.)
• 2001: (Partner Ryan Motes) Won the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo (Vernal, Utah); the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo and the Chief Joseph (Ore.) Days Rodeo
• 2000: (Partner Mickey Gomez) Won the Livermore (Calif.) Rodeo; competed in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the 22nd time and finished 15th in the world standings with $41,226
• 1996: (Partner Bret Gould) Won the Omak (Wash.) Stampede
• 1990: (Partner Dennis Watkins) Won the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho) 
• 1988: (Partner Dennis Gatz) Won the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho)
• 1977: Won the team roping world championship with his older brother, Dennis, by winning the most money at the National Finals Rodeo
• NFR team roping average champion, 1997, 1981, 1984 and 1991 (tied for third-best on all-time list)
• California Circuit team roping champion, 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1996
• Team roping champion at California Rodeo Salinas, 1974, 1977, 1984, 1986 and 1989; voted into the California Rodeo Salinas Hall of Fame in 2012
5-10, 165 ... Single ... Daughter, Mika; and sons, Ryan and Casey; Ryan qualified for the Wrangler NFR as a team roper in 2007 ... Hobbies include skiing … Rodeo idol is Larry Mahan …Favorite movie is Raiders of the Lost Ark … Primary competition horse is Spiderman … Favorite rodeo is California Rodeo Salinas because of its big arena
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