“This is definitely a stepping stone,” said 20-year-old bareback rider Kody Lamb, as he held up his shiny new 2014 PRCA Best All-Around Rookie of the Year buckle. The Sherwood Park Alta., bareback rider (now a junior psychology student at Tarleton State University), was honoured with the Rookie Bareback Award by the PRCA, during the sixth go-round of the WNFR, at Las Vegas.
“It was good to get that crossed off my goals sheet,” said Lamb.
2014 was certainly a wild ride, for this Canadian born bareback rider. This season he won rodeo titles at Lafayette La., Lincoln Neb., and at Greatfalls Mont., but fought with some adversity on the side.
“I had some good wins… but I broke my riding hand, so I was struggling.”
Whatever life brought to him, Lamb said it didn’t matter.
“It was a good year for me overall, paid off all my depts – I wouldn’t change any of it.”
Lamb said he smashed his riding hand during the short-go at Stephenville Texas, but it just added to this season’s ups and downs.
“It was either really good or it was really bad.”
In the end, Lamb earned $16,986 on the PRCA rodeo trail and has now put a huge marker on his resume.
It’s been a whole decade since a Canadian (Dusty LaValley) won this prestigious award and this title has certainly put Lamb’s name in amongst the great ones. Lamb said his goals now, are to make the cut for the CFR and NFR in 2015. These are two goals, which are definitely within his grasp.