CLOVIS (KSMX)- Most everyone in the rodeo business within the eastern New Mexico area knows Shad Mayfield, but Clovis can’t keep him a secret any longer. The 18-year-old Clovis native has experienced his fair share of success as a youth competitor and at the beginning of his professional career, and that was his warm up.
Mayfield recently snagged a national championship title in the tie-down roping at the 2019 National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming, followed up by a top finish at California Rodeo Salinas in Salinas, California. The young gun is no stranger to the big stage as he was the youngest tie-down roper to ever compete at RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo, but none carry as much prestige and history as the Daddy of em’ all, Cheyenne Frontier Days.
The cowboy qualified in two go’s, placing second in the first round with 12.6 seconds and winning the second round with 9.5 seconds, securing his second place seat in the average and a ticket to the grand finale on Sunday, July 28, in Cheyenne, Wyoming where he placed 5th.
Founded in 1897, Cheyenne Frontier Days is a highlight for Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association athletes’ season. The rodeo can be a make or break for their bid on a spot to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo held in Las Vegas, Nevada each year. His rookie season with the PRCA to this point has been setting him up for a ticket to the NFR where he ranks at 14 in the tie down roping and heads that way in December.
Throughout the year, he has competed with legendary cowboys and top athletes in the sport. A successful run in Cheyenne coupled with the other rodeos on his season schedule will tip the scales in his favor to attend the NFR and join his peers on a global stage.