Austin, March 23:
Kueckelhan takes college success to pros
AUSTIN, Texas – Texan Quincy Kueckelhan, in just his second year as a card holder in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, has established himself as one of the sport’s rising stars. The 23-year-old roper is sitting 21st in the team roping world standings as a header and is looking for great things to come in both tie-down-roping and team roping.
Kueckelhan is certainly a familiar name to anyone who has kept up with college rodeo. While competing for Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) in Mount Pleasant, Texas, Kueckelhan was a superstar during his two years of competition. He won the Southern Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in team roping and all-around as a freshman, qualifying for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in two events. It was at the 2007 CNFR, where Kueckelhan and partner Joe Harrison set the arena record of 4.2 seconds in team roping – a record that still stands. He would follow up with an even better 2008 campaign, not only winning the team roping and all-around titles, but capturing the region in tie-down roping as well.
After graduating from NTCC in 2008 with an associate degree in agriculture science, Kueckelhan has balanced a rodeo career with the family business, Kueckelhan Ranch. His father leases roping cattle to a number of rodeos in the Bonham area and is the principal organizer of several rodeos including the 56th Annual Kueckelhan Ranch Rodeo. The Texas native enjoys working with his father on the ranch and plans to stay in the cattle business when his rodeo days are over.
Kueckelhan primary focus now is trying to carry his college success over to the PRCA. In the 2010 season, he came up just short of his goal to win the Resistol Rookie of the Year title, coming in second behind Kaden Richard.
“Not winning Rookie of the Year has actually motivated me and made me even stronger,” says Kueckelhan. “I feel that if I do my job the way I’m supposed to, I can greatly improve upon last year.”
As with most athletes in the PRCA, his goal is to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. With a little luck in the 2011 season, Kueckelhan will do just that.
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