To say rodeo is in the blood of Tyson Durfey would be an understatement. When he earned the Wrangler Nationals Final Rodeo (WNFR) calf roping World Title in 2016, it marked the moment when Tyson’s accomplishments exceeded his childhood dreams.
“I’m a red-headed, pale-skinned Irish kid, and I believe that if you want something bad enough, you should be willing to sacrifice everything for it,” Dufrey said. “That’s how you become a champion.”
He has the distinction of having the most qualifications of any of the tie-down ropers in this year’s field at 14. He finished third in the world standings in 2019 after placing in seven of the 10 rounds and finishing second in the WNFR average.
“I knew I had to win high and luckily I was able to capitalize and drawing some really good calfs,” he said after his win. “I’m so thankful, I’m so thankful, it’s one of those things, it’s a photo finish, it’s what songs are made out of.”
Tyson Durfey, 36, has been wearing a pink shirt at every performance on the circuit for over 12 years because of his stepmother, Mary-Beth.
“I know I’ve been talking a lot about mindset, but there’s a reason for that. “It’s because everything that you do flows from your mind and out into reality. “When I breakdown a run, I’m not only breaking down the technical side of it. “I’m breaking down the mindset part of it as well. “Mental mistakes are just the same as technical mistakes.