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Trent Mills: NCFSR title ‘like a world championship for me’

TORRINGTON, WY – Competing at the inaugural National Circuit Finals Steer Roping (NCFSR) at the Goshen County Fairgrounds last year, Trent Mills equated the event to his personal National Finals Steer Roping.

This year, he won his own personal gold buckle.

The Gillette, WY, cowboy missed his first round steer on Saturday, and it proved to be his only mistake of the weekend. He went on to place in each of the next four rounds to earn third in the average and qualify for the eight-man semifinals on Sunday. From there, he won both the semifinals (in 12.1 seconds) and the four-man final round (13.0) to win the championship and an NCFSR-record $10,093.

“This is like a world championship for me,” Mills said. “I’m probably never going to go to the Finals, or at least it’s a slim chance. As far as the guys that are here – it’s all the top guys from all the circuits – it’s really special to me. This is the first saddle I’ve ever won and only the third steer roping buckle.”

The average race quickly broke down – 12 of the 25 cowboys took no-times in the first round – giving Mills and much of the field a chance to get back into contention. He finished the preliminary rounds with a time of 49.3 seconds on four head, trailing only 59-year-olds Dan Fisher and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Paul Tierney, who became the first two ropers in NCFSR history to go five-for-five heading into the semifinals.

Fisher won the average with a time of 81.6 seconds.

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Mills topped Jess and Paul Tierney of the Badlands Circuit and Shorty Garten of the Prairie Circuit in the final round, which paid out $3,503 in addition to the championship saddle and buckle.

“I’ll probably wear it,” Mills said of his new Montana Silversmiths buckle. “I don’t have that many people that come out to the house to visit, so I’ve got to show it off.”

In addition to the records set by Mills (most money won) and Fisher (five-head average), the Texas Circuit’s Bryce Davis set an arena mark with his 9.1-second run in the fifth round.

TORRINGTON, WY – Competing at the inaugural National Circuit Finals Steer Roping (NCFSR) at the Goshen County Fairgrounds last year, Trent Mills equated the event to his personal National Finals Steer Roping.

This year, he won his own personal gold buckle.

The Gillette, WY, cowboy missed his first round steer on Saturday, and it proved to be his only mistake of the weekend. He went on to place in each of the next four rounds to earn third in the average and qualify for the eight-man semifinals on Sunday. From there, he won both the semifinals (in 12.1 seconds) and the four-man final round (13.0) to win the championship and an NCFSR-record $10,093.

“This is like a world championship for me,” Mills said. “I’m probably never going to go to the Finals, or at least it’s a slim chance. As far as the guys that are here – it’s all the top guys from all the circuits – it’s really special to me. This is the first saddle I’ve ever won and only the third steer roping buckle.”

The average race quickly broke down – 12 of the 25 cowboys took no-times in the first round – giving Mills and much of the field a chance to get back into contention. He finished the preliminary rounds with a time of 49.3 seconds on four head, trailing only 59-year-olds Dan Fisher and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Paul Tierney, who became the first two ropers in NCFSR history to go five-for-five heading into the semifinals.

Fisher won the average with a time of 81.6 seconds.

Mills topped Jess and Paul Tierney of the Badlands Circuit and Shorty Garten of the Prairie Circuit in the final round, which paid out $3,503 in addition to the championship saddle and buckle.

“I’ll probably wear it,” Mills said of his new Montana Silversmiths buckle. “I don’t have that many people that come out to the house to visit, so I’ve got to show it off.”

In addition to the records set by Mills (most money won) and Fisher (five-head average), the Texas Circuit’s Bryce Davis set an arena mark with his 9.1-second run in the fifth round.

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