Travis Darling: 1989-2012
November 23, 2012
PRCA saddle bronc rider Travis Darling died Oct. 29, when the pickup truck he was driving ran off FM 487 near Rockdale, TX, skidded sideways and overturned. He was 23 years old.
Darling, who won his hometown Steamboat Springs, CO, ProRodeo Series in 2009, had recently moved from Morrison, OK, to Texas, to take a job training cutting horses.
He bought his PRCA card in 2010 and finished ninth in the rookie saddle bronc riding standings that year, winning the Will Rogers Stampede in Claremore, OK, and the Cold Lake (Alberta) Stampede.
Over five seasons as a permit and card holder, Darling won at least a share of 10 PRCA saddle bronc riding titles.
Darling was the Colorado high school champion in cutting horse competition in 2007 and qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo as a saddle bronc rider, earning a rodeo scholarship to Casper (WY) College.
Darling is survived by his parents, Mark and Barb, and his brother, Jeremy.