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Walt Woodard

Events: Team Roping (Heeling)
Born: 11/27/1955 Stockton, Calif.
Joined PRCA: 1975
PRCA Career Earnings: $1,369,455.00
World Titles Won: 2 (1981, 2007)
WNFR Qualifications: 20 (1976-1990, 1993, 2006-2008, 2011)
Current Residence: Stephenville, Texas

2016 world standings place: 27th
2016 earnings: $39,319
Wrangler NFR average titles: 1 (1987)
Tour Finale titles: 1
   Summer Finale: 2006
Tour Finale qualifications: 6
   Winter Finale: 2005-06
   Summer Tour Finale: 2006
   Championship: 2006-08

2017 Highlights- Partner Matt Sherwood
• Won the Missoula (Mont.) Stampede
• Won the Lakeside (Calif.) Rodeo
• Won the Bozeman (Mont.) Stampede
• Won the Ute Stampede (Nephi, Utah)
• Won the Cassia County Fair & Rodeo (Burley, Idaho)
• Won the Apache (Okla.) Stampede, with Kelsey Parchman

Career Highlights  
• 2016: (Partner Adam Rose) Won the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo, the Buffalo Bill Rodeo (North Platte, Neb.), the Wisconsin (Merrill) River Pro Rodeo and the Flagstaff (Ariz.) Pro Rodeo
• 2015: Won the Young County Rodeo (Graham, Texas), with Kelsey Parchman, Kansas' Biggest Rodeo (Phillipsburg), with Adam Rose and the Yellowstone River Round-Up (Billings, Mont.), with Adam Rose. Co-champion at Nebraska's Big Rodeo (Burwell), with Adam Rose. Finished 28th in world standings with $40,416
• 2014: Finished 79th in the world standings with $14,107
• 2013: Won La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.), with Jake Barnes and the Eagle (Colo.) County Fair & Rodeo, with Arky Rogers. Co-champion at the Norco (Calif.) Mounted Posse Rodeo, with Arky Rogers. Finished 20th in the world standings with $49,914
• 2012: Finished 310th in the world standings with $1,428
• 2011: (Partner Jake Barnes) Placed in four rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Won the 115th Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo; the Rooftop Rodeo (Estes Park, Colo.); the Red Desert Roundup (Rock Springs, Wyo.); the Buffalo Bill Rodeo (North Platte, Neb.), with Charles Pogue. Co-champion at the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo (Loveland, Colo). Finished sixth in the world standings with $139,775
• 2010: Finished 77th in the world standings with $11,663
• 2009: Finished 287th in the world standings with $1,235
• 2008:  Won Round 4 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a time of 4.1 seconds and placed in four rounds of 10 with Jake Stanley. Finished ninth in the world standings with $109,911. (Partner Clay Tryan) Won the Days of '47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City); Rodeo de Santa Fe (N.M.) and the Strathmore (Alberta) Heritage Days
• 2007: (Partner Clay Tryan) Won Round 3 and cashed in six rounds overall to earn an event-best $94,487 and claim the world championship for heeling with season earnings of $177,152. He set a record for longest span between gold buckles, having last won the world championship in 1981. Won Days of '47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City, Utah) and California Rodeo Salinas. Co-champion at the West of the Pecos Rodeo (Pecos, Texas) and at the 4th of July Celebration & Rodeo (Window Rock, Ariz.)
• 2006: (Partner Matt Sherwood) Finished the year as the regular-season leader with $96,669. Finished second in the world heeling standings with $155,846 after placing in six rounds at the Wrangler NFR with Sherwood, who won the team roping heading world title. Won The Qualifier at the Fort (Fort Collins, Colo.); the Summer Tour Finale (Omaha, Neb.); the Norco (Calif.) Mounted Posse Rodeo; the average title at the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo; the War Bonnet Roundup Rodeo (Idaho Falls, Idaho); the Big Sky Pro Rodeo Roundup (Great Falls, Mont.); the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Stampede; the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and average titles at the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo and the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.)
• 2005: (Partner Nelson Linares) Won the Cassia County Fair and Rodeo (Burley, Idaho); the XIT Rodeo and Reunion (Dalhart, Texas); Rodeo Austin and the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo. Finished the year ranked 23rd in the world with $27,990
• 2004: Won the average title at the Crooked River Roundup (Prineville, Ore.), with Nelson Linares
• 1990: Appeared in 15th consecutive NFR, finishing fourth in the average with Robert Scogin
• 1987: Earned a share of the then-NFR team roping record on 10 head with partner Jake Milton with a total time of 77.2 seconds; Bob Harris and Tee Woolman had the same time
• 1981: (Partner Doyle Gellerman) Won first world championship with $48,818; California Circuit team roping co-champion (also in 1979); was the Winston Series team roping champion
• 1979: Finished second in the world standings to Allen Bach, losing out on the gold buckle on the final night of the NFR, by $797
• 1978: PRCA co-champion team roper with Doyle Gellerman

California high school team roping champion, 1973; inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's Rodeo Hall of Fame in October 2010

5-10, 220 … Wife, Darlene; son, Travis, who also competes in team roping … Parents Sheldon and Audrey were married for 63 years; Sheldon (who died Jan. 8, 2008) was a master farrier and a skilled roper who twice won the Century Roping (Chowchilla, Calif.) ... Walt's brother, Dale Woodard, was a barrelman at the 1992 NFR and the alternate NFR barrelman in 1989-91 and 1994-95 ... Walt has made 20 National Finals Rodeo appearances (1976-90, 1993, 2006-08, 2011)...Hobbies include golf … He also works as a team roping instructor with his Stockton, Calif.-based World-Wide Roping School ( He has taught roping in clinics in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and all over the United States...Retired from competition after the 2008 Wrangler NFR to concentrate on operating a roping center with his son in Stephenville, Texas, which has an indoor arena, outdoor arena and clubhouse but returned to full-time competition in 2011 ... He has produced Better Heading and Better Heeling videos ... Primary competition horse is Dudley, a 10-year-old sorrel gelding, and his backup horse is Little Gray, a 16-year-old gray gelding
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