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Shorty Garrett: Bronc rider leads world standings

Eagle Butte cowboy Shorty Garrett has been in the national spotlight for the impressive wins in his professional bronc riding career. Often described as coming from “rodeo royalty”, rodeo truly does runs in his blood– his great-great uncle was famed cowboy, nine-time world champion Casey Tibbs; and three of uncles have been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as bucking horse riders: PRCA World Champion Bareback Riders Marvin, Mark Garrett and T.C. Holloway.

Last July, Garret won the average title at the Central Wyoming Fair and PRCA Rodeo, and last year, he finished 18th in the PRCA/Ram World Standings, earning over $76,000.

Currently, Garrett leads the 2020 world standings with $15,269 in earnings.

In a Pro Rodeo Sports News interview this week, Shorty, who has traveled with seven-time NFR qualifier, Isaac Diaz, said that he has noticed a positive change in himself.

“I used to put a lot of pressure on myself- I need to do this, I need to do that. Rodeoing with Isaac has helped me a lot to stay positive and keep moving forward,” said Garrett.

Although he is leading early in the world standings, Garrett said, “There’s a long way to go yet this season, but start really gets a guy kicked off right and gets your moto going to keep on hustling through it, try to uphold that spot and see if a guy can carry it all the way through,” he said.