SRPMIC Member Ty Romo Makes RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Debut
Rodeo cowboy and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Ty Romo made his RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) debut in April in Kissimmee, Florida.
Romo and his roper teammate, Ed Hawley, Jr., made top 15 in the RNCFR, a popular event held April 6-9.
“This was my goal, to compete in the RNCFR, and it was a good feeling to accomplish that,” said Romo. “There were 26 other teams.” Romo and Hawley made it to the national event by “winning our circuit, which is the Turquoise Circuit, which covers Arizona and New Mexico.”
Romo and Hawley finished in the semifinals, which landed them top four with a two-head average. All together, the team won $16,500. The team has roped together since 2012.
“This was my first time qualifying for the rodeo. When I was able to buy my PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) card, that was my goal, to get to this rodeo,” said Romo.
Romo will compete in more PRCA events this year. “I will also hit the other Indian National Rodeo tours throughout the summer in Montana and Canada and around that area,” he said.
In February, Romo qualified for a big rodeo called the All American Pro Rodeo, the previous 12 circuit rodeos and the recent RNCFR.
“Every day I want to be better than yesterday,” said Romo. “I hang around a lot of people who are very positive. Some of my good friends rodeo for a living, and being around them and working on being better every day keeps me motivated to win.”
Romo practices in Whiteriver, Fort McDowell and within the Community. At the time of print, Romo was ranked among the top 15 in the 2017 PRCA World Standings for heelers in team roping.
“I have never been ranked that high ever, and it’s pretty neat to look on the Internet and see my name in the top 15 right now,” said Romo.