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Have you ever been to the NFR and won it?  Fred Whitfield has. Fred Whitfield is an American calf roper who has won eight Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world championships and three all around world titles. Whitfield was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2004. Fred’s Early Life Fred Whitfield was born in Hockley, Texas on August 5, 1967.  He was raised in a poor and violent household in Cypress, Texas.  His mother had five children and gave two of them away for adoption because she could not afford to take care of them. Fred was raised with a brother and a younger sister. Their father was a bad person.  He was an alcoholic who hurt and beat their mom. Fred’s mom finally shot him after he beat her so many times but he didn’t die.  Later he was sent to prison. After this Fred’s mom supported the family by herself. To make money she cleaned the house of their white neighbors Don and Joanne Moffitt. Roy Moffitt the son of Don and Joanne took Fred when he was six, and taught him to rope. They even practiced roping on dogs, chickens and cats. The Moffitt family let Fred use their horses and equipment to compete in youth rodeos.  They would often pay his entry fees because their family was poor. Fred then decided to calf rope at rodeos. Fred learned from liked watching different ropers. He especially watched Roy Cooper of Childress, Texas, an eight-time world champion calf roper on tv. Fred also tried bull riding and steer wrestling but found he liked calf roping better. He also played a little bit of football until he went to high school.  At that point he chose rodeo over football.  His first horse was a little Shetland pony. Fred worked for a local rancher, training horses. Then he graduated from high school in 1986 and continued competing in amateur rodeos. His talent became so good that he decided to compete in some big pro rodeos so he could go to the PRCA World Finals. Rodeo Career Fred Whitfield joined the PRCA rodeo in 1990. The PRCA allowed him to compete but it was difficult for him because all the other people were white. Sometimes when he went to rope the crowd would be racist towards him.  This didn’t stop him.  He continued to compete in the rodeos. In 1991 he earned the most money in the PRCA . He ended up in the top 15 in the world and he got to compete in the NFR in calf roping. He won the NFR in 1991. Fred was the second black man to win the NFR and the first one to win the Timed Event Challenges. By 2003 he had won eight Professional World Titles and one All Around World Title. Later on a young black man named Cory Solomon joined PRCA and became Fred’s friend. Fred still rodeos and makes it to the Calgary stampede. He also trains horses even though he is older he is still in good shape. Now Fred has won $3,209318 in career earnings and is still making more. He still has been breaking records. Now Fred is in his 50s and is married and has two daughters.  They have a ranch near Hockley Texas. In 2013 Fred published a book called, “Gold Buckles Don’t Lie”.  In 2015 a group of ELITE athletes including Fred went to this rodeo instead of the NFR.  This allowed other guys to make the NFR that hadn’t before.  Impact on Rodeo and the World

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