Cottonwood cowboy heads to his first National Finals Rodeo

Broc Cresta, 23, of Cottonwood, formerly of Santa Rosa, is getting ready to head to the National Finals Rodeo for the first time.

After competing in 70 rodeos, Cresta has qualified to compete in eleventh place as a team roping heeler, earning $69,919 in prize money this year in the event. His team-roping partner throughout the season has been Spencer Mitchell, but Mitchell missed the qualified money earnings this year by $4,000.

Cresta and Mitchell won eight major rodeos this season and placed in many more. Cresta will be heading to the National Finals Rodeo, with Turtle Powell as his roping partner. Powell is from Stephenville, Texas.

Over the years, Cresta's father, Dan has been a huge inspiration, teaching him everything he knows about the sport of team roping.

"I am really excited about going to the NFR. I am going down, hoping to win a lot and bring home the money," said Cresta. "I have been traveling with guys that have a lot of experience and have taken the advice from great heelers."

Cresta began roping when he was old enough to hold one, and then began roping on horse back at 7. With ranching, rodeo and roping being a part of family life, Cresta began competing with the California High School Rodeo Association District 2 team upon entering high school, and Mitchell, also of Santa Rosa, was his partner.

Before graduating from high school, Cresta earned the Team Roping Heeler Championship title from the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association for the 2004 season, along with the a trip to the National High School Rodeo Association Finals. He returned home with the title.

In 2007, he earned the Resistol Rookie of the Year title in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, then won the Omak Stampede in Washington and the Barstow Stampede, which ranked him 39th as a rookie with a total of $25,619.

Cresta's 2008 season brought him more success, moving up the ranks to end his season 16th in the world, with season highlights including winning Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming with then partner Loagan Olson, and a year end total of $56,635. He missed a trip to the National Finals Rodeo by one spot.

In 2009, Cresta finished his season 33rd in the world standings with season highlights of winning the Wild Rouge Professional Rodeo in Central Point, Ore. with partner Britt Williams. He then won the co-championship at the Dinosaur Round-up Rodeo in Vernal, Utah. With a total of $31,297 for the season with roping partner Wade Wheatley, his career earnings with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association totaled $184,703, including his 2010 season.

Cresta has been staying with Jeff and Terri Davis of Four Star Rodeo for the past three years, competing in rodeo and practicing with Justin Davis each day in the arena when the weather is good.

Starting on Dec. 2 in Las Vegas, Cresta and Powell along with fourteen other team-roping pairs will compete in one go-round each day through Dec. 11 to determine who is the best of the best for the 2010 rodeo season.

Cresta will be leaving next week for the National Finals Rodeo to compete for the 2010 title and big money, taking with him his roping companion, a 13 year-old horse named Snoop.

Cresta is the son of Dan and Kelline of Santa Rosa and is a 2005 graduate of Santa Rosa High School. Cresta also competes in the event of calf roping on the state level in CCPRA Rodeos.

"I would like to thank Jeff and Terri Davis and all of my family and friends for all that they have done for me over the years," said Cresta.

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