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Rich Skelton


Events: Team Roping (Heeling)
Born: 6/18/1966 Ft. Worth, Texas
Joined PRCA: 1986
PRCA Career Earnings: $2,888,438.00
World Titles Won: 8 (1997-2004)
WNFR Qualifications: 22 (1990-2006, 2009-10, 2013-15)
Current Residence: Llano, Texas

2015 world standings place: 11th
2015 WNFR standings place: 12th
2015 WNFR earnings: $63,308
2015 earnings: $137,386
NFSR qualifications: 1 (2007)
Wrangler NFR average titles: 1 (2001)
Tour Finale titles: 2
   Summer: 2001, 2003
Tour Finale qualifications: 18
    Winter: 2000-03, 2006
    Summer: 2001, 2003-05
    Championship: 2003-06, 2009-10, 2013-15
RNCFR titles: 3 (1997, 2001, 2003)
RNCFR qualifications: 12 (1992-97, 1999-01, 2003, 2008, 2010) 
Education: Vernon (Texas) College

Professional
2015 Highlights - partner Nick Sartain
• Split the win in Round 6 and placed in four other rounds at the Wrangler NFR
• Won the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo (Oakley City, Utah)
• Won the Pueblo Colorado Champions Challenge
• Won the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo (Mitchell, S.D.)
• Won the Walker County Fair & Rodeo (Huntsville, Texas)
• Won the West Texas Fair & Rodeo (Abilene)
Career Highlights
• 2014: (Partner Nick Sartain) Won Round 9 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in a time of 3.9 seconds and placed in one other round; the win extended Skelton's event record for WNFR round wins to 35. Won the Days of '47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City, Utah); the Tri-State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa); the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo (Loveland, Colo.) and the Cassia County Fair & Rodeo (Burley, Idaho). Co-champion at Nebraska's Big Rodeo (Burwell). Finished 13th in the world standings with $99,030
• 2013: (Partner Nick Sartain) Won Round 4 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a time of 4.2 seconds and placed in four other rounds; finished sixth in the world standings with $147,981. Won the National Western Stock Show Rodeo (Denver, Colo.); the Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days; the Hugo (Okla.) PRCA Rodeo; the Elk City (Okla.) Rodeo of Champions; the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo (Vinita, Okla.) and the Jayhawker Roundup Rodeo (Hill City, Kan.). Co-champion at the XIT Rodeo & Reunion (Dalhart, Texas) and the Parker County Frontier Days & PRCA Rodeo (Weatherford, Texas)
• 2012: (Partner Ty Blasingame) Won the Mandan (N.D.) Rodeo Days and the Sonora (Texas) Outlaw ProRodeo. Co-champion at the Bryan (Texas) Breakfast Lions Club PRCA Rodeo. Finished 17th in the world standings with $59,343
• 2011: (Partner Travis Tryan) Won the Mesquite (Texas) ProRodeo Series. Co-champion at the Livingston (Mont.) Round-Up; finished 17th in the world standings with $53,097
• 2010: (Partner Travis Tryan) Placed in four rounds of the Wrangler NFR; finished 11th in the world standings with $104,591. (Partner David Key) Won the Buc Days Pro Rodeo (Corpus Christi, Texas)
• 2009: (Partner David Key) Won Round 2 of the Wrangler NFR with a time of 3.9 seconds and Round 6 in 4.2 seconds; placed in four additional rounds. Won the Fourth of July Celebration (Window Rock, Ariz.); the Cowboy Capital Pro Rodeo (Bandera, Texas) and the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede (Bremerton, Wash.); co-champion at the Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo. Finished third in the world standings with earnings of $164,310
• 2008: Finished 58th in the world standings with $15,327
• 2007: Won the all-around title at the SandHills Stock Show & Rodeo (Odessa, Texas). Won team roping title at the SandHills Stock Show & Rodeo (Odessa, Texas), with Wade Wheatley; co-champion at the Walker County Fair & Rodeo (Huntsville, Texas), with Charles Pogue. Won steer roping titles at the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of ’76 Rodeo and the Pendleton (Ore.) Roundup. Finished 11th in the all-around world standings with $76,207, 17th in team roping with $48,997 and 13th in steer roping with $27,210
• 2006: (Partner Trevor Brazile) Became the ninth cowboy to surpass the $2 million mark in career earnings at the Wrangler NFR and placed in five of 10 rounds at the event. Won the Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo (Rosenberg, Texas); the Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup; the Moses Lake (Wash.) Roundup; the Days of ’47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City); the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo (Garden City, Kan.) and the Clark County Fair & Rodeo (Logandale, Nev.); co-champion at the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo and the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up. Finished 14th in the team roping (heeling) world standings with $86,630 and eighth in the final all-around standings with $94,386
