Young Pagosan wins New Mexico title, heads for national rodeo event

After winning the New Mexico state championship for steer riding Saturday, Pagosa Springs’ Tyreese Tyndall is headed to Oklahoma in November for a shot at the national buckle.

Tyndall, a sixth-grader at the Pagosa Springs Intermediate School, took home the New Mexico Junior Bull Riders Association championship buckle during competition in Zuni, along with $182 in prize money — money he’s added to the war chest for his shot at the national title, said his grandmother Pat Sheppard.

Sheppard said Tyndall’s most recent victory is the capstone to a successful summer, including a first place win at the Busted Spur Rodeo and another at the Archuleta County Fair.

Tyndall’s recent win in New Mexico marks the second state championship for the young rodeo rider. In 2005, Tyndall won the New Mexico Junior Bull Riders Association championship buckle for calf riding. The victory gave him access to the national championship in Oklahoma, where he placed ninth in the nation as a calf rider.

According to Sheppard, Tyndall sat out much of the 2007 season with a broken hand. The injury occurred, Sheppard said, after Tyndall was thrown from a bull during a rodeo in Durango and the bull stomped on his hand.

Tyndall has been involved in rodeo since age 3. During his seasons in the arena he has won 23 buckles, and he hopes to win one more.

Sheppard said Tyndall is seeking sponsors to make his dream of a national win in Oklahoma a reality. According to Sheppard, Tyndall needs about $800 for travel, food and accommodations and rodeo entry fees. Those wishing to contribute can do so into Tyndall’s rodeo account at The Bank of the San Juans.

The national competition begins Nov. 19.