And he found the love of his life at Weatherford College. He met and married former WC cowgirl Terryn Moss, and they now have a daughter, 15-month-old Ceattle Rose.
The 2007 Decatur High graduate says he knew all his life he wanted to be a professional cowboy. But when the opportunity came to first go to college, he accepted a scholarship to WC.
He calls it one of the best decisions he’s ever made.
“Weatherford gave me time to grow a little bit. It helped me learn who I wanted to be,” he said. “I can’t thank everyone enough looking back the advantage I got from going to Weatherford College.”
Just as he experienced while growing up, Clif likes to take his family on the road with him. He remembers traveling with his dad when he was little.
“I do better when my family’s with me,” he said. “It was always special being with my dad, and I could tell it was something special to him.
“Rodeo is a very different lifestyle. You’re not guaranteed money - and you’ve got to put up money to compete. My dad says it’s an easy way to make a hard living.
“It’s very comforting to have your family there by your side.”
Looking ahead to Las Vegas, Clif is hoping the third time is a charm.
“In 2010 I did pretty good for my first time. Being nervous and not knowing how I’d do, I handled it well,” he said. “But in 2011. I did not meet my goals. This year I’m going to go rope like I know I can.”
As to whether Ceattle will follow in her father’s footsteps, Clif chuckles and says, “Ceattle can do whatever she wants. I’m thinking maybe golf or tennis.”