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Tie-down roper Michael Otero wins in San Angelo

by Tracy Renck | Feb 15, 2019

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Michael Otero’s rodeo goals have changed.

There was a time when qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo was his main focus.

That’s not the case anymore for the tie-down roper.

Otero, 37, is married to barrel racer Carlee Pierce-Otero and has a new outlook on rodeo.

“It has always been a goal of mine to reach the NFR, but I have had different goals here recently,” said Otero, who finished 19th in the 2015 world standings. “I have goals of doing more things with my family. I’m older and more mature, and roping is just icing on the cake.”

Nonetheless, Otero still loves to compete, as evidenced by his performance at the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo.

The Weatherford, Texas, cowboy won the average with a rodeo record 23.0-second time on three head. The previous three-head tie-down roping average record at the San Angelo Rodeo was 23.5 seconds, set by Timber Moore in 2014.

 “This is the first time I’ve won the rodeo here, and it feels great, especially with the time I had in the average,” Otero said. “This was very exciting. They put on a heck of a rodeo. They made it NFR-like. There was a lot of energy in the building.”

Otero’s most clutch run was his last one, as he won the finals with a 7.8-second run which vaulted him to the win in the average Feb. 15 in the San Angelo Coliseum.

For his effort, Otero earned $13,263 – $7,187 for capturing the average. Otero started on a roll, placing second in the first round after stopping the clock in 7.1 seconds. He followed that with a solid, 8.1-second run, setting the stage for the finals.

“I was just seeing how things played out in front of me,” said Otero, who was the last cowboy out in the finals. “The short round kind of fell apart for everybody else, and I had a really good calf. I just wanted to make sure I didn’t break the barrier and attacked my run. (Going out last) made it easy on me in a way because I knew if I did my job I was going to win the rodeo because I knew I had a really good calf.”

At San Angelo, Otero was riding his horse, D2, 12.

“I seasoned him some a little over a year ago, and last year I didn’t rodeo much, I just went to some of the winter rodeos and stayed home,” Otero said. “I was trying to build a business with my wife.”

Otero and his wife moved to Weatherford in July. They have a real estate business together, and he and his wife run an excavation business – Momentum Excavating & Services. Together, they have a 15-month-old son, Hudson, and she has three children, daughters Jacy, 12, and Makala, 19, and son, Kale, 20.

“The plan this year for rodeo is kind of a toss-up,” Otero said. “If things are going good, we will go.”

Bareback rider Caleb Bennett broke the two-head average record at the rodeo with 178.5 points. The previous record was 177.5 points set by Jake Vold in 2016. Rusty Wright also tied the two-head saddle bronc riding average rodeo record. Wright now shares the record with Wade Sundell, who initially set the mark in 2015.

Other winners at the $371,674 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($7,394, tie-down roping and team roping); bareback rider Bennett (178.5 points on two head); steer wrestler Tucker Allen (12.8 seconds on three head); team ropers Aaron Tsinigine/Kyle Lockett (13.2 seconds on three head); saddle bronc rider Wright (177 points on two head); and bull rider Jordan Spears (175 points on two head).  

For more coverage of the San Angelo Rodeo, check out the Feb. 22 edition of ProRodeo Sports News.


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