Up and coming superstar, Westyn Hughes, proved he can play with the big boys this past weekend at the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association Finals in Angleton, TX. He came into these finals leading the world standings, with none other than 8X World Champion Fred Whitfield in second place. Hughes placed in all three rounds and won the average.
Hughes was the youngest to ever qualify for the CPRA finals in the tie down roping and the youngest to ever win the title. He now has won that title three times, earning him the triple crown.
Hughes says he has learned from being around these champions he has looked up to and come to know and it is an honor to compete against them. He accredited his CPRA experience to his ability to rope smart in high pressure situations.
The CPRA has been like professional rodeo for me. I haul all year and it has made me grow as a roper. Up until now, these are the only rodeos I could go to where I get the opportunity to rope against the pro guys.
Hughes also won RFD-TV’s The American Semi Finals Qualifier in Stephenville, TX. This is his third qualification to the prestigious event. You could say that three is Hughes’s lucky number. Now at the age of 18, Hughes knows more of what to expect come time for the Semi Finals and is looking for that qualification to Cowboy’s Stadium.
Westyn Hughes is a phenomenon in the sport, but this didn’t happen by luck. Hughes said his advice he always gives when talking to young kids beginning their careers is,
The little things make the biggest difference. Your ability to win comes by being willing to put the time and effort into it that others won’t.
This method has proven to be successful for Hughes and he has big goals for 2016. He is mounted on some of the best horses in the sport that include Oz, 2008 AQHA Tie Down Roping Horse of the year and formerly rode and owned by NFR Qualifier and Million Dollar PRCA earner Justin Maass, along with two other solid horses, McLovin’ and Chicka. Westyn Hughes will be a name you will be hearing for a long time to come and he is gunning for the 2016 PRCA Rookie title and his first NFR Qualification. Big things are headed this young man’s way and it will be an exciting show to watch.