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Meet the Member: Steven Richmond
story by Ruth Nicolaus
A good coach, a good horse, and a good hazer.
What more could a guy ask for?
Steven Richmond has all three, thanks to the help of Wrangler National Finals steer wrestler Joey Bell.
Bell, who lives in Fairland, Oklahoma, is helping the Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association athlete, not only with coaching, but by hazing for him and letting him ride his horse.
Steven’s borrowed bulldogging mount is Nina, a fourteen-year-old dark bay mare who runs hard and scores well, he said.
In addition to steer wrestling, Steven, who lives in Hartshorne, Oklahoma, east of McAlester, also tie-down ropes. His rope horse is Buck, a sixteen-year-old gelding who has helped his rider win 23 saddles. Steven was seven years old when he won his first saddle on Buck, and he’s done a variety of events on the horse.
He is a senior at Hartshorne High School, where the best part of the day is agriculture class. Students are building a flatbed trailer, to be sold as a fundraiser for the school’s FFA chapter. The worst part of the school day is first hour, geometry class.
For fun, Steven loves to hunt deer, turkeys, coyotes and hogs, and fish for bass, catfish and crappie.
About a month ago, he had one of the best days of his life: he won the year-end steer wrestling title for the Arrington-McSpadden All Indian Rodeo Association, and secured his spot at the Indian National Finals in Las Vegas. Then geometry will be farthest from his mind, as he, his parents, Chris and Christy, his sister Katie, Joey, and Nina head to Vegas.
Steven finished in third place at this summer’s Oklahoma High School Finals in the steer wrestling and in the top ten in the tie-down roping. He went on to compete at the National High School Finals Rodeo.