Sad news today that professional team roper Broc Cresta was found dead in his living quarters Saturday while in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to compete in the annual Frontier Days rodeo there.
The news was confirmed by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association on its Web site. Cresta was only 25 years old and there was no information as to the manner of his death.
We interviewed Cresta in March of 2010 when he was in town competing in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Cresta, who won Rookie of the Year in 2007, and then won in Cheyenne in 2008, was based in California.
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As he told writer Paul Knight at the time:
The worst thing about rodeo is there aren't a whole lot of breaks. At the end of the year, you get to be home a couple of months and kind of regroup. It feels like I'm home during the California rodeos, because I can drive back and forth, but other than that, you really don't have any breaks. A guy gets kind of sick from being away from home all the time, and the driving gets old, but you pretty much have to do it. There are injuries, and stuff that can happen, but if a guy can just practice and stay sharp, it's okay. You're more worried about your horse than you are yourself.
Posted on the PRCA Web site:
"The whole rodeo world is in shock," said PRCA Director of Communications Kendra Santos. "My phone's been ringing off the wall all day with calls from Hall of Famers on down to little kids. Broc's a fourth-generation cowboy in California, and everybody loves him. It's hard enough to lose a good cowboy when he's 90, but losing such a talented and genuinely good person at 25 is just about impossible. Our hearts are with Broc's family and friends. The entire rodeo family hurts right now."