MCCOOK, Neb.- Garrett Nokes is a local roper and steer wrestler from McCook who has done quite well for himself over the years.
He's been involved in rodeo in one way or another since he was 8 years old. "I took the steps up through the youth rodeo in high school, and college, and there's not a lot of people who have made a living at it, but I've been fortunate," Garrett said.
He went to college for free on a college rodeo scholarship, and he was on back-to-back national championship teams with Oklahoma Panhandle State University. He went on to win the "Rookie of the Year" in the professionals in 1997 in the all-around. "I was lucky enough to make the national finals rodeo in 2005 and win fourth in the world after that was all said and done," Garrett said. Garrett continues to keep busy with regional rodeos, but says he's slowing down a bit as his kids get older. Still, he likes to team rope on the weekends, produce rodeo events, and he is the coach for the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo Team in McCook. "So I get to stay involved," Garrett said.
Garrett says he and his partner Scott Smith from Wray, Colorado won the World Series of team roping in Las Vegas in December. "We were able to beat the field and win $290,000 between the two of us plus prizes, so it was an awesome day," Garrett said.
He says he used to do a lot more steer wrestling than he does now. He does say through steer wrestling, he did won the majority of his money through that. But he says he likes roping now. "When you are in your 40's and these kids are moving faster all the time, team roping isn't too bad," Garrett said.