Behind the Chutes: Trig Clark |

Behind the Chutes: Trig Clark

Trig Clark has bettered his riding skills at Brad Gjermundson, Wayne Herman and Rusty Foster's clinics. Photo courtesy Trig Clark

Age: 17

Family: Parents – Pat and Barb Clark, brothers –Tayte and Tiegen, sister – Cassidy

Hometown: Meadow, SD

School: Sunshine Bible Academy, I will be a senior next year.

Rodeo events: Barebacks, Saddle Broncs, Team Roping, and Calf Roping

What is your future in the sport of rodeo? My goal is to be a state champ and I would like to go on to be a world champ bareback rider someday.

What is your ultimate goal as you continue competing in rodeos? My ultimate goal in rodeo is to show people that it is a great sport and I strive to give God the glory after every event whether it went bad or good. If it were not for Him, nothing I have done would have been possible so far.

Favorite aspect of rodeo: My favorite aspect would have to be doing what I love and getting to meet so many people through the sport of rodeo.

Best rodeo memory: At the high school rodeo in Timber Lake last year I was just starting to learn how to ride saddle broncs good enough to stay on for the full eight seconds. At this particular rodeo I had barely made it past the whistle when the bronc pulled me directly over the front of him, but what I didn’t know is that the pickup man was right beside me and as quick as I hit the ground I was ran over by the bronc and then the pickup man but the worst part of it was they had got an inch of rain in Timber Lake the night before and I just about drowned after being ran over. This might not be one of my better rodeo memories but it is sure one I will never forget.

Notable achievements in the sport: My sophomore year I qualified for National High School Finals in the barebacks and I got fourth place at State High School Rodeo. I was also Reserve Champion at the South Dakota 4-H Finals.

Tell us about your horse: My calf horse and heel horse is a bay 10-year-old horse named Rudy that we raised. The one thing that surprises a lot of people is that any of the horses my brother or I rope off of, we train ourselves.

Favorite bronc horse and why: My favorite bronc in the PRCA would have to be Painted Valley because pretty much every trip he bucks his hardest and if you get him rode you will be in for big points.

Have you attended any rodeo schools? If so, which ones? My brother and I go to the bareback and saddle bronc school that Wayne Herman and Brad Gjermundson put on at Dickinson State University. We also went to the one in Faith, SD, that Rusty Foster put on.

Role models/mentors: My biggest role models would have to be my dad and Marvin Garrett. My dad has always been there for me and he has helped me out more than anyone can imagine and he has always supported me. Marvin Garrett has been one of my biggest role models because he is one of the best bareback riders who ever lived and he truly loves the sport – he is always giving me pointers and encouragement.

What do you like to do when you’re not competing? I love playing football and wrestling. I also like hunting and fishing and working around the ranch.

What’s playing on your iPod/radio? Country. All that other stuff gets annoying.


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