Who is Shad Mayfield? Shad Ryan Mayfield is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tie-down roping athlete and qualifier for the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Name and Hometown: Shad Mayfield – Clovis, New Mexico
2-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Qualifier
Joined PRCA: 2019
Regular Seasonal Earnings: $ 145,138
From 2020 NFR in 1st place
Major regular season wins:
• Roping Fiesta (San Angelo, Texas, October 2019), $ 9,557
• Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo (Odessa, Texas), $ 4,398
• National Western Stock Show Rodeo (Denver, Colorado, 2nd), $ 10,208
• Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (parentheses and semifinals), $ 7,080
• San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo (1st round to be won) $ 4,260
• San Angelo Cinch Chute-Out Rodeo, $ 7,500
• San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, $ 24,500
• La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros (Tucson, Arizona, 3rd) $ 4,829
• The American Rodeo (Arlington, Texas) $ 50,000 will count towards the world standings
• Rodeo Houston (bracket 3), $ 5,000
Fun Facts About Shad: A year ago, Shad was the National High School Rodeo Association champion, then won enough money to qualify for his first Wrangler NFR after just 19 years old. He is now 20 and while not in college he is a student of the game. He was disappointed in his performance at the Thomas and Mack Arena last December after being placed in just two of the 10 rounds. He began to study, every run, every piece of his riding, looking for the smallest details that would make a difference. He put his practice into action for the first part of the year garnering a huge head start in this year’s WNFR. His mother, JoEllen is a teacher. Her love of learning may have influenced Shad’s season. His father Sylvester qualified twice for the WNFR. He has an older sister Shelby that he won the ribbon roping with at the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo.
Shad Ryan Mayfield is on the home strip for his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rookie year. The 18-year-old Clovis native spent countless hours over thousands of miles traveling the rodeo road in pursuit of a qualifier for the prestigious Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the ultimate event to crown the world cowboy cowboy in their respective events. The New Mexico cowboy achieved his goal with a 13th-place finish, securing his spot in the top fifteen cowboys to compete at the WNFR, in addition to other amazing performances throughout the year.
Mayfield grew up surrounded by rodeo with his father being a two-time NFR qualifier and the only other cowboy to qualify for the WNFR from Curry county, and a sister who is an accomplished barrel racer. At a young age, he participated in New Mexico youth rodeo events from junior high to high school. His performance as a New Mexico Junior High School Rodeo ribbon roper champion gave him the skills and confidence to move forward and ultimately win the National High School Finals Rodeo title of champion tie-down roper this year. Mayfield is also the first cowboy to achieve an NHSFR Championship title and qualify for the WNFR, all within his rookie year.
However, the fun doesn’t stop there.
Earlier this year, he represented the state of New Mexico at the richest one-day rodeo in the country, the American Rodeo presented by RFD-TV, where he was also the youngest tie-down roper to compete and qualify for the final. From there, he won championship titles and major rodeos around the country, creating a fan that garnered national attention from the rodeo and western lifestyle communities.
This media attention followed him to Cowboy State during the “Daddy of em all,” Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
World class cowboys got their start there and Mayfield was right up there with the best of them. He completed his go to the world-famous rodeo with a top-five finish and a top contender’s label for a slot to the WNFR, even as a rookie.
The young cowboy also achieved other major titles, the crown jewel being his own home Turquoise Circuit tie-down roping championship. The Turquoise Circuit within professional rodeo consists of cowboys who are from New Mexico and Arizona and are qualified to compete in PRCA events. To qualify for the circuit finals, the cowboy must compete in his home state rodeos and rodeos within the circuit. This year, Mayfield brought the tie-down title back to New Mexico and back to Curry County.
His momentum is up and ready to roll forward in the biggest rodeo event known to cowboys, the Wrangler NFR. The prestigious event is around the corner and can be a daunting event for the most seasoned of cowboys, but not for Shad Ryan Mayfield. With training from his time as a New Mexico Youth Rodeo competitor, support from his Curry County community and support from his home state of New Mexico, there is no stopping the New Mexico True Cowboy.
Meet the member Shad Mayfield
Clovis, New Mexico native Shad Mayfield attended his first National High School Finals last summer in Wyoming. The excitement in the 15-year-old’s voice is appetizing, and it’s clear that rodeo is everything to him.
“I’ve been on it all my life,” said Shad. “My dad was always driving, so he got me going when I turned seven.”
His father, Sylvester Mayfield, has made it to the NFR Finals twice (1985, 1987) and it’s something that clearly impresses Shad. He wanted to follow his father’s example and rape. Shad calf ropes and team ropes, and after three years in the NMJRHS, he’s finally in the NMHSRA.
“I wanted to ride bulls first, but I didn’t start to like that very much,” explains Shad. “The bulls scared me a little when I was little. I rode calves and steered until I was twelve.”
Shad soon realized he preferred calf roping and decided to pursue that full-force. “I really like the athletic aspect of it,” said Shad. “It’s easier and my dad knows inside and out so he can teach me.”
Shad is intrigued by the competitive aspect of rodeo and the amazing rodeo opportunities presented to him. He stays in shape by “tying many calves.”
Shad went to junior high at Texico Junior High and is a sophomore at Texico High School, just a 10 mile drive from Clovis. His mother, Jo Ellen Mayfield, happens to be a teacher there. “She keeps me lined up,” Shad joked.
Though he just wants to rope, he’s going to college as a backup plan. He dreams of winning the World Calf Championship, but realizes he has to be 18 before he can join the PRCA. He has been in the NMJRHS for three years and joined the NMHSRA his freshman year of high school.
“I really like the community,” said Shad. “We go to events every weekend. I can be hard to juggle at times, but I’ve gotten used to it. I’ve done it quite easily.”
Although his mother has never reded, she knows a lot about it by filming all the events of Shad and paying attention to what he does. His sister Shelby Mayfield, 17, also races in the NMHSRA, so rodeo is always prevalent in the Mayfield household.
Shad’s greatest achievement was winning the NMJRHS nationals in 6th grade in the ribbon roping category.
“It was pretty great,” said Shad. “My sister ran my ribbon so we won together.”
Every day, Shad takes care of the horses and cattle on his family’s small ranch. They have 20 horses on the property, but Reno is his favorite.
“I like his color and it always works well for me,” said Shad. “I also have others that I ride, but he’s my most important horse.”
Although Shad used to play basketball and football, he dropped out as soon as he got to high school to focus on rodeo. He is especially grateful for his sponsors, including Impact Gel, American Hat Company, Willard Rope Company, and Tres Rios Silver.
“It’s my life and I love going on the road every weekend,” said Shad. “I also like to win. I just expect to be smart and always do my best.”
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