Linderman Award winner Whitaker fond of Lakeside Rodeo

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Kyle Whitaker won the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Linderman Award for 2018, and he expressed strong positive sentiments for the Lakeside Rodeo.

“I love that place,” Whitaker said. “If I can make a California run I always try to make it to Lakeside.”

Kyle Whitaker won the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Linderman Award for 2018, and he expressed strong positive sentiments for the Lakeside Rodeo.

“I love that place,” Whitaker said. “If I can make a California run I always try to make it to Lakeside.”

The Linderman Award is named after Montana cowboy Bill Linderman, who was the PRCA’s All-Around champion in 1950 and 1953 and during his career also won Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Steer Wrestling world championships.  (The organization was called the Rodeo Cowboys Association from 1945 to 1975.)

Linderman also served six terms as the RCA president. The annual Linderman Award winner must have at least $1,000 in earnings in at least three different events with at least one of those events being a rough stock event (Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bull Riding) and at least one being a timed event (Tie-Down Roping, Steer Wrestling and Team Roping).

The 2010 Lakeside Rodeo included Whitaker placing second in the first Steer Wrestling go-round with a time of 4.9 seconds and also placing second in the average (aggregate) with a time of 9.7 seconds on two head. He earned $1,930.38 from the Lakeside Rodeo that year.

“Probably my favorite memory for there,” Whitaker said.

The 2017 Lakeside Rodeo had only one Steer Wrestling go-round. Whitaker brought down his steer in 4.8 seconds, which shared fifth place with three other cowboys and was worth $580 for each of them.

Whitaker lives in Chambers, Nebraska. He is uncertain whether he will participate in the 2019 Lakeside Rodeo which will be held April 26-28.  “We’ll see. I’ve got three kids who are growing up,” he said.

All three of Whitaker’s children are girls. His 14-year-old daughter currently competes in high school rodeo, and his 11-year-old and 7-year-old daughters are involved in Barrel Racing.

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