Dustin Bird: More Than a Rodeo Star
“Well it's bulls and blood,
It's dust and mud,
It's the roar of a Sunday crowd.
It's the white in his knuckles,
The gold in the buckle,He'll win the next go 'round.
It's boots and chaps,
It's cowboy hats,
It's spurs and latigo.
It's the ropes and the reins,
And the joy and the pain,
And they call the thing rodeo.”
–Garth Brooks “Rodeo”
For Dustin Bird, rodeo has been his whole life. He first got involved in rodeo after growing up on a ranch in Cut Bank, Montana and competed in his first competition in 1994. He joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 2001 and is currently sponsored by Team Hesston as a team roper (header) and tie down roper
Dustin quickly made his mark by qualifying five times for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, being a three-time all-around champion of the Indian National Finals Rodeo, the Team Roping champion at 13 PRCA rodeos and the Team Roping Champion at the Wrangler Champions Challenge.
Although it seems like he may not have time for anything but the rodeo circuit, Dustin is a family man, making time for his fiancée, two sons and his family ranch by taking the year off in 2018.
“I dang sure needed the time off. I don’t know if I’ll ever go full-time again. But it’s a possibility,” Dustin said.“I don’t want to leave my boys and their mom.”
During his year off, Dustin took time to help on his dad’s ranch in Cut Bank, Montana.
“We calved cows, and the whole month of May we branded for ourselves, branded for our neighbors, and hauled cows until the middle of June,” Dustin explained.
But once the winter season hits, Dustin is road bound to sunny Arizona.
“The weather is so nice I can rope every day,” he said.
Dustin has built up a place in Wickenburg where he can spend time with family and enjoy the nice little community.
Thanks to Arizona’s fine winter weather, Dustin even decided to build an arena on his property and recently purchased a Massey Ferguson 4710 from Empire Agriculture.
“I needed a tractor to build an arena and Empire Agriculture, through Frank Merry,was very helpful during the process,” Dustin said. “I used a Massey Ferguson 4710 4wd with a loader all the time in the arena to move stuff around. I also used it for a lot of hay work. It’s very good for feeding cows.”
Active in the communities he resides in, Dustin welcomes the kids who come over to help on his ranches.
“We always have kids coming over to help. I teach a lot about cows and help steer them clear of bad stuff,” Dustin explained.
If you happen to catch Dustin out and about in Wickenburg, you can easily start up a conversation by chatting about his favorite movie, “Tombstone;” his rodeo idol,Joe Beaver; or his two favorite hobbies,hunting and golf.
We thank Dustin for his support of Empire Agriculture and wish him the best during the 2019 rodeo season