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PBR Rookie of the Year: Keyshawn Whitehorse Making Texas Proud

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Officially named the PBR Rookie of the Year at the 2018 PBR World Finals in November, Keyshawn Whitehorse hails from the Woodlands – a part of Texas he’s called home for some time now. But his success wasn’t a given. It was earned each step of the way, with the support of a loving family who relocated from southern Utah and has been by his side, learning the ropes along with him, and being his biggest cheering section.

PBR Rookie of the Year: Keyshawn Whitehorse Making Texas Proud

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In a feature article in 2017, Whitehorse and his family were interviewed by Tom Darin Liskey for Ranch & Reserve Magazine. “By his family’s reckoning, Whitehorse has wanted to ride bulls since he was three. For his part, Keyshawn remembers the first time he saw a bull rider. ‘I was supposed to be sleeping, but my dad was watching TV. For some reason, I woke up and bull riding was on. I remember sitting next to him, realizing that this was something I wanted to do,’” Liskey wrote. Since that time, he and his family have been on a unique journey that has led him to several career highlights, not the least of which is PBR Rookie of the Year.

PBR Rookie of the Year: Keyshawn Whitehorse Making Texas Proud

Photo: Facebook/Tom Darin

In a recent interview with the Wrangler Network, Whitehorse defined his family’s presence and involvement in his successes: “They’ve always kept me on the right path when I wanted to just stop for a while because I couldn’t figure out the plan, couldn’t figure out the idea, because I kept trying and kept pushing and it just wasn’t working. They were always the ones to kind of lead me the right way, saying, ‘Hey, it’s not the end, you can keep going.’”

PBR Rookie of the Year: Keyshawn Whitehorse Making Texas Proud
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