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Kyle Whitaker


Events: Steer Wrestling, Saddle Bronc Riding, Tie-Down Roping
Born: 8/24/1976 Chambers, Neb.
Joined PRCA: 1996
PRCA Career Earnings: $694,578.00
World Titles Won: 0
WNFR Qualifications: 0
Current Residence: Chambers, Neb.

2016 world standings place: 23rd (AA), 47th (SW), 102nd (SB), 159th (TD)
2016 earnings: $36,680 (AA) $24,894 (SW), $4,671 (SB), $6,115 (TD)
Tour Finale qualifications: 1
      Summer
: 2006
RNCFR titles: 2 (AA 2002, 2008)
RNCFR qualifications: 11 (SW 2001-02, 2005, 2008; SB 2001-03, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012)
Education: University of Nebraska (Lincoln), degree in agricultural economics

Professional
2017 Highlights
• Won all-around at the Auto Plaza Group Dodge Ram Regional Rodeo (Park Hills, Mo.)
• Won the steer wrestling at the Bill Hoy Kiwanis Rodeo (Clarksville, Tenn.)
Career Highlights

• 2016: Won the First Chance Bonanza (Brookings, S.D.). Won the all-around at the RAM Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo (Louisville, Ky.), the Minnesota (St. Paul) Horse Exposition Rodeo, the Hamel (Minn.) Rodeo & Bull Ridin Bonanza, the Crown Motors Ram Regional Rodeo (Park Hills, Mo.), the Pine City (Minn.) Championship PRCA Rodeo and the North Central Rodeo Championship Rodeo (Medford, Wis.). Won the all-around and tie-down roping at the Days of 56 PRCA Rodeo (Ponca, Neb.). Co-champion at the Stanley (Wis.) Rodeo
• 2015: Won the all-around at the NILE ProRodeo (Billings, Mont.). Won the all-around and steer wrestling at the Midwest Horse Fair & Rodeo (Madison, Wis.). Won the all-around and was co-champion in steer wrestling at the Buffalo (Minn.) Championship PRCA Rodeo. Won the all-around and tie-down roping at the American Heroes PRCA Rodeo (Hawley, Minn.). Won the steer wrestling at the Western Fest Stampede Rodeo (Granite Falls, Minn.), and the Extreme Events Championship Rodeo (Waconia, Minn.). Co-champion in the all-around at the Jackson County ProRodeo (Bellevue, Iowa). Co-champion in the steer wrestling at the North Central Championship Rodeo (Medford, Wis.). Finished 19th in the all-around world standings with $39,175; 30th in steer wrestling with $31,679; 142nd in saddle bronc riding with $2,516 and 193rd in tie-down roping with $4,980
• 2014: Won the all-around and steer wrestling at the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo and the Licking (Mo.) PRCA Rodeo. Won the all-around at the RAM Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo (Louisville, Ky.); the Tri-State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa); the Hamel (Minn.) Rodeo & Bull Ridin Bonanza; the Heart of the North Rodeo (Spooner, Wis.); the Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo (Iron River, Mich.); the Cattleman Days Rodeo (Ashland, Mo.); the Jackson County ProRodeo (Bellevue, Iowa)
and the Pine City (Minn.) Championship PRCA Rodeo. Won the all-around and tie-down roping at the Extreme Events MN Championship Rodeo (Waconia, Minn.) and the St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo (Glenwood City, Wis.). Won the all-around, steer wrestling and tie-down roping at the Jesse James Days Rodeo (Northfield, Minn.). Finished 16th in the all-around world standings with $37,521; 67th in steer wrestling with $16,634; 72nd in saddle bronc riding with $9,474 and 102nd in tie-down roping with $11,413
• 2013: Won the all-around at the Ram Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo (Louisville, Ky.). Won the all-around and steer wrestling at the Minnesota Horse Exposition Rodeo (St. Paul, Minn.). Won the all-around and tie-down roping at the Extreme Events MN Championship Rodeo (Waconia, Minn.). Won the all-around and steer wrestling at the Pine City (Minn.) Championship PRCA Rodeo. Won the all-around at the Cherokee (Iowa) PRCA Rodeo; the St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo (Glenwood City, Wis.); the Stanley (Wis.) Rodeo and the Fireman's Festival Pro Rodeo (Cottage Grove, Wis.). Won the all-around and was co-champion in the steer wrestling at the Crystal Springs Rodeo (Clear Lake, S.D.). Won the saddle bronc riding at the Eureka (Kan.) Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo and the Defeat of Jesse James Days Rodeo (Northfield, Minn.). Finished 32nd in the all-around world standings with $24,929; 76th in steer wrestling with $14,931, 111th in saddle bronc riding with $4,746 and 158th in tie-down roping with $5,252