• 2005: The Wrangler NFR marked the final time that Speed Williams and Skelton would rope together as regular partners. They won the eighth round by tying the then-arena record of 3.7 seconds and won the Round 10 with a 3.9-second run. Placed in three other rounds, but it was not enough to extend their record eight-year run of world titles. Won the Horse Heaven Round-up (Kennewick, Wash.); the Days of ’47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City, Utah); the Home of Champions (Red Lodge, Mont.) and the SandHills Stock Show and Rodeo (Odessa, Texas). Finished the year seventh in the team roping world standings with $112,923, 24th in the steer roping with $12,422 and 10th in the all-around with $125,445
• 2004: Skelton and Williams won their eighth consecutive team roping world title, setting a record for consecutive and most team roping world titles (1997-2004). Placed in five of 10 rounds, winning Round 1 with a 4.2-second run, Round 5 in 4.4 seconds and tied for the round win in Round 9 with a 3.8-second run. Finished fourth in the Wrangler NFR average, picking up $70,393, and finished with $150,426 in total earnings. Finished sixth in the all-around race with $155,275 and 49th in the steer roping with $4,848. Won Rodeo Austin (Texas); the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days Rodeo (Weatherford, Texas); the Oakley (Utah) Independence Day Rodeo; the World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Ariz.); the Days of ’47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City); the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo; the Colorado State Fair (Pueblo) and the Lewiston (Idaho) Round-Up. Finished fourth at the Summer Tour Finale (Omaha, Neb.) and was a semifinalist at the Tour Championships (Dallas)
• 2003: (Partner Speed Williams) Broke the record for most consecutive world titles in team roping with seven; tied the record for most world titles in team roping with seven; and set an event earnings record for most money won in a year with $180,305. Shared the win in Round 1 with a 4.6-second run at the Wrangler NFR. Won the Summer Tour Finale (Omaha, Neb.); the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo (Denver); the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho); the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Stampede; the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo; the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo and the Lewiston (Idaho) Round-up. Finished 18th in the world in steer roping with $18,426 and third in the all-around with $198,731
• 2002: (Partner Speed Williams) Won sixth consecutive world title, setting a PRCA record, and won silver medallion at the Olympic Command Performance Rodeo (Farmington, Utah). Was the regular-season team roping earnings leader; won the San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo; the Lea County Fair & Rodeo (Lovington, N.M.); the Molalla (Ore.) Buckeroo Rodeo and the Lewiston (Idaho) Round-up. Finished 29th in steer roping and seventh in the all-around with $177,849
• 2001: (Partner Speed Williams) Won the NFR team roping average title and his fifth world championship with $165,190. Won the Tour Championships (Dallas); the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho) and the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
• 2000: (Partner Speed Williams) Winter Wrangler ProRodeo team roping points leader; set PRCA team roping regular-season earnings record with $110,626 each and finished with $170,680. Won the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo; RodeoHouston and the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo (Rapid City, S.D.)
• 1999: (Partner Speed Williams) Set PRCA team roping heeling earnings record with $172,385 and set the NFR team roping earnings record with Williams, at $94,109 each. Won the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede; the Old Fort Days Rodeo (Fort Smith, Ark.) and the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo
• 1998: (Partner Speed Williams) Tied the then-NFR team roping arena record of 3.8 seconds; won California Rodeo Salinas. Finished second world championship season with $127,646
• 1997: (Partner Speed Williams) Won the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho), with Tee Woolman and the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up, with Speed Williams. Won first gold buckle with $112,243
• 1996: (Partner Tee Woolman) Won the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
• 1995: (Partner Tee Woolman) Won the Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo
• Texas Circuit year-end champion in 1987, 1993, 1996, with Tee Woolman; 1998-2000, 2002, with Speed Williams

Awards
Horse Pets Ten "Chili Dog" voted the PRCA/AQHA Team Roping Heeling Horse of the Year in 2004 and 2005. The award in 2005 marked the sixth time his horses have been honored. His horse, Roany, won the award four times (1997-99, 2001). Horse Mr. Moon Freckles "Z" finished in a tie for third in the PRCA/AQHA Team Roping Heeling Horse of the Year race in 2006

Personal
5-8, 178 ... Wife, Rhonda; daughter, Rainey (born Feb. 2004) ... Hobbies include hunting and golf
 
 
 
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