Navajo Nation Represented at Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown December 14th, 2015 Last Updated on: December 14th, 2015

There was a lot of buzz about these three men this past weekend at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Derrick Begay, Erich Rogers and Aaron Tsinigine are all PRCA team ropers from the Navajo Nation. According to the Wrangler website, “In less than 10 years they have collectively emblazoned rodeo success across their Navajo community with nearly $2 million and 14 WNFR qualifications between them – all earned with a rope. They have become an inspiration to local youth. Now they’re practically rodeo royalty back home.”


Here's a quick blurb on each of these outstanding men from Wrangler!

Derrick Begay

For Derrick, who is from the Navajo Nation, both his family’s culture and rodeo roots run deep. His father Victor is the All Indian Rodeo Cowboys Association team roping director. Derrick not only holds a world championship title from the Indian National Finals Rodeo, he was the first Navajo team roper to make it to the storied Thomas & Mack for the WNFR in 2008.


Erich Rogers

Erich speaks the Navajo language and grew up the only boy with four sisters in the town of Round Rock, A where he graduated high school with only 60 students in the class. Rogers says his whole family was involved in rodeo and has given him great support.


Aaron Tsinigine

Aaron is from the Navajo Nation and a town called Tuba City. He grew up playing basketball, the biggest sport in their area, as Erich has reported. But directly behind basketball in popularity is the sport of rodeo, and Aaron took up a rope naturally. He graduated high school in 2005 and became a member of the PRCA in 2007. He has an Indian National Finals Rodeo world title with Erich Rogers from 2010 and multiple rodeo wins that have earned him the nickname of Spinigine.

And guess what? Tsinigine is now the proud owner of a gold buckle, winning the world team roping championships! It was a bit of a unique situation as header Aaron Tsinigine tied with heeler Kollin VonAhn. Both their partners received second place honors.

Congratulations to all!

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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