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CLN Insider: Meet Derrick Begay

Derrick Begay is a champion team roping header who has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo six times, taking home the title with his uncle in 2013.

Derrick Begay, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association 32-year-old team-roping cowboy from Arizona, is the Cowboy Lifestyle Network’s Spotlight rodeo star of the month. Derrick Begay is from a small community on the Navajo Reservation, called Seba Delkai, located 50 miles north from Winslow, Arizona. He is 99.9% Navajo and proud. He is a high school graduate from Winslow High School and also has his Associates Degree in Industrial Arts from Northland Pioneer College. Derrick Begay is a champion team roping header who has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo six times, taking home the title with his uncle in 2013.

Last year was a rough year for Derrick Begay and also the first year he did not qualify for the Wrangler National Finals. In 2014, Begay watched the finals from the stands, seeing friends like Aaron Tsinigine, Erich Rogers, and Dustin Bird show the crowd how it’s done.
At first, Begay was not so bothered by his missed chance to participate in the finals, but after watching from the sidelines and gaining a new perspective, he discovered a new type of motivation and inspiration for the sport. Consequently, Begay turned everything back around in 2015 with his new heeling partner, the famous Clay O’ Brien Cooper. Roping with Cooper had always been a dream for Begay, and now his dream will be at its highest as he competes with Cooper at the Wrangler National Finals in December of 2015.

On a more personal level, Derrick Begay is fond of hunting, fishing, cooking, relaxing and visiting with friends and family, and of course, eating. Among his favorite grub is his mom’s cooking, Cracker Barrel, Texas Road House, Outback, Waffle House, and What A Burger to name a few.

Derrick has a pet dog named Emma, and his horse’s name is Swagger. He does not appreciate rude people and realizes that the most influential people to whom he is most grateful in his life are his parents.
Mr. Begay’s favorite athletes that we are all familiar with include Kaycee Field, Trevor Knowles, Cody Wright, Sherry Cervi, JB Mauney, JW Harris, Clay O’ Brien Cooper, and Kobe Bryant.
The Cowboy Lifestyle Network wishes Arizona cowboys, Derrick Begay and partner Clay O’Brien Cooper much success in this year’s much anticipated Wrangler National Finals!

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