Cort Scheer Competes at the 2010 National Finals Rodeo
Would you give yourself a $100,000 raise? That’s what professional rodeo cowboy Cort Scheer decided to do in 2010. After ending the year in 25th place in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world standings on an abbreviated schedule in 2009, he went to work full-time in January and finished the season where every cowboy wants to be in December – Las Vegas, Nev.
Scheer, 24, was raised on the family ranch outside of Elsmere, Neb. The youngest child of Kevin and Pam Scheer, his trip to Vegas began in 1991 when he followed older brother, Clete and sister, Kema into the rodeo arena. A successful youth, high school, and college career set the stage for Scheer’s chance to compete for the world title this year and he made the most of it.
Scheer started things off with a win at the Four States Fair and Rodeo in Texarkana, Ark., and maintained this habit the entire season. His string of wins stretched from Arizona to Minnesota, Texas to Canada, and finally, to Las Vegas.
When questioned about his success this year, the humble hand gives credit this way. “I had a good year,” states Scheer. “I got my old saddle back and that helped. It broke last year and I finally got it repaired.” He goes on, “I drew good all year too. It seems like all I’ve had to do is just stay on.” Scheer is quick to also acknowledge help from others such as friends, peers, travelling partners, and family. “I’ve got a close family and we always help each other. I’m the youngest, so I’ve probably got the most help,” he admits. He saves the biggest credit for last. “None of this could be possible without God. I’ve been blessed and just try to do things for the right reasons.”
The maturity expressed through words extends to Scheer’s actions as well. He entered the NFR in seven place and after 10 days competing against the best broncs and bronc riders in the world, climbed three spots. Riding like a veteran, he placed in seven of the 10 rounds and left town with over $70,000 in prize money. Rounds three and four were not kind to Scheer, but during the other eight he rode nearly flawless. He placed consistently and spurred his way to the top in round nine when he teamed up with Let ‘er Rip from Frontier Rodeo Co. for 85.5 points.