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Fred Whitfield


Events: Tie-down Roping
Born: 8/5/1967 Houston, Texas
Joined PRCA: 1990
PRCA Career Earnings: $3,209,218.00
World Titles Won: 8 (AA 1999, TD 1991, 1995-96, 1999-2000, 2002, 2005)
WNFR Qualifications: 20 (1990-2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
Current Residence: Hockley, Texas

2014 world standings place: 23rd
2014 earnings: $49,583
Wrangler NFR average titles: 4 (TD 1991, 1997, 1999, 2002)
Tour Finale titles: 3
    Winter: 2002-03, 2005
Tour Finale qualifications: 18
    Winter: 2000-06
    Summer: 2002-06
    Championship: 2003-06, 2009, 2012
RNCFR titles: 1 (2003)
RNCFR qualifications: 6 (TD 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002-03, 2005)

Professional
2014 Highlights
• Won the Mineral Wells (Texas) Rodeo
• Won the Augusta (Mont.) American Legion Rodeo
• Co-champion at the Livingston (Mont.) Roundup
Career Highlights
• 2013: Won the Roughrider Days Rodeo (Dickinson, N.D.); the Jayhawker Roundup Rodeo (Hill City, Kan.) and the 101 Wild West Rodeo (Ponca City, Okla.). Co-champion at the American Royal (Kansas City, Mo.); the 75th Annual Brighton Field Day Festival & Rodeo (Okeechobee, Fla.) and the Mandan (N.D.) Rodeo Days; finished 36th in the world standings with $35,993
• 2012: Broke Billy Etbauer's ProRodeo record for most career money won in a single event during California Rodeo Salinas in July (his tie-down roping earnings were at $3,056,780 at year's end). Qualified for his 20th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, placed in two rounds, finished eighth in the average and 14th in the world standings with $91,778. Won the all-around at the Crosby (Texas) Fair & Rodeo; the XIT Rodeo & Reunion (Dalhart, Texas); the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.); the Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo (Rosenberg, Texas) and the Northwest Montana Fair & Rodeo (Kalispell, Mont.)
• 2011: Became the third PRCA cowboy in history to reach the $3 million milestone in career earnings July 29 during the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days; finished 39th in the world standings with $29,510. Won the Western Frontier ProRodeo (Pocatello, Idaho); Iowa's Championship Rodeo (Sidney); the Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo (Rosenberg, Texas); the Kit Carson County Fair & Rodeo (Burlington, Colo.) and the Comal County Fair & Rodeo (New Braunfels, Texas)
• 2010: Placed in six rounds of the Wrangler NFR, winning a share of the title in Round 2 (the 23rd NFR round win of his career) and finishing fifth in the average. Won the SandHills Stock Show & Rodeo (Odessa, Texas); the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo and the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo; co-champion at the  Red Desert Roundup Rodeo (Rock Springs, Wyo.) and the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up; finished fifth in the world standings with $140,654
• 2009: Won the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo (Lufkin, Texas) and  the Tri-State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa); finished 20th in the world standings with $54,931
• 2008: Placed in five rounds at the Wrangler NFR, finishing fourth in the average and earning $57,602. Finished eighth in the world standings with total earnings of $130,249. Won the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo (Albuquerque); the Harris County PRCA Rodeo & Fair (Houston); the Cowboy Capital Pro Rodeo (Bandera, Texas); the Gladewater (Texas) Round-Up Rodeo and the Johnson County Sheriff's Rodeo (Cleburne, Texas); co-champion at the Days of '47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City)
• 2007: Returned to action in mid-June after recovering from neck and rotator cuff surgery. He finished the season 36th in the world standings with $30,111. Won the Kit Carson County Fair & Rodeo (Burlington, Colo.); the Mountain Valley Stampede (Heber City, Utah) and the Western Montana Fair and PRCA Rodeo (Missoula)
• 2006: Placed in three rounds at the Wrangler NFR. Won the Guadalupe County PRCA Rodeo (Seguin, Texas); the Sheridan (Wyo.) Rodeo; the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo and the Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo; won the Tour Round at the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede; finished 11th in the world standings with $107,028
• 2005: Won his eighth overall world title and seventh tie-down roping title at the Wrangler NFR after placing in five of 10 rounds and winning a season total of $168,782. Won the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo (Albuquerque); the Junction (Texas) Twist-Off ProRodeo and the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and average titles at the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up; won the Winter Tour Finale and $15,000
• 2004: Inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame; finished third in the world standings with $158,000 and was fifth in the Wrangler NFR average, winning $40,758 in 10 days; won the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo; the Rodeo Royal (Calgary, Alberta); the Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo (Rosenberg, Texas); the Horse Heaven Round-Up (Kennewick, Wash.); the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo; won  the Tour Rounds at Greeley (Colo.) Rocky Mountain Stampede; the Days of ’47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City) and the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo; won the average title at the Dodge Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo (Waco)
