Marty Yates, 20, might appear to be a young gun in the sport of professional rodeo but in all actuality the Stephenville, Texas cowboy is an arena veteran with a long list of impressive accolades to his credit from youth to pro rodeo. In hot pursuit of his first PRCA world title during the 2014 NFR–his first qualification–Yates topped rounds one, four and split round six en route to finishing sixth in the world. His 2014 season included victories at major events like Pioneer Days Rodeo in Guymon, Okla., the Sandhills Stock Show Rodeo in Odessa and the CINCH Albuquerque Shoot-out, among many others.
“Whenever I went to the NFR, I thought I’d be in a pretty good position to qualify for THE AMERICAN. My goal was to win a world title but when that didn’t happen, I was really glad to finish in the top 10 for THE AMERICAN. It’s a great deal for the sport to have the opportunity to rope for that kind of money, and I think it’s something that’s just going to keep getting bigger. This is my first trip to Arlington to compete; it’s exciting,” says Yates.
Yates will be riding his great horse “Chicken” at AT&T Stadium in Arlington during the richest one-day rodeo in history on March 1, 2015. Chicken, registered with the American Quarter Horse Association as Eatin With Rooster is a 2006 sorrel gelding that was voted as runner-up to the 2014 AQHA/PRCA Horse of the Year in tie-down roping.
Yates comes from a prominent rodeo family. His father, Marty, Sr., who passed away seven months before the birth of his son, was a rodeo star in his own right and his mother, Angie, also competed in rodeo. His uncle, J.W. Hampton, and aunt, J.J. Hampton, both have numerous roping championships to their credit. Yates is sponsored by Cinch and Rattler Ropes.