Events Horse Happenings Western

Smidt flashes brilliance while setting round record

Photograph by Tom Donoghue

LAS VEGAS – Defending Tie-down Roping World Champion Caleb Smidt had a nightmarish first four rounds at the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER.  The 27-year-old from Huntsville, Texas, placed fourth in Round 2, but had double-digit times in Rounds 1 and 3, and took a no-time in Round 4.  Everything turned around with a blistering 6.7-second run Monday night.