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Kesl, Scott

Class of 2021

During Scott’s freshman year of high school rodeo, he entered the team roping and cow cutting, riding his 4-year-old gelding that had never been shod. Scott was lucky enough to catch a ride to the rodeos. Growing up, Scott always wanted to be a bareback rider. During his sophomore year, he was able to enter the bareback riding, team roping, calf roping and bull riding, and he qualified for the Idaho State High School Rodeo Finals in the team roping. During his junior year of High School, he won the district bull riding and won 2nd at the Idaho State High School Rodeo Finals and qualified for Nationals. During Scott’s senior year, he was injured at the District High School Rodeo Finals and was unable to compete at State.

In 1980 while in College in Salinas California Scott purchased his PRCA permit and filled it in the summer of 1981. He bought his PRCA card in the fall of 1981 so he could compete in the late fall rodeos that counted towards the 1982 PRCA season. In January of 1982 Scott was in the top 5 of the PRCA bull riding world standings. He broke his leg on a bull at the Cal Poly college rodeo in May, this injury ended his hopes for winning Rookie of year.

Scott qualified for the Wilderness Circuit Finals from 1982 to 1990 and won the average there 3 times, which is a record that still stands today. Scott qualified for the National Circuit Finals in 1987 and 1989 and qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in 1989.

At the first go of the NFR in 1989 Scott was injured and was unable to compete in the other nine rounds. Scott said he still had the best seat in the house, which was behind the chutes.

Scott retired from rodeo in May of 1991 and finished the season working for Silver Lining Rodeo Company. In the summer of 1992, Scott judged PRCA rodeos.