There’s nothing like a win to help with a long drive home.
Steer wrestler Shane Frey didn’t have far to travel Saturday night – it’s about 170 miles from the Mesquite Championship Rodeo to his home in Duncan, Oklahoma – but based on the weekend he just wrapped up, he could likely drive to the North Pole by dawn if needed.
Frey entered three rodeos the weekend of June 12-15 and took first at all three, including winning the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo in Weatherford Saturday.
He began his week inside his home circuit at North Platte, Nebraska, before heading south of the Red River to Weatherford and wrapping up in Mesquite.
“The adrenaline is pretty high,” he said with a laugh from behind the wheel late Saturday. “I could drive all night for sure.”
Frey stopped the clock in 3.9 seconds for the win in Weatherford. After competing earlier in the week, he was sweating out the results as the weekend wore down.
“That Saturday-night deal is almost too stressful, just waiting,” he said about keeping an eye on ProRodeo.com for the final results. “It’s like, keep checking, keep checking.”
In North Platte, Frey won the first round in 3.4 and was 4.1 in the second round to earn the two-head average win at 7.5 seconds. He finished his week with a 4.2-second run to win Mesquite and roll his weekend earnings to $6,736. He was not ranked inside the top 50 of the PRCA | RAM World Standings before the weekend and he more than doubled his season earnings after entering the weekend with $6,386.
In Mesquite, he and his hauling partners claimed all the money.
“I haul with Riley (Duvall), Denver Berry, Tristan Martin and a couple of young guys, Sam Goings and Tyrell Cline who enter here and there, too,” he said. Duvall, Berry and Goings were second, third and fourth, respectively, in Mesquite.
Along with the great hazing from Duvall, Frey was quick to credit his horsepower. In Weatherford, he was aboard Duvall’s bay horse, while in North Platte and at Hugo, another victory from a week ago, Frey rode a younger horse they simply call Ole Grey.
“He belongs to Riley’s wife’s aunt, Charlene Neale,” Frey said. Ole Grey will be in the rig as they hit the road for a hard summer run.
“I’m headed home now, and I get a couple more nights in my own bed,” he said. “We’re going to go as hard as we can, we’re all in. I hope I don’t see my house again until October 1.”
That is when the regular season concludes and qualifiers for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo are determined. Frey and his buddies are hoping to be among the Top 15 at that point.
It would be a first for Frey, who grew up in a rodeo family. His uncle Winston went to the Wrangler NFR as a steer wrestler, and his dad, Shawn, made three trips to Vegas as a bareback rider, though he worked all the events in high school.
“Ever since I was little, I wanted to steer wrestle,” Frey said, adding that his dad rodeoed with steer wrestling legends Roy Duvall and Ote Berry and basically dropped Shane off in Checotah to learn from the best. “I got lucky and got a little bigger than my dad so I could do it.”
As for his big weekend, he was almost speechless.
“It’s kind of unbelievable,” he said. “I drew really good steers this week and just got in a groove. You quit thinking about it.”