Homebred Wins Steer Roping Finals
Scott Snedecor won his third National Finals Steer Roping aboard Stephen Stransky's homebred Freckles Possum Baby.
November 22, 2017
The American Quarter Horse Journal
Scott Snedecor had some strong horsepower under him as he won the 2017 National Finals Steer Roping in November. He was riding Freckles Possum Baby, a homebred 2007 gray gelding by Freckles Ranger and out of Pay My Baby by Oh My Gee Whiz. Freckles Ranger has AQHA points in tie-down and team roping. Pay My Baby is a granddaughter of American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame racehorse Streakin Six. “Possum” and his dam are owned by Stephen Stransky of Boerne, Texas.
Scott has put a lot of time and training into Possum.
"That horse has been good since Day 1," Scott said. "Stephen brought him to my house and he (Possum) couldn't hardly back out of the trailer. Stephen has raised a bunch of horses, and he and I have been good friends all of our lives. I was fortunate to have Stephen in my corner and for him let me take that horse and ride him when I need him."
Consistency paid ultimate dividends for the veteran steer roper.
The Fredericksburg, Texas, cowboy won the NFSR average with 104.1-second time on nine head which vaulted him to his third world championship at the 2017 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping at the Kansas Star Arena.
Scott, who won world titles in 2005 and 2008, finished with $136,419 in the Weather Guard PRCA World Standings to edge six-time steer roping world champ Trevor Brazile, who placed second with $126,538.
"This is a great feeling," Scott said. "Anytime you can get one of them gold buckles added to your list again, that's awesome. I'm toward the end of my career, I guess, and man it's good to know I still got it. It's good to see a shiny gold buckle again."
The 42-year-old roper clinched the world championship and the average title when JoJo LeMond, the 10th roper in Round 10, clocked a 14.2-second time. JoJo finished second in the average with a 109.5-second time on nine head. Scott and JoJo were the only contestants to rope nine steers. Trevor placed third in the average with an 85.0-second time on eight head.
"I heard everybody congratulating me after JoJo roped, and you want to know what's going on in the back of your head, but I tried to just worry about roping (in Round 10)," Scott said.
With both the world and average titles in hand, Scott, the last roper out in the final round, recorded his only no-time of the NFSR.
"It didn't matter if I got a time in Round 10, but I sure wanted to tie that last one down," he said. "But, I felt like I roped good (both days) and my horse worked outstanding."
This also is Scott's third NFSR average crown, as he won the average in 2005 and 2011.
"That average title is the second-best thing in the world," Scott said, who earned $27,347 for his latest average victory. "Now, I have three gold buckles and three average championships and that's a great feeling."
Scott came to his 16th NFSR in fourth place, but was able to move to the top of the standings, thanks to earning $68,336, the most of any contestant this year's NFSR. Trevor was second to Scott in NFSR earnings with $63,273.
"I practiced a little more for it (the NFSR) this time," Scott said. "The past few years, I had not worked on it liked I used to and you get out of it what you put into it."
Scott’s NFSR money total was second all-time behind Cody Lee's $70,651 in earnings a year ago.