• 2012: Won the steer wrestling at Rodeo de Santa Fe (N.M.) and the steer wrestling at the Home of Champions Rodeo (Red Lodge, Mont.). Co-champion in the all-around at the PRCA Championship Rodeo (Hawley, Minn.). Finished 26th in the steer wrestling world standings with $38,785
• 2011: Won the the Linderman Award for the sixth time, extending his own record. Won the all-around at the Ram Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo (Louisville, Ky.); the saddle bronc riding at the Cherokee (Iowa) Chamber PRCA Rodeo; the all-around and steer wrestling at the Dayton (Iowa) Championship Rodeo; the all-around and steer wrestling at the Midwest Horse Fair & Rodeo (Madison, Wis.); the all-around and steer wrestling at the Wahoo (Neb.) Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo; the all-around at the Mid-Western Rodeo (Manawa, Wis.); the all-around at the Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo (Iron River, Mich.); the all-around at the Brown Co. Fair ProRodeo (De Pere, Wis.); the all-around and steer wrestling at the Horse Days Rodeo (Belvidere, Ill.); the all-around and the saddle bronc riding at the Juneau County Fair ProRodeo (Mauston, Wis.); the steer wrestling at the Lyon County Fair PRCA Rodeo (Marshall, Minn.); the steer wrestling at the Minnesota Horse Exposition Rodeo (St. Paul). Finished 23rd in the all-around world standings with $34,571 and 46th in the steer wrestling with $22,912
• 2010: Won the all-around at the PRCA Championship Rodeo (Lincoln, Neb.); Iowa's Championship Rodeo (Sidney); the Heart of the North Rodeo (Spooner, Wis.) and the Isanti (Minn.) Firefighters Rodeo. Won the all-around and the saddle bronc riding at the Zumbrota (Minn.) PRCA RodeoWon the all-around and co-champion in the saddle bronc riding at the Carson (Iowa) Community Rodeo. Won the saddle bronc riding at the Pine City (Minn.) Championship PRCA Rodeo and the St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo (Glenwood City, Wis.).  Won the steer wrestling at the PRCA Championship Rodeo (Fargo, N.D.). Finished 26th in the all-around world standings with $42,068 and second to Trell Etbauer in the Linderman Award standings
• 2009: Won all-around at the Dodge Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo (Louisville, Ky.); the Federation West Championship Rodeo (Sedalia, Mo.); the Minnesota Horse Exposition Rodeo (St. Paul, Minn.); the Licking (Mo.) Chamber of Commerce PRCA Rodeo; the Beaver Valley Horse Club Rodeo (Strasburg, N.D.); the St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo (Glenwood City, Wis.); the Freeborn County Stampede Rodeo (Albert Lea, Minn.); the Red Horse Ranch PRCA Rodeo (Fergus Falls, Minn.). Co-champion in the steer wrestling at the Goliad County (Texas) Fair PRCA Rodeo; won steer wrestling titles at the Licking (Mo.) Chamber of Commerce PRCA Rodeo and the Beaver Valley Horse Club Rodeo (Strasburg, N.D.). Won the saddle bronc riding at the Minnesota Horse Exposition Rodeo (St. Paul, Minn.); the St. Croix Valley PRCA Rodeo (Glenwood City, Wis.); the Upper Peninsula Championship Rodeo (Iron River, Mich.) and the Freeborn County Stampede Rodeo (Albert Lea, Minn.). Finished 16th in the all-around world standings with $42,068 and second in the Linderman Award standings to Trell Etbauer
