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Walt Woodard

Events: Team Roping (Heeling)
Born: 11/27/1955 Stockton, Calif.
Joined PRCA: 1975
PRCA Career Earnings: $1,446,040.00
World Titles Won: 2 (1981, 2007)
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 20 (1976-1990, 1993, 2006-2008, 2011)
Current Residence: Stephenville, Texas

2018 world standings place: 53rd
2018 earnings: $26,818
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

2019 Highlights
• Won the California Rodeo Salinas, with Brooks DeHozy
Career Highlights
• 2018: (Partner Matt Sherwood) Won the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show (Fort Worth, Texas)
• 2017: Won the Missoula (Mont.) Stampede, 
the Lakeside (Calif.) Rodeo, the Bozeman (Mont.) Stampede, the Ute Stampede (Nephi, Utah) and the Cassia County Fair & Rodeo (Burley, Idaho). Won the Apache (Okla.) Stampede, with Kelsey Parchman. Finished 21st in the world standings with $49,767

• 2016: (Partner Adam Rose) Finished 27th in the world standings with $39,319. 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: (Partner Clay Tryan) Won Round 4 of the Wrangler NFR 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. 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) 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
• 1993: Sixth in the average at the NFR with partner Doyle Gellerman
• 1990: Appeared in 15th consecutive NFR, finishing fourth in the average with Robert Scogin
• 1989: Won Round 10 and finished fourth in the average at the NFR with partner Jake Milton
• 1988: Placed in three rounds at the NFR with partner Jake Milton
• 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 to tie for the average win with Bob Harris and Tee Woolman 
• 1986: With Jay Ellerman, won Round 10 at the NFR
• 1985: With Julio Moreno, roped all 10 steers to finish sixth in the average at the NFR
• 1984: With Doyle Gellerman, won Round 6 at the NFR
• 1983: (Partner Doyle Gellerman) Won three rounds and finished sixth in the average at the NFR; finished tied for seventh in the world standings
• 1982: (Partner Doyle Gellerman) Placed in three rounds at the NFR
• 1981: (Partner Doyle Gellerman) Finished sixth in the average at the NFR and won first world championship with $48,818; California Circuit team roping co-champion; Winston Series team roping champion
• 1980: Finished fourth in the average at the NFR and third in the world standings
• 1979: California Circuit team roping co-champion; 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: With Doyle Gellerman, won three of 11 rounds at the NFR and finished fourth in the world standings
• 1977: Fifth in the average at the NFR, the first of eight in which he’d partner with Doyle Gellerman
• 1976: Placed in two rounds at his first NFR, with Bob McClelland

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 qualified for the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in the 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 NFR 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 
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