Payson Cowboy Returns To Home Rodeo Arena

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Former Payson High School and Cochise College rodeo star Seth Barkley-Seidel is taking his act onto the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) circuit.

Tonight, he will make an appearance in the saddle bronc event at the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo at the Payson Event Center.

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Tonight, Seth Barkley-Seidel will make an appearance in the saddle bronc event at the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo at the Payson Event Center.

Barkley-Seidel is a relative newcomer to the professional rodeo circuit, having qualified earlier this year.

"Seth won the 2006 Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association Saddle Bronc Championship and decided to go to the PRCA," said his mother, Cricket Barkley. "He got his permit and filled it in order to obtain his PRCA card."

Due to financial restraints, he has participated in just four rodeos this year, but is ranked first in the saddle bronc riding of the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association, Cricket Barkley said.

Prior to turning pro, Barkley-Seidel starred on the Cochise College team.

In 2006, as a freshman member of the Cochise rodeo team, he helped his school win the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association regional championship in Las Cruces, N.M.

Although Barkley-Seidel entered the regional finals ranked fifth in saddle bronc riding, he produced enough points to propel him into second place.

As a PRCA cowboy, competing on the national scene will be nothing new for Barkley-Siedel.

While at PHS in 2005, he was among approximately 1,500 young cowboys and cowgirls who took part in the 57th Annual National High School Rodeo Association Championships in Gillette, Wyo.

He qualified for the granddaddy of prep rodeo competition by winning the Arizona state saddle bronc championship.

"He won every (high school) rodeo his senior year, except one," said his mother, Sherrie "Cricket" Barkley. "We are very proud of him."

Currently, Barkley-Seidel is searching for sponsors to help fund his PRCA ambitions.

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