• 2008: Won all-around titles at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho); the Buffalo (Minn.) PRCA Rodeo; the Days of '56 Rodeo (Ponca, Neb.); the Roughrider Days Rodeo (Dickinson, N.D.); the Heart of the North Rodeo (Spooner, Wis.); Nebraska's Big Rodeo (Burwell, Neb.); the Lyon County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Marshall, Minn.); the Pine City (Minn.) Championship Rodeo; the Dayton (Iowa) Championship Rodeo and finished first in the Great Lakes Circuit year-end standings. Won steer wrestling titles at the Beaver Valley Horse Club Rodeo (Strasburg, N.D.); the Roughrider Days Rodeo (Dickinson, N.D.) and the Heart of the North Rodeo (Spooner, Wis.); co-champion at the PRCA Championship Rodeo (Fargo, N.D.) and the Isanti (Minn.) Firefighters Rodeo. Won tie-down roping titles at the Roughrider Days Rodeo (Dickinson, N.D.) and the Minnesota State Fair PRCA Rodeo (St. Paul, Minn.). Won saddle bronc riding titles at the Riverboat Days PRCA Rodeo (Yankton, S.D.) and the Pine City (Minn.) Championship Rodeo; co-champion at Nebraska's Big Rodeo (Burwell, Neb.) and the Wahoo (Neb.) Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo. Finished 23rd in the all-around world standings with earnings of $41,414 and second to Trell Etbauer in the Linderman Award standings
• 2007: Won all-around titles at the Stephenson County Fair & Rodeo (Freeport, Ill.) and the Dodge Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo (Louisville, Ky.). Won steer wrestling titles at the Stephenson County Fair & Rodeo (Freeport, Ill.); the Dodge Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo (Louisville, Ky.) and was co-champion at the Moses Lake (Wash.) Roundup. Won saddle bronc riding titles at the  PRCA Championship Rodeo (Lincoln, Neb.); the Minnesota Horse Expo Rodeo (St. Paul, Minn.); the Carson (Iowa) Community Rodeo; the Minnesota State Fair Rodeo (St. Paul, Minn.); the Jesse James Days Rodeo (Northfield, Minn.); the Dodge Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo (Louisville, Ky.) and was co-champion at the Lincoln County Rodeo Days (Merrill, Wis.). Finished 19th in the all-around world standings with $44,246
• 2006: Won the Linderman Award for the fifth time (1997-98, 2003, 2005-06), breaking the record he had shared with his father, Chip. Won the all-around and steer wrestling titles at the Crystal Springs (S.D.) Ranch Rodeo; won saddle bronc riding at the El Kadir Shrine Pro Rodeo (Kirksville, Mo.). Finished 25th in the all-around world standings with $36,523
• 2005: Won the Linderman Award for the fourth time, tying record held by his father, Chip. Won the steer wrestling at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, the all-around and tie-down roping at the Cherokee (Iowa) PRCA Rodeo and the tie-down roping at the North Central Rodeo (Medford, Wis.)
• 2003: Won the Linderman Award for the third time. The Linderman Award is given annually to the cowboy who wins at least $1,000 in three events, including one timed event and one roughstock event. In 2003, he won $36,987 -- $22,997 in steer wrestling, $8,116 in saddle bronc riding and $5,874 in tie-down roping
• 2002: Won the all-around and saddle bronc riding average and year-end titles in the Great Lakes Circuit. It was the third consecutive year that he had captured the all-around title. Won the all-around at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho)
• Great Lakes Circuit year-end all-around champion in 2000-04, 2007-09; steer wrestling champion in 2001; saddle bronc riding champion in 2000 and 2002
 
Awards
Won the Linderman Award for excellence at both ends of the arena six times (1997-98, 2003, 2005-06, 2011), breaking the record of four that his father, Chip, had shared with Phil Lyne
 
Personal
5-10, 192 ... Wife, Halie (married in 2001), works for State Farm Insurance; daughters, Jenae, Aubree and Whitney ... Father, Chip, was a four-time winner of the Linderman Award (1975, 1977-79) and his mother, Marilyn, is a schoolteacher … His sister, Hope, was married to the late PRCA bull rider Shane Drury ... When not competing in rodeo, works breaking colts and ranching ... Horse's name is Rambo ... Favorite rodeo is Fort Madison (Iowa) because of its "great hospitality," favorite book is More Than Winning by former University of Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne and favorite movie is Lonesome Dove ... Lists his dad and timed-event cowboy Brian Fulton, twice a cancer survivor, as his rodeo idols
 
 
 
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