• 2003: Won Winter Tour Finale (Las Vegas) and crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings; won Round 2 of the Wrangler NFR with a 7.7-second run and Round 8 with a 6.9-second run; won the San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo; the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho) and the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo; finished second in the world with $200,656
• 2002: Regular-season earnings leader in tie-down roping with $151,856 and wrapped up the world championship ($237,638) by winning the Wrangler NFR average in 88.8 seconds; finished third in the all-around world standings with $240,930; won the Winter Tour Finale (Las Vegas); the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede; California Rodeo Salinas; the Clark County Fair & Rodeo (Logandale, Nev.); the Old Fort Days Rodeo (Fort Smith, Ark.); the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede; the Oakley (Utah) Independence Day Rodeo; the Central Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo (Casper); the Walla Walla (Wash.) Rodeo and the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo (Waco)
• 2001: Won three rounds at the Wrangler NFR (4, 8 and 9) and finished third in the world with earnings of $166,314; won the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo; the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo and the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo; won all-around and tie-down roping titles at the San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo; won the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede $50,000 bonus round
• 2000: Won sixth world championship and set an event-record with $194,936 in season earnings after winning Round 8, splitting the win in Round 9 and placing in eight rounds overall at the NFR; Winter Wrangler ProRodeo Tour tie-down roping points leader and the Winter Tour Finale (Las Vegas) runner-up; won RodeoHouston; the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo; won the all-around title at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo
• 1999: Won fourth tie-down roping world championship ($191,728) and his only all-around gold buckle ($217,819). Won NFR tie-down roping average title, placing in seven rounds and finishing with a time of 87.0 seconds on 10 head. Team roping earnings of $25,690 pushed him to all-around title. Won the Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo; the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.). Won the Texas Circuit all-around and tie-down roping titles
• 1998: Won Rounds 4 and 8 and placed in three others at the NFR; finished second in the NFR average and second in the world with $154,883. Won the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede and the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo (Denver)
• 1997: Set NFR tie-down roping average record with 84.0 seconds on 10 head; placed in eight rounds (including a win in Round 4) and won a Finals-best $82,960 to finish second in the world with $149,920
• 1996: Won Rounds 2 and 3 and placed in six rounds overall at the NFR, earning $58,305 in Las Vegas to secure his third tie-down roping world championship with season earnings of $155,336. Won the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo; the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo; the Farm-City Pro Rodeo (Hermiston, Ore.); the Days of ‘47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City); the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up and the Dodge Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo (Waco)
• 1995: Won his second tie-down roping world championship with earnings of $146,760;  won Rounds 1 and 9 at the NFR, earning $58,184 at the Finals and finishing third in the average
• 1994: Won Rounds 2 and 5 and placed in five other rounds at the NFR, earning $55,431 at the Finals and finishing fourth in the world with $130,194. Won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days
• 1993: Finished fifth in the NFR average and sixth in the world with $86,214. Won the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede $50,000 bonus round and the Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo (Waco)
• 1991: Won his first tie-down roping world championship after winning Rounds 5 and 8 at the NFR and placing in four others, claiming the average title with a time of 91.7 seconds on 10 head and earning an event-best $70,609 in Las Vegas; finished the season with $115,040
• 1990: Won Round 6 at the NFR and placed in one other round; finished seventh in the world with $74,095. Won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days

Personal
6-2, 210 ... Wife, Cassie; daughters, Savannah and Sydney ... His autobiography Gold Buckles Don't Lie: The Untold Tale of Fred Whitfield was published in spring 2013 ... Signature “raise the roof” gesture has caught on with fans across country ... His nickname is "Moon"; he got it from his grandfather ... Enjoys watching the NBA's Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings
 
 
 
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