1-2 Punch: Caleb Smidt Gets Back-To-Back NFR Round Wins & No. 2 World Ranking
With back-to-back wins and a top-two ranking in the world standings, Caleb Smidt has a shot at a fourth gold buckle at the 2022 National Finals Rodeo.
Caleb Smidt

A fourth gold buckle is on the line for defending World Champion Caleb Smidt after he won two rounds back-to-back at the 2022 National Finals Rodeo.

Round 1 saw Smidt take the lead by 0.6 seconds with a 7.5-second run. Then, Round 2 saw Smidt do one even better, with a 7.2 to secure the second win.

Return of the Champ: Caleb Smidt Claims National Finals Rodeo Round 1 Win

“It feels amazing,” said Smidt. “If it doesn’t, you should probably quit. It just gives you confidence that you can compete with these guys.”

With a total of $58,827 earned during just two nights, Smidt is ranked second in the ProRodeo standings with $217,343 and is $19,016 behind Shad Mayfield in the race for the lead.

“I’m just trying to enjoy every moment of it and don’t take any of it for granted cause it’s a great place to be right now.”

The History of Calf Roping

Round 2 Results:

1Caleb Smidt7.2 s$28,914
2Shad Mayfield7.4 s$22,851
3Hunter Herrin7.7 s$17,255
4Shane Hanchey7.8 s$12,125
5Ty Harris8.4 s$4,042
5Zack Jongbloed8.4 s$4,042
5Haven Meged8.4 s$4,042

Photos by Click Thompson, courtesy of PRCA.